Thread: mineral vs. sapphire crystal advice

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    3

    mineral vs. sapphire crystal advice

    I found a zeno day date that I like but noticed it has a hardened mineral crystal. Any advice on sapphire vs. mineral and how well will the mineral hold up?

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Member niles316's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Teban Gardens
    Posts
    1,290

    Re: mineral vs. sapphire crystal advice

    Both are scratch-resistant.Just that sapphire crystal is more so.In other words,there are less things that can scratch sapphire than mineral.
    That said,mineral isn't bad.I have watches that has many scratches on my steel bezel n hardly any on its mineral glass.That was my 1st realisation just how resistant mineral glass can be

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    65

    Exclamation Re: mineral vs. sapphire crystal advice

    With regards to scratch resistance...
    Here is a graph comparing the two as well as other substances like titanium, etc...
    http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=181216


    In that graph, materials with hardness above mineral glass can scratch it. The same goes for sapphire.

    The second issue is shatter resistance. With thickness being equal, mineral glass is more shatter resistant.
    I read a while back in this forum that sapphire tend to shatter more so they either make it thicker or make it in a dome shape.
    Last edited by herbolaryo; October 9th, 2008 at 04:37.

  4. #4
    Member Wayne_G_I's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    492

    Re: mineral vs. sapphire crystal advice

    I don't buy watches that don't have sapphire crystal, to me mineral is a deal breaker. I am usually running around and often bump into things. Every watch I had with mineral crystal got marked up in a matter on months. The ones with sapphire crystal look like new, well the crystal does, the watch has dings though

  5. #5
    Member RJRJRJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    5,357

    Re: mineral vs. sapphire crystal advice

    I have one mineral crystal with scratches on it.. some deep. None of my sapphires have a single scratch.
    -RJ

    Breitling Superocean II
    Breitling Navitimer
    Breitling Avenger Skyland
    Breitling Colt II Auto
    Breitling Superocean Steelfish

    Panerai 320
    Locman Tonneau
    G-Shock DW-5600WC-1ER

    G-Shock DW-6900R-7

  6. #6
    Member dtmartin46's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Posts
    1,144

    Re: mineral vs. sapphire crystal advice

    This is one for the ages...

    Lots of hits if you do a search on Sapphire vs. Mineral

    My personal preference is for Sapphire. I feel it always looks clearer and better. Have scratched eevry mineral crystal watch i've ever owned, but then again, they were mostly 'beaters' that were treated accordingly...
    Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 45mm
    Oris Williams F1 Chronograph
    Citizen Meccanico NP3010-34A
    Citizen Aqualand 20th Aniv. Eco-Drive
    G-Shock G2300B-1V
    Luminox 3001

  7. #7
    Member dtmartin46's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Posts
    1,144

    Re: mineral vs. sapphire crystal advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne_G_I View Post
    The ones with sapphire crystal look like new, well the crystal does, the watch has dings though

    Hahaha, how true is this?

    Thank god for Cape cod, and polishing kits. Some of my bracelets would look dowright nasty if i didnt 'work' on them.
    Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 45mm
    Oris Williams F1 Chronograph
    Citizen Meccanico NP3010-34A
    Citizen Aqualand 20th Aniv. Eco-Drive
    G-Shock G2300B-1V
    Luminox 3001

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Yucaipa, Ca
    Posts
    492

    Re: mineral vs. sapphire crystal advice

    I do believe sapphire is much better, i wouldnt call mineral a deal breaker though. Its still good i have had a mineral watch for a while and still no pscratches

  9. #9
    Member Patstarrx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    2,157

    Re: mineral vs. sapphire crystal advice

    [quote=Wayne_G_I;1357807]I don't buy watches that don't have sapphire crystal, to me mineral is a deal breaker.


    +1 same here
    Brgds
    Pasquale,




    www.myspace.com/rip_Lino

  10. #10
    Inactive Isthmus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    NY, NY
    Posts
    9,888

    Re: mineral vs. sapphire crystal advice

    Quote Originally Posted by briaetz View Post
    I found a zeno day date that I like but noticed it has a hardened mineral crystal. Any advice on sapphire vs. mineral and how well will the mineral hold up?
    Here yo go, This should give you some good insight:

    Settling The Great Crystal Debate. Sapphire Vs. Hardlex...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •