Even though we are accustomed to buying watches for their aesthetic appeal, there are those of us who must look for additional features to fit our lifestyle and work demands.
For many, watches are more than just a design accessory. It is an essential tool, which can also be fundamental to our well-being. From dive watches, to field watches to pilot watches, buyers are looking for specific characteristics when purchasing these types.
Nowadays, everyone is looking for a watch that can endure, is comfortable and won’t scratch easily. That is why more and more people are interested in watches built with Sapphire Crystal, to protect the watch face. However, the rest of the body of the watch needs to be durable, outside of its Sapphire Glass component.
There are a number of elements, which are used in the manufacturing of watches. From ceramic, titanium, ice hardened steel or stainless steel, what are the most scratch resistant watches on the market today?
Below, we will explore several of those materials used to produce scratch resistant watches.
Grade 5 or Ti-6Al-4V is the type (grade) of titanium, which is more durable and used in the making of components that require a more hardy makeup.
We have been aware of titanium for only two centuries and this was primarily through lab work. At the present, we are at the point where the element is being excavated in greater quantities. Primarily, it was used to build aircrafts. However, recently this material is being used to manufacture everyday items.
Titanium is known for its durability and strength.
Even though steel is the ‘go to’ material in building, titanium beats it, in terms of lightness.
Therefore, even if a steel watchcase equals a titanium case in strength, it would be much heavier than its competitor would. Titanium is also superior in the fight against corrosion. Neither will it succumb so easily to the affects of acids. In addition, it is great for people who need to wear a watch that is made from hypoallergenic materials.
When compared to aluminum, platinum and gold, titanium is much harder and not as easily scratched. After all, it is used in the making of fighter jets and is a great option if you are making a tactical watch.
Another tough material that is used to manufacture scratch resistant watches is engineering ceramics. It has upwards of four times more durability than stainless steel. It is so durable that cutting tools are actually made from this material and some watches come with a ceramic coating.
Just like titanium, ceramic is light. Stainless steel is measured around (8 g/cc), while titanium is at (4.5g/cc), and ceramic (3g/cc).
Titanium is the top choice for various aerospace and military applications. Thus making whatever they are used for bulletproof, as it dispenses the force of an elevated velocity impact. However, in order to accomplish this, it must be compressed. This brings about a weakness. Despite the fact that it is scratch resistant, they break easily.
Because of their high stiffness levels, they are not very friendly as long lasting watches, because if it falls to the ground or possibly banged hard enough, it is likely to break apart.
This type of material is prevalent, though in recent years, more watch makers are diversifying. That is because people develop allergies from the material or nickel, thereby creating a demand in the market for hypoallergenic watches.
In terms of availability and pricing, it ranks highly. From the least expensive to the most prestigious, brands use this metal to manufacture their pieces, all across the globe. It is preferred because it is quick and easy to manipulate. In addition, if you have a perfectly good watch, which has seen some wear and tear, retailers are able to get it back to almost perfect condition.
Conversely, more customers want a change from the typical silver tones to other color choices like gold or black. In addition, they tend to be heavy, which makes their presence continually felt.
Another popular element used in watch design is gold. It is usually found with high-end brand watches, rather than common, inexpensive brands geared towards the lower income buyer.
Gold screams luxury and wealth.
Where we were once seeing the prevalence of yellow gold, now there is a demand for rose gold and white gold watches. This adds further levels of distinction and uniqueness.
It is incorporated with other elements such as diamonds, rubies and you can find a sapphire crystal watch, which is made from gold. The standard, especially when it comes to Swiss watches is 18 karat. This works out to 25% of other elements incorporated with 75% yellow gold.
Scratch resistant watches made from gold are a great choice because of their long lasting qualities and value.