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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36
Sultan of Oman President 18K Gold Gelbgold 750 Automatik Automatic Khanjar
Php1,822,898
+ Php18,235 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 40 228349RBR New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40
White Gold Black Diamond Dial & Diamond Bezel President Bracelet New
Php3,160,743
+ Php24,313 for shipping
Richard Mille RM 011 RM11-03 Very good 44mm Automatic
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Richard Mille RM 011
RM11-03 Red TPT Quartz Skeleton Dial
Price on request
Free shipping
Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79363N Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
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Tudor Black Bay Chrono
79363N Chronograph Steel & 18K Yellow Gold Black Dial
Php418,371
Free shipping
Omega Speedmaster 310.32.42.50.02.001 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster
'Silver Snoopy Award' 50th Anniversary
Php1,159,131
+ Php5,152 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master II 126719BLRO New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II
126719BLRO
Php4,193,224
+ Php9,116 for shipping
Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar T091.420.44.051.00 Good Titanium 45mm Quartz The Philippines, City of San Fernando
Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar
T091.420.44.051.00
Php16,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Patek Philippe 5275P-001 New Platinum
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Patek Philippe
175TH Anniversary Chiming JUMP HOUR Double Factory Seald
Php55,920,842
+ Php24,313 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15500ST.OO.1220ST.04 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding
41mm Stainless Steel Silver Dial
Php2,454,773
+ Php5,523 for shipping
Juvenia ML1016 Very good Gold/Steel 30mm Manual winding The Philippines, Bacong
Juvenia
ML1016
Php6,990
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Daytona Custom Limited Edition by BV 35 Dlc - Pvd
Php2,184,985
+ Php23,706 for shipping
Seiko SKX009J1 Good Steel 42mm Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Seiko
SKX009J with Sapphire Crystal
Php19,527
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5205R-011 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
Unworn New November 2022 Green Dial 5205R-011
Php3,640,933
Free shipping
Breitling Chronomat 44 AB0115 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat 44
Bronze Dial 'Japan Limited Edition' AB0115
Php300,878
+ Php6,078 for shipping
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic 147.8.57.S Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic
147.8.57.S
Php419,322
+ Php9,116 for shipping
Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe PT6178-SS001-330-1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe
Automatique Herrenuhr ETA Valjoux 7750 Automatik PT6178-SS001-330-1
Php97,010
Free shipping
Rolex Datejust 31 278273 Very good Gold/Steel 31mm Automatic The Philippines, Mabalacat
Rolex Datejust 31
278273
Php980,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.30.42.20.10.001 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic The Philippines, General Trias
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
210.30.42.20.10.001
Php310,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar 140.6.87 Very good Platinum 37mm Automatic The Philippines, Pasig
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar
Control Calendar Triple Date 35 pcs Limited Edition Platinum
Php850,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.30.42.20.10.001 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic The Philippines, General Trias
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
210.30.42.20.10.001
Php310,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 New White gold 44mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master II
White Gold / White Dial / 44mm Platinum Bezel (116689)
Php2,901,095
+ Php5,523 for shipping
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80315 Unworn Rose gold 29mm Automatic The Philippines, Taguig City
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
80315
Php1,443,012
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Tudor 1926 M91551-0003 Very good Gold/Steel Automatic The Philippines, Malabon
Tudor 1926
M91551-0003
Php120,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5060 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut
first generation with archives & box
Php2,917,609
+ Php24,313 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116518LN New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Yellow Gold Paul Newman New Unworn December 2022
Php2,340,166
Free shipping
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller
Black - Custom Limited Edition by BV 35 Dlc - Pvd
Php1,809,343
+ Php23,706 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16200 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
36mm Blue Sunburst Dial Reference 16200 Y Serial - 2002 Watch
Php351,423
+ Php5,021 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic The Philippines, Muntinlupa city 1771
Rolex Daytona
116520
Php1,690,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Longines Présence L47214186 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic The Philippines, koronadal
Longines Présence
L47214186
Php48,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15407BC.GG.1224BC.01 New White gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
Frosted Gold 15407BC.GG.1224BC.01
Php17,573,943
+ Php5,523 for shipping

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Perrelet Turbine Pilot A1094/2A New Steel 48mm Automatic
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Perrelet Turbine Pilot
48mm Automatic In-House Movement Men's Watch A1094/2A
Php100,367
+ Php5,523 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 31 178384 Unworn Steel 31mm Automatic The Philippines, Taguig City
Rolex Datejust 31
178384
Php662,513
