Some of the most expensive timepieces in the world, watches with the “Swiss made” label have the reputation of being the best watches – and they’ve maintained this reputation for centuries now. So, what makes Swiss-made watches so sought-after? And why do they cost so much more than watches made elsewhere?
Swiss watches are artefacts of luxury and are lauded for their precision and pedigree. It’s the pure metals that are used, the expertise in which the links and the cases are constructed, the crystal that makes scratches pretty much non-existent, the Quartz movement, and more that make these timepieces extra reliable.
Surgical steel metal
Almost all Swiss watches are constructed using 316L stainless steel. This is an alloy of iron, chromium, nickel and molybdenum that is employed for some of the most important uses of metal in the world, including pharmaceutical equipment and marine application. The molybdenum provides an immense resistance to corrosion, making your watch so long-lasting that, well, your grandchild can use it all their life too.
Solid steel links and cases
Have you noticed how a Swiss watch is heavier than other watches? This is because of the use of solid steel links and cases. The links are not hollow, as you may find in some of the other watches, which makes them retain their original build and design as they are far from getting distorted. Your wrist is going to be safe from scratches and allergies.
Swiss watches are safe from scratches – it’s as simple as that. Unless you are determined to test the crystal using unusual methods to make some damage. Look closely at your Swiss watch and you’re likely to find the crystal as good as new. They are used due to their extreme hardness (a 9 on the Mohs scale) for scratch resistance.
In Swiss-made watches, the pins that join the links together and to each other are almost always made in the style of pin and sleeve. What makes this important is the fact that regular movement of metal on metal causes wear. When the link rotates on the pin, it causes tension that makes the pin smaller, making the pin to slide out of the band eventually. With a pin-and-sleeve link, this wear and tear is avoided, and that guarantees the watch a reliable durability.
The sole purpose of a watch is its mechanism and reliable time-keeping. Swiss watchmakers have perfected this art by studying for long how best to make this function unparalleled in excellence. They put each watch together the right way, so these movements are hand assembled. Made with pure metal gears, the functionality of Swiss watches is long-lasting. These watches are not sealed, either, which means you (or your grandchild) can get your watch serviced if something ever does go wrong.
Solid band caps
The band caps on Swiss watches, again, are made solidly with no hollows. An impressive percentage of a watch pin holding the band is supported by the cap – the solid cap. Force against the pin is, therefore, distributed over the entire length of the pin. No room for breakage!
The Swiss have been practising the art of watch-making for centuries now, and have become the experts whom you can blindly trust with your timepiece needs. With a Swiss Wrist Watch, you have a timepiece that lasts longer than a lifetime and are fashionable always. Swiza has a collection of these watches for men and women, in different styles, designs and purposes – check out our Watch collection