Titanium, like carbon fiber, is often used and rarely needed. The combination of being lightweight and incredibly strong has made it attractive enough to be a selling point even on products that don’t necessarily benefit from the expensive material’s properties. This isn’t the case with titanium watches.
Mechanical watches with stainless steel cases are much heftier than their quartz counterparts. In fact, they can even be hefty enough to be a bit of an encumbrance. Watches featuring significantly lighter titanium cases are a great solution for those who don’t want to be weighed down. There are a lot of options to choose from out there, so we tried to narrow it all down to what we think are some of the best. Whether you’re more of a dress watch kind of person or someone who long ago vowed to only wear big dive watches, we’re sure you’ll be able to find a great titanium watch in the list we assembled.
This watch from Bertucci features a simple, handsome look. The dial has a thick set of Arabic numerals with Super Luminous indices along the exterior of the face and smaller numerals telling military time on the interior. A trio of hands are drive around the watch by a Japanese quartz movement held in the watch’s 40mm titanium case.
Skagen Grenen Titanium Watch
More of a minimalist when it comes to selecting a timepiece? Consider this watch from Skagen. The thin titanium watch case is paired to a gray steel-mesh strap – giving the entire setup a kind of space-age look. The watch dial itself features tall, thin Arabic numerals both on the exterior and interior (the latter for telling military time) of the dial (which comes in both blue and grey), as well as a date indicator set just above 6 o’clock.
Citizen ‘Super’ Quartz Titanium Watch
A big, formidable watch, Citizen’s ‘Super’ timepiece is ideal for those looking to make a statement. The titanium case measures in at 45mm in diameter, and holds a clean dial with raised indices and a trio of angular hands. Sitting just under that dial is Citizen’s eco-drive solar cell that powers the Japanese-made quartz movement at the beating heart of the timepiece.
Hamilton HML Titanium Watch
It is hard to go wrong with black on black. Case in point, Hamilton’s HML titanium watch. Featuring both a dark khaki strap, case, and dial – it has a stealthy and understated vibe. The 42mm titanium case holds a Swiss automatic movement that drives the trio of hands as well as the date window located at 3 o’clock. And to top it off, it has a water resistant build that guarantees its operation down to 330 feet under water.
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch
When it comes to durability in the world of watches, it is hard to do better than this model from Victorniox. Having withstood tests like being thrown in a washer for two hours or run over by a 64-tonne tank, you can rest assured knowing this thing does a lot more than just look rugged. The 43mm titanium case holds a quartz movement that propels a trio of hands around the stark face while also driving the date window located between 4 and 5 o’clock. Whether you’re a fan of a leather strap, metal bracelet, or rubber band – this watch is sure to fit your fancy.
Seiko Prospex Titanium Diver Watch
For those who want to go for the classic diver look but don’t quite want to empty out their wallet for a Rolex dive watch, the Seiko PROSPER is well worth considering. Water resistant down to over 6,000 feet, boasting a big 43.5mm case, and a black dial marked with illuminated indices, it has just about everything one could ask from a diver.
After searching for the right words to describe this watch, Rado’s copywriters came up with ‘Pleasantly Chunky’. We couldn’t agree more. The 45mm case sits prominently on the wrist, but it manages to avoid an overbearing blocky look thanks to the soft angles applied on the lugs and hardened titanium bracelet. The interior of the watch contains an automatic movement that drives both a date window located at 3 o’clock and a trio of hands located at the center of the dial.
Sinn Model T2
Though the German watch company Sinn got its start making pilots watches, where they’ve come to really stand apart is in the field of dive watches. They have a broad number incredibly capable watches that have been tested to go far lower in the ocean than any human could go – all while maintaining legibility and accuracy. This model from the brand, for instance, features a special dehumidifying technology that keeps the crystal from fogging and a special two-toned luminous paint that glows brightly in the dark.
Oris Regulator ‘Der Meistertaucher’
This titanium watch from Oris has more to offer than just its unique case material. The face of the watch features two sub-dials, one for tracking seconds and the next for minutes while the main dial tracks the hours of the day. This unique display is driven by an Oris 749 movement with a 38-hour power reserve.
Tag Heuer Aquaracer Automatic Chronograph
Another blacked-out titanium watch that’s well worth consideration (if not just ogling over). The sandblasted anthracite face features a trio of subdials that track single second, 30 minute, and 12-hour increments while the main dial keeps track of the passing hours of the day with its trio of hands driven by a TAG Heuer Calibre 16 movement with 42 hour power reserve. All of this excitement is packed into a 43mm titanium case and attached to a clasp-fastening black nylon strap.
IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Mark XVIII
You don’t have to opt for a big dive watch if you’re looking to strap on some titanium to your wrist. This watch from IWC Schaffhausen boasts a 40mm titanium case with a black dial, luminescent Arabic numerals, and a trio of hands hands that all spring to life thanks to a calibre 35111 self winding automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
When it comes to dive watches Tudor is a favorite of ours. Their watches manage to walk a line between being rugged and handsome. This model, the Pelagos, features a Calibre MT5612 movement that drives the brand’s famous snowflake second and hour hands around the black dial with its luminescent indices and date window. The watch comes with either a leather strap or metal bracelet.
Omega Seamaster Titanium Planet Ocean 600M
It isn’t hard to explain the appeal of Omega’s Seamaster dive watches. It’s even easier when both the case and bracelet have ben made from high-grade titanium. With its 2,000 feet of water resistance and attractive blue face – it’d be hard to let go of, but we’re sure it wouldn’t be too hard to find one of these on the secondary market.
Bvlgari Octo FInissimo
More than just being incredibly attractive and lightweight, this watch from Bvlgari is strikingly thin. Measuring in at 40mm in diameter and just 5.15mm thick, it’s an impressive piece of engineering made for proudly wearing on the wrist. The watch’s beating heart, viewable through the transparent caseback, is a BVL 138 movement with a 55 hour power reserve and 31 jewels.
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda
Titanium just wasn’t enough of a unique touch for the team at Parmigiana Fleurier. To up the ante even more with their ultra-thin dress watch, they cut the dial from a meteorite that fell from the sky and struck the ground years ago. Thanks to a series of alkaline baths, the meteorite’s ‘Widmanstatten patterns’ – the jagged, angled texture on the dial formed when the rock passed through the earth’s atmosphere – are revealed for all to see.