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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.QX.1791.HR New Carbon 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Carbon Bezel Baguette 23650€ HT
฿1,004,687
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215
FR
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5050 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
฿1,437,935
Professional dealer
108
NL
Franck Muller Vanguard V45 SC DT KRYPTON CARBON New Carbon 44mm Automatic
TOP
Franck Muller Vanguard Krypton Carbon Case (New Full Set)
฿317,192
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11
HK
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5976/1G Unworn White gold 44mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Price on request
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AU
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon, rose gold, 5-days power-reserve...
฿2,718,304
Professional dealer
56
CH
Louis Moinet LM-64.50.DR New Rose gold 45mm Automatic
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Louis Moinet Derrick Blue Unique Watch 1 pcs Limited edition...
฿1,120,468
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375
EE
Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk 7300 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk Diver
฿104,577
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73
DE
Rolex Daytona 116520 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Rolex Daytona
฿569,571
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TH
Rolex Datejust 16019 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 16019 rare 18K Gold Weissgold White Herrenuhr...
฿2,240,563
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634
DE
Rolex Daytona 116519 Very good White gold Automatic
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Rolex DAYTONA GOLD 116519 Mother pearl NEW 99%
฿965,470
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14
ES
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual 176.8.21.S Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar Ref....
฿543,427

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DE
Baume & Mercier Clifton M0A10059 New Rose gold 38.8mm Automatic
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Baume & Mercier Clifton Rose Gold
฿147,528
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584
LV
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 522.32.40.20.04.001 522.32.40.20.04.002 522.32.40.20.04.003 522.32.40.20.04.004 New Steel 39.5mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Olympic 2008 Beijing China 522.32.40.20.04.001
฿918,510
Professional dealer
804
US
Hublot King Power 771.CI.1170.RX New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
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Hublot King Power, black ceramic, different time zones
฿575,559
Professional dealer
56
CH
Louis Moinet Tempograph LM-39.20N.50 New Titanium 43.5mm Automatic
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Louis Moinet Tempograph
฿504,211
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375
EE
Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph 5930G-001 Very good White gold 39.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Complications World Time Chronograph 5930G-001
฿1,842,552
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1334
US
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.10.39.60.06.001 Very good Steel 38.5mmmm Quartz Thailand, Bangkok
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra incl box and papers
฿79,000
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TH
TAG Heuer Grand Carrera CAV5185 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Men's CAV5185.FT6020 Grand Carrera Automatic...
฿145,624
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866
NL
Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer FC-718WM4H6 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Worldtimer Automatic FC-718WM4H6
฿63,314
Professional dealer
378
US
Bulgari Octo BGO38S Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
Bulgari Octo Roma Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref. BGO38S
฿162,468

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Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10106 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer
฿147,528
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584
LV
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179 White Gold
฿429,826
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804
US
Breguet Classique 8788BR12986DD00 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique, moon phase, power-reserve indicator, 96...
฿651,838
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56
CH
Breguet Classique Complications 5317pt/12/9v6 Very good Platinum 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Complications Platinium Tourbillon
฿2,707,799
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596
ES
Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM00683 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Panerai Submersible PAM 683
฿275,077
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1334
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic Thailand, Chonburi
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Box +...
฿119,866
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TH
Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 585.NX.891L.NX.1204 Very good Titanium 33mm Automatic
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Hublot Classic Fusion Titanium Light Blue Bracelet Automatic...
฿223,720
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866
NL
Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet 25925OR.OO.D001CR.01 Very good Rose gold 29mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet
฿291,981
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13
US
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 81180 Very good White gold 40mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K Weissgold Handaufzug...
฿367,887

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DE
Oris Aquis 01 743 7734 4187-Set New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Oris Aquis Hangang (Limited Edition)
฿80,300
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584
LV
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase FC-206MPWD1S2B New Steel 30mm Quartz
TOP
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase
฿29,471
Professional dealer
207
CH
Jaquet-Droz J016933210 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz Grand Date, rose gold, 65 hours power-reserve,...
฿478,477
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56
CH
Cartier Ballon Bleu 3489 Very good Gold/Steel 33mm Automatic
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Cartier Ballon Bleu AUTOMATIC Diamonds RoseGold EU
฿283,763
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9
PL
Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser 2050-131/03 Very good White gold 45mm Manual winding
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Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser 2050-131/03
฿1,473,735
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1334
US
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Rolex Daytona
฿630,000
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TH
Hamilton Khaki X-Wind H77 616 533 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Hamilton Khaki X Wind Automatic Collectors Set - H776160
฿35,482
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866
NL
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T CAR5A8E.FT6181 New Carbon 45mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera x Aston Martin
฿797,115
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427
CH
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 49003 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Chronograph 18K Gold Automatik...
฿293,189

