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Shouldn’t have done that

by Jordan Ficklin

I see it way too often. The Rolex Sapphire crystal is hard but not indestructible. I always perform a full service on the watch when the crystal has shattered. Inevitably the customer complains. The risk of a small piece of sapphire inside the movement where it can do hundreds of dollars of damage is just too great. Usually the customer just doesn’t understand this. Remember, sapphire is a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. A shard of sapphire is way harder than your typical pocket knife blade, file, or saw blade. It will do serious damage. Look where I found this little bit of sapphire.

Click on the image to see it full size. The little piece of sapphire is sitting on the hour wheel, but it was never going to stay there.

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