Stainless Steel Case Vs. Titanium Case

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    Stainless Steel Case Vs. Titanium Case

    I was trying to search see if there are similar topic but not much of luck. (or i don't know how to search properly).

    Is Titanium case REALLY better than Stainless Steel case for dive watch?

    I am just surprised to find out those big name luxury watch brands like Rolex Submariner, Breitling Steelfish and more are still using stainless steel case. I would assume they will jump into Ti case to jack up the price even more. Unless their consumer are not real divers. There for, they don't even bother with titanium.

    What's your choice diver case?

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    Re: Stainless Steel Case Vs. Titanium Case

    If Ti becomes scratched I heard it's next to impossible to fix. I like the weight and look of brushed stainless and it really easy to hide scratches with just the use of a "brillo" type pad. I can't think of the name but the green and yellow dish sponge type thing.

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    Re: Stainless Steel Case Vs. Titanium Case

    I disagree. Titanium is rather soft and easily correctable with a fine wirewool. My Skz205 is easily maintained this way.

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    Re: Stainless Steel Case Vs. Titanium Case

    I can't speak for watch companies, but I much prefer a steel case to a titanium case because I like the heftier weight of the steel case over the much lighter titanium case.
    I understand that titanium is a more than adequate material (stronger than steel in some aspects I thought?) for a watch case, I am just turned off to it because its lighter of weight, at least to me, just *feels* like the case is more fragile or flimsy.
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    Re: Stainless Steel Case Vs. Titanium Case

    I think it has a better strength to weight ratio but not sure it's harder? I hear it has better element resistant qualities. I've just googled this point and it seems the question has been asked many times in many forums from watches to knives to torches (flashlights).
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    Re: Stainless Steel Case Vs. Titanium Case

    It really seems to me after having the Doxa 800TI that it scratches far easier. I have other titanium watches that also scratch a lot easier then stainless steel. The 800Ti was made to look very much like the appearance of stainless which it did but all you had to do was look at it to scratch it. I know there were different methods to repair the brushed finish on the titanium finish compared to stainless. I do wish there were more metals that held up like tungsten but lighter. Nothing like a scratch free watch.

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    Re: Stainless Steel Case Vs. Titanium Case

    I have 1 titanium watch and I like it a lot but I will probably never buy another it scratches too easily. If the same watch was available in SS I would have gone for that instead.
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    Re: Stainless Steel Case Vs. Titanium Case

    My favorite watches are Titanium, I love the material, the light weight, the dull finish, the 'cool' factor. My ideal watch would be a Ti Rolex Sub.
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    Re: Stainless Steel Case Vs. Titanium Case

    A Ti Omega X-33 has been my work watch for years and I always thought it held up remarkably well bashing it about the cockpit. I have a new Doxa 800Ti as well so we'll see. It's to be my actual diving watch, so I'm expecting it will take some abuse, but hopefully it won't look like crap overnight!

    That said, I do like the weight of stainless...it's less expensive but feels more. Crazy I know.

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    Re: Stainless Steel Case Vs. Titanium Case

    Titanium is an inferior material imho - too light and it scratches easily. If you really want to step it up a notch, start looking at watches made of hardened steels such as Sinn and Damasko use, or tungsten (Lum-Tec - and others?), as well as DLC coatings.
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