Platinum is actually gold? Can a gold-plated watch be refurbished? An article to understand watch material

So, how much do you know about watch materials? What material is scratch resistant? What material is strong? What material can be polished and refurbished? Today let us talk about those common case materials.

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Stainless steel: the most common, practical and durable

Stainless steel-can be said to be the most common case material we see.It has the unique toughness of metal, is comfortable to wear, does not fade, does not deform, and does not stimulate the skin.

There are two common stainless steel materials on the market, 316L and 904L. 316L stainless steel has good texture, strong corrosion resistance, and density close to iron. Generally, it does not affect human skin. Many brands often use this material to make watch cases and watches. Crown and strap.

904L stainless steel is a super heat-resistant stainless steel alloy with a chromium alloy content of up to 21%. The corrosion resistance is comparable to that of precious metal materials. After polishing, it can obtain a brighter and more beautiful effect.

In order to improve the beauty of the watch, more and more styles of guanqin will use precious metal materials to make watches, such as white gold, platinum, rose gold, etc.

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Platinum: the king of precious metals

Platinum is called the king of precious metals, or Pt for short. It is a natural white precious metal, and the purity of platinum can usually reach 95%. Pure platinum is silvery white, and its color and luster are natural and unchanged over time. According to national regulations, only jewelry with platinum content of 85% and above can be called platinum jewelry and bear the Pt mark.

The platinum color is beautiful, malleable, resistant to melting, abrasion, and corrosion. It is chemically stable at high temperatures. The platinum watch will not be corroded or discolored in daily wear or even in a vaporous environment.

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Gold: noble and classic

Gold can be said to be one of the most common precious metals in daily life, and it is no longer uncommon to use it in watchmaking. Due to the soft texture of gold, the case and strap of the watch are mostly in the form of alloys, usually 18K, which can ensure that the color of gold never disappears, but also ensure the hardness and reduce the signs of wear.

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Rose gold: warm and romantic

Rose gold is an alloy of gold and copper. Because this metal was popular in Russia in the early 19th century, it is also called Russian gold. Rose gold has a very fashionable and beautiful rose red color, and many watch brands use this material in the design and processing of their watches.

Watches with rose gold cases have a long history and have been used in antique watches and pocket watches. This material has the characteristics of strong ductility, high hardness, and changeable color. It is not easy to be deformed or scratched, and it can also give full play to complex and exquisite design creativity.

Compared with traditional gold and platinum, rose gold not only makes colored gemstones more intense, but also embodies the exquisiteness and delicateness of metal materials. The warm color brings warmth and romance to people.

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Platinum: Elegant Retro

Generally, what we call white gold is called “white K gold”. It is a white alloy made by smelting gold and other white metals. The percentage of gold is up to 75%. Because this alloy is white, it is called platinum, and it is divided into 18K and 14K types. The K platinum jewelry sold on the market is not platinum, and many consumers do not know the truth.

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Titanium: Lightweight and technological sense

Titanium alloy is an emerging material that has appeared in watches in recent years. It looks like steel and has a silver-gray luster. It is a transition metal. Titanium alloy has the characteristics of high strength, good corrosion resistance and high heat resistance.

Pure titanium is silver-white, and its chemical properties are extremely lively, so the titanium metal we talked about is actually a titanium alloy. Titanium alloy has advantages in weight and hardness. It is used to make watch cases, and probably only the same steel Half of the watch is heavy and it is not prone to scratches.

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Ceramic: wear-resistant and light weight

When it comes to ceramic watch cases, the first reaction is radar. With the continuous innovation and development of the watch industry, more and more brands are beginning to use ceramics to make watches.

High-tech ceramics are made by injecting extremely fine zirconia powder into the mold at high pressure, forming non-wearable ceramic parts in a sintering furnace at a high temperature of over 1,000 degrees Celsius, and then grinding with diamond powder. The ceramic watch case has the characteristics of wear resistance, acid and alkali resistance, corrosion resistance, no discoloration or discoloration, and light weight. It is the new favorite of many fashionistas.


Post time: Apr-19-2021