In many cases I found that like acrylic more than sapphire. I'm aware that in some cases it depends on the style of the watch but given the choice between an acrylic and a sapphire version (e.g. Speedmaster) I'm more likely to prefer the acrylic.
I'm not big on acrylic crystals, as a matter of fact I still don't trust this new "iron" people keep banging on about. My bronze spear has gutted more Hitites than any iron one has...
I‘m so bugged about scratching my acrylic crystals that I wear those watches less-often. I know I know — bad reason. But it’s kind of like parking the car far out in the lot to avoid dings.
A few drops of liquid glass applied occasionally do wonder for keeping the crystals scratch free.
You know how they say that with animation, special effects are free? Same with acrylic. Beautiful shapes cost almost nothing extra, and polishing is a DIY job. I assume they are a bit lighter too. True beater watches will get a little scored up after a while, but I'm not a kid on the schoolyard, so I don't have these concerns about dragging watch faces against concrete or whatever. Acrylic just looks right.
Polywatch is $8.00. A new crystal is $20.00.
I wear acrylic practically everyday.
I don’t prefer them but I don’t mind them either. I have a Vostok with acrylic, and I plan on getting a Lorier Hyperion that used acrylic. I do prefer it over mineral and hardlex though.
I'm a big fan of watches that are interesting because they are either unique, have interesting features, well designed or simply offer a great value for their price.