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    Where to find new watches with acrylic crystals?

    Not looking to rehash the acrylic vs sapphire crystal debate -- for me, acrylic is the clear winner.

    However, the market seems to have made the opposite choice. I'm always amused by watch reviewers who praise watches for having sapphire crystals, because the vast majority of new watches are available only with sapphire crystals, with less expensive watches wearing mineral crystal.

    I've discovered only a handful of watch brands that use acrylic (hesalite) on current watches, which tends to limit the number of watches I can imagine myself ever buying -- and I wonder whether there are other brands out there for me to look at.

    Here are the ones I've found:

    - Sinn ("low"-end versions of the 103 and 356 only)
    - Junghans (Max Bill line)
    - Junkers
    - Timex (Marlin! and others)
    - Omega (correct? Omega is out of my price range these days)
    - Mido (Commander Shade, I believe is the only one on offer from them)

    Who else sells new mechanical/automatic watches with acrylic crystals?

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    Re: Where to find new watches with acrylic crystals?

    Some of the more budget side of Marathon come equipped with acrylic.

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    Re: Where to find new watches with acrylic crystals?

    Seagull 1963 with acrylic is pretty nice. Scratch magnet, but polishing crystal is easy unlike Junghans
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    Re: Where to find new watches with acrylic crystals?

    Vostok!

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    Re: Where to find new watches with acrylic crystals?

    Sometimes micros use them. Here's mine:
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    Re: Where to find new watches with acrylic crystals?

    Glycine Airman No. 1 has domed acrylic crystal - very faithful reproduction of the original one.

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    Re: Where to find new watches with acrylic crystals?

    I know Archimede use domed acrylic in their classicly styled 1950's range, not sure about any other models. Smiths Everest, again not sure if they use the acrylic on any other models. Some Glycine Combat 6 or 7 field watches too when a few years ago I tried one, not sure if they changed this on the current models.
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    Re: Where to find new watches with acrylic crystals?

    All good suggestions, Seagull/Vostok not surprising, though I'll have to take a look at the Glycine....

    Thanks! (still hoping for more suggestions, though)

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    Re: Where to find new watches with acrylic crystals?

    Check Timefactors - Smiths, Precista in particular. It’s hard to find a time when he’s actually taking orders or has watches in stock, but you can at least look at what he has w/acrylic and then looked preowned.
    Very well built watch btw.
    My Timefactors Smiths Everest has a great domed acrylic crystal ...


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    Re: Where to find new watches with acrylic crystals?

    Panerai do use plexi on some of their 47mm models,I know 720-721 and 685-687 use plexi...not sure about the current 372,mine uses plexi but it's the first year model...

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