• Apprentice
    21 Jul 2023, 7:32 a.m.

    Hello... first post here. Big fan of IWC's. Just picked up my 3rd IWC watch and this one is a 46mm Aquatimer reference IW358002. I am a big man and enjoy large watches. My Rolex Deep Sea SD 44mm looks small on my wrist for reference.

    Hence a 46mm diameter case is not an issue, nor is the 21.5mm case thickness. My concern is how sturdy is the 1mm of crystal that protrudes above the case? I acquired this watch after seeing pics on chrono24 but had no idea the glass sat unprotected above the case.

    As with any large watch they seem to love smacking door knobs, or catching any sturdy surface as if its a game of roulette.

    I want to wear this beauty often but my concern is chipping the crystal; if anyone has experience with wearing this timepiece or knows how susceptible or sturdy this crystal is please share your experience and any recommendations you may have other than keep your wrist over your chest while entering any doorway lol...thanks

  • 22 Jul 2023, 9:51 a.m.

    I had my IWC on whilst driving my motorcycle.

    when I wanted to park it next to my house, I came to close to the wall with my wrist and my watch scratched the wall..

    Surprisingly the glas of the watch wasn't scratched at all, of course the SS case of the watch did.
    I had it serviced at IWC (SCHAFFHAUSEN) and the watchcase came back as new.

    so in short I would not worry about it.


  • Master
    23 Jul 2023, 7:17 p.m.

    I agree with Bas, that sapphire crystal is incredibly hard and quite resistant to chips and cracks. And if need be, much cheaper to replace than to repair a case!