When we began designing our watches, we wanted to create a high quality watch for children. We have children of our own and understand that they don't always take care of things as well as they should. During our research we discovered that watch faces can be made up of 3 different materials including, acrylic glass, mineral glass and sapphire crystal. Our watches are made using Sapphire Crystal, as it is the strongest and most scratch resistant material. Here is a short description of the different materials that can be used for a watch face.
Sapphire Crystal is harder than almost anything else on Earth, with the exception of materials such as diamonds! It is tough, durable and the least prone to shatter or scratch, making it the perfect choice for a watch face, especially for a children's watch. Sapphire Crystal rates 9 on the MOH scale, which measures the relative hardness of materials, and it is just behind diamond which measures 10.
This is the most common type of glass to be found in watches. Although not as susceptible to scratching as acrylic, mineral glass is known to scratch relatively easily. When the glass does become too scratched it may need to be replaced.
Most children's watches have an acrylic glass face. This is the least expensive glass and is really a plastic. Acrylic plastic is light, strong, flexible and transparent, however it can scratch easily, resulting in a damaged watch face.
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