A Guide To Watch Glass

 

Watch glass is the transparent covering within the face of the watch. You will find a variety of materials that are utilized to make watch glass. They can be made from 1 of 3 common materials. Each material has it’s own pros and cons, so it’s worth comprehending the variations.

Acrylic Glass

The least expensive glass is really a plastic. Acrylic plastic is tough, flexible and transparent. it is also very light. However it could scratch easily. The scratches can be removed, you should consult a professional about the easiest method to proceed. Childrens’ watches frequently come with an acrylic glass as it is tough and durable and less likely to break easily.

Mineral Glass

This is the most common type of glass to be found in a designer watch. This is produced by using heat or chemicals which allow it to be more scratch resistant. When the glass does become too scratched it will have to be changed. From time to time whenever a watch glass shatters small shards of glass can lodge themselves in to the workings. Should this happen then the price of repair will probably exceed the need for the watch. Most watches, however, don’t finish their existence in in this way so there’s no need to be unnecessarily worried.

Sapphire Crystal

Probably the most desirable watch glass is constructed of either synthetic or genuine sapphire. Generally synthetic sapphire is used. This is constructed of crystalised aluminum oxide and has the same physical attributes as the natural sapphire but without the colouring.. Sapphire rates 9 around the Moh scale, (that’s the measures of relative hardness of materials) and it is just behind diamond which measures 10. Of all of the glass, sapphire crystal is the least prone to shatter or be scratched. Contrary you ought to be more concerned that the watch may scratch another surface! The best way to tell mineral and sapphire glass apart is to try and scratch it, a stainless-steel knife or screwdriver will scratch mineral-glass but not sapphire crystal.

 

Sapphire crystal is among the features that pushes up the price of top end watches. This is because of the need for expensive tools which use diamonds to cut and shape the sapphire and the craftsmanship involved. Most top end Seiko and Citizen use sapphire crystal scratch resistant glass.

The Victorinox watches have specially treated sapphire crystal glass.

Junghans watches have sapphire crystal glass.

Citizen Eco Drive watches come with sapphire crystal glass.

The Citizen Red Arrows watches all have sapphire crystal glass.

Both top end Seiko watches and Citizen watches have sapphire crystal glass, including the flagship model Seiko SMY161P1 and the new Citizen AT4008-51e watch which are featured below…

One of the best looking new watches with sapphire crystal glass is the Citizen CC3005-85E F50 Satellite wave watch which is a great looking new watch that is already proving to be the most popular Citizen watch so far in 2016. We have an image of it for you here…

The new Citizen CC9015-71E F90 GPS watch is another stunner with high quality sapphire crystal glass and features that are superb all around. We love this watch and think it is one of the best looking watches that Citizen have put out so far this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Russ Green

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  • Kris

    I’m sorry, “The best way to tell mineral and sapphire glass apart is to try and scratch it, a stainless-steel knife or screwdriver will scratch mineral-glass but not sapphire crystal”?
    So I take a knife to my mineral glass watch and lo and behold…watch frigged. Really great advice. Maybe just look up your watch make and model online? Just a thought…

  • MasterDebater

    Putin did it.