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Which do you prefer, Domed or Flat Sapphire Crystal?

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I am just wondering about others opinions. I have several watches with both and up until now I have thought I liked the domed sapphire crystal the best, but I do have a couple flat crystals especially with the 2x AR that look really amazing so I am warming to those as well. It is a little hard to photograph the differences and Yes, I know this pic of the mm200 with the flat crystal has only 1x AR, but I digress.

What do you like and why? Opinions....

 

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I have a strong preference in individual cases based on the style of the watch, the composition of the dial and chapter ring, and other aesthetic factors.
 

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Love the dome and the distortions it brings, just wish the Sub300t still had one.
 
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"No Dome - Go Home!" Though a "boxed crystal" is a MOST acceptable alternative!
 

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to me, it's a design element that, as any other, should take into account the watch as a whole.
for example, on the ploprof comebacks or the planet oceans I can't see a boxed crystal making any sense, whereas, in case of the certina PH or longines LLD, anything but a boxed crystal would, I think, leave everyone wondering what the bid deal is over those
 

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Overall I prefer a dome because I just don’t seem able to keep my fingerprints off a flat crystal. It’s by no means a deal breaker though.
 

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Like others, I have a subjective preference in the abstract (flat sapphire, because thinness is a virtue).

And like others, in practice, it largely depends on the rest of the watch’s design.


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About equal for me but with a mild preference for domed in the right watch. I like box crystals as well. For me, a bit of structural definition and interest is what I find compelling.
 

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I'm an odd duck. I don't like distortion, nor lots of reflection. Seems counter intuitive for legible viewing of a time piece. If the dome is quality, real AR, I do like them, but my nicest visible watch had a flat crystal with very good AR treatment, and that was the most rewarding.
 

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I have both. All though I do like the extra character a domed crystal may add to the watch, I really don't have a preference for either for my decision about a watch is based on its overall aesthetics.
 

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Aesthetically I like boxed. Practically, a flat crystal is better for readability in a dive watch. I know domes are intended to reduce refraction, but the penalty you pay with added angles of reflection is not worth it IMO
 

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I like domed and boxed, in that order, but I will take a flat. I just like running my hands over the dome. It's very retro and I like old and new things.

But ultimately, it's the total package that I go for.
 

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