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Chanel J12 H2572 Fair Ceramic 28.5mm Quartz
Chanel J12
29MM H2572 Bezel Diamond 50m Mother of Pearl White ceramic
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
ロレックス サブマリーナ 114060 SS
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm W6920046 Unworn Steel 36mm Automatic
Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm
Certificated 36mm Midsize Custom Diamonds #34;Iced Out"
+ S$104 for shipping
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour 1801-0402 Very good Rose gold 42mm Manual winding Singapore
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour
amp; Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition 1801-0402
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface Q3848422 Unworn Steel 47mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface
Classic Large Duoface Travel Time year 2021 ref. Q3848422 Fullset
+ S$219 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk 145.032 Unworn Rose gold 44.2mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk
amp; Söhne Dr Striking Time rose gold 2019 factory folised not used export price
+ S$146 for shipping
Tudor Pelagos 25407N-0001 New Titanium 39mm Automatic
Tudor Pelagos
New Unworn October 2022 Titanium Black Dial 25407N
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Richard Mille RM 011 RM 11-03 Very good Rose gold Automatic
Richard Mille RM 011
Rm11-03 Rose Gold - Titanium
Price on request
+ S$80 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Daytona
R Serial Floating Daytona 16520
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TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz CAU1119.BA0858 Good Steel 42mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz
Moto Racing Chronograph Quartz 42mm CAU1119 - Discontinued
+ S$29 for shipping
Chopard Chopard 12 Very good Steel 26mm Quartz
+ S$277 for shipping
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 641.HX.0173.LR Very good Ceramic 42mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang
42mm white ceramic skeleton chronograph date
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Eterna Kontiki 1910.78.50.1428 New Bronze 44mm Automatic
Eterna Kontiki
+ S$139 for shipping
Cartier Tank Divan 2612 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
Cartier Tank Divan
Ref. 2612
+ S$219 for shipping
Patek Philippe Calatrava 6119R-001 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Manual winding Singapore, 207642
Patek Philippe Calatrava
+ S$29 for shipping
Panerai Radiomir PAM 01243 New Steel 45mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir
Eilean Unworn New November 2022 45mm PAM01243
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Rolex Daytona 116595RBOW Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic Singapore
Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph #34;Rainbow" 116595RBOW
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Vacheron Constantin Historiques 47101 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Vacheron Constantin Historiques
Les Historiques Chronograph 47101
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311. Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Chronograph 50th Anniversary Patch Sapphire 42mm
+ S$29 for shipping
Perrelet Turbine Chrono A3036/1 New Steel 47mm Automatic
Perrelet Turbine Chrono
Chronograph 18k Rose Gold amp; Steel 47mm Auto Men's Watch A3036/1
+ S$138 for shipping
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-010 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Patek Philippe Nautilus
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize 2CCAU.B02A Very good Steel 47mm Automatic
Graham Chronofighter Oversize
Desert Military
+ S$111 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14790ST/0/0789ST/07 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
ref. 14790ST 0/0789ST/07 Rare Arabic Military Dial Fullset with AP Service
+ S$219 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Singapore, 207642
Rolex Submariner Date
#34;RARE" Submariner Date 16610 SWISS only (produced in 1999)
+ S$29 for shipping
Omega Seamaster 300 New Bronze 41mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster 300
Co-Axial Master New Unworn March 2022 41MM
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Seiko Spirit SARB033 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Seiko Spirit
+ S$29 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Day-Date 36
18238 Ivory Pinball
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Corum Admiral's Cup (submodel) 082.831.20 Good Steel 41mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Corum Admiral's Cup
Trophy 41mm 082.831.20 - Discontinued
+ S$29 for shipping
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour 1200-1220 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour
amp; Cie. Endeavour Centre Seconds Limited Edition 1200-1220
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Chopard Happy Sport 27/8236-23 Fair Steel 32mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Chopard Happy Sport
Excl. shipping
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Maurice Lacroix Maurice Lacroix Jour et Nuit 18 kt Gold Unworn Rose gold 43mm Manual winding
Maurice Lacroix
Jour et Nuit 18 kt Rose-Gold 43mm
+ S$111 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 25820st.oo.0944st.03 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
Ref. 25820ST.OO.0944ST.03
+ S$219 for shipping
Grand Seiko Unworn Rose gold 37.9mm Automatic Singapore, SINGAPORE
Grand Seiko
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Patek Philippe World Time 5230P-001 New Platinum 38.5mm Automatic Singapore, 207642
Patek Philippe World Time
+ S$29 for shipping
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm W69012Z4 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm
Certificated 42mm Full Diamonds Leopard Emerald XL #34;Iced Out"
+ S$104 for shipping
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5065A Very good Steel 38mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 WAR211A.BA0782 Good Steel 39mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5
39mm WAR211A
+ S$29 for shipping
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour 1804-1206 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour
amp; Cie. Endeavour Tourbillon Limited Edition 1804-1206
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Sinn U1 1010.010 Good Steel 44mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Sinn U1
+ S$29 for shipping
Paul Picot Yachtman PBT1127 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
Paul Picot Yachtman
+ S$111 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona
116500LN New Full Stickers Year 2019 N.O.S.
