Ceramic Bezels- Better than stainless steel or aluminium bezels?
Bezels form an important part of any watch and are also very noticeable. Over the years we have seen bezels being made of aluminium and stainless steel. But they would wear off and obtain numerous scratches over time. They were not the most suitable for everyday rough uses. To solve the problem ceramic bezels were adopted by watch makers. Ceramic has its own share of advantages and disadvantages. However, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages and thus are being increasingly being adopted by premium watches. Moreover, if you own a Seiko SKX007, then you can apply Seiko SKX007 mods to get a ceramic bezel if you wish to.
The main advantage of ceramic bezels is the durability. Some watch makers claim that their ceramic bezels are indestructible and thus would last longer. Stainless steel and aluminium bezels had a tendency of getting discoloured due to long-term usage and exposure to the sun. While the ceramic bezels stay the same for a very long time. They do not have any discoloration and thus look new even after daily use. You can trust the ceramic bezels to stay sharp and scratch less as compared to stainless steel options.
The stainless steel bezels would sometimes be heavy due to the weight of the metals, and the problem increased with an increase in the watch size. Aluminium was an appropriate replacement, but it was weaker than stainless steel in terms of durability. To have a light and strong bezel, ceramic was a perfect choice. The weight of the ceramic bezels is similar to the aluminium ones through the ceramic ones may look much heavier. The look of the ceramic bezels provides a premium feel without the heaviness. With them, you can have a lighter watch which is comfortable to wear and easy to handle every day.
Stainless steel and aluminium bezels generally have some kind of coatings which might cause problems for certain people who are allergic to them. There are also those who are allergic to metal and often develop skin irritations when wearing a stainless steel watch. In comparison to them, ceramic bezels have almost no coatings, and they can be worn by people without any irritations.
Ceramic bezels also have a certain disadvantage such as being brittle. However, watch makers make sure that the bezels are manufactured in a way that they are tougher than the current materials used and only in some rare cases do the bezels shatter. They are also a bit difficult to work with, but you need not worry about it unless you are a watch maker. If these disadvantages are ignorable, then you can opt for ceramic bezels on your Seiko SKX007 watch for better durability and quality. You can go through the Seiko SKX ceramic bezel inserts and select the one that suits your style.