How Rolex’s Oystersteel is Different from Traditional Stainless Steel
As Rolex approaches the ceaseless interaction of refining and improving their items, a portion of the regions wherein we have seen the best progressions are the new materials that are being made for use in their watches.
without any preparation evidence clay bezels to ferromagnetic amalgam development components, contemporary Rolex watches use probably the most exceptional materials on this planet to help in the company’s continuous quest for building the most ideal mechanical wristwatches. Nonetheless, in spite of the entirety of the novel, exclusive machines and materials that get utilized at the Rolex plant in Geneva, perhaps the most intriguing parts of the Rolex creation measure is the sort of tempered steel that is utilized for the cases and wristbands of their watches.
Most watch producers utilize 316L hardened steel, which is above and beyond for by far most of uses and conditions one is probably going to experience in regular day to day existence. Notwithstanding, Rolex decides to utilize a one of a kind mix of 904L tempered steel for their watches, known as ” Oystersteel ” that is exceptionally impervious to various types of consumption. The “Oystersteel” name previously showed up at Baselworld 2018, replacing “904L tempered steel” inside Rolex’s writing; anyway no qualification was made between the two metals, so almost certainly “Oystersteel” is only Rolex’s name for the excellent, 904L hardened steel that is delivered by their in-house foundry.
Oystersteel made its introduction at Baselworld 2018 (imagined: GMT Master II Pepsi)
904L tempered steel is a low-carbon assortment of hardened steel with added substances of nickel, chromium, copper, and molybdenum to make it exceptionally impervious to by far most of various sorts of erosion. Most commonly utilized in the aviation and substance ventures, 904L is hard to shape and frequently requires the utilization of specific gear to appropriately cut and machine. Despite the fact that it is more costly and hard to utilize, 904L can take on a higher clean than customary hardened steel composites and have various enemy of destructive properties that are fairly like those of valuable metals.
Rolex’s utilization of 904L treated steel dates right back to 1985, when they turned into the principal wristwatch producer to utilize it for an enormous scope in their watches. At first, during the last part of the 1980s, 904L treated steel was just utilized for the Rolex Sea-Dweller line of remote ocean jumping watches; anyway in 2003, Rolex exchanged the entirety of their lines of watches over to 904L hardened steel, because of the unrivaled consumption opposition that it advertised.
The Sea-Dweller includes a hardened steel construction
More customary types of treated steel, for example, 316L are very erosion safe; anyway limited quantities of saltwater and different minerals can get caught in the little spaces between the case-back strings, and throughout an all-inclusive timeframe, can go about as an impetus for consumption. Rolex saw that tempered steel watches displayed more untimely wear on their case-back strings than what was seen on their valuable metal partners, thus the choice was done to change to 904L hardened steel for the entirety of their lines of watches.
Although “Oystersteel” is likely simply one more name for the 904L treated steel made by Rolex’s in-house foundry, it is unquestionable that 904L hardened steel offers extra advantages over most generally utilized tempered steel assortments. Regardless of whether it is designated “Oystersteel” or 904L tempered steel, this profoundly strong, consumption safe metal is important for what characterizes a contemporary Rolex.