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View Poll Results: Which type of watch crystal do you prefer?
Sapphire 18 81.82%
Mineral 1 4.55%
Acrylic 1 4.55%
Other: Hardlex, Sapphlex, Flame-Fusion, Krysterna, Sapphire coated Mineral 2 9.09%
Crystal not important when purchasing a watch 2 9.09%
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Which type of watch crystal do you prefer when purchasing a watch.
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I myself prefer sapphire; however, there are certain watch companies out there *cough*Seiko who adopt an almost Olympian disdain for collectors. As much as we complain and scream and plead, they continue to make, for instance, a superb dive watch like the Sumo with Hardlex. So it's not a deal killer for me.
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I prefer Sapphire. You can buy a Citizen automatic with a sapphire crystal for less than $150, so I don't think cost is a major factor. I have 5 Seiko's and they are all Hardlex except the Snow Monster, so I can live with the Hardlex as I like the watches.
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I selected sapphire.. But I have to put in plug for acrylic as they are easy to remove scratches from with polishing..
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I want a crystal that won't scratch and doesn't shatter. Additionally, if the crystal has a cyclops mounted I want the cyclops to be functional and actually magnify.
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I want a crystal that won't scratch and doesn't shatter. Additionally, if the crystal has a cyclops mounted I want the cyclops to be functional and actually magnify.
Speaking of cyclops, I prefer ones that are under the crystal like on my vintage Orient Royal..
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Sapphire is my go to choice, but it's not a deal breaker for me.
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Doesnt matter to me in the least but since you asked

Mineral on divers, sapphire on high end.

Hardex I consider mineral and acrylic is what it is.

My Citizen diver is over 20 years old, has been through hell and only has one scratch on the mineral crystal and my girl friend at the time actually did that one.

A 20 years old Seiko has one scratch also, all the rest of my watch crystals are pristine unless the scratch was on it when acquired.

Guess Im really easy on watches now but Ive always taken care of everything I own.
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I think mineral glass is better for deep divers as they shatter less easily at depth - then does sapphire ...

My eco-zilla is mineral - My Invicta 892x - the king of cheap divers is mineral - but all my sport watches and dress watches - I prefer sapphire ...

Had a Philip Sunray 7750 I sold to spendingtime - plastic crystal well done - never wore it ...

As I understand it - there are grades of sapphire for different grades of watches ... it gets even more confusing ... then there are laminates - some stay bonded better than others ...
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I don't really consider it, however, if one I am scoping has a sapphire, then I consider it a bonus.
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I absolutely want sapphire crystals first and foremost - but will accept mineral crystals in, say, a $50 beater sports watch. That's why it's a beater - it doesn't have a sapphire crystal, for starters...
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As I collect mostly vintage I don't mind acrylic as it cleans up easily and is cheap to replace. I have a couple of mid-sixties Bulova divers that look like they went through the ringer a few times and cleaned up like new. My Luminox diver is sapphire and it has taken a beating without showing it.

Of course sapphire probably has the best scratch resistance and requires little or no maintenance, but it is expensive to replace should that become necessary.
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I voted sapphire and prefer them, however, as crystals are generally easily and economically replaced or buffed out, if I need to have a particular watch, the crystal is never a deal killer for me.
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Not a deal breaker, but I prefer a sapphire crystal if given the choice...

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Hard to say, it's depend on the whole design of the watch, I will chooes a cool one and there are so many choices, I like the fashion brand MK watches and luxury watch Oris; but I will choose Sapphire if it's necessary.
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