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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15407ST.OO.1220ST.01 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
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+ R17 077 for shipping
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3,58 (4)
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Q9068180 or 9068180 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Stickered New Unworn Mariner Date...
R171 267
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4,92 (448)
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Richard Mille RM 011 RM11-03 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Richard Mille RM11-03 Full Rose Gold Automatic Flyback...
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4,95 (301)
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 16202ST.OO.1240ST.01 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 50th Anniversary Steel Blue...
R2 561 498
+ R5 123 for shipping
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4,91 (162)
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Rolex Daytona 116576TBR Unworn Platinum 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
R6 107 223
+ R2 524 for shipping
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4,76 (182)
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, johannesburg
Rolex Day-Date 36
R245 000
Excl. shipping
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ZA
Zenith Pilot Type 20 11.2432.4069/21.C900 New Steel 45mm Automatic
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph New Unworn 2022 11.2432.4069...
R103 110
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4,92 (448)
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Rolex Daytona Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Baguette Diamond Discontinued Pink...
R1 263 655
+ R1 691 for shipping
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4,86 (256)
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2014-2 Good Steel Automatic South Africa, East London
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Automatic - Mint
R23 500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer 2000 WK1312 Good Steel 28mm Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
TAG Heuer 2000
R4 400
Excl. shipping
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ZA
Breitling Emergency A73321 Unworn South Africa, Sandton
Breitling Mission Emergency
R48 500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Certina DS-1 CO29.407.11.051.00 Very good Steel Automatic South Africa, johannesburg
Certina DS-1 Powermatic 80 Automatic
R9 400
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Longines Oposition L3 618 4 Good Steel 38mm Quartz South Africa, 7708
Longines L3 618 4
R6 900
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Seiko Sportura SNA633P Good Steel 44mm Quartz South Africa, Cape Town
Seiko Sportura Honda BAR F1 Limited Edition
R6 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M CAF101E.FT8011 Very good 5mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M
R15 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz CAH1012.BT0717 Good Steel 44mm Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz
R19 999
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Constellation Ladies 795.1080 Good Gold/Steel 23mm Quartz South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Constellation Ladies
R10 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Datejust II 116334 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, 2196
Rolex Datejust II
R189 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
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Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook R32505153 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, durban
Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook
R22 499
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
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Certina DS Action C032.407.11.041.00 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic South Africa, johannesburg
Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80
R9 500
Excl. shipping
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ZA
Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle L2.618.4 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Randburg
Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle, Longines Special Series
R32 343
Excl. shipping
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ZA
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Unworn Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Day-Date 36 with 12 Diamond Bezel
R320 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
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Breitling Colt A74350 Very good 39mm Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
Breitling Colt Chronometre
R28 000
Excl. shipping
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TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz CA 1212 - 1 Very good Steel 38 mm excl. crownmm Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph Professional 200 Me's Watch
R10 098
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Datejust 41 126300 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Datejust II
R195 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196p-001 Very good Platinum 37mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
R606 221
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Daytona
R495 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Lady WAF141A Very good Steel 27mm Quartz South Africa, durban
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Lady
R8 700
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Rado HyperChrome R32502313 Very good Steel 41mm Quartz South Africa, durban
Rado HyperChrome Green Dial
R14 999
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Yacht-Master 169622 Very good Steel 29mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Yacht-Master
R95 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA

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Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 241560 Very good Steel 42mm Quartz South Africa, Bloemfontein
Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500
R6 500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Ikepod AS5008 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic South Africa, George
Ikepod Seaslug Alarm world timer
R92 214
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Alain Silberstein LWO 5100 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Alain Silberstein Krono B Gummy
R55 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer 2000 CN1112 Very good 40mm Quartz South Africa, Cape Town
TAG Heuer 2000 Exclusive Quartz Chronograph 1/10th Mens Watch
R7 500
Excl. shipping
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ZA
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.13.49.10.06.001 Very good Steel 49,2mm Manual winding South Africa, Nelspruit
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
R55 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Alain Silberstein Fair Steel 35mm Automatic South Africa, Johannebsurg
Alain Silberstein Arkitek
R24 500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Breitling Crosswind Racing B13355 Very good Gold/Steel 43mm Automatic South Africa, Cape town
Breitling Crosswind
R69 888
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Chopard Mille Miglia 168997-3001 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Benoni
Chopard Mille Miglia
R53 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Very good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Sandton
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co Axial 42 mm
R65 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Panerai PAM 01109 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Krugersdorp
Panerai Pam1109
R158 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Cartier Santos Galbée W20060D6 Very good Steel 29mm Quartz South Africa, CAPE TOWN, CAPE TOWN, 8001
Cartier Santos Galbee W20060D6
R59 598
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 WAR201A-1 Good Steel Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Class and Character
R32 500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M CAF101E Good Steel Quartz South Africa, East London
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M Full Kit
R14 299
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Oris Aquis Date 01 733 7730 4157-07 8 24 05PEB Fair Steel 43.5mm Manual winding South Africa, Springs
Oris Aquis Date
R35 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Montblanc Star 4810 102378 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic South Africa, Secunda
Montblanc Star 4810
R15 500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M CAF1112.BA0803 Very good Steel Quartz South Africa, East London
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M Blue Dial - Mint
R15 999
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Speedmaster Day Date 3529.50.00 Very good Steel Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Speedmaster Day Date Omega Speedmaster 2002 chronograph...
R72 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Citizen AT9030-55L Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Citizen AT9030-55L
R6 807
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Omega De Ville 4610.32.02 Very good 26mm Quartz South Africa, Heidelberg
Omega De Ville
R32 019
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10281 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Bellville
Baume & Mercier Capeland
R54 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 00025 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Panerai Luminor Submersible
R90 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Breitling Superocean Chronograph II A13340 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Breitling Superocean Chronograph II
R32 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M cap2112.ba0833 Good Steel Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M
R20 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1P-001 Good Platinum 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe 40th Anniversary Nautilus Platinum
R11 146 103
+ R2 524 for shipping
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4,76 (182)
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Girard Perregaux Ferrari 8020 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Girard Perregaux Ferrari Chronograph
R30 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M CAN1010.BA0821 Very good Steel 43mm Quartz South Africa, durban
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M Chronograph
R21 499
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 29185083 Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean XL Chronograph
R80 641
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2561.80.00 Good Steel Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
R31 257
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Breitling Chronomat D13050.1 Very good Gold/Steel 39mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Breitling Chronomat
R49 397
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Tudor Black Bay 79470 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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Tudor Black Bay Pro 79470 Unworn New July 2022
R83 886
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4,92 (448)
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Lady-Datejust
R50 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Constellation Ladies 6552/864 Very good Steel South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Constellation Ladies
R12 078
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M CAF2010 Good Steel 43mm Automatic South Africa, johannesburg
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Day Date Automatic Chronograph
R23 600
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz CAH1011.BA0860 Good Steel South Africa, East London
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz Full Kit
R14 499
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA

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.