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Ball Fireman Storm Chaser CM2192C-P3-BK Very good Steel 43mm Automatic The Philippines, Cagayan de Oro City
Ball Fireman Storm Chaser
CM2192C-P3-BK
Php80,982
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual Time 26120ST.OO.1220ST.03 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual Time
39mm
Php2,735,259
+ Php24,313 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 31 178271 Very good Gold/Steel 31mm Automatic The Philippines, Taguig City
Rolex Datejust 31
178271
Php586,854
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Custom Limited Edition by BV 10 Dlc - Pvd
Php2,372,806
+ Php23,706 for shipping
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Explorer II
16570 Cal. 3186 RRR
Php547,052
Free shipping
A. Lange & Söhne 425.050 Very good Rose gold 41.2mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne
1815 Rattrapante "one of 100" Honey Gold
Php13,128,467
+ Php10,367 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15720ST.OO.A009CA.01 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
(15720ST.OO.A009CA.01)
Php1,868,975
+ Php5,523 for shipping
F.P.Journe Octa 156-C Very good Platinum 38mm Automatic
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F.P.Journe Octa
Chronographe Flyback Platinum 156-C
Price on request
+ Php10,941 for shipping
Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Date LC1026-SS001-130-1 New Steel 33mm Quartz
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Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Date
Damenuhr Lederband schwarz Datum LC1026-SS001-130-1 NEU OVP. Garantie
Php23,219
Free shipping
Bulgari Octo 103481 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Bulgari Octo
Roma GMT World Timer 103481 Blue Dial Men's Watch Full Kit Bvlgari
Php408,720
+ Php5,021 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25995IP.OO.1000TI.01 Very good Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
titanium Alinghi America’s Cup Limited Edition
Php1,945,073
+ Php24,313 for shipping
Tudor Prince Date 74000N Fair Steel 34mm Automatic The Philippines, Iloilo
Tudor Prince Date
Philippines Airlines
Php139,476
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Submariner 116659SABR New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner
116659SABR
Php22,316,119
+ Php11,158 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Unworn New September 2022 Black Dial
Php1,756,644
Free shipping
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-014 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
"Final Green Dial"
Php20,731,159
+ Php10,367 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 41 126331 New Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 41
Fluted Bezel Silver Fluted Motif Index Dial Jubilee Bracelet 126331
Php920,540
+ Php5,523 for shipping
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 140.8.38.S Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control
Reserve De Marche Master Control 140.8.38.S
Php376,584
+ Php5,579 for shipping
Maurice Lacroix Fiaba FA1003-SD502-170-1 New Steel 28mm Quartz
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Maurice Lacroix Fiaba
Diamonds Round Date Ø 28 mm Damen-Armbanduhr besetzt mit 71 echten Diamanten 0,32 ct
Php54,280
Free shipping
Cartier Santos (submodel) WSSA0030 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Cartier Santos
WSSA0030 Large Size Blue Dial Mens Watch Full Set
Php418,371
+ Php5,579 for shipping
Richard Mille RM 005 RM005 Unworn White gold 38mm Automatic
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Richard Mille RM 005
full set with gold after full service with new case
Php8,205,776
+ Php24,313 for shipping
Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL 66-04-04-02-05 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding The Philippines, Muntinlupa
Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL
66-04-04-02-05
Php500,000
Excl. shipping
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Montblanc 1858 MB125583 Unworn Bronze 42mm Automatic
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Montblanc 1858
Monopusher Chronograph (Limited Edition)
Php212,682
Free shipping
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 03.Z386.400/60.C843 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Unworn New October 2022 Revival A386 Manufacturer Edition
Php544,013
Free shipping
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-001 Very good White gold 42.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut
5168G-001
Php4,803,519
+ Php10,367 for shipping
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
44 James Cameron Stainless Steel Blue/Black Dial 126660
Php1,004,225
+ Php5,523 for shipping
Chopard Mille Miglia 1254 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Chopard Mille Miglia
Chronograph Limited 250 Pieces Yellow Gold
Php455,876
Free shipping
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR2A1Z.FT6044 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Muntinlupa
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01
CAR2A1Z.FT6044
Php220,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Certina DS Podium C674.7029.42.96 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic The Philippines, Iloilo
Certina DS Podium
C674.7029.42.96
Php71,412
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Gérald Genta G.3445 Very good Platinum 32mm Quartz
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Gérald Genta
Platinum Chronograph Mesmerizing Opal Dial Mecaquartz
Php1,011,236
+ Php6,077 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 19018 Good Yellow gold 36mm Quartz
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Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz
19018
Php778,029
+ Php15,196 for shipping
Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10094 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
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Baume & Mercier Capeland
Flyback Chronograph (Limited Edition)
Php297,839
Free shipping

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.