How to Repair a Scratched Watch Sapphire Crystal

Accidents happen, and in the world of high-end luxury watches, there is no accident that carries the same sinking feeling as a glass scratch in the watch's face. A scratched face actually refers to a scratch in the crystal that sits on top of the watch face to protect it, but for brevity's sake, we will refer to the watch crystal as "the watch face" for the rest of this article and will teach you how to repair scratched watch face.

Before you bring your watch screen into a watch service and repair you can try buffing out the scratch at home, but only if it is a certain type of watch glass. 

Can I Buff and Polish A Scratch Out Of My Crystal Watch Face

So you're looking for a guide on how to repair watch belongings? Depending on the make and model of your watch, you either can or can’t buff out the scratch at home. If your watch is made from plexiglass, as is the case for most sports watches, buffing out a scratch should be doable, provided it’s a scratch and not a deep gouge. On the other hand, if your watch has a watch crystal face, a scratch is a permanent scar that can only be remedied by totally replacing the crystal glass that covers the face of the watch. 

Unfortunately, there are not many circumstances where the scratch in a sapphire crystal covering can be repaired without having a crystal replacement. Looking at how much is it to repair Rolex watch or how to repair a Rolex watch band? Typically the cost of a new glass crystal replacement covering for your high-end luxury watch is going to be around $150 - not including the cost of the labor. If any glass dust got into the mechanical workings of the face itself, the repair might be a little more expensive as the glass crystal will need to be carefully removed to prevent long-term damage. 

What Are The Benefits Of Plexiglass?

Obviously, one of the benefits of plexiglass is knowing that if your watch incurs damage in the form of light scratches, it won’t have to be completely replaced. That being said, Plexiglass does get light scratches and scuffs more easily than sapphire crystal. 

Plexiglass is a common covering on watches that are going to be used for more rigorous activity like dive and pilot watches. Alternatively, sapphire glass is more commonly used in higher-end daily use luxury watches as well as dress watches.

Plexiglass is a softer material than sapphire glass which is why it takes less to scratch or scuff the surface or screen protector. The soft complexion of plexiglass is also what allows the glass to be buffed and shined, making it easy to remove all those pesky, unwanted scratches by buffing in circular motion. Similarly, it is the hard surface of a crystal sapphire covering that makes it so hard to scratch but nearly impossible to repair should it become nicked.  

Is A Sapphire Crystal Face Worth It?

Despite the inability to buff out a scratch on a sapphire glass face covering, going with sapphire glass over plexiglass is absolutely worth it. A sapphire crystal face is a stunning way to elevate the look and feel of your luxury watch. 

Even though this article has been very clear that sapphire watches cannot have a scratch buffed out, you shouldn’t feel hesitant about taking the plunge with sapphire crystal as these watches are very hard to scratch in the first place.  

Typically, watches that are made with sapphire crystal are billed as being “scratch resistant” due to the tenacity of the crystallized glass. However, this does not mean that sapphire crystal is scratch-proof. There are plenty of objects that can scratch a sapphire crystal; it’s just harder to do. 

How is Sapphire Crystal Made?

Many times Sapphire crystal is also listed as “synthetic” sapphire watch crystal. This is simply due to the fact that the sapphire crystal used for watch coverings does not occur naturally and must be made rather than harvested. 

The process of making the sapphire crystal requires an intricate approach wherein aluminum oxide is heated until it crystallizes. Disks are then cut and polished using a special saw hard enough to cut the glass, and from there, it is buffed and polished until it becomes suitable to be used to cover the face of a watch.

What Is The Difference Between Plexiglass and Sapphire?

Unfortunately, the major difference between a sapphire crystal and a plexiglass watch is that while scratches on plexiglass can be buffed out, scratches on sapphire cannot be buffed out. If you do get a deep scratch on your sapphire crystal watch, the entire sapphire crystal needs to be replaced.  

For those stubborn scratches that simply cannot be buffed out at home on plexiglass, or for sapphire glass coverings that need replacing, come see CJ Charles for a repair that is as easy as it is economical. Whether it’s a professional buff and shine on plexiglass or a complete change with sapphire glass, we'll have the glass of your watch looking good as new in no time!

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