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H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour 1801-0400 Very good Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour
Perpetual Moon Concept Limited Edition 1801-0400
RM100,165
Free shipping
H.Moser & Cie. 3804-0900 Very good Titanium 42mm Automatic
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H.Moser & Cie.
Pioneer Tourbillon Limited Edition 3804-0900
RM209,277
Free shipping
Rolex Daytona 116523 Very good Steel 38.5mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Daytona 116523 No. P 2000 model year overhauled Stainless Steel
RM90,625
Free shipping
Bell & Ross BR 05 BR05A-BLU-SKST/SRB New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross BR 05
SKELETON BLUE Limited Edition - BR05A-BLU-SKST/SRB
RM26,165
+ RM563 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 47200/000J Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
Classic 47200 Power Reserve guilloché dial gold 18KT Full Set 1996's
RM49,405
+ RM716 for shipping
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 2201.50.00 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
2201.50.00
RM13,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Q1308470 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual
Q1308470
RM68,959
+ RM127 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II
Pepsi New Unworn January 2023 126710BLRO
RM94,991
Free shipping
NOMOS Club Automat 753.S2 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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NOMOS Club Automat
Navy Limited Edition 175 Years - 753.S2
RM15,748
+ RM473 for shipping
Seiko Prospex SSC911P1 New Steel 41.4mm Quartz Malaysia, JOHOR BAHRU
Seiko Prospex
SSC911P1 SPEEDTIMER SOLAR CHRONOGRAPH GENT'S WATCH
RM2,313
Free shipping
Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Daytona Custom Limited Edition by BV 35 Dlc - Pvd
RM171,590
+ RM1,862 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116599 RBOW Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Rainbow "Full Set" White Gold
RM1,845,190
+ RM802 for shipping
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 Good Steel 38mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Seiko Alpinist
SNZG15K1
RM3,365
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Vacheron Constantin Malte 82130/000r-9755 Very good Rose gold 36.7mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Malte
82130 Small seconds rose gold 18KT Full Set 2013's
RM103,345
+ RM716 for shipping
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFH279-1062500-HA2121 Unworn Rose gold 40.2mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda
Moonbow Tourbillon - PFH279-1062500-HA2121
RM519,372
+ RM2,178 for shipping
IWC Ingenieur Automatic IW451501 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
IWC Ingenieur Automatic
Midsize 34mm Automatic
RM12,657
+ RM127 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.32.42.50.02.001 New Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Unworn New December 2022 Silver Snoopy Award 50th
RM107,402
Free shipping
NOMOS Club Automat 753.S3 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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NOMOS Club Automat
175 Years Olive Limited Edition - 753.S3
RM16,225
+ RM473 for shipping
Orient Star RE-AY0116A00B New Steel 41mm Automatic Malaysia, JOHOR BAHRU
Orient Star
RE-AY0116A00B MOON PHASE LIMITED EDITION GENT'S WATCH
RM14,337
Free shipping
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 15210BC.OO.A002KB.01 New White gold Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Code 11.59
BY SELFWINDING Ref. 15210BC.OO.A002KB.01
RM137,481
+ RM432 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116595RBOW Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Rainbow "Full Set"
RM2,273,060
+ RM802 for shipping
Seiko Credor 8J81-6A30 Very good Steel 32.5mm Quartz Malaysia, Miri
Seiko Credor
8J81-6A30
RM2,614
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lady 25986CK.ZZ.D065CA.02 Very good White gold 37mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lady
25986CK Factory diamonds white gold 18KT Full Set 2004’s
RM208,360
+ RM716 for shipping
Breitling Aviator 8 AB0920131B1X1 New Steel 41mm Manual winding Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
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Breitling Aviator 8
Avi Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition 2022
RM27,300
+ RM100 for shipping
Piaget Altiplano G0A45032 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Manual winding Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Piaget Altiplano
Tourbillon Diamond Limited Edition 18K
RM261,868
+ RM127 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 126610lv New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date
Starbucks Full Stickers New Unworn November 2022 126610LV
RM90,695
Free shipping
Kurono Tokyo Toki Very good Steel 37mmmm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Kurono Tokyo Toki 2021 Anniversary 37mm Auto (Used | Complete Set)
RM8,599
Free shipping
Seiko Presage SPB165J1 New Steel 39.3mm Automatic Malaysia, JOHOR BAHRU
Seiko Presage
SPB165J1 SHARP EDGED SERIES GENT'S WATCH
RM3,710
Free shipping
Rolex Day-Date 40 228206 New Platinum 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40
Platinum Olive Green Bevelled Roman Dial Smooth Bezel
RM349,158
+ RM432 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne 425.050 Very good Rose gold 41.2mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne
1815 Rattrapante "one of 100" Honey Gold
RM1,015,924
+ RM802 for shipping

