For almost the entire time I’ve been at HODINKEE, when it comes to case materials there has been steel and everything else. It’s not hard to understand why. Steel is cheap (you can buy a kilo of 316L stainless steel for less than ten bucks depending on where you buy from) it’s tough, relatively easy to machine, and doesn’t have some of the versatility problems that materials like gold and platinum can have. There is something about it that appeals to our love of the rugged individualist – steel, if it were an action movie star, would be Harrison Ford, with a vibe of, “I don’t want any trouble but if you push it you’re gonna find out I’m tougher than I look.”
However, the sheer diversity of tastes, occasions, and desires means that there is plenty of room for other materials and other kinds of high quality replica watches making. An industry veteran (Swiss gent) once said to me, “You know when I started out, there was gold and steel. In Geneva, if a business executive was being driven around, the guy in the front had a steel Rolex and the guy in the back had a gold Patek, and that was it.” Times have long since changed though, and today we are able to pick from among an enormous variety of metal alloys and other materials.
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Gold is good, to stand an old adage on its head, and it’s very, very good for top UK fake watches cases. Gold may lead to corruption but in itself, it is incorruptible – pure gold does not tarnish nor does it corrode, except in the presence of some cyanide solutions or aqua regia (a mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid), and if these are anywhere near your wrist you probably have bigger problems. Pure gold, however, can’t be used for jewelry or cheap Omega replica watches cases because by itself it’s way too soft. The solution to this is the creation of gold alloys, but if gold doesn’t corrode, some of the metals commonly used in alloys do, and thereby hangs a tale.
Yellow gold is an alloy of gold, silver, and some copper, and there are other alloys of colored gold, as well – one of my favorites is blue gold, which is an alloy of gold and indium. Red gold, also called rose and pink gold, depending on whom you ask, is an alloy of gold and a much higher percentage of copper than yellow gold. Sometimes there’s a touch of silver in there as well, depending on how red you want your red gold to be, but the alloy can be, and often is, just copper and gold.
Red gold is very popular for Swiss made Omega copy watches cases, but it likes to do something that gold by itself doesn’t, which is discolor. This happens thanks to the fact that copper readily oxidizes and over time, and depending on things like exposure to moisture or sweat, it can develop very noticeable patches of tarnish. On a vintage watch, this can be kind of charming but it’s a bug, not a feature, in newer Omega replica watches online site and so steps are taken by some brands to reduce the chances of it happening. Rolex Everose is a case in point – it’s a secret formula (what isn’t at Rolex?) but it’s pretty well-known that there is some platinum in there, and the addition of platinum is key to retarding the chemical processes behind tarnishing. Lange’s Honey Gold is another example.
In 2013, perfect Omega fake watches introduced its own in-house rose gold alloy: Sedna Gold, named after a dwarf planet in the outer Solar System (three times further out than Neptune) which is one of the reddest objects orbiting the Sun. Like Rolesor, Sedna Gold uses gold and copper but instead of platinum 1:1 wholesale Omega super clone watches’ opted for palladium (a platinum group metal). The effect is similar to red gold but to my eye, where Sedna differs from conventional red or rose gold is in the highlights – there is a transition from a pinkish red to an almost white which is rather mesmerizing.
Ceramics seem, intuitively, like a terrible material out of which to make replica Omega watches paypal case, because when you think of ceramics you think of things like Meissen porcelain, Hummel figurines, and broken teacups. However, there are ceramics and there are ceramics. There are four basic categories: Whiteware ceramics (grandma’s Wedgwood), structural ceramics, refractory ceramics (highly heat- and corrosion-resistant), structural (floor tiles, for instance), and finally, so-called technical ceramics.
The last are the family used for 2022 fake Omega watches cases and they are pretty tough. They can be used in situations that challenge even the best steels, including protective armor for tanks, ball bearings, jet engine turbine blades and, you guessed it, watch cases. One of the most common technical ceramics used for Swiss movements replica Omega watches is zirconium dioxide. Pioneers in the use of ceramic in the 1960s and 1970s included Omega, Seiko, and IWC, and today all three still use it, as well as other brands as varied as Rado, Richard Mille, Chanel (the J12), and many others.
The material is much harder than steel, and for all intents and purposes, scratch-proof. The only disadvantage is that while steel or gold might dent and ding if given a hard enough smack, ceramics crack. Modern technical ceramics are much more impact-resistant than the clay ceramics most of us use every day and ceramic cases have been around long enough that if they were frequently prone to catastrophic failure, I think we’d probably know it by now.