Safes are very multifaceted objects. Safe rankings reflect various aspects of the safe. This includes the dimensions of the safe, the security level, net weight, maximum working interior height, volume, lock system, and overall design.
Design can be broken down into two main aspects: exterior and interior. A highly ranked safe will ideally have both well designed. The exterior relies largely on aesthetics, and is thus important to be both solid and sleek looking. For example, in luxury gun safes, a housing and door with a high-gloss or matte varnish can be expected. The safe handle can be expected to be made of brass, which can be milled or chromium plated, or even gold plated depending on the expectations and level of detail required. The exterior design helps the user discern where the safe can be placed. A higher ranking safe will have a streamlined but elegant look, allowing it for use in high security vault rooms and other facilities of the like. A more rough look and lower quality metals would indicate a lower ranked safe, which would be expected to store less valuable belongings and would likely be placed for personal use in homes or offices instead of high security vaults.
The interior design of the safe helps distinguish safes of high and low rankings. A highly rated safe will typically have various drawer heights available. Since the safe will be housing valuable goods, inserts for jewelry, watches, and other high end belongings are typical of higher-quality offerings. An internal illumination system, typically a set of backlit LED lights, can also prove essential.
A watch winder is a characteristic of higher ranking safes that typically will not be found in lower ranking offerings. Precision watch winders can help make a safe a solid environment to store more expensive watches that would require winding up. With specific watches, the movements would expected to be in synchronization with manufacturer specifications. For many retailers, this would ideally have to be achieved while still being able to display the face of the watch being observed after each revolution. Hence, a higher ranking safe goes hand in hand with higher end watches.
The dimensions of the safe define how much can be housed, and thus proper dimensions are relevant to the type of goods the safe is expected to house. However, the net weight also plays a factor in the safe rating because ideally, the safe should be both sturdy and portable in order to be of a high rank. Hence, the balance between the two is essential as far as quality and rank is concerned.
The safety rating, for example a VDS III or IV rating, helps the user determine the security level of the safe. A higher ranked safe will typically have a higher rating, and thus provides the user with larger expectations for how the housed belongings will be stored. Hand in hand with the safety rating is the locking system. For example, a stocktronic locking system would be characteristic of a higher ranked safe, as this level of security and impermeability to access would be requisite to have proper storage of the belongings, especially for more costly/ higher-end goods.
A higher ranking safe will also be expected to have a built-in alarm system of sorts in order for the user to be able to signal whether there is potential danger. With high ranks, this is done via the integration of a built-in IT system.
Finally, higher ranking safes will have dedicated manufacturers which meet special requests. As these higher ranking safes are expected to house more expensive goods and to be in higher security environments, meeting these requirements is essential.