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Omega Speedmaster 324.30.38.50.01.001 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster
Co-axial Chronograph 324.30.38.50.01.001 38mm
4 579
Free shipping
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396R-011 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
Rose Gold - 5396R-011 - Full Set - 2016
49 000
+ €120 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202ST.OO.0944ST.01 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo
15202ST Jumbo
69 900
+ €99 for shipping
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.30.46.21.01.002 Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
Full Set
4 750
+ €20 for shipping
Breguet Marine 5517bb/y2/bz0 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine
Automatic - 5517bb/y2/bz0
39 329
+ €281 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Rolex GMT-Master II
Rootbeer Full set
18 900
+ €59 for shipping
Cartier Santos (submodel) WGSA0028 New Rose gold Automatic
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Cartier Santos
De Cartier - WGSA0028 - FULL GOLD - Middle Size
15 629
+ €75 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date
'41MM' 'Starbucks' Ref. 126610LV
16 950
+ €150 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.63.42.50.02.001 New White gold 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Whitegold Boutiquen Exclusiv
37 929
+ €60 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26240ST.OO.1320ST.04 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
Selfwinding Chronograph “50th Anniversary”
124 900
+ €99 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.32.42.50.02.001 New Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Unworn New December 2022 Silver Snoopy Award 50th
22 500
Free shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 403.035 Very good Platinum 39mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph
403.035 Datograph Flyback Platinum (Full Set)
75 576
+ €298 for shipping
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic PAM 00441 Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic
Pam 441 Gmt
8 495
+ €20 for shipping
Cartier Tonneau 2640 Very good Rose gold 16mm Quartz
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Cartier Tonneau
Mini Tonneau 2640 Ladies tourmaline Pink Gold 18 KT
6 250
+ €120 for shipping
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1A-001 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Full set Patek service 2019
109 900
+ €59 for shipping
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller
Blue dial Jubilee 326934 Full set 2022
22 900
+ €100 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16234 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
'Blue Dial - Jubilee' Ref. 16234
7 400
+ €150 for shipping
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.92.42.20.01.001 New Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
007 Edition James Bond
8 227
+ €60 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 41 126300 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 41
41mm Jubilee Unworn Full Set 2023 Top Quality 126300
19 900
+ €99 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 31039 Very good Yellow gold 32mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
Ultra Slim Fullset Ultraflach 18K Gold Gelbgold Yellow Handaufzug Manual
6 490
+ €100 for shipping
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
15200 / Blue Dial / Oyster Bracelet / 34mm / 2000
4 401
Free shipping
Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79360N Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Tudor Black Bay Chrono
Full set (2022)
5 690
+ €20 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Zenith Ref. 16520 W Serial "PATRIZZI" Dial Full Set
40 900
+ €149 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time 7900V/110A-B334 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time
Unpolished Complete set Serviced 2021
35 900
+ €59 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II
126711CHNR Rootbeer New Unworn 03/2022 partial stickers
20 900
+ €100 for shipping
Cartier Tank (submodel) WSTA0059 Very good Steel 33.7mm Quartz
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Cartier Tank
Must Large 'Solarbeat' Ref. WSTA0059
3 250
+ €150 for shipping
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.32.42.20.04.001 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
Co‑Axial Master Chronometer 42 mm
5 054
+ €60 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 41 126300 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 41
41mm Jubilee Unworn Full Set 2023 Top Quality 126300
19 900
+ €99 for shipping
Citizen NZ0000-07L New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Citizen
Campanola Mechanical collection Kasanekyo 20th anniversary
7 250
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Rolex Air King 14010 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
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Rolex Air King
Precision 14010 / Blue Dial / Oyster Bracelet / 34mm / 1999
4 504
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 124300 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41
complete set (2022)
9 500
+ €20 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Ref. 116523 V serial Grey Dial Full Set Excellent Conditions
20 900
+ €149 for shipping
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight M79010SG-0001 Very good Silver 39mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight
925 Like new 2021 Full set
3 669
+ €59 for shipping
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.30.42.20.03.001 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
Blue 99% New 12/2022
4 700
+ €100 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 41 126333 Very good Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 41
'Wimbledon Dial - Oyster' Ref. 126333
13 500
+ €150 for shipping
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CBK2112.BA0715 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
Chronograph Dark Blue
3 438
+ €60 for shipping
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5226G-001 New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
2022 Unworn Full Set
Price on request
+ €49 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Daytona Custom Limited Edition by BV 35 Dlc - Pvd
35 947
+ €350 for shipping
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2562.80.00 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
Professional 300m Stainless Watch 2562.80.00 / BOX & PAPERS / 36mm / 1999
2 044
Free shipping
H.Moser & Cie. 3200-1205 Unworn Steel 42.8mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
H.Moser & Cie.
Pioneer Centre Seconds Full set 2022
14 750
+ €20 for shipping
Citizen AG6251-06W New Steel 41mm Quartz
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Citizen
Campanola Complication limited edition
2 755
Free shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202ST.OO.1240ST.01 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo
like new 2018 Box & papers
89 000
+ €59 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15300ST.OO.1220ST.03 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding
Top Condition 15300ST Full set 2008 & serviced 2021
45 000
+ €100 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
'Mother of Pearl Roman Dial - Jubilee' Ref. 16233
8 711
+ €150 for shipping
Oris 01 754 7785 4084-Set New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Oris
Waldenburgerbahn Limited Edition 1000 Pieces
2 032
+ €60 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Jyväskylä
Rolex GMT-Master II
116710LN
11 750
+ €20 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II
Ref. 16710 SEL Bracelet Amazing Condition Really Like New Full Set
14 700
+ €149 for shipping
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 2518.80.00 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
2518.50.00 / BOX & PAPERS / Blue Dial / 36mm / Quartz / 2006
2 352
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Rolex Explorer II 216570 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Rolex Explorer II
"Polar" Full set (2016)
11 500
+ €20 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date
New Service Excellent Condition
9 800
+ €89 for shipping
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126621 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Rolex Yacht-Master 40
05/2022
16 500
+ €59 for shipping
Panerai Radiomir PAM 02020 Very good Steel 45mm Manual winding
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Panerai Radiomir
Venti Panelist 20th Limited Edition Full set 2020
5 700
+ €100 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16234 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
'Black Dial - Jubilee' Ref. 16234
7 200
+ €150 for shipping
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.92.44.20.01.003 New Ceramic 43.5mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
Black-Black
9 269
+ €60 for shipping
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic Finland, Jyväskylä
Rolex Yacht-Master II
116681
19 900
+ €20 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16234 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
mm ref. 16234 Very Good condition White Dial Full Set
7 000
+ €149 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Day Date 3523.30.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Day Date
3523.30.00 / BOX & PAPERS / 2003 / Automatic / Chronograph / 39mm
2 557
Free shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15710ST.OO.A002CA.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
Full set (2016)
29 995
+ €20 for shipping
Seiko Alpinist SPB199J1 Good Steel 39,5mm Automatic Finland, Porvoo
Seiko Alpinist
Limited Edition Alpinist
900
+ €10 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.30.42.50.01.002 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, Oulu
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Co-Axial Master Chronometer
6 900
+ €59 for shipping
Citizen AO4010-51E New Steel 44mm Quartz
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Citizen
Campanola Cosmosign
2 393
Free shipping
Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Very good Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 41
'Black Dial - Oyster' Ref. 126334
11 750
+ €150 for shipping
Tudor Black Bay M79470-0003 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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Tudor Black Bay
Pro 1/2023
4 063
+ €60 for shipping

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.