+ S$219 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle 4020T/000G-B655 Unworn White gold 41mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle
Calendrier Complet Open Face - 18K White Gold - New
Excl. shipping
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5064A-001 Good Steel 36mm Quartz Singapore, 207642
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
35mm 5064A-001 2004
+ S$29 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne 425.050 Very good Rose gold 41.2mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne
amp; Söhne 1815 Rattrapante #34;one of 100" Honey Gold
+ S$254 for shipping
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun IW502001 Good Ceramic 46mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Very good Steel 38.5mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
150M Co-Axial Annual Calendar 38.5mm Discontinued
+ S$29 for shipping
F.P.Journe Octa O-AL G 38 A SI Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
F.P.Journe Octa
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Gérald Genta G.3624 Good Steel 28mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Gérald Genta
Jumping Hour Retro Classic
+ S$29 for shipping
Raymond Weil Freelancer Unworn Steel 42.5mm Automatic
Raymond Weil Freelancer
Steel Ceramic Blue Dial Automatic Watch 2760-ST3-50001
+ S$138 for shipping
Maurice Lacroix AIKON AI1008-SS002-131-1 New Steel 42mm Quartz
Maurice Lacroix AIKON
Herren Uhr Aikon AI1008-SS002-131-1 Neu Ovp
+ S$88 for shipping
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz CAZ1010.BA0842 Very good Steel 43mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Volcano 26170ST.OO.D101CR.01 Good Steel 42mm Automatic Singapore, 207642
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Volcano
+ S$29 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26062FS.OO.A002CA.01 Very good Carbon 44mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Team Alinghi Full Set
+ S$254 for shipping
Tudor Black Bay 79230G Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Tudor Black Bay
Harrods 79230G
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Breitling Avenger Hurricane XB1210E4/BE89 Very good 50mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Breitling Avenger Hurricane
50mm XB1210E4
+ S$29 for shipping
Bulgari Octo 102912 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic Singapore
Bulgari Octo
Finissimo 102912
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Rolex Datejust 36 16233 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 36
16233 Mens Watch
+ S$139 for shipping
Raymond Weil Maestro New Steel 39mm Automatic
Raymond Weil Maestro
Moonphase Steel Silver Roman Dial Mens Watch 2239M-ST-00659
+ S$138 for shipping
Longines Présence L4.821.4.11.2 Good Steel 34.5mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Longines Présence
+ S$29 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 16519 Good White gold 38mm Automatic Singapore, SINGAPORE
Rolex Daytona
16519 Cosmograph Daytona 18k
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Explorer 214270 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Singapore, 207642
Rolex Explorer
+ S$29 for shipping
Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe PT6178-SS001-330-1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe
Automatique Herrenuhr ETA Valjoux 7750 Automatik PT6178-SS001-330-1
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Zenith 97.G383.400/38.C881 New Titanium 38mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Chronomaster Revival x SJX #34;Poker Chip" 97.G383.400.38.C880
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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.