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    What does one consider when choosing between case materials...

    ...more specifically, a timepiece made of only stainless steel vs. steel/titanium combinations? Does titanium add greater resale value?
    I realize the more obvious considerations that Gold and Platinum bring, but never have thought about steel vs titanium.
    I am approaching this post from Panerai's PAM 220 and 221 models.
    The model that uses titanium/steel mix for the case and bracelet (PAM 221) is 300 dollars more than the model that usues strictly stainless steel for the case and bracelet (PAM 220).
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    Re: What does one consider when choosing between case materials...

    no difference in resale, only at point of sale. ti is light, much more common these days. I prefer ss.

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    I think there's no big difference. A PAM is a PAM and this determins the resale price imho. The material isn't that essential. I prefer stainless steel (or - if possible - hardened stainless steel).

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    For me, it is either stainless steel (preferably hardened), or titanium - I like light watches. Titanium, unless hardened, will pick up scratches faster than steel, though.
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    Furthermorem, steel and ti, look very different, imo. polished stainless and polished ti show this difference better. The ti looks very much like polished nickel, and steel is just a smidge darker than polished chrome, but still has a white/grey tone.

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    Re: What does one consider when choosing between case materials...

    Quote Originally Posted by automatik View Post
    ...more specifically, a timepiece made of only stainless steel vs. steel/titanium combinations? Does titanium add greater resale value?
    I realize the more obvious considerations that Gold and Platinum bring, but never have thought about steel vs titanium.
    I am approaching this post from Panerai's PAM 220 and 221 models.
    The model that uses titanium/steel mix for the case and bracelet (PAM 221) is 300 dollars more than the model that usues strictly stainless steel for the case and bracelet (PAM 220).
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks!
    Please, unless you have great knowledge and lots of money to buy the few watches that really have collector's value (from a price appreciation POV), NEVER buy watches with resale value in mind as a determinant of your purchase. Watches generally make for poor investments.

    That said, as others have said, despite the impression that sellers try to give, Titanium is actually fairly inexpensive. Definitely not a hole lot more than steel. It used to be considerably more expensive, but after Soviet block opened up, their production capacity (especially Russias) hit the open market and the price of raw titanium dropped to commodity levels. how else do you think Frank Gehry is able to use so much of it to cover his buildings.

    What titanium is, unlike steel, is expensive to machine to highly precise levels (as needed in watch making). The reason is associated with the material's inherent hardness, which is tough on machining tools, requiring them to be replaced more frequently than similar tools used to machine steel. As I understand it (and I'm not metallurgist), Ti is also very plastic and can be deformed under the stresses caused during the machining process.

    That is what makes TI products more expensive than steel.

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    Re: What does one consider when choosing between case materials...

    thanks to everyone who replied...i appreciate all of your thoughts.
    i would definitely NOT buy a timepiece solely on 'resale value', however, i am part of the group of WIS's that enjoys 'trading up' for his next purchase. i do not believe there will be a moment in my life where i can rationalize spending more than $5000 for a watch in a single purchase.
    although it will be a gradual climb to the ~$10,000+ range, i love timepieces enough and am patient to relish the moments i will have (across my lifetime) of dipping in and out of each price range
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    Re: What does one consider when choosing between case materials...

    I prefer stainless steel to titanium but ti is not a deal killer if I like the watch.

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