Women's Stainless Steel Watches
Trying to decide between women's stainless steel watches and women's titanium watches was one of the final quandaries the young woman faced before beginning a two years stint in the Peace Corps in South America. The young woman was headed for a two year stint working the Amazon rainforest of Brazil to help map deforestation efforts being made by logging interests. The woman knew that hot, muggy and often wet days lie ahead, and the choice between these two types of watch cases might make a difference in how her choice would hold up in the climate. Being a very efficient person and one who tried to anticipate every possible detail, the young volunteer began studying which kind of watch case metal would be better for the climate she was facing.
Women's stainless steel watches are housed in an alloy of steel that contains at least ten percent chromium to give it corrosion resistance. But stainless steel or SS, is anything but stainless free. It is much more like stain resistant, but prolonged exposure to salt, acidic foods and detergents can cause the metal to darken over time, or even rust. SS is highly used in cookware and in sinks and can be very efficient in conducting heat. On the other hand, the cases of women's titanium watches are made of an element, number twenty two on the periodic chart, which is also found on meteors and in moon rocks brought back from the Apollo lunar landings. Titanium has the highest weight to strength ratio of any element and is very white in appearance. It is highly scratch resistant and non-magnetic, and is more difficult to work with than stainless steel.
The young woman had done the homework on Brazil. Knowing that because the area in which the young lady would be working was near the Equator, the temperature would average about ninety degrees most of the year long, and the humidity would hover around ninety five percent most of the time. The woman also knew that a great deal of the time there would be rain in the air. In addition, the woman also discovered that part of the Peace Corp job description would be to work with local citrus farmers to investigate the effects of deforestation on their crops and yearly harvest. Not only is Brazil the largest orange producer in the world, but nectarines, lemons, limes and grapefruits are produced in massive numbers. "Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion." (Ecclesiastes 5:18)
The intrepid young woman prepared to make a purchase of a reasonably priced watch. The lady did not own a watch because of the constant use of a cell phone in college, but since cell phone coverage in that part of the world was less than stellar, the need for a dependable watch would be great. The woman had a budget of about four hundred dollars to purchase a reasonably priced watch that would handle to climate of the country to which the young woman was headed. Would it be one of the many women's stainless steel watches that she had seen or one of the women's titanium watches? Our young lady discovered that in comparing apples to apples, the stainless steel cased timepieces were about the same price as comparable makes in a titanium case. So the woman began listing all the conditions that the watch would be facing when she traveled to Brazil. If there was a lot of work among citrus farmers, there might be an over exposure to the acidic nature of the products they produced.
In addition, the young woman made the assumption that the sweat that would be produced every day would put constant corrosion pressure on the band of the watch, making the presence of salt a factor to consider in the purchase. In the end, with time getting close to her departure, the young woman chose to go with one of the many women's titanium watches that she had looked at during earlier window shopping excursions. With the knowledge she had gained about the pros and cons of stainless steel, the possibility of acidic fruit juices and the constant exposure of the watch to salt the option of choosing one of the many women's stainless steel watches that the woman had looked at earlier was not considered. While the SS watches looked stylish and very appealing, the rather gray appearance of the titanium watches was not important. The woman reasoned that there would be plenty of time upon returning to the States for a more fashion friendly timepiece.
The woman found that an off brand of watch with a titanium case and leather strap could cost as little as ninety dollars at an online site. But there was concern about reliability in such a harsh climate. Since the budget ceiling was four hundred dollars, the woman found it easier to disregard the economy models and consider the more well known watch brands in the titanium considered to be so important. The final decision was to be a watch from a famous Japanese watch maker that offered a two tone titanium case and matching band, quartz movement and analog display for three hundred and twenty five dollars. The young lady felt vindicated when arrival came in Brazil and saw a number of other Peace Corps workers wearing very similar timepieces.
