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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 CAR2112.FC6267 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer 300 SLR Calibre 1887 Chronograph
AED 13,156
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376
PL
Rolex Daytona 116523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex 116523 Daytona Grey
AED 50,672
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex 2013 RANDOM SERIAL Rolex Daytona Black 116520 Stainless...
AED 67,540
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478
US
Cartier Clé de Cartier WJCL0013 New Rose gold 35mm Automatic
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Cartier WJCL0013 CLE DE CARTIER WATCH
AED 70,381
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19
HK
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179384 New Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 26, mother-of-pearl dial/10 blue sapphires
AED 44,062
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45
CH
Breguet Classique Complications 5335br/42/9w6 Unworn Rose gold Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Complications
AED 234,591
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44
US
Harry Winston Premier 200-MCRA39W Good White gold 39.1mm Automatic
Harry Winston ハリーウィンストン プルミエール エキセンタートリレトロ クロノグラフ K18WG 自動巻...
AED 64,991
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66
JP
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5204/1R-001 New Rose gold Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Rose Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph...
AED 947,746
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Jacob & Co. TT100.21.NS.NK.A New Titanium Manual winding
Jacob & Co. Twin Turbo
AED 1,171,076
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US
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970E Very good Platinum 36mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Chronogr...
AED 450,226
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823
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex 126710BLNR GMT-Master II 'Batman' - Rolex Warranty to 2024
AED 59,765
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141
UK
NOMOS Zürich Weltzeit Nomos 807 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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NOMOS Zürich World Time Midnight Blue Ref. 807 (Temp Reduced)
AED 14,939
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505
US
Tudor Black Bay GMT 79830RB Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
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Tudor Black Bay GMT Pepsi M79830RB Leather UNWORN
AED 15,437
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101
UK
Breitling Galactic A7234853/BE50 New Steel 29mm Quartz
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Breitling Galactic 29 sleekt
AED 18,999
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45
CH
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 220.12.41.21.01.001 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
AED 12,293
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Rolex Explorer 214270 Unworn Steel 39mm Automatic
Rolex ロレックス エクスプローラーI ランダム ROLEX(Ref.214270)【中古】未使用品《返品可》【質屋出品...
AED 29,937
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66
JP
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter 01 733 7705 4234-SET5 23 16GFC New Steel 47mm Automatic
Oris Big Crown ProPilot
AED 12,092
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475
IT
Rolex Daytona Unworn White gold Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 18K White Gold...
AED 118,234
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111
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001
AED 255,047
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823
US
Rolex Submariner Date 16613T Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 16613 T Stahl Gelbgold 750 Rehaut 2009...
AED 35,988
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601
DE
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour 1341-0500 New Titanium 40.80mm Manual winding
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H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar, Titanium, Black Dial
AED 85,879
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505
US
Bremont Boeing BB1-SS/BK Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Bremont Boeing BB1-SS-Model 1 Black
AED 15,183
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101
UK
Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 341.SL.5190.LR.1901 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 41
AED 69,010
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45
CH
Hublot Big Bang Unico 411.JX.4802.RT Very good 45mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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Hublot Big Bang Unico
AED 163,664
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Cartier Clé de Cartier WSCL0007 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Cartier カルティエ クレ ドゥ カルティエ WSCL0007Cartier SS 自動巻 【中古】A《返品可》【質屋...
AED 14,623
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66
JP
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3710 New Steel
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3710 Sealed
AED 344,088
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182
IT
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 WAR201B.BA0723 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TAG Heuer CARRERA
AED 6,829
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475
IT
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5270R-001 Very good Rose gold 41mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Chronogr...
AED 431,459
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823
US
Davosa Argonautic Lumis 161.576.40 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Davosa Argonautic Lumis T25 Automatic
AED 3,473
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16
PL
Ulysse Nardin Dual Time 3346-126/91 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Automatic Silver Sunray Dial Folding...
AED 33,331
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505
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933 New Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933 White Dial
AED 62,679
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117
US
Breguet Classique 5247BR/29/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Chronograph 39
AED 107,276
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45
