Titanium watches offer the high durability, and sturdiness of a stainless-steel watch while giving the wearer a lighter and more comfortable feeling timepiece- that has a unique stylish matte-grey appearance. Titanium’s strength-to weight ratio is nearly double steels and is impervious to corrosion. These watches offer a lightweight method to make a strong impression, while providing an accurate way to keep track of time. Watches are the ultimate way to make a lasting impression when shaking someone’s handing.
The price range for a titanium watch, like all watches, varies massively depending on design and brand. A high-end designer titanium watch can cost over $40,000.00, wheres as a less stylish and more basic watch can cost as little $150.00. When buying a watch it is important to keep the function of the watch in mind. Ask yourself is it a timepiece to survive a harsh working environment, a fashion item to impress clients or girls, or just an everyday run of the mill time piece for around the house? And find the best one that fits all your needs in your budget.
Movement. There are two movement types – Quartz movements powered by batteries or mechanical movement powered through kinetics like arm motion or winding mechanisms. Quartz movements will lose charge and batteries will need to replace, they are generally lower in price too. Mechanical watches are a great choice for those that want to make a statement.
Case and bezel.
The watch case is the material that houses the inner workings of your watch. It is normally made from stainless steel due to durability. Titanium is used to maintain durability while lowering weight.
Bezels are the part of the case that surround the dial. Some bezels are purely decorative, while others serve extra functionality by allowing you to turn the bezel, giving you a way to measure time-zone difference, or timer for minutes elapsed.
Water resistance rating.
A rough guide on water resistance is :-
30 metres = Splash-proof
50 metres = Light swimming
100 metres = Snorkeling
200 metres = Scuba diving
300 metres and up = Professional diving
But you should never trust the information on your watch too much. It’s better to be cautious.
Solar powered. A solar powered watch uses the energy of the sun to work, meaning you don’t need to buy batteries. These watches are capable of storing energy, so they don’t run out of steam at night.
Durability. There are several factors to consider when thinking about the durability of a watch. Titanium offers a fantastic, durable substance for watches as it is stronger than steel and doesn’t corrode. A metal strap might be longer lasting than a leather one due to wear and tear, as well as the absorption of sweat. Mechanical watches will also need less maintenance than battery powered quartz models.
Swiss made. Swiss made watches are considered to be the finest made watches in the world, due to the high-standards of craftsmanship in the country. A Swiss watch can only be labelled as Swiss Made if it is assembled within Switzerland
Chronograph and metrics. A chronograph is effectively an old-fashioned way of saying a stopwatch. Other confusing metrics include: -
The Seiko Prospex Titanium Diver is a self-winding mechanical watch that keeps highly accurate time. This watch also allows its wearer to manual wind the watch to ensure the movement is maintained and accurate. It is comparable to Swiss quartz systems, although not as accurate. The watch has an inbuilt calendar with an easy to read display.
This watch has a titanium case, and strap while having a stainless-steel bezel that can be movement counter-clockwise. This gives the watch a nice solid weight that feels great on the wrist. The watch is extremely comfortable with a fantastic feeling strap. The solid design makes it durable and scratch resistant. The 200m water resistance means it is a watch designed to resist light surface water activity like snorkeling or swimming but is not designed for diving.
Aesthetically, the Seiko Prospex has a classic and timeless feel. The watch is suitable with casual wear as well as work, but it fails to dazzle.
This mid-range entry is for the person that wants an accurate time piece, that is durable and work appropriate.
The Seiko Prospex Titanium Diver is one of the more solid and durable watches on this list, that is only rivaled by the Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. which is built like a tank. The Seiko, however, has a more lightweight feel.
The Sekio Prospex has a comfortable strap, and feels great on the wrist. When compared to most watches on the list, in terms of comfort, it rates second to the Skagen Melbye Titanium.
Compared to the Citizen Eco Drive System its movements are more accurate meaning it is the best non-battery watch for time-keeping on the list.
The Seiko Prospex Titanium Diver is a watch built with functionality in mind. This is evident in its classic but underwhelming design. Although, stylish it is not a time piece that inspires small talk.
The strap feels like it was designed to accommodate more slender wrists. If you have big wrists, this watch may not be the most comfortable.
The Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X is a Swiss Quartz designed titanium watch that is highly accurate, lightweight and durable. The durability on this watch is outstanding, making it the ideal choice for someone that works in a busy environment. There is a small display for the calendar date on the watch face.
This watch is available in a large amount of styles with various faces, colors and straps are available. This makes it highly versatile when it comes to style and cosmetics, giving you colored leather straps that stand out socially to more classic and high-class straps suited for impressing in the boardroom.
This watch has a titanium stationary bezel, and a titanium case. Despite this it is a thick and heavy watch that does feel heavy to wear. The heavy feel is a reminder of the watch’s refined, expensive feel. The hands as luminated to make them easier to read in the dark. And the watch is water resistant for 200m – suitable for snorkling, swimming or shower but not diving.
This mid-range entry is suitable for those hardworking individuals who want to remain stylish at work but need a heavy-duty watch that can survive the daily grind.
