The Cool Factor of Sandblasted Watches
The 21st century is a period of endless possibilities. Several watchmakers are in a quest to push the boundaries of watch design and functionality. Thus, don’t be surprised to discover groundbreaking and mind-blowing concepts in today’s timepieces.
Let’s start with the finish.
The cases of modern wristwatches usually feature common finishes such as matte, brushed, reflective, and bright. Each of them is appealing in its own right. However, blasted finishes are considered the most extraordinary and eye-catching.
THE FEATURES OF BLASTED FINISHES
They lend the case a satin feel and frosted appearance. Given that they diffuse the light, the steel case looks less shiny. These aesthetic elements are a familiar feature of military and aviation timepieces.
BLASTED VS BRUSHED FINISHES
When viewed up close, a sandblasted watch case has a mottled or pebbled appearance. However, it takes close inspection to see the fine grain of the sandblasting process. Meanwhile, a brushed finish comes with a grain that can either be linear or circular. The latter is usually found on the circular parts of the timepiece, such as the bezel or case back.
HOW TO ACHIEVE THE BLASTED FINISH
Nothing could give watches a rugged, blasted appearance better than sandblasting. This approach requires a gas-powered compressed air source, a robust blasting cabinet, and a blasting media to spray against the watch case, such as glass beads, walnut shells, or sand.
The blasting process works similarly to painting with the use of a paint-sprayer. However, it takes a skilled watchmaker to get an even and beautiful finish with consistent surface coverage.
EXPLORE OUR DESERTSTRIKE WATCHES
The sandblasted finish is considered the most rugged of all types of finishes. Thus, watches featuring this are designed to withstand everyday wear and tear.
Here at Grayton, we offer rugged timepieces created for urban men. Featuring a futuristic design integrating a striking sandblasted finish, the DesertStrike finish oozes with a cool factor that is sure to please even the most discerning watch enthusiast. Explore our sandblasted Sazerac automatic watches via IndieGogo now.