I have a coupe of FF pieces -only one of which i have given a couple of good bangs to (door handles, furniture etc)
knock on wood, so far i am lucky, but to me it is not a selling point - i buy a watch if i like it- whether its mineral or FF doesnt really matter -if its a high end piece
most use Saffire with the exception of Invicta - so far as i've seen the only High end piece of interest to me is the SAS which has the FF - i think its a moot point in THIS case as the design of the watch outweighs the crystal debate
with that said - there is no proof it is as tough as stated
and argueably none that i've seen that it isnt
i also have alot of mineral crystals that i've banged pretty good with no ill effects except 1 watch that got good and scraped - so unless you are dragging them on the sidewalk the mineral's arent bad either!!
i would be more concerned with shattering a saffire than scratching another type
I don't think you are off base - BUT I think the reality is we just don't know 100% for sure. I have read just about EVERY online forum and people discuss back and forth the merits of each.
I think one constant truth is that if you bang almost any of them hard enough (I mean really wack them) you run the risk of some damage.
Good points George; if the crystal material is not an issue in your buying decision than no harm or foul.
My contention is that if you are buying a watch and the scratch resistance of the crystal is critical, you should know hands down what you are getting.....not learning about it through trial and error.
LOL!!!And NOW i understand the LOYALTY to saffire many have stated and the resistance to the FF
i would have to say ONLY TIME WILL TELL WITH THE FF CRYSTAL
if they scratch easily enough -it will come out and as RICKY used to say to LUCY - "you have some Splaining to do"!!
I am cringing; your SANIII, argghhhh!!:xI have scratched a Sappire crystal on a piece of S.S. that ran acrss my wrist and scratched the watch as the crystal. This was done on my SAN III! I can also tell you that if you take a Self tapping machine screw and rub it across sapphire it WILL Scratch!!!