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Stowa Fair Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic Malaysia, 47301
Stowa
Flieger Classic 36
RM3,500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date
Limited Edition Diamond Emerald Bezel
RM80,623
+ RM4,057 for shipping
Patek Philippe Twenty~4 4910/1200A-011 New Steel 25.1mm Quartz
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Patek Philippe Twenty~4
Green Dial Diamond Bezel Quartz Steel 4910/1200A
RM74,192
+ RM650 for shipping
Jaquet-Droz Grande Seconde J007020350 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Jaquet-Droz Grande Seconde
Quantième Grey
RM32,297
+ RM127 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40
Unworn New March 2022 Black Dial
RM202,871
Free shipping
Seiko Prospex SLA043J1 Very good Steel 39.9mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Seiko Prospex
Diver SLA043 62 MAS LE 1700 40mm Auto (Used | Complete Set)
RM13,999
Free shipping
Tudor Prince Oysterdate 74000 Good Steel 34mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Tudor Prince Oysterdate
74000
RM8,725
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Seiko Prospex SPB147J1 New Steel 40.5mm Automatic Malaysia, JOHOR BAHRU
Seiko Prospex
SPB147J1 62MAS AUTOMATIC GENT'S WATCH
RM4,146
Free shipping
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-014 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
"Final Green Dial"
RM1,604,245
+ RM802 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26238TI.OO.A056CA.01 New Titanium Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
42 mm 26238TI.OO.A056CA.01
RM253,139
+ RM432 for shipping
1/25 Unworn Titanium 41mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Charles Girardier CG 8080 Magic 8 Enamel Cobalt Blue
RM280,986
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Richard Mille RM 67 RM67-01 Very good Rose gold Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Richard Mille RM 67
Extra Flat
RM990,000
+ RM894,000 for shipping
Zenith El Primero Chronograph 01.0500.420 Good Steel 40mm Manual winding Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Zenith El Primero Chronograph
HW
RM18,767
+ RM127 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
116508 Black Dial Unworn New March 2022
RM285,928
Free shipping
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.22.42.20.01.002 Very good Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic Malaysia, CHERAS
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
210.22.42.20.01.002
RM21,814
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Cartier Tank Française 2384 Very good Steel 20mm Quartz Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Cartier Tank Française
Ladies 2384 Quartz (Used | Watch Box Manual)
RM6,599
Free shipping
Seiko Presage SSA421J1 New Steel 41.8mm Automatic Malaysia, JOHOR BAHRU
Seiko Presage
SSA421J1 ZEN GARDEN OPEN HEART GENT'S WATCH
RM1,912
Free shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Good Steel 40mm Automatic Malaysia, SEGAMAT
Rolex Submariner Date
116610LV
RM85,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-001 Very good White gold 42.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut
5168G-001
RM371,712
+ RM802 for shipping
Rolex Sky-Dweller M326938 New Yellow gold 42mmmm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller
Yellow Gold - Champagne Dial - Oyster Bracelet 326938
RM226,953
+ RM432 for shipping
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 14060 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Vintage Submariner 14060 tritum dial S serial 1993 box
RM49,698
+ RM717 for shipping
Panerai Radiomir 3 Days 47mm PAM 00424 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Panerai Radiomir 3 Days 47mm
California 3 Days
RM25,270
+ RM127 for shipping
Ball Engineer Master II Diver DM1020A Good Plastic 35mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Ball Engineer Master II Diver
DM1020A
RM5,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.51.01.006 Very good Ceramic 44.25mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
311.92.44.51.01.006
RM32,900
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Datejust 41 126300 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Malaysia, SHAH ALAM
Rolex Datejust 41
Blue Dial Jubilee
RM41,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Seiko Prospex SPB153J1 Unworn Steel 42.7mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuching
Seiko Prospex
SPB153J1
RM3,100
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Malaysia, Klang
Rolex Submariner Date
16613
RM58,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Tudor Prince Oysterdate 72033 Very good 32mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Tudor Prince Oysterdate
14K Solid Gold Bezel | Ori Bracelet | Rolex | Linen Dial
RM8,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.10.42.21.02.001 Very good Steel 41.5mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
231.10.42.21.02.001
RM11,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuching
NTH Näcken Nacken Renegrade Date
RM3,260
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Longines HydroConquest L3.742.4.96.6 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Malaysia, Shah Alam
Longines HydroConquest
L3.742.4.96.6
RM4,500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 A17320 Fair Steel 46mm Automatic Malaysia, Shah Alam
Breitling Superocean Heritage 46
A17320
RM8,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 CAW211P.FC6356 Good Steel 39mm Automatic Malaysia, Setia Alam
TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11
CAW211P.FC6356
RM20,500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller

