With most watches coming in stainless steel, there’s a certain allure to more exotic materials such as titanium, that’s why titanium watches are more desirable today. But the characteristics that make titanium a great choice in various industries – think aerospace – also make it more expensive.
Titanium offers several benefits over steel, and the most obvious one is its high strength to weight ratio, that is almost double than for steel, which makes it an ideal material for watchmaking.
Though still a rare sight in the watch world, recent years have seen a growth in the number of titanium watches. So, for those who desire a very lightweight watch, titanium is the way to go.
They’re also extremely durable and highly versatile. But what about prices, because that’s what we are concerned with most of the time?
It’s true that some titanium timepieces fall into the luxury category, but that isn’t always the case, so we did some research and rounded up 20 affordable titanium watches that we love and probably you will too. Here we go:
- 20. Mido Ocean Star
- 19. Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium
- 18. Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Blue Angels Skyhawk A-T Titanium
- 17. Seiko SGG731 Titanium
- 16. Casio Pro Trek Solar Triple Sensor
- 15. Garmin Fenix 3 HR Special Edition Titanium
- 14. Tissot PR 100
- 13. Skagen Melbye Three-Hand Titanium
- 12. Casio Pro Trek Sports Watch
- 11. Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph
- 10. EONE Bradley Titanium Classic
- 9. BERING Time Titanium
- 8. Timex Weekender 40 Mini-Sweep
- 7. Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Quartz
- 6. Skagen Sundby Titanium and Stainless Steel Watch
- 5. Timex Expedition North Titanium Automatic 41mm
- 4. Invicta Pro Diver Titanium Automatic
- 3. Bertucci A-2T Original Classics Titanium Field Watch
- 2. Citizen Quartz Titanium
- 1. Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Titanium
20. Mido Ocean Star
The most expensive watch on our list, sitting on the edge on what we’d call affordable, at $1,055, is the Mido Ocean Star, which is one of the best titanium watches you could find for around $1k.
It’s a diver, it looks awesome, and it comes in a 42mm titanium case that is wonderfully paired with a three link titanium bracelet. The dial on the Ocean Star looks gorgeous, blending the grain textured gray with the lively orange indicators of the unidirectional bezel.
The hands and the hour indices are thick and come with luminous material for time telling in the dark. At the 3 o’clock position there’s a simple and good looking day/date window. Inside, its heart is comprised of a Mido Caliber Powermatic 80, a movement with 80 hours power reserve and depth rating of 200 meters, based on the ETA C07.621.
19. Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium
The Hamilton Khaki Field is already a legend among military inspired and field watch enthusiasts all over the world, but Hamilton didn’t stop there. They offer a titanium variant of the iconic Khaki Field, and we can say it’s a stunning one.
Sure, it’s a bit more expensive than the regular variant, but $995 isn’t that much for what this watch offers.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium comes of course with a low weight and extreme durability, which are both very sought after characteristics in an outdoors oriented timepiece.
Beyond that, you get a nice black fabric strap that fits nicely with the 42mm titanium case, a superb black dial with a nicely made 60 minute scale outer ring, a middle ring with large luminous Arabic numerals for the main hour markers from 1 to 12, and an inner ring which continues the hour markers up to 24h, plus the large and luminous handset. At 3 o’clock there’s a rectangular date window that hides half of the figure 3 and displaces the 15 towards the inside, breaking the symmetry.
The watch is powered by Hamilton’s H10 automatic caliber, which comes with a power reserve of 80 hours.
18. Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Blue Angels Skyhawk A-T Titanium
The Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Blue Angels Skyhawk A-T Titanium is a serious tool watch that’s worth every dollar from the $780 price. It features all the functions you’d expect a pilot watch to have, including atomic timekeeping in 43 cities around the globe, perpetual calendar, dual time, alarms, and a nice slide rule on the rotating bezel.
The watch, which is a tribute to the US Navy Blue Angels, an elite flight demonstration squadron flying F18s, is powered by an Eco-Drive movement that uses sunlight to power the watch, thus eliminating the need to change batteries.
It’s more watch than most people can handle, but perfect for those who need a tool on their wrists, so outdoor adventurers, travelers, and pilots will all be excited to have it.
17. Seiko SGG731 Titanium
The Seiko Titanium, reference SGG731, is a simple, reliable, and affordable watch, priced at only $395. It comes in a 38mm diameter case, which makes it suitable to both men and women, and there are no design cues that make it look more oriented to either side.
