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Patek Philippe 5130/1R-011 New Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Grand Complication World Time Rose Gold 5130R...
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Patek Philippe Grand Complications (submodel) 5370P-001 Very good Platinum 41mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe 5370P-001 Grand Complication, Chronograph,...
$199,900
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Bremont h-4 Hercules New Platinum 43mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, River Edge
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Bremont H-4 HERCULES PLATINUM Limited Edition Leather Strap Watch
$26,346
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Unworn Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm White Dial 114300 Unworn 2020...
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Corum Admiral's Cup (submodel) 397.101.55/0001 AK10. Unworn Rose gold 47mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Tavernier
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Corum Admirals Cup Seafender 47 Tourbillon
$34,990
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IWC Portuguese Automatic IW500704 Very good Steel 42.3mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Holmdel
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IWC Portugieser 43mm 7 Day Power Reserve Automatic IW500704
$8,499
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Rolex Air King 114200 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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$7,500
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933 New Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Orlando
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Rolex 2021 Sky-Dweller Two Tone NEW White Dial 326933
$21,445
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470SO.OO.A002CA.01 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470SO.OO.A002...
$35,500
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Rolex Datejust 126334 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2021 Datejust 41 Wimbledon Gray Roman Fluted Jubilee New...
$13,499
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5327R-001 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Grand Complications Rose Gold Perpetual...
$94,699
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-010 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Costa Mesa
Patek Philippe Nautilus
$105,000
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Breitling Superocean 42 A17366021B1A1 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Kentucky, Lexington
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Breitling Superocean 42 Black A17366 (2021)
$2,699
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 215.32.44.21.01.001 Very good Steel 43.5mm Automatic United States of America, California, Stockton
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
$5,222
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Submariner Date Stainless Steel 116610LN
$13,900
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase Power Reserve 5712 5712/1A...
$105,000
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 126000 New Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm Black Dial 126000
$8,400
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331OR.OO.1220OR.02 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41 Rose Gold 2021...
$103,000
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR-0001 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex GMT-Master II Root Beer 18K Rose Gold Box/Papers/Card...
$45,999
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396R-011 Unworn Rose gold 38mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Complications Rose Gold Annual Calendar silver...
$55,799
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Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Costa Mesa
Rolex Daytona
$90,000
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15703ST.OO.A002CA.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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$21,900
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Breitling Superocean 44 A17367D71B1S1 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, Kentucky, Lexington
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Breitling Superocean 44 Automatic Black (2021)
$2,475
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Rolex Daytona 116515ln Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Arabic Chocolate Dial
$38,000
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Patek Philippe Twenty~4 7300/1200A-011 New Steel Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Patek Philippe 2021 Twenty~4 Green Dial Steel Box/Papers...
$29,900
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Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 A17320 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic United States of America, California, Stockton
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Breitling Superocean Heritage 46
$2,900
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR 2021 "ROOTBEER"
$21,999
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Seiko Grand Seiko SBGE245 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Seiko Grand Seiko GMT Spring Drive 2019 Box/Papers SBGE245...
$6,049
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227G-010 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Calatrava White Gold Black Lacquered Index Dial...
$38,999
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 5500V/110A-B148 New Steel 42.5mm Automatic United States of America, California, Costa Mesa
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
$40,300
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Preowned Submariner Date 40mm Stainless Steel Black Dial...
$11,490
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IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW379503 Good Bronze 44mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Austin
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IWC : Aquatimer Chronograph Expedition Charles Darwin :...
$5,980
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex GMT-Master II Ceramic Black and Blue Bezel Batman...
$18,900
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IWC Ingenieur Automatic IW3236 Good Steel Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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IWC Ingenieur “Mission Earth” Plastiki Edition IW3236
$5,500
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Breitling Colt Chronograph A53035 Good Steel 38mm Quartz United States of America, California, Stockton
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Breitling Colt Chronograph
$1,545
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326938 New Yellow gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326938 Black Dial 2021
$53,499
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 276200 New Steel 28mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 28mm Silver Index Domed Oyster New...
$6,499
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lady 26048SK.ZZ.D002CA.01 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Stainless Steel Factory...
$24,999
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Panerai Luminor GMT Automatic PAM 00023 Good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Costa Mesa
Panerai Luminor Gmt RARE 23A
$5,000
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Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Preowned GMT-Master II 40mm Steel Black & Red 'Coke'...
$13,490
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Breitling Superocean 42 A17366D81C1A1 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Kentucky, Lexington
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Breitling Superocean Automatic 42 Blue (2021)
$2,725
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Rolex Submariner Date 116619 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Submariner Date 40mm White Gold "Smurf"
$42,500
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Panerai Radiomir Rattrapante Panerai PAM21 48mm Platinum Radiomir Very good Platinum 48mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Panerai PAM21 48mm Platinum Radiomir (Rolex Movement)
$125,000
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 522.33.40.20.04.001 New Steel 39.5mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Canton
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Tokyo 2020 Limited Edition
$8,588
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Rolex Daytona 116506 New Platinum 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Rolex Daytona 116506 Platinum 2021
$134,999
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IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW387901 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Spitfire 2020 Box/Papers IW387901
$4,999
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67650SR.OO.1261SR.01 Very good Steel 33mm Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Stainless Steel and Rose Gold Index...
$26,599
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Breitling Superocean Heritage U103701A1Q1W1 New Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Costa Mesa
Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown Limited Edition
$4,800
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116719BLRO Very good White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Preowned GMT-Master II 40mm 18K White Gold Black Dial...
$39,900
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Breitling Avenger II GMT A32390111C1A1 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, Stockton
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Breitling Avenger II GMT Blue Dial A32390
$2,967
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228206 Unworn Platinum 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Day-Date 40 Platinum Ice Blue Roman Dial
$74,500
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IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph IW390501 Very good Rose gold 43.5mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph 44mm IW390501 3905-01...
$19,900
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116713LN Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA
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Rolex GMT Master II Black Dial 18k Gold/Steel 40mm (Full...
$15,595
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Rolex Submariner Date 116618LB Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Rolex Submariner Date 116618LB 2019 B&P Complete
$36,949
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 New Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2021 Sea-Dweller Red 43mm Stickers Box/Papers/Card...
$15,499
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Patek Philippe Travel Time 5524R-001 Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Complications Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Rose...
$50,899
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Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback PAM 00580 New Ceramic 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Costa Mesa
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback
$11,995
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 79174 Very good Steel 26mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Preowned Lady-Datejust Steel 26mm Factory Diamond Silver...
$4,690
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 126610LN Submariner Date Stainless Steel Automatic New 41mm
$14,580
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Rolex Explorer II 216570 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet 42mm Black...
$13,200
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 315.KX.115.1140.RX Very good Ceramic Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Hublot Big Bang 44mm Ceramic Ayrton Senna Special Edition -...
$12,500
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR2A1H.FT6101 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic United States of America, California, Stockton
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR2A1H.FT6101
$4,607
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Rolex Explorer II 216570 New Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Rolex Explorer II 216570 “Polar Dial” 2020
$14,499
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 New Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA Black Box/Papers/Card 126660
$14,999
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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.