Crystal and case durability of CW watches

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Crystal and case durability of CW watches

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So out of curiosity, I would just like to know if the case and the crystal scratches easily? I am not going to wear the watch for any sort of extreme activities, but I do plan to wear it often and sometimes you'd get the odd bump or knock here and there, against a wall, door etc. How well do they hold up?
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In my experience the cases and crystals on CW watches are neither more or less prone to scratching than those of other brands.

I think that watch collectors fall into three broad categories…

- Those that are afraid to wear their watches, other than when sitting on a sofa at home.

- Those that just wear their watches, but are sufficiently self aware not to get them banged up, whilst accepting an occasional scratch as part of normal watch ownership.

- Those who lack spatial awareness and seem to find difficulty not scratching up their watches, even though they are only worn for normal everyday activity!

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Not just Cw, I don't think I have a single sapphire crystal that looks marked in any way.

I don't baby my watches, but I don't go out of my way to try to abuse them either, and my CW watches still look like new, I would like to think. :D
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nbg wrote: Mon Mar 11, 2024 10:12 pm In my experience the cases and crystals on CW watches are neither more or less prone to scratching than those of other brands.

- Those that just wear their watches, but are sufficiently self aware not to get them banged up, whilst accepting an occasional scratch as part of normal watch ownership.

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^^^@Mikkei4
I agree it’s really not difficult to keep a watch in good condition whilst wearing it. :thumbup:

I took a couple of watches to a dealer today (one to sell, the other just to get a price), he remarked that both were in rather good condition, considering how long I had owned them. Both were regularly worn in the water, on mountains, cooking and gardening. Miraculously both were free from anything other than hairline scratches. :)

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Never had any major problems with CW cases and crystals. Judging by the many 2nd hand CWs I have bought - some many years old - which have come to me in fantastic condition, I think it is safe to say that CW cases and crystals are of a very good standard for the price point.

A good bit of advice I read once - always be stood over a carpet or sat on a couch, ideally, when removing or fitting your watch.
One slip, when putting the watch aside to wash the pots, could prove to be a very expensive mistake.

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To answer the OP, the cases are for the most part 316L stainless steel (some titanium and bronze) and the crystals are all sapphire. They are industry standard for fine timepieces! Good quality material that is used in watches a lot more expensive than CWs.

Is there a difference in the stainless steel that JLC uses in a Reverso vs. the stainless steel CW uses? As far as I knew, almost everyone uses 316L stainless steel, and Rolex and maybe a couple others use 904L. And as far as crystals go, sapphire is the standard and is the same for everyone, barring some that put the AR coating on the outside and scuffs up a bit.
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I don't baby my watches, but I also don't wear them to occasions they are in obvious danger of getting scratched more than normal. I've never had any problems with sapphire crystals in this sense.

But, due to my own stupidity, I accidentally once got some leather care agent or similar on my sapphire crystal, which, for some reason, I couldn't wash off. This lead to me trying to wipe it off a number of times and at some point, some sort of debris got between the polishing cloth and crystal which resulted in a few very minimal scratches on a sapphire crystal.
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@ajax87 Good points. To add, Rolex’s choice of steel allows for a higher polish and a bit greater resistance to corrosion. However, it’s a softer steel and therefore more prone to scratching.
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The only watches I own with scratched crystal came with scratched crystal and are of a make other than CW.

Case dings scratches or gouges? What's the phrase? "Nothing to see here, move along please, move along." :lol:
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Just adding to the overall sentiment…

Minor marks on cases and bracelets are a fact of life for normal watch wearers. I’ve never yet had a sapphire crystal from CW that showed any damage.
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Let's turn your question on it's head @egeek

What watches do you own at the moment, and what sort of condition are they in?

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Hi Guys, thanks for all your comments! I learned a lot from what all of you have shared and I really appreciate it
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@Bahnstormer_vRS

That is a fantastic question. I have a Rolex perpetual oyster that my old man left behind for me, and a tissot powermatic le loc. They both have held up well because I only use them occasionally. I am fascinated by the design of the moon phase watches by CW and I have a feeling I will be wearing the watch more often than the others which is the reason why I am asking the question. I always dreamed of owning a good looking moon phase watch.
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Been wearing CW watches for around 9/10 years and haven't scratched the crystal on any of them yet. They are all worn and do get a little love and respect, when I am playing delivery driver or working on an install I tend to wear an Apple Watch. From the rest of my collection I have a Seiko Kinetic from 2000 which led a hard life early on which has a scratch on the crystal from my days working in a warehouse and my old Apple Watch series 2 which is scratched to hell but it was my daily beater/ gym / biking watch.
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