CH
Rolex Daytona 116503 Unworn Gold/Steel Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
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Rolex Daytona Unworn Daytona Nov 2019
AED 72,500
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IWC Pilot Chronograph IW388005 New Ceramic 46mm Automatic
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IWC Fliegeruhr Chronograph Edition «The Last Flight» IW388005
AED 92,701
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490
DE
TAG Heuer Monaco CAW211R.FC6401 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco
AED 17,002
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182
IT
Rolex GMT-Master II 126719BLRO New White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master II Meteorite Dial 126719BLRO
AED 182,042
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108
US
Patek Philippe Chronograph 5170G-001 Very good White gold 39mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Complications Chronograph 5170G-001
AED 183,731
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823
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 18078 Fair Yellow gold 36mm Automatic UAE, Umm Al Quwain
Rolex Day-Date 36
AED 30,591
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AE
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour 1341-0303 New Platinum 40.80mm Manual winding
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H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Platinum 40.8mm
AED 108,400
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505
US
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN
AED 32,880
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117
US
Breguet Reine de Naples 8967ST/V8/J50 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Breguet Reine de Naples
AED 48,936
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45
CH
Panerai Special Editions PAM00617 Very good Titanium 47mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
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Panerai Special Editions
AED 34,000
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AE
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5940R-001 Very good Rose gold 44.6mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
AED 231,043
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Seiko 6138 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Seiko SPORT TIMER CRONO
AED 3,238
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182
IT
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex UNPOLISHED 2006 Rolex Submariner Date 16610 T Stainless...
AED 26,252
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478
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph 26703ST.OO.A051CA.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph 26703ST.O...
AED 88,018
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823
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34 Diamond dial
AED 18,824
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1403
NL
Ulysse Nardin Perpetual Manufacture 329-10 New Platinum 43mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Perpetual Manufacture 43mm - Limited Edition
AED 112,528
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505
US
Rolex Datejust 126300 New Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust Blue Dial Jubilee 126300
AED 29,840
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117
US
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 341.PX.7518.VR.1975 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Zebra Bang, limited edition - no. 66/250
AED 86,166
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45
CH
Rolex Daytona 116520 Good Steel 40mm Automatic UAE, POBOX267
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Rolex Daytona
AED 72,240
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AE
Longines Flagship L4.774.3.22.7 Unworn Gold/Steel 35.6mm Automatic
Longines Flagship
AED 4,378
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UK
Patek Philippe Travel Time 7234R-001 New Rose gold Automatic
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Patek Philippe Travel Time
AED 119,419
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182
IT
Omega Seamaster 196.1501 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Quartz
Omega Seamaster 120 Midsize 36mm Two-Tone Gold White Steel...
AED 3,915
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478
US
Patek Philippe 5980/1R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Complications Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1R-001
AED 525,295
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823
US
Rolex Datejust 126300 New Steel 41mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Datejust 41 Custom Rainbow Diamond Arabic Dial
AED 61,932
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AE
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master II PEPSI 126710BLRO
AED 68,818
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19
CH
Zenith Elite Ultra Thin 03.2310.692/02.C706 New Steel 33mm Automatic
Zenith Elite Ultra Thin Moonphase
AED 13,885
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DE
Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 545.OX.2210.LR New Rose gold 45mm Manual winding
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Hublot Classic Fusion 42 ultra-thin
AED 63,253
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45
CH
14 6850 10 Very good 42mm Automatic UAE, Sharjah -khorfakkan
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WEST End co WEST End watch
AED 2,440
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IWC Portuguese Automatic IW500701 Unworn Rose gold 42.3mm Automatic
IWC Portuguese Automatic
AED 61,516
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UK
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5940J-001 New Yellow gold 37mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
AED 226,289
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182
IT
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm
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Rolex Men 18K YG Day-Date - Champagne Roman Tracks Dial -...
AED 30,009
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185
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5160R-001 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Retrogra...
AED 581,597
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823
US
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Sapphire Crystal Watches: Highly Scratch-Resistant

