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  1. WhiteThorn Jun 2, 2021

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    Does anyone have any experience with ceramic watches such as the dark side of the moon?

    I have heard rumblings that they are brittle and prone to cracking if dropped or banged. Is this really true?
     
  2. f3dbca Jun 2, 2021

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    I can only speak from personal experience, but I wear a ceramic as a daily and it remains in one piece despite having been knocked on doors etc.

    There are a few horror stories out there of people shattering ceramic watches, but the number of horror stories compared to the quantity of ceramic watches out in the wild is a really low ratio. If the issue was that bad no one would be buying them, and manufacturers would have stopped making them.
     
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  3. Scarecrow Boat 5000 Candles in the Wind Jun 2, 2021

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  4. 3nicewatches $100 well spent Jun 2, 2021

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    Based on the number of times I have smacked my DSOTM hard against door handles, walls, a metal railing once, it's not enough of a concern to fret about. Once or twice the surface I hit got damaged, but never the watch.
     
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  5. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Jun 2, 2021

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    Yes, they can chip or break, and if they do the cost to repair is very high. If you plan to get one, insurance is a must.
     
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  6. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jun 2, 2021

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    Ceramic is great at compression over a wide area. Ceramic is not great at torque or pin point blows. I’d never own a ceramic watch.
     
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  7. ngo516 Jun 2, 2021

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    I dropped darkside on wife’ granite counter top, while changing strap.
    A piece of the white countertop chipped off.
    Wife is pissed.

    if you must own a ceramic watch, don’t get marry. Just saying...
     
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  8. Omegafanman Jun 2, 2021

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    DSOTM is my go to watch now for international travel and London (since 2015).... Risk of a scratch (almost zero)…. risk of being mugged / robbed for it …… almost zero... Risk of it smashing...based on my drunken altercation with a lamppost in Berlin - fairly low.
    I am happy with those odds compared to everything else in my collection.... and it can run duel time on the sub dial :0)
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  9. Jkbenn02 Jun 2, 2021

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    Insurance is a most
     
  10. PandaSPUR Jun 2, 2021

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    I've had my GSOTM for two years now and it still looks brand new. The worst I've done to it is probably take out a chunk of plaster wall at the office though. No drops or falls so far.
    Added a ceramic PO to my collection this year too, had 0 hesitation over the ceramic case.

    I also have both insured through a separate "Personal Articles Policy" though. Full reimbursement for damage (repairs), loss and theft.
     
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  11. Walrus Jun 2, 2021

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    Drifting off topic a bit but I love the look of ceramic dials. Darn such a nice dial material
     
  12. Bugbait Jun 3, 2021

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    Ceramic has a unique look, feel and fit when worn. If this appeals to you then get one. It's a good idea to insure any watch that costs several thousand (or more) regardless of what material it's made of. I insure mine for theft and accidental damage, just as I would any of my watches not covered by a standard home insurance policy. I wear it daily and enjoy it without worrying about chips or damage (or did before it stopped, not related to any bumps or knocks).
     
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  13. tigertom Jun 3, 2021

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    113C0DCD-4F34-4BD6-B6EC-92410697BBC9.jpeg Perfect wear, unscratchable, love the ceramic!
     
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  14. Caesar95 Jun 9, 2021

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    I’d love to own one DSOTM as well! But I won’t not because of the ceramic case but it’s size and thickness. Why can’t Omega just make a smaller and thinner piece? It’d have been a real contender to the Rolex Daytona.
     
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  15. PandaSPUR Jun 9, 2021

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    Have you tried one on in person? The thickness really isnt noticeable to me. I'd say it probably fits well on a wrist as small as 6.5.
     
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  16. mjb Jun 10, 2021

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    There is a Planet Ocean 600M in 39.5mm ceramic that I'm currently contemplating. I can't get over the price right now, but size-wise, it fits the bill for me.
     
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  17. o.m.e.g.a Jun 10, 2021

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    Anybody knows how much lighter (in %?) is the ceramic version of a given model comparing to it's steel counterpart?
     
  18. PandaSPUR Jun 10, 2021

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    Kinda hard to make that comparison cause there arent exact counterparts from what I can think of. Easiest to just pick two models you wanna compare and check the specs.
     
  19. o.m.e.g.a Jun 10, 2021

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    Planet Ocean 600M in 39.5mm is exactly an example of a model in steel and ceramic. Unfortunately, omega web page does not mention head weight, not even in PDF datasheet... :(
     
  20. PandaSPUR Jun 10, 2021

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    Ah whoops, forgot those smaller POs. I only own a 45.5mm PO in ceramic, so I cant help there.

    Best to just go to a shop and hope they have both for you to try on.