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Case Quality - What do I need to know?

Unlike many other materials stainless steel is resistant to both rust and corrosion. Therefore it is a highly recommended material for watches. All our watches contains 316L Stainless steel.

So, what does 316L mean?

There are a few different qualities, we will cover them briefly here below

 

1. Alloy steel
The cheapest watches most often use alloys that aren’t actually real stainless steel although they're often marketed as “stainless steel watches”. Alloy steel watches corrode easily and are less durable than real stainless steel. 

-This grade is not recommended for people with nickel allergy

 

201
This is the lowest grade of real stainless steel. It has a low amount of nickel in it but lacks resistance towards corrosion and rust. '

-This grade is not recommended for people with nickel allergy

 

304L 
This is the most common quality. It has approximately 18 to 20 percent chromium and around 12 percent nickel. It has a pretty high rust resistance and a reasonable corrosion resistance. Some chloride solutions will make this metal deteriorate

-This grade is not recommended for people with nickel allergy

 

316L
Commonly referred to as Surgical steel due to its qualities. It is mostly used by luxury watchmakers. This metal contains molybdenum which increases the corrosion resistance. This metal grade is used in surgical applications and instruments.

-This grade is recommended for people with nickel allergies due to its properties.

 

904L
This grade is very good regarding corrosion resistance due to its high amounts of chromium, molybdenum and nickel. The high nickel content has its drawback when it comes to allergies

-This grade is not recommended for people with nickel allergy

 

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