They are much harder than hardened quartz and only a diamond and silicon carbides can scratch them.
Bozeman, MT (PRWEB) June 07, 2013
The new Suunto Ambit 2 Sapphire is the world's only GPS watch for sports that uses a sapphire crystal according to the Heart Rate Watch Company.
"This watch was so popular it sold out in just three days in May but more are coming in July 1st, which is just a little over three weeks away," says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, "We already have significant advance orders for July delivery so, the earlier you place your order the better."
Nothing Is Tougher for Watch Crystals
"Sapphire crystals are generally only found on very high-end premium dress watches but it makes sense for sports watches because they are bomb-proof," says Squire. He adds, "They are much harder than hardened quartz and only a diamond or silicon carbides can scratch them."
Silicon carbides are used in some steel tools for cutting, ceramics and some artificial stone, but nothing that is found in the natural outdoor environment according to Squire. "If you scratch your Ambit 2 Sapphire because you found a diamond then the scratch will probably be a welcome problem to have," chuckles Squire.
"The vast majority of heart rate monitors and fitness watches don't even use mineral crystals and unfortunately use cheap plastics, so if you don't get a screen saver they can scratch up pretty quick," says Squire. He adds, "I would not hesitate to go rock climbing or mountaineering with this watch, its that tough."
A lot of people buy $400 GPS watches with cheap crystals made of plastic and have to replace them every few years according to Squire. "This is the type of watch that should easily last a decade, so the long-term economics are far better assuming you can make the upfront expenditure."
The Heart Rate Watch Company is an authorized Suunto dealer and sells the Suunto Ambit 2 Sapphire along with running a significant testing operation they sponsor also sponsor several triathlon, cycling and running clubs nationally.