Sapphire Crystal Watches: Highly Scratch-Resistant

Watch glass made of sapphire crystal began dominating the industry in the 1980s. This material is especially hard and, therefore, scratch-resistant. What's more, sapphire glass lets in plenty of light, thus improving the watch's readability.


4 Reasons to Buy a Watch with Sapphire Crystal

  • Sapphire is especially scratch-resistant
  • Lets in plenty of light
  • Something for every budget
  • Coveted collector's item: Classic vintage Rolex and Omega watches

Almost as Tough as Diamond

Most modern luxury watch manufacturers include sapphire crystal watch glass as a standard feature of their timepieces. The reason is clear: Sapphire is the world's third hardest mineral, behind only diamond and moissanite. As a result, it is extremely scratch-resistant. Moreover, it lets in more light than quartz, mineral, or acrylic glass, making it even easier to tell the time.

While sapphire is a naturally occurring mineral, the sapphire crystal used in watch glass is a synthetic material. Some people even refer to this colorless crystal as "sapphire glass" because it is so transparent.

The watch industry began churning out large numbers of watches with sapphire crystal in the 1980s. Before then, mineral or acrylic glass was the material of choice. Today, many manufacturers also use sapphire crystal for their case backs. There are even a handful of companies producing entire cases out of this clear material.


How much do watches with sapphire crystal cost?

Model Reference number Price (approx.)
Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire 411.JL.4809.RT 63,500 USD
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique 5015 1130 52A 11,000 USD
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1530 9,400 USD
Breitling Navitimer A23322 4,700 USD
Oris Divers Sixty-Dive 01 733 7720 4055-07 5 21 02 1,600 USD
Mido Ocean Star Captain V M026.430.47.061.00 1,000 USD
Laco Augsburg 42 861688 380 USD
Casio Collection BEM-111D-1AVEF 70 USD

Vintage Classics with Sapphire Crystal

Since sapphire crystal wasn't a common watch feature until the early 1980s, there are very few vintage watches with this material. However, there are a few notable models. Rolex was one of the first companies to recognize sapphire's potential and use it in series production. The Rolex Date ref. 1530 and its successor, the Datejust ref. 1630, were among the first timepieces to utilize this scratch-resistant watch glass. Both watches emerged in the early 1970s and are extremely rare today. A stainless steel ref. 1530 costs around 9,300 USD, while the two-tone Datejust ref. 1630 demands about 5,400 USD.

The Submariner ref. 16800 from the late 70s was Rolex's first sports watch to feature sapphire crystal. Like all Submariners, the 16800 is a highly coveted collector's item. However, at only 9,200 USD, it is relatively affordable compared to other Submariner models.

Omega began experimenting with sapphire crystal all the way back in 1932. This resulted in watches like the Omega Marine ref. CK 679, which sells for as little as 2,600 USD today. However, Omega wouldn't use sapphire glass for timepieces in series production until the late 1970s, starting with the Seamaster 120 ref. ST 166.0250. This diving watch is water-resistant to 120 m (12 bar, 394 ft) and changes hands for roughly 3,900 USD in good condition.

There are no vintage examples of the fan-favorite Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch with sapphire crystal. In fact, Omega outfitted this timepiece exclusively with synthetic Hesalite glass until the turn of the millennium. The reason is that this watch was part of NASA's official equipment and the space agency insisted on Hesalite since it doesn't splinter upon impact. However, Omega did introduce a few models with sapphire glass case backs in the 1980s, including the limited edition Apollo XI ref. BA345.0802. You can call this watch your own for some 33,500 USD.


