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Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur 1183-310/43 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Швейцарские Часы Marine...
Php 250,121
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Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars 26010or.oo.d088cr.01 Very good Rose gold 43mm Manual winding
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Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Chronograph Rose...
Php 4,595,803
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 4831J Very good 23mm Quartz
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Patek Philippe Швейцарские Часы ...
Php 480,625
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Ulysse Nardin Caprice 136-91 Very good 34mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Швейцарские Часы ...
Php 392,347
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Ulysse Nardin Classic Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon 1786-133 Very good Rose gold 44mm Manual winding
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Ulysse Nardin Anchor Tourbillon Limited Edition 44 mm 18K R/G...
Php 2,054,916
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Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon, new, rose gold, 5-days power-res...
Php 3,938,085
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49150 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic The Philippines, makati
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
Php 1,750,000
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Rolex Milgauss 116400 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Milgauss Rainbow MK2 - Limited Edition /5 Black Venom...
Php 915,997
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Rolex Datejust 16019 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 16019 rare 18K Gold Weissgold White Herrenuhr...
Php 3,580,548
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671
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Tudor Prince Date 79260P Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Tudor Prince Date Chronograph Automatik Datum Edelstahl...
Php 253,664

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Roger Dubuis La Monégasque RDDBMG0005 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Roger Dubuis La Monegasque Chronograph
Php 1,027,752
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243
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Rolex Day-Date 36 118239 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date ref. 118239 18kt White Gold Diamonds Dial
Php 1,181,778
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC274-0001401-B33002 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe 40mm Auto Mens Watch...
Php 245,168
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958
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Breguet Tradition 7027 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Manual winding
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Breguet Tradition
Php 832,616
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535
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 515.NX.1270.LR New Titanium 45mm Manual winding
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Hublot Classic Fusion ultra-thin, new, 45mm, titanium, manual...
Php 380,377
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic The Philippines, Cebu City
Rolex Submariner Date
Php 617,946
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Rolex Explorer II 216570 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Explorer II Dark - Limited Edition /10 Black Venom Dlc -...
Php 891,407
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Breguet Tradition 7037BA/11/9V6 New Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Tradition, new, yellow gold
Php 1,071,907
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 101.032 Very good Yellow gold 38.5mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Handaufzug 18K Gold Herrenuhr Ref....
Php 1,220,574

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Breguet Classique 8788BR/29/986 DD00 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique, new, moon phase, power-reserve indicator, ...
Php 869,783
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 150esimo Anniversario ref 3960J
Php 835,600
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC273-0061400-HE1421 New Steel 33mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metropolitaine Automatic Diamond...
Php 161,843
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Breguet Reine de Naples 9807ST/5W/J50 New Steel 32.7mm Automatic
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Breguet Reine de Naples, new, white mother-of-pearl dial,...
Php 542,425
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Corum Golden Bridge 313.150.59/0001 FK01 New White gold 51.8mm Automatic
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Corum Golden Bridge, new, white gold, limited edition - no....
Php 1,238,468
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Omega De Ville Hour Vision 431-30-41-21-01-001/ Very good 41mm Automatic The Philippines, sta. rosa laguna
Omega de-ville-hour-vision-co-axial-41mm
Php 179,728
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Rolex Daytona 116523/116503 New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Black Diamond - Limited edition /35...
Php 1,530,760
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Breguet GJ24BB8548DDC3 New White gold Automatic
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Breguet Secret de la Reine, paved with 595 diamonds, folding...
Php 2,691,732
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Piaget 9015 Very good Yellow gold 27mm Manual winding
Piaget Ultrathin 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Damenuhr Ref....
Php 128,324

