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How to Care for a Mechanical Watch with a Sapphire Crystal?

Care for a Mechanical Watch with a Sapphire Crystal

Learning how to care for a mechanical watch with a sapphire crystal is a testament to the respect for the craftsmanship they embody. Each component, from the coiled spring that powers the watch to the escape wheel that regulates the unwinding, works harmoniously to keep us on time. 

The sapphire crystal that adorns the face of many high-end watches, like our VOELEN Mechanical Collection, is prized for its clarity and scratch-resistant properties. Yet, it's not just about looks. Proper care can safeguard the watch's intricate movements and preserve its value over time.

This attention to detail ensures our timepieces stand the test of time, functioning beautifully for years to come. Watches are not just tools for timekeeping. They're an expression of our personality and a nod to the tradition of fine horology.

Understanding Watch Crystals

As we dive into the world of watch crystals, we need to recognize that the crystal is the window to the soul of our timepiece. It not only protects the dial and the hands but also enhances the watch's legibility and overall aesthetic.

Types of Watch Crystals

The three main types of watch crystals used in timepieces are acrylic, mineral, and sapphire.

  • Acrylic Crystals: These are plastic and the most affordable. They're less prone to shatter but can scratch easily; however, scratches can be buffed out.
  • Mineral Crystals: Harder than acrylic. These are commonly found in mid-range watches. They resist scratches better but are not as robust as sapphire crystals.
  • Sapphire Crystals: The premium choice for high-end watches. These are not made from natural sapphire but are synthetic and offer exceptional clarity and scratch resistance.

The Sapphire Crystal Advantage

Sapphire crystal is the choice for premium watches due to its exceptional qualities. However, it's not actually made from sapphire gemstones. 

  • Transparency: Ensuring the dial is visible in all its glory.
  • Durability: Resisting scratches are better for enduring beauty.
  • Anti-reflective coating: Adding this possible coating helps to reduce glare, making time readable even in bright sunlight.

Hardness and Scratch Resistance

Speaking of toughness, the sapphire crystal ranks at a stable 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. This ranking is just below diamond, which sits at 10. 

Alternately, the acrylic crystal ranks a 3 and the mineral a 5. 

For this reason, the sapphire crystal is incredibly scratch-resistant and maintains a polish that outshines other types of watch glass over time. While no watch crystal is invulnerable, a sapphire crystal will stand up to the challenges of everyday wear and keep looking great.

Choosing a VOELEN timepiece with a sapphire crystal means investing in a high-quality mechanical watch. It’s the perfect companion for every adventure, ensuring that time is always on your side, clearly and brilliantly displayed.

Maintenance of Mechanical Watches

To keep our mechanical watches running beautifully and looking flawless, we must be diligent with maintenance. Every component requires specific care, from the sapphire crystal to the intricate movement.

Regular Cleaning

We should clean our watches regularly to maintain their luster and precision. 

Gently wiping the sapphire crystal and case with a soft cloth removes dust or perspiration that can accumulate over time. For any hard-to-reach areas, use a soft brush. 

It's imperative to avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the watch's finish or internal components.

VOELEN Watch Box

Avoiding Scratches and Damage

To prevent scratches, always store your VOELEN mechanical watch in the provided soft, lined box. 

When wearing it, be mindful of activities that could expose your watch to harsh contact. While the sapphire crystal is highly scratch-resistant, the casing and band could still be vulnerable to damage.

Water Resistance and Moisture Protection

Maintaining the water resistance of our watches is imperative. 

We should ensure the crown is securely fastened before any contact with water. Also, avoid exposure to high temperatures or steam, which can compromise the seals. 

A routine check at a watch service center is recommended for water-resistant watches to keep seals effective.

Servicing and Repairs

It is crucial to care for a mechanical watch with sapphire crystal, ensuring it continues to function accurately and look impeccable. Here, we'll explore when to service your watch, how to handle scratches professionally, and what to consider if you need to replace the sapphire crystal.

When to Service Your Watch

Frequency of Service: Mechanical watches should be serviced every 3 to 5 years. This attention ensures the movement functions smoothly while keeping precise time.

During a service, a professional will clean, oil, and calibrate the watch, maintaining its precision and functionality.

Professional Polishing and Scratch Removal

Scratches on the sapphire crystal or body of the watch can diminish its aesthetics, affecting both clarity and beauty.

Removing Scratches: Should you encounter a superficial scratch on your watch's sapphire crystal, a specialized product like Polywatch can polish the surface. This process restores the crystal's original clarity and aesthetics. 

For deeper scratches, it's best to go to a professional who can carefully polish the sapphire without affecting its structure.

Replacing a Sapphire Crystal

Crystal Replacement Process: Replacement is the only option if the sapphire crystal is severely damaged. 

Professionals must handle this task, as it requires precise tools and expertise.  This service can retain the watch's aesthetics and ensure water resistance and durability. 

After replacing the crystal, your VOELEN mechanical watch will look as stunning as the day you bought it, ensuring your investment continues to offer both elegance and reliability.

Wrap Up

When it comes to the watch crystal, VOELEN’s top choice is a sapphire crystal for its remarkable scratch resistance and clarity. These qualities preserve the watch's face almost as well as the time held within it. 

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