Retro Watches with Sapphire Crystal

Since vintage models with sapphire crystal are so rare, modern takes on classic vintage timepieces make great alternatives. For example, Breitling has been crafting their iconic Navitimer pilot's watch with sapphire crystal since the late 1990s. Depending on the model and its condition, Navitimer prices range from 2,200 to 39,000 USD.

Storied Swiss watch manufacturer Blancpain has been equipping their classic Fifty Fathoms diving watch with sapphire crystal for years. New editions of the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda and Fifty Fathoms Automatique even feature a sapphire crystal bezel inlay in addition to their sapphire crystal watch glass and case backs. These attractive timepieces change hands for about 11,000 USD.

TAG Heuer also has a long history with sapphire crystal in their Carrera and Monaco collections. This material appears on their Heritage models, such as the Monaco Calibre 11, as well as their classic Carrera Calibre 1887. The latter gets its name from the in-house caliber 1887. You can purchase a mint-condition Monaco Calibre 11 with the blue "Steve McQueen design" for around 4,300 USD. Pre-owned pieces tend to cost a few hundred dollars less. If you prefer the Carrera Calibre 1887, be sure to have between 2,600 and 3,500 USD on hand.


Affordable Sapphire Glass Watches

Sapphire crystal watch glass is also a common feature on affordable watches. For example, Casio, Orient, and Victorinox all produce quartz watches with sapphire crystal for around 110 USD. Fans of mechanical watches will find pieces from Tissot, Laco, and Citizen beginning around 330 USD.

Most modern watches worth 1,100 USD or more will come with sapphire crystal. You'll find some exceptions among historically accurate re-releases, such as the Sinn 103 St pilot's chronograph with acrylic glass. This model sells for roughly 1,800 USD new and 1,600 USD pre-owned.


Watches Made of Solid Sapphire

Companies like Hublot, Richard Mille, MB&F, and Cabestan take the concept of a sapphire crystal watch to the next level. Each offers timepieces with cases made of solid sapphire crystal. Most of these models lack a traditional dial, offering an unobstructed view of the heavily skeletonized movement within.

Hublot has the widest variety of sapphire crystal watches. This Swiss luxury watch manufacturer crafts several Big Bang editions out of blue, green, yellow, purple, or clear sapphire crystal. Plan to spend between 43,000 and 80,000 USD on the Big Bang Unico Sapphire chronograph. There's also the Big Bang Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Sapphire in blue or purple. This watch is limited to a run of 30 pieces and requires an investment of over 177,000 USD.

For something even more exclusive, you should turn to Richard Mille. Mille's RM 56-01 tourbillon watch boasts a sapphire crystal base plate for its movement in addition to its solid sapphire case. As a result, the gears, springs, and axles all appear to be floating in midair. Only five copies exist of this timepiece, which sells for an astronomical 2.2 million USD.


What are sapphire and sapphire crystal?

Sapphire is an especially hard mineral, with a rating of 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This places it just behind diamond and moissanite. The world's largest natural sapphire deposits are found in Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Nigeria, Madagascar, and the USA. While blue sapphires are perhaps the most famous, sapphires can come in any color but red.

However, the sapphire crystal used in watches is synthetic. It's created by melting aluminum oxide powder at 3,722°F (2,050°C) and forming it into a pear-shaped crystal between 1.1 and 1.6 inches (3 and 4 cm) wide. This material is then cut, sanded, and polished using a diamond angle grinder. The final watch glass receives a special anti-reflective coating, usually in the form of a blue-tinged film applied to the crystal. Older watches tend to only have this coating on the crystal's inner side since previous coating methods were highly susceptible to scratches. However, this is no longer a problem in modern watchmaking, and most sapphire crystal watch glass has this coating on both sides.

The main advantage of sapphire crystal is its scratch resistance. However, its hardness also makes it susceptible to hard impacts. Unlike plastic-based watch glass, sapphire crystal watch glass is known to splinter. Furthermore, soft materials like aluminum can leave behind unattractive streaks on the crystal. Luckily, you can easily remove these streaks using a normal pencil eraser.

If you're not sure whether or not your watch has sapphire crystal, there's an easy way to find out: Put a drop of water on the crystal and lift the case at a slight angle. The water will move relatively slowly across sapphire crystal and leave no streaks behind.