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Old 06-26-2019, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Excuse the plea for assistance on something I ought to be able to do myself (ie chose something), but the more I look at the options, the more my mind becomes muddled.

I’m toying with the idea of changing the crystal in my Sumo... it almost seems like I feel obligated too as everyone else has

I just can’t quite make my mind up

Firstly I have to say I actually really like the look of the std hardex one. The distortion is quite interesting (not plexi interesting, but nice enough), it has a pleasant little dome to it and of course perfectly goes with the std bezel insert in terms of gap, oh and I haven’t managed to scratch it yet (it’s only been a fortnight and the watch was up on blocks with HS damage for 6 of those days, so give me chance.... I don’t baby watches, I buy to wear or they get flipped)

However, the obvious replacement options tempt me...

1. Buy the OEM sapphire from the 50yr anniversary edition (bit pricey...) I assume the fit and integration to the bezel will be perfect... BUT it doesn’t look (from YT vids etc) to be a sapphire version of the common garden hardex one, but more of a flat ‘rolexy’ etc look

Can anyone confirm this

2. Crystal times.

It seems like everyone recommends the double dome, but looks a bit much (erm domey) in some pictures....

I assume the single dome is the closest to the stock hardex, but WUS seems full of people that went single dome only to regret it and end up with the DD

TL-DR

Is the OEM sapphire (from the 50yr anniversary) the same shape as the stock hardex?

Is the crystal times single dome the same shape as the stock hardex?

If the above two answers are no, then the de rigueur double dome option... yay or nay - sell it too me (figuratively) pics would be grand

Thanks very much

(NB: Not interested in top hat or flat crystals, no offence intended to those that like and have these)
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Has no one got any words of advice on this please?
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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my advice - get the Crystal Times flat AR blue crystal

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Old 06-30-2019, 05:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you Sir Alan, that does look pretty good, I might miss that subtle dome of the oem crystal though..

I wish I had your wrist, it carries off the Blumo way better than mine
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Don't get a domed glass.

Domed = doomed - to get scratches really fast that look horrible
Flat ftw


The bezel helps protect it from scratches and mineral glass that you is pretty scratch resistant so my advice - don't change what it has.
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Don't get a domed glass.

Domed = doomed - to get scratches really fast that look horrible
Flat ftw
Should be ok with sapphire.... surely?


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The bezel helps protect it from scratches and mineral glass that you is pretty scratch resistant so my advice - don't change what it has.
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Actually having slept on it, I’ve come round to thinking that I like the std crystal and that I haven’t actually damaged it.... so no rush

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