Watch cases…

We live in a different world from that of our parents and grandparents due to advances in material science, and watchmaking has not escaped unchanged with basic nickel or chrome plated brass cases changing from the norm to becoming relegated to the cheapest watches. Watch companies these days have a lot of different materials to choose from when producing a watch case, and the list seems to be growing all of the time. Materials like Titanium are increasingly common and companies like Formex are pushing the brink into ever more exotic materials, such as forged carbon, while Tudor recently added silver to its lineup. So what is your favorite watch case material? If it’s not listed below, feel free to comment!

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For me it’s still stainless steel as it is the perfect middle ground. 

  •  Titanium is so light that it feels cheap, cannot be easily polished
  • Bronze looks cool but smells and discolors
  • Gold is heavier than steel and scratches more easily 
  • Ceramic is light and scratch resistant but breaks easily when dropped

… Stainless Steel has a decent weight, is cheapest, can be polished, can be hardened without negative consequences. That’s my take

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watchesandespresso

For me it’s still stainless steel as it is the perfect middle ground. 

  •  Titanium is so light that it feels cheap, cannot be easily polished
  • Bronze looks cool but smells and discolors
  • Gold is heavier than steel and scratches more easily 
  • Ceramic is light and scratch resistant but breaks easily when dropped

… Stainless Steel has a decent weight, is cheapest, can be polished, can be hardened without negative consequences. That’s my take

Nailed it. Good old stainless steel for me. 👌 That said I’d still love a Pelagos in the collection. 😄

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watchesandespresso

For me it’s still stainless steel as it is the perfect middle ground. 

  •  Titanium is so light that it feels cheap, cannot be easily polished
  • Bronze looks cool but smells and discolors
  • Gold is heavier than steel and scratches more easily 
  • Ceramic is light and scratch resistant but breaks easily when dropped

… Stainless Steel has a decent weight, is cheapest, can be polished, can be hardened without negative consequences. That’s my take

I hadn’t even thought of ceramics!  Great points!

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I voted stainless steel, second for me would be plastics, fibre shell, etc.. 

I like my bronze watch, but I feel no need to own more than one. 

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KristianG

I voted stainless steel, second for me would be plastics, fibre shell, etc.. 

I like my bronze watch, but I feel no need to own more than one. 

I do find it interesting that NO ONE has selected bronze as their preferred case material after over 30 votes.

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JBird7986

I do find it interesting that NO ONE has selected bronze as their preferred case material after over 30 votes.

I suspect because many are like me, and consider them a novelty rather than a preference. 

I'd also like to some day own a gold dress watch, but gold will never be my preferred case material over all others. 

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I chose stainless steel, but I also own some titanium and bronze watches.

Bronze is an acquired taste. I love the patina that develops. (natural only for me-no science projects) FWIW I've had some of my bronze watches for a few years and none of them smell.