Stainless steel and titanium cases are finest elements in production of wristwatch cases. Popularity of titanium somehow outweighs to stainless steel for its about 50 percent lighter and 30 percent stronger. Most sports and water-resistant watches are titanium made. When purchasing wristwatches, there’re many aspects worth considering such as comfort, looks, budget and of-course, movement. As both stainless steel and titanium watches are expensive, better know about them in detail to invest rightly.
The lighter & stronger titanium
Titanium is approximately 30 percent stronger than steel and surprisingly weighs half as much. Titanium has a silver-gray appearance and excavated from igneous rocks and sand deposit. Due to its non-corrosive nature, titanium is used in construction of aircraft, jewellery and NASA space. When exposed to atmosphere, titanium forms a corrosion resistant oxide film/layer.
Wristwatches crafted out of the element have many advantages over stainless steel, platinum and gold counterparts. It doesn’t even corrode in extreme weather conditions or when exposed to saltwater however one shouldn’t try doing that deliberately.
Stainless steel comparison
One of the most obvious distinctions between the two elements is weight as stainless steel cases are heavier than titanium. However, it’s not considered a drawback as larger, heavier timepieces are considered a trend in 21st century that enthusiastic fans often refer to as “wrist presence”. Asides being durable and robust, titanium case may crack under extreme pressure or unusual abuse. What’s worse is once it breaks, titanium can’t be repaired but stainless steel can. Also, titanium is hypoallergenic which means it won’t harm your skin and fairly comfortable as compared to stainless steel that when worn long may itch under perspiration.
Best for water sports
Wristwatch as a fashion trend evolved since late 1990 and has witnessed several changes. Both stainless steel and titanium watches are an emblem of water sports. They boast multiple chronograph mechanisms like water depth gauge measurer and a stopwatch. Among the both, titanium takes the lead being far more durable and corrosion resistant.
Titanium fans usually prefer wearing its original gray, dull colour. Traditionalists however encompass most of wristwatch market and prefer classic stainless steel and gold-plated timepieces. Adding to the list is less recognizable but far more expensive is platinum for prestigious wear. When comparing shades, both titanium and platinum appears quite identical!
The benefits of stainless steel
Despite the many benefits and robust features, titanium isn’t going to replace stainless steel pieces anytime soon. Higher cost is usually the reason whereas with stainless steel, you can add gold plating to it anytime; something absolutely impossible with titanium. If scratched, buffing titanium case is rather difficult as compared to stainless steel watches.
Style that’s in!
Experts and fans say that titanium wristwatches gained fame not due to its robustness but rather metallic colour that was new to industry. White metals on the contrary like platinum and stainless steel gained fame over gold-plated timepieces during early 21st century. Titanium are considered best for outdoor and sportswear being a mark of luxury.
Though expensive and can accrue scratches easily, top brands such as Tissot watches produce extensive line of titanium pieces with additional glass coating for extra resistance. Like delicate paper when cut with scissors, titanium can be ripped when machined. Similarly, two pieces when fastened over a long period can fuse together. It makes removal of the back watch somewhat necessary periodically.
After all the above discussion, we can conclude that no doubt, titanium is expensive as compared t stainless steel counterpart; most wristwatches boast the metal because of robustness and light weighed.