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316L stainless steel

Have you ever given much thought to the stainless steel which your watch is made of? The stainless steel used in watches is divided by different grades, and each grade has its composition of metals – giving it unique strengths and weaknesses

 

WHY ARE WE USING 316L STAINLESS STEEL?

Grade 316 stainless steel has high amounts of chromium and nickel. 316 also contains silicon, manganese, and carbon, with the majority of the composition being iron. A major difference with using 316 stainless steel is the chemical composition, with 316 containing a significant amount of molybdenum; typically 2 to 3 percent by weight. The higher molybdenum content results in grade 316 possessing increased corrosion resistance.






ADVANTAGES OF 316L STAINLESS STEEL WATCHES

Due to the addition of Mo, the material is widely used in diving equipment, medical devices, and marine equipment, especially those with chlorides present. It also has a high-temperature strength which benefits the excellent working hardening (post-processing weak magnetism) resulting in the non-magnetic solid solution state. On top of all this benefit, the beauty of this marine-grade stainless steel remains its gloss and beauty appearance over time.

CHOSEN BY MAJOR LUXURY WATCH COMPANIES

Due to the above advantages, we use 316L stainless steel widely in the watch industry. Even the recently announced Apple iWatch has chosen 316L stainless steel for its remarkable corrosion and strength properties.

Therefore, at Aiverc watches, we have chosen 316L as the choice of material. We want to provide an affordable timepiece without compromising quality


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