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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...
Php 567,711
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Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.47/V200PN19 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph, new, steel, 83 diamonds 0.75...
Php 244,431
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Breguet Classique 5287BR/92/9ZU New Rose gold 43mm Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Chronograph, rose gold, new, double seconds...
Php 1,450,544
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Corum 286.253.55/0001 BN68 New Rose gold 38mm Manual winding
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Corum Vintage Charge d'affairs, new, alarm, manual wind...
Php 434,755
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Chaumet Khesis W19630-35A New Steel Quartz
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Chaumet Khesis, new, white mop dial with 16 diamonds, white...
Php 135,674
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Rolex Datejust 126300 Good Steel 41mm Automatic The Philippines, Makati City
Rolex Datejust
Php 451,763
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II Limited Edition /10 Black Venom Dlc - Pvd
Php 977,474
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Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine, chronograph, blue sapphire cabochon crown,...
Php 597,891
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Rolex GMT-Master 16700 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT Master Pepsi Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster...
Php 617,748

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Breitling NB0434E5/BE94 New Carbon 45mm Automatic
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Breitling Bentley GMT, new, chronograph, carbon case and dial,...
Php 666,679
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Tiffany Atlas Z1901.10.50E91A40B New Yellow gold 30mm Quartz
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Tiffany Atlas Lady's Cocktail, new, bezel set with 190...
Php 434,755
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Seiko Presage SRQ019J1 Very good Steel Automatic The Philippines, Makati
Seiko Presage Seiko 60th anniversary limited chronograph
Php 165,000
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80285 New Rose gold 29mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster, 260 diamonds on bezel and...
Php 2,867,700
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Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick V.24143 Very good Steel Quartz The Philippines, Cauayan City
Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Victorinox Swiss Army – 24143 –...
Php 10,888
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Hublot King Power 771.CI.1170.RX New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
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Hublot King Power, new, black ceramic, different time zones
Php 815,404
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A10 Good Steel 43mm Automatic The Philippines, General Trias Cavite
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
Php 121,263
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 545.NX.1270.LR New Titanium 42mm Manual winding
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Hublot Classic Fusion ultra-thin, new, 42mm, titanium, manual...
Php 380,377
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Cartier 21 Must de Cartier 2416 Good Silver 23mm Quartz The Philippines, Mandaluyong City
Cartier 21 Must de Cartier
Php 83,325
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master II Batman Automatik Herrenuhr Ref. 116710BLNR...
Php 974,668

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U-Boat Classico 2269 Good Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, 1221
U-Boat Classico Cas 1/45
Php 75,200
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Casio Pro Trek 5241 Good Titanium 46mm Quartz The Philippines, Quezon
Casio Pro Trek PRX-7000G-9JR Manaslu
Php 50,000
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PH
Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL 66-04-04-02-05 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding The Philippines, Muntinlupa
Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL
Php 500,000
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Breitling A53605 Good Steel 41mm Quartz The Philippines, Quezon City
Breitling Chrono Shark Quartz
Php 77,300
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Bulgari B.Zero1 BZ30S Very good Steel 30mm Quartz The Philippines, 1606
Bulgari B.Zero1
Php 69,000
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Breguet Classique 5247BR/29/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Chronograph, new, rose gold, tachometer
Php 1,336,893
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Tudor Fastrider Black Shield 42000CN-0016 Very good Ceramic Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Tudor Fastrider Black Shield
Php 170,000
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR2A1Z.FT6044 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Muntinlupa
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01
Php 220,000
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 14060M Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner No Date Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
Php 513,297

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Breguet Classique 8788BR12986DD00 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique, new, moon phase, power-reserve indicator, ...
Php 869,783
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Rolex Datejust 116188 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust, new, bezel with 60 diamonds, dial with 10...
Php 1,027,480
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Breguet Marine 8828BR/5D/RM1 DD00 New Rose gold 34.6mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine chronograph, sapphire crown, 170 diamonds on...
Php 1,923,093
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Rolex Explorer II 16570 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Explorer II Automatik Oyster Perpetual Ref. 16570...
Php 445,853

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Rolex Air King 116900 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Air King Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
Php 445,853

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Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
Php 525,831

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Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
Php 525,831

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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 8 WAR5010.BA0723 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic The Philippines, Davao City
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 8
Php 104,634
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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.