Watch glass made of sapphire crystal began dominating the industry in the 1980s. This material is especially hard and, therefore, scratch-resistant. What's more, sapphire glass lets in plenty of light, thus improving the watch's readability.


4 Reasons to Buy a Watch with Sapphire Crystal

  • Sapphire is especially scratch-resistant
  • Lets in plenty of light
  • Something for every budget
  • Coveted collector's item: Classic vintage Rolex and Omega watches

Almost as Tough as Diamond

Most modern luxury watch manufacturers include sapphire crystal watch glass as a standard feature of their timepieces. The reason is clear: Sapphire is the world's third hardest mineral, behind only diamond and moissanite. As a result, it is extremely scratch-resistant. Moreover, it lets in more light than quartz, mineral, or acrylic glass, making it even easier to tell the time.

While sapphire is a naturally occurring mineral, the sapphire crystal used in watch glass is a synthetic material. Some people even refer to this colorless crystal as "sapphire glass" because it is so transparent.

The watch industry began churning out large numbers of watches with sapphire crystal in the 1980s. Before then, mineral or acrylic glass was the material of choice. Today, many manufacturers also use sapphire crystal for their case backs. There are even a handful of companies producing entire cases out of this clear material.


How much do watches with sapphire crystal cost?

Model Reference number Price (approx.)
Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire 411.JL.4809.RT 63,500 USD
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique 5015 1130 52A 11,000 USD
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1530 9,400 USD
Breitling Navitimer A23322 4,700 USD
Oris Divers Sixty-Dive 01 733 7720 4055-07 5 21 02 1,600 USD
Mido Ocean Star Captain V M026.430.47.061.00 1,000 USD
Laco Augsburg 42 861688 380 USD
Casio Collection BEM-111D-1AVEF 70 USD

Vintage Classics with Sapphire Crystal

Since sapphire crystal wasn't a common watch feature until the early 1980s, there are very few vintage watches with this material. However, there are a few notable models. Rolex was one of the first companies to recognize sapphire's potential and use it in series production. The Rolex Date ref. 1530 and its successor, the Datejust ref. 1630, were among the first timepieces to utilize this scratch-resistant watch glass. Both watches emerged in the early 1970s and are extremely rare today. A stainless steel ref. 1530 costs around 9,300 USD, while the two-tone Datejust ref. 1630 demands about 5,400 USD.

The Submariner ref. 16800 from the late 70s was Rolex's first sports watch to feature sapphire crystal. Like all Submariners, the 16800 is a highly coveted collector's item. However, at only 9,200 USD, it is relatively affordable compared to other Submariner models.

Omega began experimenting with sapphire crystal all the way back in 1932. This resulted in watches like the Omega Marine ref. CK 679, which sells for as little as 2,600 USD today. However, Omega wouldn't use sapphire glass for timepieces in series production until the late 1970s, starting with the Seamaster 120 ref. ST 166.0250. This diving watch is water-resistant to 120 m (12 bar, 394 ft) and changes hands for roughly 3,900 USD in good condition.

There are no vintage examples of the fan-favorite Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch with sapphire crystal. In fact, Omega outfitted this timepiece exclusively with synthetic Hesalite glass until the turn of the millennium. The reason is that this watch was part of NASA's official equipment and the space agency insisted on Hesalite since it doesn't splinter upon impact. However, Omega did introduce a few models with sapphire glass case backs in the 1980s, including the limited edition Apollo XI ref. BA345.0802. You can call this watch your own for some 33,500 USD.


Retro Watches with Sapphire Crystal

Since vintage models with sapphire crystal are so rare, modern takes on classic vintage timepieces make great alternatives. For example, Breitling has been crafting their iconic Navitimer pilot's watch with sapphire crystal since the late 1990s. Depending on the model and its condition, Navitimer prices range from 2,200 to 39,000 USD.