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DE
Jaquet-Droz J017533270 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
TOP
Jaquet-Droz Grande Heure Minute Quantieme Meteorite Dial...
฿667,799
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584
LV
Cartier Roadster W62020X6 Very good Steel 49mm Automatic
TOP
Cartier Roadster Chrono Watch preowned.W62020X6
฿185,024
Professional dealer
378
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80285 New Rose gold 29mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster, 260 diamonds on bezel and...
฿1,941,646
Professional dealer
CH
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 341.PE.230.RW.174 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Porto Cervo Diamonds Pave 18K Rose Gold B&P
฿892,640
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464
PL
Omega Speedmaster 522.30.42.30.03.001 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020 Olympics Collection Limited...
฿268,930
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1334
US
Seiko Grand Seiko SBGE033 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Thailand, Jattujak
Seiko Grand Seiko
฿145,990
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TH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime 230.8.77 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime PM/AM Automatic -...
฿160,563
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866
NL
Sinn 856 / 857 856.8519 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Sinn 856 Die Beobachtungsuhr Inzahlungnahme möglich
฿59,385
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178
DE
Sinn 103 103.031 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Sinn 103 St Day-Date Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr Ref. 103.031
฿57,891

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DE
TAG Heuer 6000 3606 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Thailand, Hatyai
TAG Heuer 6000 GOLD
฿379,000
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TH
TAG Heuer 6000 49713427 Good 36mm Automatic Thailand, Hatyai
TAG Heuer 6000 series WH5253 K1 18K Yellow Gold & Steel Watch.
฿43,700
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TH
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Thailand, MueangNonthaburi
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Black dial - year 2008 - Original box and...
฿569,571
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TH
Franck Muller Vanguard V45SCDT Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic Thailand, Banglamung
Franck Muller Vanguard
฿143,931
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TH
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Thailand, J BURIRAM
Rolex Submariner Date
฿297,820
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TH
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic PAM 00104 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Thailand, Huai Khwang
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic
฿129,086
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TH
Tudor Prince Date 79410P Good Steel 46mm Automatic Thailand, Chatuchak
Tudor Prince Date Good Condition Tudor Prince Stainless Steel...
฿43,155
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TH
Panerai Special Editions PAM277 Good 44mm Manual winding Thailand, Bangkok
Panerai MONOPULSANTE 8 DAYS GMT LIMITED EDITION PAM 277
฿648,000
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TH
Seiko Prospex SPB055J Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic Thailand, Talingchan
Seiko Prospex Zimbe no.4 SPB055J Zumo Purple NEW
฿43,029
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TH
Panerai CON1019 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Thailand, Huai Khwang
Panerai Pam 00297
฿156,748
Private Seller
TH
Seiko Prospex SPB099J Unworn Titanium 44mm Automatic Thailand, Nakhon Sawan
Seiko PROSPEX RED SHOGUN ZIMBE NO. 11 THAILAND LIMITED EDITION...
฿72,000
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TH
Seiko Monster Srp459k Unworn 40mm Automatic Thailand, Nakhon Sawan
Seiko THE SUN MONSTER THAILAND LIMITED EDITION SRP459K1
฿53,000
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TH
Seiko Prospex SRPF34K Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic Thailand, Nakhon Sawan
Seiko PROSPEX KOMODO MONSTER ZIMBE NO. 14 THAIlAND LIMITED...
฿39,000
Private Seller
TH
Rolex Datejust 126233 Unworn Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Rolex Datejust
฿414,889
Private Seller
TH
Seiko SRP657K1 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Thailand, Nakhon Sawan
Seiko ROYAL BLUE MONSTER SRP657K1 LIMITED EDITION
฿52,000
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TH
Seiko Marinemaster SLA023J1 Very good Steel Automatic Thailand, Pattaya
Seiko Marinemaster 300
฿65,000
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TH
Montblanc Summit 7045 Very good Steel 38mm Quartz Thailand, Hatyai
Montblanc Summit
฿21,900
Private Seller
TH

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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