What You Should Know About Stainless Steel Wristwatches

Did you know that the quality of a wristwatch is heavily influenced by the type of stainless steel used? In fact, many luxury watch brands, such as Rolex and Audemars Piguet, place a high value on using specific types of stainless steel to create high-quality wristwatches.
This month, The Steel Wire invited Chanyong Park, an editor from Esquire Korea, to look at some of the world's most well-known watchmakers and why they use specific types of stainless steel. Here is an example:
 
Wristwatches made of stainless steel
Wristwatches are typically made of stainless steel. Although gold, titanium, ceramics, and carbon are frequently used, stainless steel provides excellent rigidity at a reasonable price. This is why brands such as Rolex, Apple, and many others place a premium on using stainless steel to make wristwatches.
What factors should you consider when selecting a material for your wristwatch? There are two major considerations. The first is that some people are allergic to the materials in stainless steel, which can cause allergic reactions or rashes.
The second feature is its ability to withstand a wide range of conditions, from hand washing to high impact. It is especially important to have corrosion- and shock-resistance properties. Wristwatches should also be resistant to temperature changes and not discolour over time. Considering these factors, stainless steel is an excellent choice.
 
Various Stainless Steel Types
The composition of steel and non-steel materials determines the grade of stainless steel. Steel rusts naturally over time, so other materials are added to prevent rusting. Steel is divided into three distinct series based on its composition: 200, 300, and 900.
Audemars Piguet and the Origins of 316L
Although Rolex employs 904L, many other brands continue to use 316L and produce even more expensive wristwatches. One of them is Audemars Piguet. Its Royal Oak, made of 316L, is widely regarded as the brand's most iconic wristwatch. Royal Oak is one of the first luxury wristwatches to use stainless steel, having done so in 1972. This was contrary to industry practise.
Posted in Default Category on September 30 2022 at 03:45 PM

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