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    Why acrylic?

    I’ve seen several threads here recently with folks looking for watches specifically featuring acrylic crystals. I’ve always thought that acrylic was inferior to mineral glass, which is itself inferior to sapphire. Obviously that’s an oversimplification. But ... can someone please explain why you’d want an acrylic over an available alternative? Weight?

    And of the three I’ve mentioned, do they “look” different when viewing the dial? Disregard any anti glare coating.

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    Re: Why acrylic?

    You can polish an acrylic crystal with polywatch so although it scratches more easily than mineral crystal it's also easier to polish off the scratches by yourself. Also people like acrylic because it has a certain vintage vibe with it.
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    Re: Why acrylic?

    Acrylic lends itself very well to domed styles that you typically see on classical designs a la what was the latest in the sixties. That style has never lost popularity, and is highly in vogue again. Weight could also be a consideration.

    Whether sapphire is better than mineral glass is a matter of opinion. Sapphire glass shatters more easily than ordinary mineral glass, but it scratches less easily. Then again, some people have life styles that do not give the risk of many scratches. Personally, I have never scratched a crystal, and I refuse to pay as much as one penny extra for sapphire. It is hyped beyond all reason, IMHO.
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    Re: Why acrylic?

    Sapphire could not replace the acrylic presence on my Sinn 103. And regarding scratches - I polished glass (easely) year ago (when I bought watch, preowned) . Up to know, without any problems. Acrylic glass really has some transparency and vintage vibe

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    Re: Why acrylic?

    Sapphire doesn't scratch (or very rarely maybe...) But its relatively expensive as welll.

    Acrylic scratches very easily, but it can also be polished out easily with a bit of toothpaste even.

    Mineral is not as easy to scratch as acrylic, but you will definitely scratch it at some point, and no such easy remedy as a bit of toothpaste for that....

    So no mineral for me, I'd rather take Sapphire and never get a scratch, or acrylic and rub some toothpaste on it every now and then.
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    Re: Why acrylic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonnu View Post
    Acrylic lends itself very well to domed styles that you typically see on classical designs a la what was the latest in the sixties. That style has never lost popularity, and is highly in vogue again. Weight could also be a consideration.

    Whether sapphire is better than mineral glass is a matter of opinion. Sapphire glass shatters more easily than ordinary mineral glass, but it scratches less easily. Then again, some people have life styles that do not give the risk of many scratches. Personally, I have never scratched at crystal, and I refuse to pay as much as one penny extra for sapphire. It is hyped beyond all reason, IMHO.
    This is exactly the explanation I was hoping for. Thank you! And to the others who added/expanded to it.


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    Sapphire could not replace the acrylic presence on my Sinn 103. And regarding scratches - I polished glass (easely) year ago (when I bought watch, preowned) . Up to know, without any problems. Acrylic glass really has some transparency and vintage vibe

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    What a fantastic looking watch! The domed crystal really makes it pop.


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    Re: Why acrylic?

    I have several watches with saphire, and all of them have taken an occasional hit. I considered myself lucky that the crystal took the brunt of it and the watch came away unscathed. But for me it's 6 of one, half a dozen of the other: for certain vintage domed designs I'll gladly take the acrylic both for the sake of the shape and for the way the attachment method becomes part of a nice visual transition from dial to bezel. The real test would be if I had opportunity to buy a watch that looked the same but was available in both types. Then it would come down to how much extra I was willing to pay for the saphire, and everyone's answer to that will be different.
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    Re: Why acrylic?

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    What a fantastic looking watch! The domed crystal really makes it pop.


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    Thanks. I wasn't sure in the beginning becouse of thickness (over 15 mm), but it's so comfortable, light. Not only that I have quality, preaty, well built watch, but I also established some personal relation, affection to my 103

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    Re: Why acrylic?

    Quote Originally Posted by akierstein View Post
    I’ve seen several threads here recently with folks looking for watches specifically featuring acrylic crystals. I’ve always thought that acrylic was inferior to mineral glass, which is itself inferior to sapphire. Obviously that’s an oversimplification. But ... can someone please explain why you’d want an acrylic over an available alternative? Weight?

    And of the three I’ve mentioned, do they “look” different when viewing the dial? Disregard any anti glare coating.

    Thanks!


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    All is relative... Acrylic... is inferior in the usual terms of economics.... meaning we consider that something more expensive is for that reason 'Better' yes?... many Diver Watches with Acrylic crystals put to shame Sapphire and Mineral Cyrstals.

    For me:
    * Light
    * Very Affordable
    * Can easily be polished to a pristine finish
    * Won't crack under pressure... ( it would take a HUGEEEE amount of force to do significant damage)
    * Dome Acrylics are awesome

    While
    *Sapphire is over rated and can actually shatter... over priced
    * Mineral Glass cannot take scratches out easily

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