Log in or register
Brand
Model
Price
Case diameter
Year
Location
More
Your selection
Clear selection

Your selection
Clear selection

Your selection
Clear selection

No results found.
Your selection
Clear selection

No results found.
Your selection
Clear selection

No results found.
Basic information
Style of watch
Watch type
More...
Reference number
More...
New/Pre-owned
Offer type
Gender
Availability
Condition
More...
Scope of delivery
Characteristics & functions
Movement
Case material
More...
Dial
More...
Crystal
Functions
More...
Thickness
More...
Bezel material
More...
Dial numerals
Water resistance
More...
Others
More...
Bracelet/strap
Bracelet material
More...
Clasp
More...
Lug width
More...
Bracelet color
More...
Clasp material
More...
Save this search Cancel

View

Sort by

Vacheron Constantin Overseas 47040/000R-9666 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
TOP
Vacheron Constantin 47040/000R-9666 Overseas
NZ$ 43,349
Verified Dealer
19
HK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25807BA Very good Yellow gold 38mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Triple Calendar 18K Yellow...
NZ$ 46,865
Verified Dealer
7
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 7118/1A-010 New Steel 35.2mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Nautilus brandnew Swiss Papers
NZ$ 49,105
Verified Dealer
28
AT
De Grisogono FG/ONE/N01 New Steel 58mm Automatic
TOP
De Grisogono FG One Hora saltante
NZ$ 11,296
Verified Dealer
209
ES
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377714 Good Steel 43mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
IWC Pilot Chronograph
NZ$ 6,600
Private Seller
NZ
Longines Legend Diver L3.674.4.56.2 Good Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Longines Legend Diver
NZ$ 3,000
Private Seller
NZ
U-Boat Flightdeck UB7750/45 LH Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic New Zealand, Ellerslie
U-Boat Italo Fontana Flightdeck Chronograph
NZ$ 2,000
Private Seller
NZ
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Double Date Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date
NZ$ 9,999
Private Seller
NZ
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 31160 Very good White gold 33mm Manual winding
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Superflat 18K Gold Weiss White...
NZ$ 10,826
Verified Dealer
538
DE
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3738/100G-012 Very good White gold 31.1mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3738/100G-012
NZ$ 28,737
Verified Dealer
14
FR
Movado Esperanza 4689905 Unworn Steel 39mm Quartz New Zealand, Palmerston North
Movado Esperanza
NZ$ 740
Private Seller
NZ
Bell & Ross BR V2 BRV294-BU-G-ST/SST New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Bell & Ross BR V2-94 AERONAVALE
NZ$ 5,563
Verified Dealer
59
NL
Bulgari Diagono SD40S RE Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Bulgari Diagono Pro Aqua Regatta Chronograph 40mm B&P
NZ$ 7,049
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
414
PL
IWC Big Pilot IW502617 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Saint Exupery 46mm 18K Rose...
NZ$ 43,566
Verified Dealer
544
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 118205F Very good Rose gold 31mm Automatic New Zealand, Tauranga
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Waterproof Day Date
NZ$ 37,821
Private Seller
 
