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    Loves to yap about quartz I-B's Avatar
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    Acryl crystal, a scratch magnet?

    I recent purchased a Timex Expedition and the acryl crystal is allready covered with hairscratches from wiping my crystal with my sleeves. It's strange cos i wear Swatches and other watches with acryl and they all remain without any scratch on the crystal. Timex claims that this is a rugged watch. Are there differences in the hardness of acryl? I can't unsee the hairscratches. Think i have to order a family pack polywatch...

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    I had a Casio with the crystal. It's a beater so I really don't care. It seems to get scratched if I just look at it.

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    Scratches on acrylic crystal give watches some character. I may be minority, but I like 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samael_6978 View Post
    Scratches on acrylic crystal give watches some character. I may be minority, but I like 'em.



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    Yeah, not all acrylic is created equal. I don't know what Casio uses, but it's really strong. I'm used to treating my vintage watches with care, and the Polywatch certainly comes in handy. I guess Timex decided to save a few pennies and go with the soft stuff.
    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

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    The hardness of acrylic can vary quite a bit. I've had Swatches that are very resistant to scratches and other watches with acrylic crystals that scratch very easily. As with everything, there is a tradeoff involved. Harder, more scratch resistant acrylic is more likely subject to cracking or shattering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-B View Post
    I recent purchased a Timex Expedition and the acryl crystal is allready covered with hairscratches from wiping my crystal with my sleeves. It's strange cos i wear Swatches and other watches with acryl and they all remain without any scratch on the crystal. Timex claims that this is a rugged watch. Are there differences in the hardness of acryl? I can't unsee the hairscratches. Think i have to order a family pack polywatch...

    Anyone with a number of acrylic crystals should forego the time consuming use of polywatch. I've used it and it takes minutes to clean up a crysrtal.
    This takes less than 15 seconds, including the time to brush off the dust.


    (I can't believe I'm the only person who uses a dental lathe to polish watch crystals!)

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    I have a 5yo Fossil which immediately starting picking up horrible deep scratches. Polywatch didn't make a dent in it. Time for a new crystal, I think.

    It didn't help that I wore it much too loose for a long time, so that it rotated to the bottom of my wrist and collided early and often with my laptop.

    Now, the bracelet is properly sized, so I won't repeat that disaster.

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    None of mine (Omega, Seiko and Accurist) have been anywhere near as bad as I would have thought..
    G-Shock: GW-7900-1ER & GW3000B-1A
    Rolex: Submariner 14060M
    Accurist: 1961 Shockmaster (Gold) & 1965 Shockmaster (Steel)
    Omega: Speedmaster Professional 3570.50.00
    Meistersinger: Perigraph AM1002
    Ben Sherman: S489.OOBS
    Rotary: 1990 Quartz (Gold)
    Steinhart: GMT Ocean One 39mm
    Vostok: Komandirskie 650547

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