Upgrading to a grade 5 titanium watch case 1


Great news! We have upgraded our grade 4 titanium watch cases to grade 5 titanium CNC milled watch cases.

CNC milled grade 5 titanium watch case

Upgrading

Initially we were planning to construct our watch cases (and bracelets) from Grade 4 Titanium (the strongest commercially pure titanium available, already a class better than the Grade 2 Titanium commonly used by watchmakers). Each case was to be tooled with a mould and finished with a CNC mill. The result would be a case that is light and strong, but would have to be coated to make it scratch resistant.

Grade 5 titanium

Top quality watchmakers, such as Omega, however use Grade 5 Titanium, an alloy that is significantly stronger than pure titanium and stainless steel. Grade 5 Titanium (Ti-6Al-4V) is so strong that it takes a far greater effort to construct a watch case from it. Moulding is basically out of the question and that is why we have opted to CNC mill our cases out of single blocks of titanium. Milling is far more precise than moulding and the result is a case that is accurate, stronger and lighter than stainless steel, ant-magnetic, hypoallergenic and particularly resistant to corrosion by acids found in the sea and in perspiration.

At TiMe22 we strive to engineer top quality watches and with this upgrade I think we can deliver that.


About Marc Schot

Born (1970) in Hengelo, The Netherlands. After finishing my military service and obtaining my degree in Telematics Engineering I co-founded several successful companies in the Online technology and Online services industry. So far I have lived and worked in 10 (or maybe 11 – I lost count) countries and travelled to many more. I have several years hands-on experience in the watches industry from the setup and management of the online distribution for a Swiss watch company. The little time I am not working I like to play a game of tennis, go for a ride on my mountain bike or spend some time on the water windsurfing. And I like food, especially the Peruvian cuisine! My favourite cigar is a Cuban Montecristo No. 2 and when I am not wearing a TiMe22 watch I wear vintage Tag Heuer from the ’90s. Stefan and I have talked for years about starting a company together, several plans (some good, some not that bright) were cooked up and now our shared passion for timepieces (and cigars) inspired to TiMe22.


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