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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326938 New Yellow gold 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326938 Yellow Gold Black Dial 2020 EU
Rs. 3,899,416
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118
AT
Richard Mille RM 055 RM055 Very good Carbon 42mm Manual winding
TOP
Richard Mille Bubba Watson White Legend Titanium Watch RM055
Rs. 25,401,006
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Verified Dealer
297
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740/1G-001 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe 5740/1G-001 Nautilus Perpetual Calendar White...
Rs. 14,825,123
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429
US
Chopard Happy Sport 278559-6003 New Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Chopard 278559-6003 HAPPY SPORT
Rs. 1,365,080
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20
HK
NOMOS Club Neomatik 741 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic India, Mohali
NOMOS Club Neomatik
Rs. 150,000
Private Seller
IN
TAG Heuer Connected SBF8A8001 Very good Titanium 45mm Automatic India, Aquem, Margao
TAG Heuer connected
Rs. 69,000
Private Seller
IN
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic India, Pune
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39
Rs. 406,692
Private Seller
IN
Breguet Classique 5930BA/12/986 36mm Automatic
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Breguet 5930BA/12/986 Classique Gents 36mm - Yellow Gold -...
Rs. 777,739
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209
UK
Panerai PAM 00775 Very good Steel 44mm Manual winding India, Chennai
Panerai luminor
Rs. 250,000
Private Seller
IN
Rolex Datejust 116233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic India, delhi
Rolex Datejust
Rs. 723,916
Private Seller
IN
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.22.42.20.01.002 Unworn Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
Rs. 420,000
Private Seller
IN
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2010 Good Steel 41mm Automatic India, 400071
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
Rs. 125,000
Private Seller
IN
Louis Moinet Tempograph LM-39.20N.50 New Titanium 43.5mm Automatic
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Louis Moinet Tempograph
Rs. 1,189,652
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347
EE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 240.8.14 Very good Steel 29mm Manual winding India, Kolkata
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Reserve
Rs. 418,740
Private Seller
IN
Tissot Couturier T035.627.11.051.00 Good Steel 43mm Automatic India, Pune
Tissot Couturier
Rs. 23,000
Private Seller
IN
Certina DS-4 Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic India, delhi
Certina DS-4 Small seconds beauty
Rs. 60,000
Private Seller
IN
Longines Heritage L2.809.4.23.2 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic India, Thane
Longines Heritage 1918 L28094232
Rs. 108,000
Private Seller
IN
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 CAR2A11.BA0799 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic India, shahabad markanda
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887
Rs. 227,000
Private Seller
IN
Tissot PRS 200 T067.417.11.031.00 Very good Steel 42mm Quartz India, Thane (West)
Tissot PRS 200
Rs. 20,197
Private Seller
IN
1049/4999 Very good Gold/Steel 45mm Automatic India, kota
Bernhard H Mayer Black Stainless Steel Nauticus Royale II...
Rs. 74,775
Private Seller
IN
B2502/CW Unworn Steel 42mm Quartz India, kota
Bernhard H Mayer The V Spirit with extra blue & white Nylon...
Rs. 30,658
Private Seller
IN
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 CAR2110.FC6266 Very good Steel Automatic India, Greater Mumbai
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887
Rs. 135,000
Private Seller
IN
Oris Divers Sixty Five 01 733 7707 4355-07 8 20 17 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic India, Navi Mumbai
Oris Divers Sixty Five
Rs. 130,000
Private Seller
IN
Jacques Lemans 1-1368 Unworn Steel 34mm Automatic India, delhi
Jacques Lemans tonneau barrel watch
Rs. 27,000
Private Seller
IN
Rolex Datejust 116234 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic India, Navi Mumbai
Rolex Datejust
Rs. 500,000
Private Seller
IN
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26020ST Very good Steel Automatic India, New Delhi
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Rs. 2,700,000
Private Seller
IN
Tissot T-Race T0484172705706 Very good Steel Quartz India, Pune
Tissot T-Race
Rs. 40,388
Private Seller
IN
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 212.30.41.20.01.003 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic India, Hyderabad
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
Rs. 351,443
Private Seller
IN
Omega Constellation Day-Date 396.1080 Very good Steel Quartz India, Chennai
Omega Constellation Day-Date
Rs. 65,000
Private Seller
IN
Unworn Gold/Steel 43mm Automatic India, delhi
Nicolet limited edition
Rs. 82,000
Private Seller
IN
Tissot PR 100 PR100 Unworn Steel 41mm Quartz India, Mohali
Tissot PR 100
Rs. 18,500
Private Seller
IN
Citizen CA0550-52A Very good Titanium Quartz India, Kochi
Citizen Eco drive Titanium
Rs. 10,000
Private Seller
IN
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2010 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic India, delhi
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
Rs. 140,000
Private Seller
IN
Omega Constellation Quartz 123.10.35.60.01.001 Unworn Steel 35mm Quartz India, Mohali
Omega Constellation Quartz
Rs. 146,049
Private Seller
IN
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67653BC.GG.1263BC.01 Very good White gold 33mm Quartz
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Frosted 18K White Gold...