Its dial is clean and elegant, making it fit every wrist on every occasion. The downside for some might be its quartz movement, but coming from Seiko, you wouldn’t be disappointed. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal glass on top, and by the 100 meter of water resistance of the case. The 3 o’clock position has a day/date window, and both the hour markers and hands come with luminescence for easily reading time in the dark.
It’s a watch with a classic look, and durable enough to be an everyday wear.
16. Casio Pro Trek Solar Triple Sensor
The Casio Pro Trek Tough Solar Triple Sensor, reference PRW-3500T-7CR, has, as its long name implies, a very tough and rugged aesthetic. And given its titanium case and bracelet, it rises up to the task.
The watch runs on solar power, so you won’t need to worry about battery or everyday winding, it comes with 200 meters of water resistance, so you can dive with it, and it’s got plenty going on inside its dial, which will satisfy even the most function greedy watch enthusiasts out there.
The dial is digital, with a backlight, and comes with a triple sensor, which means an altimeter, a barometer, a thermometer, and a digital compass are all included in its functions, among the usual features. And by usual features we mean atomic timekeeping, world time, sunrise and sunset data, countdown timer, stopwatch, and four alarms. Again, a tough watch for adventurers of all kind.
15. Garmin Fenix 3 HR Special Edition Titanium
The Garmin Fenix 3 HR Special Edition Titanium is a smartwatch that brings the best of the tech world on your wrist. And it’s not even that expensive, as you can have it for about $200.
It’s a watch that does everything sports and outdoors enthusiasts want their watch to do, from tracking your time on trails to monitoring your heart rate during effort. And what concerns us most is that it’s made from titanium, making it extremely light, but also resistant.
The case has a 100 meter depth rating, so you can track your time even under water, if swimming is something you do.
14. Tissot PR 100
The Tissot PR 100 is simply a marvel. It’s got a gorgeous overall design that will attract the views of many when they’ll see it on your wrist. But that elegance and simplicity doesn’t mean it’s weak, since the titanium construction makes it tough and durable, and with a 100 meter water resistance, you can practically take it everywhere, even swimming.
But it’s probably on dressy occasions you’ll want to wear it the most, as it fits perfectly in that world. The simple dial comes with a subtly placed date window at 6 o’clock that keeps the symmetry with the rest of the dial.
If you’re a more classy individual, this is a titanium watch you should seriously consider. Especially when it costs around $300.
13. Skagen Melbye Three-Hand Titanium
Coming from Denmark, you can expect Skagen watches to have a simple beauty to them, and the Melbye Three-Hand Titanium is no exception. Only that it also comes with a titanium construction and an affordable price.
The 40mm titanium case is paired with a beautiful mesh band made from stainless steel. It’s a pity, but it would have probably been extremely difficult to make the mesh from titanium as well, so we’ll skip the negative comments here.
The dial has a minimalistic aesthetic to it, presenting a mix of thin hour markers and large Arabic numerals for 12 and 6 on a dark gray background. There’s also a blue minute ring on the inside of the hour ring that provides contrast to the rest of the dial.
12. Casio Pro Trek Sports Watch
Another impressive timepiece from Casio, the Pro Trek Sports Watch is a more stylish version of outdoor oriented watches, while keeping the ruggedness and durability they usual come with.
What impressed us in this case was that the dial isn’t fully digital, only a small rectangular display at 6 o’clock.
A downside we don’t like that much is that the case is stainless steel, and only the bracelet is titanium. Nonetheless, it’s a good watch, with plenty of useful features.
11. Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph
The Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph comes in full titanium, a Japanese quartz movement inside, 100 meters of water resistance, sapphire crystal glass on top, and a cool black dial with silver hour markers and hands.
There’s a date window at 3 o’clock and three subdials for the chronograph functions.
10. EONE Bradley Titanium Classic
This is a weird one, but it’s still a watch. And it’s crafted from titanium. The EONE Bradley Titanium Classic, with a brown leather strap from Italian leather is a sight like no other.
It’s minimalism taken to extreme, in that the dial does away with the conventional hour, minute, and seconds hands, replacing them with two magnetized balls, one on the inside of the hour markers ring, and one on the outside of the face.
Though some may think it’s completely useless, it’s an interesting idea, and one that may come in handy for the blind, or poor sighted people, as you can feel the time by touch.
9. BERING Time Titanium
The BERING Time Titanium is good looking and affordable, priced at only $200. Its design is modern, but also keeps things simple, with a dark gray dial with sunray pattern featuring an outer ring with large Arabic numerals to mark the hours, and an inner and smaller ring for 24 hour markers.
