Watchmakers are increasingly experimenting with new case materials as of late, ceramic especially. An while titanium watches have been around since the ’70s, they’re not particularly common in watchmaking today — which is a shame, given the benefits titanium offers over stainless steel. With that in mind, these are some of the best titanium options across the entire price spectrum, from tough divers to unique dress watches.
A quality watch at under $150 isn’t that rare of a find, but one featuring a case made from titanium is. Additionally, this Bertucci has a reliable quartz movement, a military-inspired nylon strap and plenty of lume for legibility, which makes it particularly perfect for outdoor excursions.
Citizen AW0060-11P Super Titanium
According to Citizen, the brand’s proprietary hardening technology, Duratect, makes its “Super Titanium” five times stronger than stainless steel. Factor in the AW0060-11P’s unique dodecagon case shape and Citizen’s solar-powered Eco-Drive movement, and you have one hell of a watch for under $200.
Hamilton Khaki Field
Hamilton’s handsome and classically styled Khaki field watch also comes in titanium, and for an extra dose of durability, the titanium case features PVD matte black coating that helps protect it from scratches.
Seiko SBDC029 ‘Shogun’
Citizen’s Prospex line is full of high-value dive watches, and the “Shogun” is no different. In addition to the full titanium case and bracelet, the watch features Seiko’s workhores 6R15 automatic movement and is waterproof to 200 meters.
Stowa Flieger TO2 Sport
Though it’s ostensibly a pilot’s watch, know that the Stowa Fliger is water resistant to 200 meters. Further, its dial and bezel are an updated take on a classic pilot’s watch design scheme.
Rado Hyperchrome Captain Cook
An underrated release from Baselworld 2017, the Captain Cook is based on a vintage dive watch made by Rado in the early ’60s. Though at 45mm it’s a bit bigger than that watch, the use of hardened titanium ought to keep it fairly wearable.
Sinn 103 Ti IFR
The 103 Ti meets the requirements for DIN 8330, a standard for pilot’s watches created by the Aachen University of Applied Sciences and SINN watches. That means it’s proven to survive extreme temperatures, changes in temperature, extreme vibrations and other torture tests.
Though the titanium case (good for a 500-meter depth rating), blue dial and ceramic bezel are handsome, it’s the inside that counts in Tudor’s ultra-tough diver: an in-house automatic movement that meets the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute’s (COSC) stringent accuracy tests.
Bulgari Octo Finnisimo Automatique
At a mere 2.23mm thick, Bulgari set the record at Baselworld 2017 for the thinnest automatic movement in the world. And while the extra-thin, micro-motor movement is a gem, so too is its funky and geometric titanium case, itself only 5.15mm thick.
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950
This extra-thin dress watch from indie Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier features a striking black meteorite dial. Yes, meteorite. Naturally, that dial can only be matched by a case made out of an equally striking material like titanium.