Rs. 2,661,917
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297
US
Frederique Constant Classics FC 303 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic India, delhi
Frederique Constant Classics Automatic watch me if you can
Rs. 63,950
Private Seller
IN
Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day Date 09329 Very good Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic India, delhi
Maurice Lacroix Pontos guilloche dial day date from the house...
Rs. 63,450
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IN
Tissot PR 100 T049410 A Very good Steel Quartz India, Chennai
Tissot PR 100 Tissot PR 100 Quartz Classic Watch
Rs. 9,000
Private Seller
IN
Tissot V8 T106.417.36.031.00 Unworn Quartz India, Akberbagh
Tissot V8
Rs. 33,200
Private Seller
IN
Baume & Mercier Capeland MOA10064 Very good Steel Automatic India, Pune
Baume & Mercier Capeland chrono
Rs. 100,000
Private Seller
IN
Movado Edge MO.02.1.14.6187 Very good Steel Quartz India, Chennai
Movado Edge Movado Edge Quartz
Rs. 17,000
Private Seller
IN
Baume & Mercier Clifton M0A10058 Very good Red gold 39mm Automatic India, Mohali
Baume & Mercier Clifton
Rs. 235,000
Private Seller
IN
Rado True R27056152 Unworn Ceramic 40mm Automatic India, AHMEDABAD
Rado True
Rs. 111,195
Private Seller
IN
Hugo Boss Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic India, delhi
Hugo Boss masculinity in rose gold
Rs. 38,500
Private Seller
IN
Carl F. Bucherer 2824.901 Very good Gold/Steel 37mm Automatic India, delhi
Carl F. Bucherer immaculate with fancy lugs
Rs. 71,000
Private Seller
IN
Louis Erard 1931 216 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic India, delhi
Louis Erard 1931 big date sparkling watch
Rs. 55,000
Private Seller
IN
Breitling Transocean Chronograph RB015212/G738 Very good Rose gold 43mm Automatic India, Dubai
Breitling Transocean Chronograph
Rs. 926,377
Private Seller
IN
26100 Very good Steel Quartz India, Chennai
Pierre Laurent Performance Sports Chronograph
Rs. 25,000
Private Seller
IN
Roamer 931 637 Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic India, delhi
Roamer Mustang
Rs. 69,500
Private Seller
IN
Oris Aquis Small Second 01 743 7733 4135-07 4 24 65EB Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic India, Bengaluru
Oris Aquis Small Second
Rs. 105,000
Private Seller
IN
Versace V 18 21707160065 Very good Gold/Steel 43mm Automatic India, delhi
Versace Akios
Rs. 74,000
Private Seller
IN
Edox Les Vauberts 85010 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic India, delhi
Edox Les Vauberts 130 years of hand made watch legacy
Rs. 65,000
Private Seller
IN
Ingersoll Very good 44mm Automatic India, delhi
Ingersoll Chronograph
Rs. 32,500
Private Seller
IN
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M WAF1123.BB0807 Unworn Gold/Steel 38mm Quartz India, Bahadurgarh
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Quartz
Rs. 123,200
Private Seller
IN
Oris Divers Sixty Five 01 733 7720 4051-07 5 21 02 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic India, Hyderabad
Oris Divers Sixty Five
Rs. 115,000
Private Seller
IN
Carl F. Bucherer Patravi 00.10617.08.23.21 Very good 38mm Automatic India, delhi
Carl F. Bucherer Patravi
Rs. 124,000
Private Seller
IN
Rado Ceramica 160.0453.3 Very good Ceramic Quartz India, Noida
Rado Ceramica Excellent Condition
Rs. 48,542
Private Seller
IN
Breitling Avenger Seawolf A17330 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Breitling Avenger Seawolf
Rs. 225,000
Private Seller
IN
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49150/B01A-9097 Good Steel 42mm Automatic India, Chennai
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
Rs. 1,210,000
Private Seller
IN
71702.595.1 Very good Steel 27.50mm Quartz India, kota
Bernhard H Mayer Thalia ladies watch Swiss made
Rs. 29,910
Private Seller
IN
Omega Seamaster 23657500 Very good Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Omega Seamaster
Rs. 1,100,000
Private Seller
IN
Breitling Chronomat Evolution A1335611 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic India, New Delhi
Breitling Chronomat Evolution
Rs. 298,726
Private Seller
IN
Zodiac 306 46 33 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic India, delhi
Zodiac PROFESSIONAL
Rs. 126,000
Private Seller
IN
Baume & Mercier Classima Very good Gold/Steel 39mm Automatic India, delhi
Baume & Mercier Classima automatic wonders for sale is a...
Rs. 125,000
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IN

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.


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