Looking for a watch that can not touch the edges of the table and rough walls? We present six particularly scratch resistant watches. For anyone who buys a new watch, pay attention to the design. Shape, color and size must be coordinated and personal taste. Criteria such as a high scratch resistance of the materials used are usually associated with certain applications. Of course, pilots, divers or firefighters need particularly robust timepieces. But even in the office, during gardening or while jogging through the city, a watch is quickly scratched. This not only reduces the value, but also the joy of looking at the clock.
Nowadays, there is a wide range of materials for case, bezel and bracelet. Traditionally, gold alloys and especially stainless steel are used. The latter is often used for sports watches because of its characteristics. Even so, steel is not protected from scratches. The regular repair of such beauty defects is cost-intensive and not unlimited. An alternative is made by other materials, such as ceramics or special manufacturing methods of stainless steel, which make this even more resistant. You do not have to dig deep into your pocket; in almost every price category, there are watchmakers who offer innovative solutions. Some of them like Rado or Damasko, for example, make the new material its trademark. The range is varied and not limited to sporty timepieces. One thing is for sure: these watches will not just look as new when you buy.
Scratch Resistant Watch # 1: Damasko DA 34
The focus of Damasko is on the redesign of watch cases and control elements. The small Bavarian manufactory uses a variety of steel, which is also called ice-hardened nickel-free stainless steel due to its special heat treatment. This steel is patented for use in watch case construction and can only be found at Damasko watches. It is about four times harder than the commonly used stainless steel. Due to its enormous load-bearing capacity, this steel is predominantly used in aerospace applications. During production, the steel melt is enriched with nitrogen under pressure. Nitrogen reduces the proportion of the alloying constituent carbon, which provides a high hardness but lowers the corrosion resistance. These special housings are completely cured, which makes scratching or break-through practically impossible. The crown, pusher and steel band are made of this material. The Damasko DA 34 wraps the ETA 2836-2 automatic movement into its 42 millimeter case made of ice-hardened, nickel-free stainless steel. On the steel strip it costs 1,725 euros.
Scratch Resistant Watch # 2: Hanhart Pioneer Racemaster Gtm
HDSPro is the name of the steel of the Hanhart Pioneer Racemaster GTM . This is several times harder than conventional watch steel and does not contain nickel, which is known to cause skin allergies. The Pioneer Racemaster GTM measures 45 millimeters in diameter and works with a modified Sellita automatic caliber SW 500. The price of the chronograph is 2.990 euros.
Scratch-Resistant Watch # 3: Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold
In 2008, Jean-Claude Biver turned to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne to work with his engineers to create a new gold alloy that can not scratch as quickly as conventional gold. The result presented Hublot 2011 as “Magic Gold”. With 1000 Vickers it exceeds the hardness of ordinary gold alloys many times; almost only diamonds can still cause scratches. Magic Gold is made of ceramics and gold. The fused material has a certified Feingold content of 18 karat. The patented manufacturing process begins with isostatic cold pressing of boron carbide powder, which is subsequently cured as a rod.Subsequently, Feingold is melted and pressed into the pores of the ceramic. The processing is carried out by means of a water-guided laser in order to bring the material into the desired shape. At the Baselworld 2017, Hublot presented a new model with Magic Gold housing: the Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold, which was previously available in titanium and ceramics. In its 45-millimeter-sized case, the HUP1201 automatic manufac- turing hand-wheel calibrator works . The watch costs 34,200 euros.
Scratch-Resistant Watch # 4: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”
The bezel of a watch is usually even more stressed than the case. For this reason, many manufacturers use ceramic drums, since this material is particularly scratch-resistant.However, the diving scale usually consists of a different material or is even milled, so that the bezel does not appear homogeneous. The acts Omega forward with its alloy Liquidmetal. The so-called metallic glass consists of zirconium, titanium, copper, nickel and beryllium and is three times as hard as stainless steel. Thanks to its amorphous structure, it seamlessly integrates with the ceramic bezel. For this purpose, the immersion scale is first engraved in the ceramic and then the heated liquid metal is pressed in. After a final satin finish, the bezel appears particularly smooth and homogeneous. All Seamaster models are equipped with such a bezel. The liquidmetal alloy also makes it possible to insert diamonds into the bezel. Our example does not include: The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue” combines the bezel of liquid metal with a 45.5 millimeter ceramic case milled from a block. The automatic Master Chronometer caliber 8906 works in this . The watch costs 10.300 euros.
Scratch Resistant Watch # 5: Rado Hyperchrome Tachymeter Automatic Chronograph
One thinks of ceramic watches, one inevitably comes Rado to mind. This brand was the first in the watch industry to use ceramics as a housing material in the 1970s. To date, ceramic clocks have dominated the majority of the Rado collection. From black over white to gray metallic and now completely new in brown – there is hardly any color that Rado has not yet tried. The ceramic is colored by appropriate pigments or, in the case of metallic luster, by a special plasma treatment. However, everything starts with zirconium oxide powder, which is melted into the desired mold and sintered. The finished blank is then given a polish which ensures high-gloss and matt surfaces. Rado also likes to combine its high-tech ceramics with coated stainless steel elements. In the HyperChrome Tachymeter Automatic Chronograph, the elements of rose gold PVD-coated stainless steel form a contrast to the 45-millimeter monobloc housing made of high-tech ceramics. In this the Eta 2894-2 automatic works. The chronograph costs 4,500 euros.
Scratch Resistant Clock # 6: Sinn Ezm 12
In order to make the stainless steel even more resistant, Sinn Spezialuhren uses so-called tegiment technology. Through a special process, carbon is diffused into the steel. This occupies the interstices, whereby the surface of the stainless steel has a hardness of 1 .200 Vickers. For comparison, uncured steel has a hardness of 220 Vickers. In addition to casings, crowns and bracelets are also subject to this procedure. Subsequently blasted by a bead, the stainless steel is given a matt luster. In 2003, for the first time, one of his watches made of steel; since 2011 the technology has also been used in titanium. The Tegimentierung offers an optimal basis for a PVD coating. The EZM 12 deployment time meter launched in 2017 was developed for air rescue. You can find more information about its special functions here. Its 44 millimeter housing is made of beaded blasted stainless steel and is tied like the bezel. The latter also has a black hard coating. The drive is powered by the Eta automatic unit 2836-2. On the silicon band and in the set with a pocket knife the EZM 12 costs exactly 3,250 euros.