I love the smell of acrylic in the morning.

Acrylic is the material that I prefer by far for watch lenses. It's clarity and flexibility allows me to take photos at extreme angles and challenging light conditions without resulting in a mess of glitter, hazing or reflections.

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Catching the rosy fingers of dawn touching the dial and brushing the case would have been impossible for me to achieve with a sapphire crystal covering the dial. Uncoated sapphires turn milky and hazy while even the best AR can only block so much reflections. In the case of the Wristmaster, most of the reflections I catched on the camera are from the light bouncing from the chapter ring inside.

It also goes without saying that acrylic allows for shaping the crystals into forms that would have been very difficult to achieve otherwise. My photography skills and the aging canon G12 that I'm using are simply not good enough to capture a clear dial at extreme angles unless I'm helped by the optical clarity and lack of reflections of an acrylic crystal lens.

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I really like the cream dial of this Yema Wristmaster. The raised indices with their black accents are very retro in a 70's Seiko style, and they are also very interesting to look at because of their contrast with the dial and the way that the light plays with them through the clear acrylic.

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You make good points from a photography standpoint, but I prefer sapphire for watches I鈥檒l be wearing. I鈥檓 too prone to scraping them against stuff for acrylic.

thekris

You make good points from a photography standpoint, but I prefer sapphire for watches I鈥檒l be wearing. I鈥檓 too prone to scraping them against stuff for acrylic.

I cheat.

I use liquid glass on my acrylic watches and it does wonders to increase their scratch resistance.