HK
Rolex Datejust 126200 New Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust "Blue" New 2020 with Stickers
NZ$ 12,200
Verified Dealer
457
ES
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67605BA.ZZ.D080SU.01 Very good Yellow gold 33mm
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady (new ap service)
NZ$ 69,583
Verified Dealer
60
NL
Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic Double Heart Beat FC-303LGD3BD2B New Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic Double Heart Beat...
NZ$ 3,696
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
23
FR
Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days PAM 932 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
TOP
Panerai Radiomir 1940 3-Days "Mediterranero" Boutique Edition...
NZ$ 18,006
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
951
US
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Daytona Ref. 116520
NZ$ 35,243
Verified Dealer
495
NL
Montblanc 1858 117832 New Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Montblanc Ungetragene 1858 Automatic 40 mm
NZ$ 3,958
Verified Dealer
135
DE
Hermès Dressage DR1.785 Unworn Yellow gold 40  case without crownmm Automatic
TOP
Hermès Dressage 1928 18K Gold New Box Papers
NZ$ 23,315
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
414
PL
Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Daytona 116520 in New Old Stock Condition with Box & Papers
NZ$ 44,398
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
44
US
Breitling Chronomat Colt A17388101C1S1 New Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling Colt Automatic A17388101C1S1 blue dial unworn
NZ$ 4,500
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
163
FR
Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 00024 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Panerai Luminor Submersible
NZ$ 8,666
Verified Dealer
1539
ES
Ulysse Nardin Dual Time 243-55 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Gmt Dual Time Big Date Silver Dial
NZ$ 4,970
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
220
RO
Rado HyperChrome Chronograph R32038152 New Steel 38.7mm Quartz
TOP
Rado Hyperchrome Chronograph Steel/ Ceramic | 38.7MM
NZ$ 2,621
Verified Dealer
365
NL
Zenith 49.2520.400/98.R578 Very good Ceramic 45mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH Chronograph 49.2520.400/98.R578
NZ$ 10,606
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
951
US
Cartier Panthère W25014B9 Very good Yellow gold 27mm Quartz
TOP
Cartier Panthère Medium yellow gold Original diamond box & papers
NZ$ 22,230
Verified Dealer
118
BE
Omega Seamaster 26365091 Very good Rose gold
TOP
Omega Seamaster Professional 18 Rosegold wavy dial
NZ$ 14,441
Verified Dealer
277
DE
Franck Muller Conquistador 8001 L SC Very good Yellow gold 28mm Automatic
TOP
Franck Muller Conquistador Yellow Gold Limited Edition...
NZ$ 7,681
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
677
NL
Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Daytona 116520 Oman Crest in New Old Stock with Box &...
Price on request
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
44
US
Patek Philippe 4815 Very good Yellow gold 21mm Quartz
TOP
Patek Philippe La Flamme” 18 ct gold with Diamond decoration...
NZ$ 23,390
Verified Dealer
214
UK
Omega Speedmaster HB-SIA 321.92.44.52.01.001 Very good Titanium 44,2mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Speedmaster HB-SIA Co-Axial GMT [SPECIAL OFFER]
NZ$ 8,892
Verified Dealer
1539
ES
Zenith Port Royal 03.0550.4021 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith El Primero Port Royal Automatic
NZ$ 5,783
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
220
RO
Rado DiaMaster R14064725 New Ceramic 33mm Quartz
TOP
Rado Diamaster Diamonds | 33mm
NZ$ 2,913
Verified Dealer
365
NL
Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII 3820TI Very good Titanium 39mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Transatlantique 3820TI Titanium Black dial 39mm...
NZ$ 11,264
Verified Dealer
32
US
Romain Jerome Moon-DNA RJ.M.AU.IN.004.01 New Gold/Steel 46mm Automatic
TOP
Romain Jerome Moon Invader Speed Metal (Limited Edition)
NZ$ 16,140
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
479
LV
TAG Heuer Monaco WW2115 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
TAG Heuer Monaco Automatic Python
NZ$ 3,287
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
156
US
Omega De Ville Co-Axial 1681057 Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic
TOP
Omega De Ville Caliber 2500 Co-Axial Chronometer 18K 750 Rose...
NZ$ 6,055
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
677
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre 8000 Very good Steel 23mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre JLC Automatic serviced vintage watch 1980 ref...
NZ$ 2,438
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
210
NL
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 7502 QZ New Steel Quartz
TOP
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex New B&P
NZ$ 17,893
Verified Dealer
423
IT
Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot AB0510U6/BC26/159A New Steel 46mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot
NZ$ 12,416
Verified Dealer
1539
ES
Omega Constellation 1841.55.11 Very good Steel 34mm Quartz
TOP
Omega Constellation Quadra Chrono Diamonds
NZ$ 1,356
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
220
RO
Rado Coupole R22860023 New Steel 37.7mm Automatic
TOP
Rado Coupole Classic Silver | 37.7MM
NZ$ 1,896
Verified Dealer
365
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX 193.J.22 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Worldtimer Aston Martin 193.J.22 Titanium...
NZ$ 14,635
Verified Dealer
32
US
Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10106 New Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer
NZ$ 7,681
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
479
LV
Swiss Military 05-5184.55.001 New Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Swiss Military (HANOWA) NAUTICA Automatic Silver/Gold
NZ$ 1,177
Verified Dealer
10
BG
Glashütte Original Senator Karrée 39-51-02-02-04 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Glashütte Original Karree Perpetual Calendar 21K gold rotor...
NZ$ 9,850
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
677
NL
Omega 611.093 Good White gold 17mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega solid 18 k white gold, 24 diamonds lovely vintage watch...
NZ$ 1,715
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
210
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime Q7008420 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Q7008420 Watch with Leather...
NZ$ 8,386
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
671
US
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PFC528-0010100-X01402 New Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing 002 (SPECIAL OFFER 50%)
NZ$ 14,368
Verified Dealer
1539
ES
Eberhard & Co. Gilda 61008CP New Steel 32mm Quartz
TOP
Eberhard & Co. Gilda Quadrante Black Dial with Diamonds
NZ$ 2,711
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
220
RO
TAG Heuer Monaco CAW211R.FC6401 New Steel 39mm Automatic
TOP
TAG Heuer Monaco
NZ$ 7,193
Verified Dealer
189
IT
Eberhard & Co. Tazio Nuvolari EBERHARD TAZIO NUVOLARI 31055 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
TOP
Eberhard & Co. TAZIO NUVOLARI RATTRAPPANTE
NZ$ 8,675
Verified Dealer
 
IT
Hanhart Primus 742.270-1320 New Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Hanhart Primus Diver Blue
NZ$ 4,591
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
479
LV
U-Boat Classico 8051 New Steel 45mm Automatic
TOP
U-Boat Classico 45 BE GMT Tungsteno Anatholite Self-Winding 10ATM
NZ$ 6,506
Verified Dealer
10
BG
Cartier Roadster 2510 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Cartier Roadster Automatic Date 37 mm - 2510
NZ$ 4,789
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
677
NL
Omega BA 511.034 62 ba 511034 6 Saphette Very good Yellow gold 17mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Sapphette 18 k solid gold vintage 1962
NZ$ 1,534
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
210
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Q1538171 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Q1538171 Watch with Stainless...
NZ$ 11,346
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
671
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Q8012520 Very good Rose gold 39.6mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second
NZ$ 18,869
Verified Dealer
1539
ES
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.90.42.20.01.001 New Titanium 42mm Automatic New Zealand
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
NZ$ 15,200
Verified Dealer
 
NZ
Orient Star RE-AU0304L00B Orient Star Limited Edition Diver New Steel 43mm Automatic
TOP
Orient Limited Edition Diver
NZ$ 1,010
Verified Dealer
57
SE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (submodel) Q3832420 Unworn Rose gold 47mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duo Face/ An Lager/In Stock
NZ$ 22,772
Verified Dealer
347
CH

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.


You might also be interested in: