Watch Case Materials Explained:  Titanium vs. Stainless Steel Watches

When you go to buy a watch, you have many choices in designs, styles, and materials to choose from. Watch lovers today have more case materials than ever to choose from, next we will focus on two very common materials that watches are made of.

Most best replica watches are manufactured with stainless steel, though there is a growing movement toward titanium, particularly in sports-style watches marketed for wear in the water. We will be looking at the pros and cons of titanium vs stainless steel watches, so you can choose which material best suits your needs.

Titanium is about 30 percent stronger than steel but weighs about half as much. It’s a silver-gray material that is excavated from sand deposits and igneous rocks. Titanium is used in NASA space and aircraft construction as well as in jewelry. Titanium doesn’t corrode or rust. Titanium watches are booming in the market right now, especially for higher end watches. This is because they have proven to be a cheaper option than traditionally used higher end materials such as gold or platinum. However, titanium is still has a higher market value than stainless steel, making it slightly more expensive. Stainless steel is also used as a cheaper substitute though, since it is affordable and can imitate the look of platinum for those who don’t have or don’t want to spend the money on a more expensive watch.

The obvious distinction between titanium and stainless steel is that stainless steel-cased watches are heavier than titanium watches. So Stainless steel gives you a heavy wear and titanium offers a lighter wear. It is important to note that stainless steel can have traces of nickel in it while titanium doesn’t, so if you have an allergy to nickel, you should probably consider a titanium watch.

Although titanium watches are more durable than stainless steel watches, they can crack under extreme abuse or pressure. Stainless steel cases can be repaired and any scratches to the casing can be buffed out easily. Titanium cases cannot be repaired at all, and it is difficult to buff out scratches. Titanium is hypoallergenic. Stainless steel can be uncomfortable to wear if the skin perspires. Additionally, if there is any future desire to plate the casing in gold, the task can be performed with stainless steel, but not with titanium.

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