Scratches on Stainless vs Titanium

Does anybody have a solid answer on whether titanium scrathes more easily than stainless? Love this Chris Ward driver in grade 2 titanium but my gut tells me it scratches more easily than the dozen or so stainless watches I own. IWC has an info page that says they are equal. Grand Seiko says grade 5 titanium is harder which to me means scratches less. I have a engeering materials book but thought to check with the collective WC hive mind first. What are your experiences?

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I have both steel and titanium watches and the later seems to be more resistant.

Stainless steel is more scratch resistant. However, titanium is lighter, non-magnetic and heat resistant. If you have ever tried on a titanium watch the weight difference is very noticeable.

I have a grade 2 titanium and scratched it changing the strap ,so I'm saying no difference,have yet to scratch my ceramic bell and ross diver

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Stainless steel is more scratch resistant. However, titanium is lighter, non-magnetic and heat resistant. If you have ever tried on a titanium watch the weight difference is very noticeable.

Yes, the CW is titanium and I love the lightness. However it SEEMS to scratch easier. Maybe my imagination? Thus the post. Cannot run a controlled experiment.

Watch Chris destroyed a few watches so we don鈥檛 have to. His conclusions are stainless is more scratch resistant than titanium. Not sure about grade 5 titanium. Maybe some GS peeps will have to weigh in.