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My first "I call BS" rant.
Soon after I got my SAIII I noticed that the (FF-BFD) crystal was unusually exposed and unprotected by virtue of it being at least 1or 2 mm higher than the case. (see picture)
Initially I thought that this was the reason that this particular model was available for such a low price at Amazon. (It has gone up a bit-about 10 bucks- since I got mine.)
But I then realized from reading various fora and seeing a presentation on TV that this is a common FLAW on these watches.
The second rate hawkers on TV call it a "raised crystal" (which it is) but these hacks make it sound like it is a feature rather than a blatant design flaw,especially for a sport/active wear watch.
I hope other Sub-Aqua owners might enlighten me and let me know if their versions also have the raised crystal.
My thought is that the factory that was commissioned to produce these is going by an initial design and Eyal will not allow for any alterations (too much $$) even if they are to correct a flaw.
Any crystal,even sapphire, will chip if the edges are exposed in such a callous manner.
It isn't about being scratch resistant-any crystal with such exposed edges are extemely prone to chipping with the possible exception of acrylic.
Perhaps one of the experts at WG might read this and prove me wrong.