The Victorinox is by far the most durable watch on the list. This comes at a cost of it feeling slightly heavier.
Aesthetically it is the most versatile model on the list, providing bright red models with beautifully woven paracords that would raise the eyebrows of friends, while providing timeless, business environment models like a titanium bracelet. The only piece that will impress more is the ultra stylish Skagen Melbye Titanium.
The time keeping is excellent and what you’d expect from a Swiss quartz watch.
The I.N.O.X’s luminescent hands are very weak, making it hard to read in the dark.
Some purchasers also complain about the band not being as comfortable as other watches. This is not true across all strap types and clutch mechanisms. It is advised you research the strap your interested in before purchase.
The Skagen Melbye Titanium uses an anolog quartz movement to measure time which is highly accurate. The calendar display has both day and date displayed on the face in an easy to read location
This watch has a titanium case, and a stationary titanium bezel. The strap is comprised of gunmetal plates with an outer stainless-steel mesh. This strap is not only lightweight but a beauty to behold. This eye-catching aesthetic is furthered by its stylish display. It is a fantastic looking watch that receives many compliments and impresses. The band is also very comfortable to wear and is super lightweight.
The Skagen Melbye Titanium is resistant to water up to 100m, so ideally should only be splashed with water and not full immersed. The hand glow in the dark.
This low-cost watch is a fantastic piece for the salesmen dressing to impress or a stylish piece to be worn out when having a meal with a date or friends.
The Skagen Melbye is by far the most stylish and sophisticated looking watch on the list. Its eye-catching face is designed to be a thing of beauty and easy outshines anything the I.N.O.X has to offer. It is also one of the more lightweight watches on the list. If you are looking for style and comfort at low cost, this is your watch.
The aesthetic and comfort features come with a cost in terms of durability. The Skagen is a very fragile watch and is best worn when engaging in light activities. The Skagen will function for years if treated in a careful and considerate manner, though tends to suffer damage in more strenuous environments unlike the Seiko or I.N.O.X.
Compared to the other watches on this list the clasping system doesn’t feel as secure. The crown is also not grooved, but smooth which makes it difficult to turn when setting the time or date.
The Citizen BM7170-53L Eco Drive uses a Japanese quartz movement system which is a little less accurate for timekeeping than other watches in this review, but still highly accurate. The Eco Drive system means the watch is powered through solar energy and stores solar power. As battery replacements are not needed this is a low cost, low maintenance watch. The Citizen has a small display for the calendar date.
The case, stationary bezel, and bracelet are all made from titanium. This makes it a lightweight entry on the list that feels great on the wrist. It has a water resistance of 100m, so it is best to take it off when showering or scuba diving.
Aesthetically the citizen is a classic watch that doesn’t feel out of place in the office or when you are going out for drinks. It is a versatile watch that although looks pleasing, it fails to thrill.
This low to mid-range entry is a solid, accurate performer that versatile in use and function.
The Eco Drive System gives this watch a low cost, low maintenance feel. The only other watch on the list that has a non-battery system is the Seiko Prospex which out classes the citizen in every respect, bar comfort and lightweight feel.
Although not as fragile as the Skagen Melbye Titanium, the Citizen BM7170-53L doesn’t have the same rugged durability as the The Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X or Seiko Prospex. Durability isn’t a problem, but neither is it a strength. The same can be said for its less accurate time keeping system.
The biggest issue for the citizen comes from its photograph, which displays it dial as a lighter cool of blue than it actually is. This doesn’t destroy the pleasing aesthetics of the watch but does leave buyers feeling a little mislead.
The date display is also very small and can be hard to read depending on your eyesight.
The Citizen might feel a little uncomfortable for bigger wrists.
The Invicta is a self-winding automatic watch who time movements are not super accurate, but serviceable. The large dial makes it an easy to read watch, and the unilateral bevel gives it greater functionality. The calendar date is displayed in an easy to read position.
The titanium case, bezel and band keep this chunky looking watch lightweight. The watch is water resistant up to 200m and can be used in the shower or whilst scuba diving.
This mid-range watch is for the person that likes chunky designs with functionality over sleek and elegant designs.
Due to lack of reviews on the Invicta, it is hard to make an accurate comparison with the other watches on this list.
At 50mm it has the biggest case and dial out of the watches, which is emphasized in the bold displays on the face. Even the bevel looks bigger and chunkier. It is solid, yet light-weight.
The Invicta Pro Diver is somewhat of an unknown entry with little to no reviews on the watch existing, which makes it a risky buy or prospect.
Aesthetically, it is the lowest looking quality watch on the list and its bulky bevel doesn’t have the same sleek, elegant and classic look as the Citizen BM7170-53L or Seiko.
Watches are the ultimate accessory to impress, and should be used like belts - to match the occasion. Whether you are dressing to impress friends over diner or want a strong tank like watch to survive the weekend gardening titanium watches provide the strongest, yet lightest material on your wrist. For a strong, lightweight and comfortable feel these watches are the best.