The Toughest Watches In The Market - Chronoexpert

When it comes to watches and movements, normally you have to look at the overall composition of the watch and its endurance over a distance. When considering the toughest watches we thought it would be interesting to mention the different materials used amongst all the manufacturers as they are quite similar. The article will be less about individual watches but more about the materials used extensively throughout the toughest watches.

 

Glass

 

When it comes to high-performance watches, one of the most important aspects of the watch is the glass itself. This is the barrier that is keeping the usually delicate face and its details safe. When considering glass, you start off with plastic at the bottom of the pile, followed by mineral glass which is slightly more scratch resistant and end with Sapphire Crystal, the strongest glass used in watchmaking.

In fact, almost all luxury watches use Sapphire Crystal. It is its strong molecular structure that gives it extreme scratch resistance whilst also allowing other glare-proof coatings to be applied. It is truly versatile and you can simply feel the glass being different. Used extensively by Rolex, Breitling, Ball, Rado, and Omega amongst other major brands.

In fact, almost all luxury watches use Sapphire Crystal. It is its strong molecular structure that gives it extreme scratch resistance whilst also allowing other glare-proof coatings to be applied. It is truly versatile and you can simply feel the glass being different. Used extensively by Rolex, Breitling, Ball, Rado, and Omega amongst other major brands.

 

Steel

 

This hard wearing and highly polishable metal has been the go to metal for watch manufacturers. It is its robust composition, high precision finishing capabilities and multiple coating possibilities like PVD which make it a key player when it comes to the toughest watches. Rolex, for instance, uses a version called 904L steel which is used extensively in the aerospace and chemical industries due to its high wear and resistance properties.

 

Titanium

 

Almost 40% lighter than steel yet considerably stronger, this metal is a sister metal to Tungsten another extremely high strength metal. To give you context Titanium is so strong, once scratched it is almost impossible to remove the scratch as most polishing wheels do not have abrasive enough brushes that can remove the scratch. The beauty of the metal is its high corrosion resistance. It is also hypoallergenic and is used in high-performance industries in aerospace and formula one.

 

Rubber

 

Rubber is used mainly on the straps of these high-performance watches. You will notice all the sea-based ranges tend to use Rubber extensively due to its high tear resistance and also nonporous structure, which makes it significantly strong when out in dangerous and rough terrains.

Now here are some of the toughest watches on the market.

Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea Men’s Steel

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$10,450

Using one of the biggest and deepest cases Rolex offers, this watch is probably the toughest Rolex offer. Waterproof to a depth of 4000 feet which is extraordinary really makes it one of the most high-performance and toughest watches on the market.

 

 

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU Men’s Titanium

 

$4,110

 

Ball is not usually mentioned much but it is has created this wonderful example of strength and style. Starting with its marriage of Hydrocarbon Titanium, Rubber and Sapphire crystal, it has a COSC certified Chronometer status for the most accurate timekeeping and to top it off is used by the Navy Experimental Diving Unit due to its 600m water resistant casing.

 

 

Breitling Emergency Emergency ll

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$17,000

 

When the actual name of the watch is Emergency, you know this was a watch designed for the most extreme environments. An upgrade from the version 1, the key thing here is the beacon stored within the watch which if deployed sends an SOS signal on two separate frequencies to near passing aircraft or ships. Self-charging also makes as self-sufficient as they come.

 

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Mens Steel

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$5,950

 

Although this is not the strongest on the list, it does give more than enough when it comes to toughness. Steel composition, simple in its design, we chose it for the list due to its discreet strength. Most of the other watches on the list look very high performance where this one punches above its weight in terms of toughness but could still be worn every day.

 

 

TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 Men’s

 

$4,650

 

Tag is known in the industry for having some of the most shockproof movements. The Monaco is no different, high performance like all its other sisters in the range, it is another of the style blended with strength watches. Naturally, sapphire crystal is the glass of choice. The only watch with a natural leather strap, it is perforated for the most extreme of temperatures but also provides great comfort. The black PVD coating and face also make it incredibly cool looking on the wrist.


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