There’s also a round date window at 6 o’clock, and a nice orange seconds hand that provides much needed contrast with the dark dial.
Both the case and the bracelet are made from titanium, and inside, there’s a quartz movement powering everything.
8. Timex Weekender 40 Mini-Sweep
Though not available new anymore, the Timex Weekender 40 Mini-Sweep is still a very beautiful titanium watch to be had. You can still find it on the used market for not much, so if you like that sandblasted titanium tone case, go look for one.
The dial is simple, yet beautiful, and though it may not offer many functions, it comes with a nice seconds subdial at the 6 o’clock position that gets the layout from boring to interesting.
7. Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Quartz
Citizen has quite a few titanium timepieces, and the Eco-Drive Titanium Quartz, reference BL5551-06L is a good looking piece. It’s got a more crowded dial layout, but comes with plenty of functions, so the active individuals could measure everything the want to.
Unfortunately, this is a watch for larger wrists, as its case comes in a 43mm, but for those whose wrists are big enough, this may be the watch they were looking for. It’s sporty, with a titanium case, and brown leather strap to add a little bit of elegance to the business of the dial.
6. Skagen Sundby Titanium and Stainless Steel Watch
The Skagen Sundby Titanium and Stainless Steel Watch is another lovely Scandinavian timepiece. And it only costs around $155.
It’s similar with the Melbye above, but it’s got a few differences on the dial, and comes in a more lively blue color.
5. Timex Expedition North Titanium Automatic 41mm
The Timex Expedition watch collection is a wonderful one and it contains several impressive and very affordable timepieces for regular folks. But every now and then, Timex offers more special watches, intended for the more picky outdoor enthusiasts.
Introduced earlier in 2022, the Timex Expedition North Titanium Automatic 41mm is one of those special timepieces. It’s more expensive than your usual Timex Expedition models at $350, but it’s entirely worth it.
It’s a tool watch, with a nice, clean, and simple military inspired dial design, a titanium case, and all the specs to satisfy the watch enthusiast who cares a lot about the details. And when we say that, we mean 200 meters of water resistance, screw-down crown, sapphire crystal glass, and date display. What’s not to like?
4. Invicta Pro Diver Titanium Automatic
The Invicta Pro Diver Titanium Automatic is a classic looking diver, one made entirely from titanium, so both the case and the bracelet. The diameter of the case is 45mm and its thickness is 15mm, so for sure it’s too large for some wrists.
On the other hand, if your wrist can accommodate the watch, you shouldn’t worry about your budget, since the price of the watch rises to only $150.
The black dial comes with that classic traits of a diver watch, with a unidirectional rotating bezel on the outer edge, large and luminous hour markers with metal frames, and a date window at 3 o’clock with cyclops on top for ease of reading. Inside the watch lies a Japanese automatic movement, with a water depth rating of 200 meters.
3. Bertucci A-2T Original Classics Titanium Field Watch
The Bertucci A-2T Original Classics Titanium Field Watch is the quintessential field watch with a titanium case. The dial design comes with the usual 12 and 24 hour rings, plus a date window at four o’clock.
What makes this a very good field watch, besides the strength and light weight of the titanium case, is the 200 meter water resistance rating and the $127 price, which are unmatched in this category of watches.
2. Citizen Quartz Titanium
The Citizen Quartz Titanium, reference BM6929-56L, is a very handsome all titanium timepiece from Citizen. The 42mm diameter of the case might be too big for some, but it’s still decent, and the overall aesthetic seems inspired from dive watches.
The dial is simple and good looking, with a sunburst finish in the central part, and a subtle date window at 3 o’clock. The case has a water resistance of 100 meters, which should be convenient for most people.
1. Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Titanium
The Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Titanium is, in our opinion, the best option when it comes to having both a titanium timepiece and not spend a fortune on it. Sure, those $695 it costs aren’t too little either, but you get a lot for them.
The watch comes in a 45mm titanium case, paired with a titanium bracelet, and meets the 92-11 Swiss watchmaking standards, so it’s a certified diving watch with a depth rating of 200 meters.
The dial is more impressive than your usual diver, and the choice of colors really stands out. On top of the dial is sapphire crystal, so no cutting corners here, and everything is powered by a Swiss quartz movement, so you’ll get reliable timekeeping.
There are quite a few affordable titanium timepieces around, some with a few compromises, but good deals nonetheless. We hope we’ve managed to help you with the selection process and gave you some ideas for your next watch.
If you’d ask us, we’d say stay over the $500 mark, as there’s obviously a higher quality there, but that depends on your budget.