Storied Swiss watch manufacturer Blancpain has been equipping their classic Fifty Fathoms diving watch with sapphire crystal for years. New editions of the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda and Fifty Fathoms Automatique even feature a sapphire crystal bezel inlay in addition to their sapphire crystal watch glass and case backs. These attractive timepieces change hands for about 11,000 USD.

TAG Heuer also has a long history with sapphire crystal in their Carrera and Monaco collections. This material appears on their Heritage models, such as the Monaco Calibre 11, as well as their classic Carrera Calibre 1887. The latter gets its name from the in-house caliber 1887. You can purchase a mint-condition Monaco Calibre 11 with the blue "Steve McQueen design" for around 4,300 USD. Pre-owned pieces tend to cost a few hundred dollars less. If you prefer the Carrera Calibre 1887, be sure to have between 2,600 and 3,500 USD on hand.


Affordable Sapphire Glass Watches

Sapphire crystal watch glass is also a common feature on affordable watches. For example, Casio, Orient, and Victorinox all produce quartz watches with sapphire crystal for around 110 USD. Fans of mechanical watches will find pieces from Tissot, Laco, and Citizen beginning around 330 USD.

Most modern watches worth 1,100 USD or more will come with sapphire crystal. You'll find some exceptions among historically accurate re-releases, such as the Sinn 103 St pilot's chronograph with acrylic glass. This model sells for roughly 1,800 USD new and 1,600 USD pre-owned.


Watches Made of Solid Sapphire

Companies like Hublot, Richard Mille, MB&F, and Cabestan take the concept of a sapphire crystal watch to the next level. Each offers timepieces with cases made of solid sapphire crystal. Most of these models lack a traditional dial, offering an unobstructed view of the heavily skeletonized movement within.

Hublot has the widest variety of sapphire crystal watches. This Swiss luxury watch manufacturer crafts several Big Bang editions out of blue, green, yellow, purple, or clear sapphire crystal. Plan to spend between 43,000 and 80,000 USD on the Big Bang Unico Sapphire chronograph. There's also the Big Bang Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Sapphire in blue or purple. This watch is limited to a run of 30 pieces and requires an investment of over 177,000 USD.

For something even more exclusive, you should turn to Richard Mille. Mille's RM 56-01 tourbillon watch boasts a sapphire crystal base plate for its movement in addition to its solid sapphire case. As a result, the gears, springs, and axles all appear to be floating in midair. Only five copies exist of this timepiece, which sells for an astronomical 2.2 million USD.


What are sapphire and sapphire crystal?

Sapphire is an especially hard mineral, with a rating of 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This places it just behind diamond and moissanite. The world's largest natural sapphire deposits are found in Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Nigeria, Madagascar, and the USA. While blue sapphires are perhaps the most famous, sapphires can come in any color but red.

However, the sapphire crystal used in watches is synthetic. It's created by melting aluminum oxide powder at 3,722°F (2,050°C) and forming it into a pear-shaped crystal between 1.1 and 1.6 inches (3 and 4 cm) wide. This material is then cut, sanded, and polished using a diamond angle grinder. The final watch glass receives a special anti-reflective coating, usually in the form of a blue-tinged film applied to the crystal. Older watches tend to only have this coating on the crystal's inner side since previous coating methods were highly susceptible to scratches. However, this is no longer a problem in modern watchmaking, and most sapphire crystal watch glass has this coating on both sides.

The main advantage of sapphire crystal is its scratch resistance. However, its hardness also makes it susceptible to hard impacts. Unlike plastic-based watch glass, sapphire crystal watch glass is known to splinter. Furthermore, soft materials like aluminum can leave behind unattractive streaks on the crystal. Luckily, you can easily remove these streaks using a normal pencil eraser.

If you're not sure whether or not your watch has sapphire crystal, there's an easy way to find out: Put a drop of water on the crystal and lift the case at a slight angle. The water will move relatively slowly across sapphire crystal and leave no streaks behind.


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