Ladies Sport WatchesFor active people, men's sport watches and ladies sport watches are a necessity, especially since the typical young people of this century are more dependent on cell phones for their time than on conventional wristwatches. So getting a sport timepiece built specifically to take the rigors of such things as backpacking, rock climbing, swimming, running, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing scuba diving and snowmobiling is important to the active person today. As in many other products, these timepieces come with different forms and features, along with various capabilities and prices. Having enough information can help a consumer make wise decisions. "Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments." (Psalm 112:1)
Ladies sport watches come in a rainbow of colors and begin and the almost ridiculously low price of three or four dollars. These are not well made timepieces, and they are only suited for light duty recreation such as jogging or perhaps non-competitive tennis. The lowest priced timepieces for activities are not suited for any contact with the water, and are not built to withstand the rigors of more contact driven sports such a rock climbing, kayaking, and mountain n biking. The blows that these inexpensive timepieces might experience in such sports might prove to be fatal to the watch in a short amount of time. As the price rises on each of these plastic and hard rubber timepieces, the more options they offer, such as a compass, thermometer, heart rate monitor, calorie counter and digital photo download.
The inexpensive men's sports watches for sale online have a more male friendly color scheme to them, often majoring in black, yellow, gold, green and camouflage. A number of these timepieces are battery powered, and a few are solar powered and offer many of the same options as the ladies sports watches such as compass, heart rate monitor and thermometer. They are in the seven to fifteen dollar price range and often have stainless steel backs and plastic fronts to house the inner workings. None of these watches would be suitable for high contact sports, but for backpacking or jogging the timepieces would be acceptable. These lowest priced models are also not suitable for water contact.
When beginning to think about the need for a shock resistant timepiece, there is the need to understand what the term means. Several companies selling men's sport watches and ladies sports watches that are labeled shock resistant also add the caveat, "to ISO standards." So what is the ISO standard for a watch being shock resistant? The standard is defined as the shock a watch would receive from a one meter fall onto a hardwood surface. Would that standard be enough for a rock climber's watch to withstand breakage or damage? If that is the standard, then some particularly hard blows while climbing may affect even a watch that is labeled as shock resistant. The same might be true for a watch hitting a river rock during kayaking. But certainly, a person would want the watch labeled shock resistant as opposed to no label at all, if these sports were of interest.
The term water resistant is a term that means one thing to foreign makers of timepieces and another to American timepiece makers. To foreign makers of men's sport watches and ladies sport watches, water resistant means the watch passes non-destructive forms of testing for resistance to water. The American method is for testing means that under ordinary underwater use for short periods of time and with varying water pressures and temperatures, the watch is resistant to H2O. Some makers of these timepieces spell out that the watches are resistant up to seventy meters below the surface, but none of these models are designed for a diver to go down to greater depths and for greater lengths of time. Those watches have a whole other standard of waterproof to pass.
The sport time pieces that are built for ISO shock resistant standards and American water resistant standards are going to be more expensive. Consider one from a numbers of men's sport watches that can be purchased online. It the watch is described as having digital Swiss movement, digital compass, compass mode, pathfinder mode, timepiece locator/finder, titanium case and water resistant to one hundred and sixty five feet. The price of this timepiece is five hundred and fifty dollars. An example of the standouts in ladies sports watches is an amazing three hundred and fifty dollar timepiece that has the following features: A barometer, an altimeter, a digital compass, a day counter, sunrise and sunset times from four hundred ,locations, a memory log of activities, a four language menu, time in two zones, a stopwatch and an alarm with snooze.
Giving one of these timepieces to a spouse of friend that is especially suited for the sports which he or she enjoys is truly a gift wrapped in thoughtfulness. Imagine having a watch be able tell a rock climber how high the ascent has been so far, or being able to see the barometer warn of incoming weather quickly enough to get off a mountain. To give one of the really sharp ladies sport watches that enables a scuba diver to go down a hundred feet without fear of the watch breaking and be able to provide the time she has been under the water. These timepieces, whether expensive or just something to put on for that quick game of tennis can provide a sports minded individual with many hours of pleasure and helpful assistance.