Ceramic is not a popular material or a material that comes to mind when you think of what watches are made of. And this is definitely not the same material as what you would use in your pottery class.
Defined as “A ceramic is an inorganic, nonmetallic[a] solid material comprising metal, nonmetal or metalloid atoms primarily held in ionic and covalent bonds.” by Wikipedia, watch designers today combine the ceramic powder with all sorts of different components to create a new unique type of ceramic which is extremely durable, to say the least. It can be used in the bezel, case, bracelet or a combination of them all, and brand make use of this material due to all the benefits that are created for the user such as:
1- Wear Resistance
Besides being completely unaffected by the sun’s ultraviolet rays, ( your watch won’t fade), ceramic provides a type of hardness, unlike metal watches. It is scratch-proof, anti-magnetic and can withstand chemical erosion. No wonder a lot of watch brands use this material in watches that can be used for diving or sport!
2- Light Weight
Ceramic material is very light and competes with other materials such as aluminium on the weight scale, so the ladies would never have to worry about having their wrists weighed down with a ceramic watch.
A brown ceramic bezel is used in this Omega Speedmaster Sednagold Space 3
With so many people developing all sorts of allergies these days, it would be a terrible day if you find out you are allergic to your favourite watch. Ceramic watches are completely hypoallergenic, which means they don’t have any metal coatings or other type of coatings, so any sensitive user is able to wear this type of watch with pleasure.
Here are some interesting facts:
Watch brand, Hublot uses ceramic in their watches combined with metals to create their Cermet. Magic Gold, a Hublot creation, contains pure 24k gold which is stuffed under high pressure in the tiniest minuscule pores found in ceramic which results-producing this certified 18K gold material. So why the gold number difference? The Swiss Central Office for Precious Metals Control has given Hublot permission to only advertise this material as 18K gold due to it consisting of 75% pure gold.
In 2013, Rolex used ceramics their “Batman” Black and Blue bezel and since then, they have used it in their “Pepsi” Red and Blue bezel on the standout GMT-Master II which has a two-toned ceramic bezel. Ceramics might be easier to produce than dark colours, but Rolex has mastered the art to use it in it’s most difficult colours: red and blue. This makes it a superior component than their previous models since it is scratch-resistant and doesn’t fade. Rolex patented the process of the two-toned bezel since they were virtually the only ones to ever have gotten such a process right.
Ceramic watches are so difficult to make, that coming across one is very rare, and can push up the price tag quite a bit sometimes. However, it is a trendy material is in high demand as the watch will always stay durable and retain their ” new look”.
We are fortunate enough to currently stock only one pre-owned ceramic watch: Vintage Tissot Ceramic Case Quartz Midsize Watch