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    Acrylic

    I understand that acrylic can be scratched and if that happens the scratches can be buffed out to some degree. After reading several posts concerning the acrylic cover Max Bill uses and issues owners have encountered, I was wondering what the acrylic Sinn uses in some of their watches is like? How does it wear? Is acrylic too soft to wear everyday? Any thoughts from Sinn owners?

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    Re: Acrylic

    Acrylic has been used in watches for ages. The most famous on Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch. If its good enough to be worn in space, on moon and certified by NASA, its good enough to be worn everyday. Minor scratches could be easily polished off with PolyWatch, $7.49 on Amazon. If an impact would cause a deeper scratch on acrylic, you would have done some damage as well if it were sapphire or mineral glass.
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    Re: Acrylic

    ten13th said it well, if acrylic is good enough for the Omega Speedmaster Professional ( the moon watch ), it is good enough for me. My only watch with an acrylic crystal is my Omega Speedmaster. I have owned the watch for several years now and while I have a tube of polywatch, have never needed to use it. I would not hesitate to buy a Sinn with an acrylic crystal. Cheers, Bill P.

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    An acrylic superdome is just an absolute classic look. Acrylic gives a watch a bit of character that is hard to describe. Having owned several watches with acrylic crystals, I've never had an issue, once.

    Go for it!
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    Re: Acrylic

    PolyWatch or any buffing compound safe for plastics can do a bang up job cleaning up a crystal. If you damage it too much, replacement isn't usually -too- expensive if the model is still in production. Think about how many times you've actually hit your watch crystal head on with something, if it's often you might not want to risk it.

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    My 356 has a few scratches, some deeper than others. I'm a clumsy guy. I actually like the look. It's probably all in my head, but I find acrylic, nice and worn in, gives a very soft, warm feel. I may buff some out one day, if it gets too bad, but for now I just go with the flow.
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    Re: Acrylic

    The warm glow it produces is just wonderful. I detail mine w/polywatch every month or strap change and it only adds to the ownership of acrylic.
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    Acrylic

    Here is a pic of mine taken today. This will drive some of you nuts who can't stand scratches. But I actually quite like it. (edit: btw, the watch is 2.5 years old and has been a daily wearer all that time).



    Of course that is a close up with the right light. The following is how it generally looks arm's length in normal light.

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    You just scratched my brain
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    Re: Acrylic

    Quote Originally Posted by Sextant View Post
    You just scratched my brain
    ahah, +1! But it looks authentic! :) A watch which has its own life ;)

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