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Longines Heritage L48264922 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Longines Heritage 1832 L48264922
NZ$ 1,645
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HK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26584OR.OO.1220OR.01 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold Latin America Edition...
NZ$ 315,563
Free shipping
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361
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.01 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Blue Dial Chronograph 26331ST.OO.122...
NZ$ 90,325
Free shipping
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506
US
Raymond Weil Freelancer New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Raymond Weil Freelancer 42mm Steel Black Dial Automatic Mens...
NZ$ 2,103
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214
US
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Grandes Complications Tourbillon, 5-days power-reserve...
NZ$ 114,409
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58
CH
Gérald Genta G.2902 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Quartz
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Gérald Genta MaxiTime, Mother of Pearl- and Lapis-Dial
NZ$ 14,218
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69
CH
Girard Perregaux 99290-52-951-BA6A Unworn
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Girard Perregaux Planetarium Tr-Axial Tourbillon
Price on request
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55
US
Seiko Grand Seiko SBGK005 Very good Steel 39mm Manual winding New Zealand, New Plymouth
Seiko Grand Seiko
NZ$ 10,000
Private Seller
NZ
Girard Perregaux Laureato 80189D52A132-CB6A New Rose gold 34mm Quartz
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Girard Perregaux Laureato rose gold new full set
NZ$ 17,326
Professional dealer
129
CH
F.P.Journe Souveraine Chronomètre Souverain Very good Platinum 40mm Manual winding
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F.P.Journe Souveraine Platinum Full Set
NZ$ 71,728
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259
CZ
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 49002/3 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Chronograph 18K Gold Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 17,395

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Rolex Datejust 116233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36 Reference #: 116233
NZ$ 16,548
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80
US
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars 25859ST Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet 1997 Automatic 39mm Chronograph Jules Audemars...
NZ$ 17,317
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802
ES
Breguet Reine de Naples 8967ST/V8/J50 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Breguet Reine de Naples, new, blue mother-of-pearl dial, blue...
NZ$ 19,747
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58
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good White gold 15mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Feminine Vintage White Gold Diamond Set...
NZ$ 6,319
Professional dealer
69
CH
Patek Philippe Nautilus 7118/1200A-011 Unworn Steel 35.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Ladies 7118/1200A-011
NZ$ 109,844
Professional dealer
662
DE
Omega Speedmaster 3559.3200 Good Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand, New Plymouth
Omega Speedmaster
NZ$ 8,800
Private Seller
NZ
F.P.Journe New Titanium Quartz
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F.P.Journe ÉLÉGANTE 40 MM TITANE AVEC INSERTS
NZ$ 57,174
Professional dealer
129
CH
Rolex Daytona 116503 Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Rolex Daytona
NZ$ 34,167
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NZ
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49140 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Automatik Stahl...
NZ$ 24,186

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Panerai Luminor Power Reserve PAM 01090 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Power Reserve Reference #: PAM01090
NZ$ 8,564
Professional dealer
80
US
Glashütte Original Pavonina 03-01-06-12-02 Unworn Steel 31mm Quartz
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Glashütte Original Pavonina
NZ$ 6,584
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259
CZ
Breguet Héritage 5400BB/12/9V6 New White gold 42mm Automatic
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Breguet Héritage Chronograph, new, white gold, hand-guilloched...
NZ$ 44,155
Professional dealer
58
CH
Ebel Classic Hexagon Very good Yellow gold 36mm Quartz
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Ebel Iconic Hexagonal Pendant / Pocket Watch, Solid Gold
NZ$ 6,319
Professional dealer
69
CH
Omega Constellation Ladies 123.20.35.20.58.001 New Gold/Steel 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation 123.20.35.20.58.001 CO‑AXIAL 35 MM
NZ$ 9,558
Professional dealer
850
US
Bulova 63c112 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand, Christchurch
Bulova Accu-Swiss Gemini Chronograph
NZ$ 701
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NZ
Girard Perregaux WW.TC 49800 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Ww.tc world time chronograph
NZ$ 19,058
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129
CH
Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Rolex Day-Date 40
NZ$ 61,852
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NZ
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classique 250.8.86 Very good Steel 33mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Handaufzug Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
NZ$ 6,099

