Why are some casebacks mineral?

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    Why are some casebacks mineral?

    I would imagine it would be to save money, but for watches over a thousand dollars, why are some casebacks made out of mineral instead of sapphire?
    Unless I am missing something here (besides cost savings)

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    Re: Why are some casebacks mineral?

    You hit it on the head!
    Saving cost. Increasing the profit.

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    Re: Why are some casebacks mineral?

    Perhaps the bottom is more prone to shattering than scratching, and thus mineral would be the more suitable material for the back?

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    Re: Why are some casebacks mineral?

    mineral is more shatter resistant than saphire so it potentially makes sense on a dive watch but any other style it is simply about increasing profit margins.
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    Re: Why are some casebacks mineral?

    Quote Originally Posted by novedl View Post
    mineral is more shatter resistant than saphire so it potentially makes sense on a dive watch but any other style it is simply about increasing profit margins.
    If it was meant to be shatter resistant for a dive watch, wouldn't using acrylic be a wiser decision? Although acrylic scratches easy, it shouldn't receive much scratches placed on a caseback.


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    Re: Why are some casebacks mineral?

    I would imagine that the caseback is going to be a lot less scratch prone than an outward facing crystal, so there is not as much need to put on a higher cost scratch resistant piece.

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