If you prefer the sleek and sturdy look and feel and durability of metal watches for women, you have plenty of options. Metal is the most popular material for cases and even bands. It is easily worked into various shapes and it can be polished and decorated easily.
Top metals used in watch making include stainless steel, titanium, precious metals such as Gold, silver and platinum, and bronze, brass and gunmetal copper alloys. For external finish, the metal can be left untreated, polished or have a black, silver, gold, rose-gold or two-tone coating.
The internal finish of a watch (the base metal/material for both case and watch band/bracelet is important as it determines quality and durability as well as the look and feel. Here are the top metals used in making watch cases and bands:
Ladies stainless steel watches are the most common metal watches for women. Stainless steel is an attractive silver-tone metal that is a very popular watch case and bracelet material due to its durability, resistance to wear, and ability to hold a fine polish.
It is resistant to rust, corrosion and stains. Stainless steel watches are versatile, and easy to wear and remove. Steel is really the most scratch resistant among the basic metals, especially in hardened form. Stainless steel comes in many shades from untreated to polished or often coated with black, gold tones and other colors.
Titanium has a lustrous dark grey appearance. One of the lightest yet strongest metals. Extremely durable and hypoallergenic. Resistant to dents and corrosion. Titanium is about half as heavy as steel and about twice as strong and also more expensive than steel. It is often used in sports, swimming and diving watches as well as in high-end watch cases and bracelets.
Copper is a soft and ductile metal that is easy to work with due to its malleability. It has an attractive reddish-orange color that make it a fashionable tone and copper colored watches, jewelry and even kitchen accessories are highly sought after.
Copper is also an extremely durable metal and copper watches and jewelry last a lifetime when cared for properly Copper is sometimes used as a base metal in watches and jewelry making. The following copper alloys are also often used as base metals in watch making:
Bronze is an alloy of copper, tin and a third metal, which can be aluminium, zinc, nickel or manganese. Some alloys use aluminium, zinc, nickel or manganese instead of tin. It is very strong and durable and also anti-magnetic and corrosion resistant. It also has a striking brown copper color and lends an attractive unique hue to a watch. Bronze's hardness makes it less popular as a watch material as it's hard to work with. Bronze can also irritate the skin and bronze timepieces usually have steel or titanium case backs for safe contact with sensitive skin. On exposure to weather conditions, bronze watches develop a thick skin, a protective and unique layer known as a patina. This is why bronze watches age well and develop a vintage like look.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc normally used as base metal. Brass typically has a bright gold appearance, but can be antiqued or plated. Normally contains nickel, which can cause allergic reactions for people with sensitive skin.
Gunmetal, also referred to as red brass, is a type of bronze. It is a corrosion resistant alloy of copper, tin, and zinc. Originally used for making guns. It has dark grey or bluish-grey color referred to as gunmetal-grey.
Gold is the most popular luxury metal in watch making. It is also unique- most natural metals have a grey or white color tone. Gold is naturally shiny yellow. Gold may be used to make the watch cases, bezels, bracelets or the most precious parts of the movement.
Too soft in its pure form, gold is normally used as an alloy with other metals typically silver and copper. Gold watches are marked 9k, 14k, or 18k depending on the gold content. There are also different gold-tones- rose gold, white gold, and yellow gold. Solid gold watches are very expensive. Most gold-tone watches are just gold plated/coated/filled to give them the luxurious golden tone while keeping them affordable.
Like Gold, pure silver is too soft for practical use. Sterling silver is 92.5 silver and 7.5 other metal, often copper. It is beautiful, high quality and naturally nonreactive.
Platinum is a precious silver-white metal that is sometimes used by luxury watch brands in making cases and bracelets for expensive watches featuring the most sophisticated movements. It looks a lot like silver and white gold.
Platinum is the most precious metal and is referred to as the powerhouse metal. It is extremely rare, very valuable and very expensive. Rarer and more expensive than gold. Platinum is normally used as a 95% alloy with ruthenium. It is naturally white so it will not fade or tarnish.
What makes it a good metal in watch making is that it is extremely hard, scratch resistant, strong and tough making it very long lasting, long wearing and low maintenance compared to silver and gold. Apart from that, it is inert and totally resistant to corrosion and heat. It is also a hypoallergenic material so does not irritate sensitive skin.
When platinum scratches or wears out, none of the volume is lost as the metal is simply displaced. It develops a patina-like appearance that can be polished again and again because it is simply moving the metal around, not wearing it down.
Ladies platinum watches are beautiful, prestigious and very expensive, Very popular among the rich and famous.
External finish refers to what you see when you look at a watch-the dial, case, strap or band, buckles, lugs and crowns.
It is not always practical to have a precious metal as the external finish. For example, real gold is too soft and solid gold too expensive. Pure silver is also too soft and sterling silver too expensive. The solution is to use a plating/coating to achieve a quality and attractive finish while keeping the prices friendly.
PVD refers to physical vapor deposition-an effective vaccum plating method used to create attractive external finishes over base metals. Coatings of oxides, carbides or nitrides are deposited by ionic attraction increasing durability and reducing friction on metal components. Here are some of the plating options for the external watch finishes for both watch cases and straps:
The metals used in watch making are extremely sturdy and hold up well in rugged outdoor terrains.
Metal bracelets are long lasting.
Metal watches are versatile and suit both formal and casual wear.
Bracelets are easy to care for, and typically can just be rinsed with water and dried with a soft cloth.
Metal is more expensive than most other materials except for some exotic leathers and ceramic.
Some metals such as alloys containing nickel cause metal allergies to those with sensitive skin.
Consider Metal Allergies If You Have Sensitive Skin.
Consider Your Skin Tone
If you have cool skin tone, light or white metals such as white gold, platinum and silver will look good on you. If you have warm skin tone, yellow and rose gold, copper and brass are your best tones. If you have a neutral skin tone, you'll look good in white, yellow and reddish metals.