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    Reason why Titanium watches are not common?

    Why not Titanium watches are not common compared to Stainless Steel ones?
    Do you know the reasons why?

    Also, is it true that most of the standard titanium bracelet of titanium watches are made out of low grade titanium?

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    Re: Reason why Titanium watches are not common?

    I think a couple of factors that might sway things for the general public non-WIS:

    * People want something they can recognise - ie shiny steel finish - or steel with a gold plate finish even ?

    * People want weight to the watch - they might think "cheap" if they pick up a much lighter titanium when they're used the shiny steel above ?

    There's probably other stuff at work too ... like price of materials for one, must be slightly dearer for Ti

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    Re: Reason why Titanium watches are not common?

    Yup, many people prefer the 'heft' of stainless steel.

    Titanium does scratch more easily, but this is because it tends to be relatively pure titanium, not because it is of a 'low grade'. Titanium alloys can be much harder, and specialist surface treatments can make it harder still. Few manufacturers, such as Citizen, seem to have the technology or perhaps the will to surface treat their titanium watches in this way.

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    Re: Reason why Titanium watches are not common?

    Quote Originally Posted by watchma View Post
    * People want weight to the watch - they might think "cheap" if they pick up a much lighter titanium when they're used the shiny steel above ?
    The weight thing is always interesting to me.
    There have been times when watch x was a lighter watch and Poster A then goes to say that it being light felt like a cheap watch. Then all of a sudden, Poster A's favourite brand makes a watch out of titanium and all of a sudden, they love the lack of weight.
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    Re: Reason why Titanium watches are not common?

    Quote Originally Posted by DM
    The weight thing is always interesting to me.
    Weight is a funny thing with products in general

    You've all seen someone pick something up and them say (impressed) oh it's got some weight to it! .......... well I have lol
    (manufacturers/designers play with product's weight more than you think - for instance having a lump of metal 'sewn' into a telephone handset to give it a bit of "some weight to it')

    and then like you say , tell them beforehand something's made of (space age lol) titanium and suddenly they're all over it... mainly cos they have very little exposure to the material I think , .... there aren't many other day to day things made of titanium are there.
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    Re: Reason why Titanium watches are not common?

    The lack of weight has never bothered me. But, I tend to wear my watches fairly tight, to the "I can feel it" sensation for me usually comes from the tightness of the strap, not the heft of the watch.

    Titanium also tends to not be quite as nice a color as steel. It's all subjective, of course, the the more "silver-y" quality of steel is preferred by more people, I suspect.

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    Re: Reason why Titanium watches are not common?

    I'm not sure but I love titanium. Heck I even have two titanium bikes!
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    Re: Reason why Titanium watches are not common?

    I probably would not buy a titanium watch. I like the weight of steel and a light diver feels less substantial. Additionally, titanium is much easier scratched or dented than steel and sacrificing durability for a lighter weight is not a positive tradeoff for me.
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    Re: Reason why Titanium watches are not common?

    Being easier to scratch makes me hesitate. I love the lighter weight though. I never understood the "heavier feels more substantial" line of thinking. I don't want to carry heavy things on me all the time. I wish there were more watches that weighed closer to nothing.

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    Re: Reason why Titanium watches are not common?

    Personally, I like the look (and don't mind the weight) of ti, especial with Breitlings, but what mpalmer said about scratches and dents has been true in my experience. I just don't think ti is the optimal watch case material.

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