Titanium vs Stainless Steel Watch

When you go out to shop for a watch you will notice that the bands and cases of the watches are usually made of stainless steel or titanium. However, there are also many whose straps are made of cloth, leather and many other materials. For many years, stainless steel was regarded to be the best. This is because stainless steel does not rust and is considered to be a remarkably strong metal. This is, of course, for the purposes of wrist wear.


This assumption has, however, been challenged by the arrival of an equally strong metal: titanium. Some experts consider titanium to be superior to stainless steel. Titanium is one of the toughest and abundant elements in the entire world. It is used not just in the making of wrist wear but also in the aeronautical field and in the construction of astronautical designs. It is also favored because of its lightness.

For those of us who are discerning watch buyers, we are agreeable to the fact that when choosing between a titanium or stainless-steel watch, the process boils down to a number of critical factors.

In this article, I will endeavor to break those critical factors down for the purpose of understanding and appreciating the differences between the two metals.

Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chrono Atomic Timekeeping Watch with Date, AT4010-50E

For the majority of watch buyers, the price is usually the first consideration. This is the main disadvantage that faces titanium watches. Regardless of the superior qualities titanium has, the price tags attached might discourage some from investing in a titanium watch.

Most often a watch made of stainless steel will be cheaper compared to one made of titanium.

However, it is important to note that the word stainless steel is used broadly. Some watches made of steel are quite expensive. For example, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 40MM Stainless Steel Submariner With a Rotable Black Cerachrom time lapse Bezel And a Black Index Dial. by Rolex is quite expensive.

This does not mean that there are no affordable titanium watches for those who are on a budget.

As I had mentioned earlier on, stainless steel is a very strong metal. Watches made out of this metal can take a beating that many can no survive. They are also scratch resistant in nature. Be that as it may, the strength of steel is nothing compared to that of titanium.

Titanium is considered to be three times as strong as steel. This is the reason why titanium is used to construct aircraft; it can withstand brutal forces of nature inside and outside earth’s atmosphere.

For many watch buyers and owners, the strength provided by titanium is not normally required. A stainless steel watch will suffice.

However, if strength is what you are looking for, there is no contest between titanium and steel. Considering the strength of titanium, it is surprising to learn that titanium is much lighter than steel. This is what has led to the wide spread use of the metal in other fields. Titanium is a super strong metal that does not weigh you down.

This aspect of weight in watches is notable in watches that have bulky designs such as the Citizen Eco-Drive Perpetual Chrono, for example. The shipping weigh of this watch in titanium is 11.2 ounces compared to a similar watch made of stainless steel at 15.2 ounces. A difference of four ounces may appear to be negligible but it becomes very noticeable in regards to comfort.

Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Watch
  • Silver-tone dive watch featuring black tachymeter topring and round guilloche dial with three chronograph subdials
  • 42 mm titanium case with antireflective sapphire dial window
  • Never needs a battery
  • Titanium link bracelet featuring fold-over clasp with hidden double push-button closure
  • Atomic Timekeeping: The Most Accurate Watch in the World
  • Water resistant to 200 m (660 ft): In general, suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not scuba diving.

This means titanium watches are very comfortable compared to their stainless steel counterparts.

There is the issue of allergies. Stainless steel watches may present a problem to people who are allergic to the metal nickel. Nickel is usually found in steel.

The allergy causes the affected person to develop discomfort and rashes when they wear the watch. Luckily, there exists hypoallergenic stainless steel watches in the market but people who have nickel allergies are advised caution when purchasing these watches.

Titanium is naturally hypoallergenic; the metal has a naturally occurring oxide layer on its surface. This layer is essential in the watch making process for two reasons.

First, it prevents rusting; and secondly, it restricts the metal from interacting with human skin. This interaction is what is responsible for allergic reactions. This makes titanium a good choice for people who are allergic to stainless steel.

Aesthetic Appeal

Stainless steel is shinier compared to titanium. This is why stainless steel is more popular in making jewelry.   Its natural shimmer gives it a clean and glowing accompaniment to precious stones or jewelry.

On a watch, it helps uphold a new and crisp look regardless of the age of the time piece.

For some individuals, the muted façade of titanium is appealing. This dim appearance gives the time piece a classy but subdued look.  I have to admit that declaring a winner in this contest is a herculean task.

It all comes down to individuals’ personal tastes and financial might. Making and acknowledging their comparative merits is the best I can do in this instance. Titanium emerges winner on three counts allergy, strength and weight.

Stainless steel emerges a winner in terms of pricing and strength.

For the casual shopper, price is everything. Watch enthusiasts, on the hand, consider a number of factors before purchasing a time piece. An individual’s life style may have influence on the choice of watch he or she prefers. If you are swimmer for example, a titanium watch will serve you immensely.

When it comes to watches, the choice of the buyer is mostly influenced by looks. It depends on whether you prefer a dulled grey look or a shiny metallic look that is usually shiny.

For most people it does not get more complicated than this. Watches are great fashion accessories that will never grow old. Despite the fact that mobile phones have in built watches, people continue to purchase watches in the droves.

A good watch is a signal of style and elegance. They are considered to be a form of self-expression reflecting things like adventure, sports; and at times, reflecting a hint of danger.