Many people who own fine watches, or aspire to own them, have wondered about the difference between mineral crystal dials and sapphire dials. Both can be superior watch dials in appearance and in performance. However, there are a few slight differences between the two that you may want to take into account before you purchase.
Mineral Crystal Dials
Mineral crystal dials are resistant to impact. This means that if you drop your watch, it won't shatter, unless you drop it down the Grand Canyon.
It's also scratch resistant, which comes into play a little more often because there are a number of opportunities in a given day for your watch to be scraped against something. It's important to understand though, that 'impact resistant' does not mean the same thing as 'impact-proof', i.e. the mineral crystal watch dial can still be scratched if something really hard scrapes it strongly. These kinds of dials are coated with a hardening material, but that doesn't mean they're impenetrable.
These watches are very strong, and they're usually more affordable than sapphire dial watches. Mineral crystal is commonly used in the manufacture of glass objects such as windows, containers, and watch faces, and it is often used as a less expensive substitute for sapphire. It looks very much like sapphire on a watch face, however. It's very often difficult to tell the difference, unless you actually want to perform a scratch test on the two.
Sapphire dials on watch faces are the more expensive way to go if you're looking for a beautiful, fine watch as your fashionable and functional timepiece. Sapphire is second only to diamond in hardness. This means that, for all intents and purposes, the only thing hard enough to scratch it would be a diamond. As long as your diamond ring does not come in contact with your sapphire watch, you'll probably never have a scratch on your sapphire dial.
It's possible that sapphire could be shattered under extreme circumstances. However, under most normal situations, sapphire is safe from shattering as well. Sapphire crystal is often used for making watch dials for hardness and toughness. It also presents a wonderful aesthetic appeal, which adds to its value as a watch dial.
Where to Buy Fine Watches
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