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I've been browsing at Orient's online site. Some watches uses "Crystal Glass". Is this scratch resistant? How is this compared to mineral or sapphire? Here's one of the watch who uses it:

http://www.orientwatchusa.com/watch.php?id=108
Its their name for "hardlex", that's all. Scratch resistant mineral glass.

Hardlex: Gets scratches easier but provides better shatter resistance

Sapphire: Provides better resistance against scratches but has diminished resistance against shattering.

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Now I'm getting confused. According to this page:
http://www.orientwatchusa.com/watch.php?id=271

There's a big sign there that says "Sapphire Crystal" but on the bottom it says "crystal glass".
It could well be a typo my friend. To be completely sure, shoot an email to [email protected] or [email protected] and get confirmation whether that watch has sapphire or mineral crystal.

You can also ask poster "Angelis" as he owns this watch and he is currently selling it, according to him, for a very good price;-)
 

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According to Orient's international site www.orient-watch.com:

http://orient-watch.com/product/sporty_automatic/cet0b001b.html#

Click on the specifications link:

Mechanical Movement : ORIENT caliber 46B40 Made in Japan
Self-winding movement
21 jewels
21600/hour vibrations
24-hour hand, day hand, date

Stainless steel case
Crystal glass
Stainless steel bracelet or genuine leather strap
Screw caseback, screwed-down crown
Water resistant to 100m
Diameter 42mm
Thickness 11.6m

This watch has a scratch resistant mineral glass, not sapphire. Joey needs to fix the description and remove "sapphire crystal" as this watch does not have it.

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It is mineral crystal. I'm not even sure if Orient uses Hardlex as I believe that is a Seiko proprietary glass and I don't know if they "share" it with Orient or not. I had a black Mako with a mineral crystal that developed a lot of small scratches rather quickly, while I have yet to really scratch any of the Seiko Hardlex crystals I have or have had.
 

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It is mineral crystal. I'm not even sure if Orient uses Hardlex as I believe that is a Seiko proprietary glass and I don't know if they "share" it with Orient or not. I had a black Mako with a mineral crystal that developed a lot of small scratches rather quickly, while I have yet to really scratch any of the Seiko Hardlex crystals I have or have had.
Hardlex, scratch resistant mineral glass.... Its all the same stuff with different names.;-);-)
 

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If in the distant future the Orient watch accumulated a lot of scratches, are there shops out there who could replace the glass with Sapphire or do I have to go to an authorized Orient shop for this? How much do you think it'll cost?
 

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It is mineral crystal. I'm not even sure if Orient uses Hardlex as I believe that is a Seiko proprietary glass and I don't know if they "share" it with Orient or not. I had a black Mako with a mineral crystal that developed a lot of small scratches rather quickly, while I have yet to really scratch any of the Seiko Hardlex crystals I have or have had.
My Mako also developed several what I would call micro-scratches pretty soon after I got it. It's hard to see indoors but when out in bright sun light it can be seen when the watch is held at an angle. I have not seen this with any other watch using "mineral glass" (including, Casio, Citizen, Seiko, Sea-Gull) yet. Maybe the crystals used on low-end Orients are even less scratch resistant than normal mineral crystals?
 

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My Mako also developed several what I would call micro-scratches pretty soon after I got it. It's hard to see indoors but when out in bright sun light it can be seen when the watch is held at an angle. I have not seen this with any other watch using "mineral glass" (including, Casio, Citizen, Seiko, Sea-Gull) yet. Maybe the crystals used on low-end Orients are even less scratch resistant than normal mineral crystals?
It is possible, after all it is only a $150 watch. Plus, the crystal is flat and it is not protected by the bezel in any way.
 
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