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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II "Batman" Reference #: 116710BLNR
NZ$ 24,821
Professional dealer
80
US
Patek Philippe Gondolo 5024G Very good White gold 30mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 2002 Full Set Salmon Rose Dial Arabic Numerals...
NZ$ 20,782
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802
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Breguet Classique 5287BR/92/9ZU New Rose gold 43mm Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Chronograph, double seconds totalizer,...
NZ$ 46,604
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58
CH
Piaget Very good White gold 34mm Automatic
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Piaget Cushion Shape & 3D Indexes
NZ$ 12,638
Professional dealer
69
CH
Gérald Genta Gefica G.3279 Very good White gold 26mm Quartz
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Gérald Genta White Gold Ladies Gefica with Mother of Pearl...
NZ$ 7,109
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69
CH
Omega Speedmaster Date 32105000 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Papamoa
Omega Speedmaster Date
NZ$ 4,347
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NZ
Piaget 14101 Good Yellow gold 33mm Quartz
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Piaget Yellow Gold Beta 21, Lapis Lazuli Dial
NZ$ 11,848
Professional dealer
69
CH
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN Good Steel 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Rolex GMT-Master II
NZ$ 21,141
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2011 Good Steel 41mm Automatic New Zealand, 0627
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
NZ$ 2,879
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NZ
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 81180 Very good White gold 40mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K Weissgold Handaufzug...
NZ$ 15,333

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Rolex Lady-Datejust 178271 Very good Gold/Steel 31mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 31 Reference #: 178271
NZ$ 15,822
Professional dealer
80
US
Breguet Classique 8788BR/29/986 DD00 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique, new, moon phase, power-reserve indicator, ...
NZ$ 29,937
Professional dealer
58
CH
Piaget Limelight Very good Yellow gold 20mm Manual winding
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Piaget Ladies Limelight Tank, Extra Thin, Factory Diamonds
NZ$ 7,899
Professional dealer
69
CH
Blancpain Villeret 6595 Very good Yellow gold 33.5mm Automatic
Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Kalender Mondphase 18K Gold...
NZ$ 8,282

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.40.30.01.001 Very good Steel 49.7mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "Ed White" Chronograph Ref....
NZ$ 28,639

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2531.80.00 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
NZ$ 3,916

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Rolex Datejust II 116300 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Rolex Datejust II
NZ$ 16,853
Professional dealer
 
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Breitling Aerospace EVO E793637V/G817 Good Titanium 43mm Quartz New Zealand, Hamilton
Breitling Aerospace EVO
NZ$ 4,300
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
NZ$ 14,536

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Rolex Datejust 16233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36 Reference #: 16233
NZ$ 10,524
Professional dealer
80
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Breguet GJ24BB8548DDC3 New White gold Automatic
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Breguet Secret de la Reine, paved with 595 diamonds, folding...
NZ$ 78,200
Professional dealer
58
CH
Chopard 1038 Very good White gold 33mm Automatic
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Chopard White Gold Jade Saudi Arabia: King Khalid, DoubleSigned
NZ$ 12,638
Professional dealer
69
CH
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
NZ$ 15,264

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Rolex Explorer II 216570 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Rolex Explorer II Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
NZ$ 20,080

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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master II Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
NZ$ 19,543

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Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT Master II Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster...
NZ$ 19,370

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic New Zealand, Nelson
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 6,756
Private Seller
NZ
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
NZ$ 31,862

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2561.80.00 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
Omega Seamaster 300M Mid Size Edelstahl Herrenuhr Saphirglas...
NZ$ 3,361

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Breguet Tradition 7037BA/11/9V6 New Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Tradition, new, yellow gold
NZ$ 30,885
Professional dealer
58
CH
Vacheron Constantin Harmony 61201 Very good Yellow gold 23mm Quartz
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Vacheron Constantin Harmony, Full Original Diamond Set, VC...
NZ$ 31,596
Professional dealer
69
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Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII 3800 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Breguet Type XX Aeronavale Chronograph Automatik Stahl...
NZ$ 9,009

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Rolex GMT-Master 16700 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT Master Pepsi Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster...
NZ$ 17,585

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Cartier Santos Galbée 987901 Very good Steel 29mm Quartz
Cartier Santos Galbée Edelstahl Herrenuhr Datum Saphirglas...
NZ$ 3,898

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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master II Batman Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetua...
NZ$ 27,756

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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.