Why I did not buy a Sapphire glass watch?

Sapphire watches come at premium prices. These watches lend a premium appearance and feel to the watch. Besides, most sapphire glass smartwatches are considered scratch proof.

However, I chose not to buy a Sapphire glass watch. I had my own reasons not to invest in the Sapphire watch. And, below, I share the background thought process that made me choose a watch with Corning Gorilla DX coated glass.

Sapphire is the second hardest natural mineral. It is obvious that the cost of mining and producing sapphire glass is higher than the Gorilla glass variants produced by Corning. Sapphire watches are priced 30 to 40 percent higher than corresponding Corning Gorilla glass watches.

This is assuming that all other features and functions of watches are identical. The only differentiator is the Sapphire glass on one of the potential watch models.

There is an incremental bit of money required to purchase a Sapphire smartwatch. Generally a good Sapphire watch would be costlier by at least $100-150 over a corresponding smartwatch variant in Corning Glass.

This is one of the primary reasons that made me look at alternatives to a Sapphire smartwatch as I did not want to invest disproportionate amount on a new smartwatch.

Plus, you must also consider the replacement costs of a Sapphire glass. The replacement costs and availability of the Sapphire glass did not give me the requisite confidence to invest on a Sapphire glass watch.

Finally, the display screen of a Sapphire glass watch looks pretty dull. Sapphire glass affords poor readability experience in sunlight. Compared to the DX coated Corning Gorilla Glass, a Sapphire glass watch’s screen is duller and devoid of light. The overall appearance of the screen is quite duller compared to Corning Gorilla DX coated watch. The DX coated Corning Gorilla Glass has an extra anti-reflective coating for improved display experience.

Understandably, one of the biggest advantages of Sapphire glass watch is the hardness of the display lens or screen. A watch made of Sapphire glass is resistant to scratches. General wear and tear does not show up on a Sapphire glass so easily. Minor impacts to the glass are handled pretty well by the sapphire glass.

This rugged characteristic of the Sapphire crystal helps in ensuring longer life and a longer than average period of ownership of the Sapphire watches. For professionals working outdoors, a Sapphire watch affords a robust smartwatch option. On a similar note, people working in heavy industries stand to gain more with a Sapphire glass watch.

For someone like me, who works indoors, the Sapphire glass watch did not bring in any value over and above what I was getting with a Corning Gorilla DX coated glass. Plus, I was easily saving $150 on a DX coated Corning Gorilla Glass watch. Display brightness and readability experience were to my liking.

Eventually, a mix of cost and readability factors swung the decision to get a Corning Gorilla DX coated watch over the Sapphire glass watch.

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