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Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Spring Drive Chronograph 15th Anniversary Limited Edition

Titanium has recently come into its prime as a popular watchmaking material. This year’s Watches and Wonders event saw multiple haute horological brands dabble in the metal for the first time in history. The sheet number of new titanium watches might be overwhelming but here’s our guide to the best titanium watches you can buy.

Before kicking things off, the boom in titanium’s popularity is down to several factors. Firstly, it’s an incredible material with properties watchmakers covet such as corrosion resistance, durability and being lightweight. Secondly, its naturally dark grey colour offers a contrast to some of the brighter colours watchmakers are using, making for a more pleasing visual design. Lastly, and perhaps more cynically, titanium is more available than ever before, especially compared to steel following major supply issues. All of which means titanium is the material of the moment.

Citizen Super Titanium

Citizen Super Titanium

The CA7090 is a 43mm diameter chronograph with a vertically stacked bicompax layout in blue, red or black. It’s super sporty, made from Citizen’s Super Titanium material with a sweeping style and integrated bracelet. Super Titanium is titanium that has undergone a surface treatment that results in greater scratch resistance and better finish.

Reference: BM7570-80X (green dial), BM7570-80L (blue dial), BM7570-80E (black dial)
Case/dial: 42mm diameter, super titanium case, green, blue or black dial
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Citizen calibre E111, Eco-Drive analogue quartz movement, 180 days power reserve
Strap: Titanium bracelet
Price: €229 (approx. £190)

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Arken Instrumentum

Arken Instrumentum

As its name somewhat suggests, the Instrumentum is a tool watch. A rugged, durable timepiece that can weather the bumps and knocks of daily life without any trouble. To that end, the case is made from grade 2 titanium, a light weight and highly corrosion resistant material. It adds up to a titanium watch with a compact thickness of 11.5mm, a diameter of 40mm and 300m water resistance all for under £400.

Case/dial: 40mm diameter, titanium case, black dial
Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: Miyota calibre 9015, automatic, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 42h power reserve, 24 jewels
Strap: Titanium bracelet
Price: £429.99, limited to 300 pieces

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Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto

Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto

Hamilton may just be one of the best value for money watchmakers operating today. Their Khaki Field collection in particular is chock full of excellent timepieces for accessible prices. This is the Khaki Field Titanium Auto in green. It has a 38mm diameter case in lightweight titanium and houses the H10 calibre, which has an 80-hour power reserve. There’s also a larger version at 42mm. All for less than £1,000.

Case/dial: 42mm diameter, titanium case, black dial
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Hamilton calibre H-10 (base: ETA C07.611), automatic, 80h power reserve
Strap: Brown calf leather NATO with additional brown Nubuck strap
Price: £1,000, limited to 1,983 pieces

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Doxa Pacific Blue 600T

Doxa Pacific Blue 600T

This watch marks the first time in the SUB 600’s 40-year history that it’s offered in a titanium case. That unique grey works flawlessly with the particular, pacific shade of blue that gives the watch its name. In addition to the corrosion resistance being ideal for diving watches, which is Doxa’s specialist area.

Case/dial: 40mm x 47.6mm diameter x 14.15mm height, brushed titanium case, pacific blue dial
Water resistance: 600m (60 bar)
Movement: Sellita calibre SW 200-1, automatic, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 38h power reserve, 26 rubies
Strap: Pacific blue rubber
Price: CHF 1,890 (approx. £1,627), limited to 200 pieces

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Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium Limited Edition

Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium

Zodiac’s new titanium cased Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver is a limited edition celebration of their 140th anniversary. It takes elements of the standard stainless steel version and turns them up to eleven. For example, it has a larger diameter of 42mm and a water resistance rating of 300m. The titanium allows it to be bigger and more resilient without compromising on the Super Sea Wolf’s weight or durability.

Case/dial: 42mm diameter, titanium case, black dial with seafoam green phosphorescent lume bezel and blaze orange dial accents
Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: Sellita calibre SW200-1, automatic, COS-C chronometer, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 38h power reserve
Strap: Titanium bracelet
Price: $2,495 USD (approx. £2,040), limited edition of 282 pieces

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Tudor Pelagos FXD

Tudor Pelagos FXD

The Tudor Pelagos FXD reignited the watchmaker’s historic partnership with Marine Nationale, the French navy. As such it’s a blend of Tudor style and military practicality. The dial is standard Tudor fare, with the brand’s signature Snowflake hour hand, in matte blue matching the bezel. It’s a nice fit with the titanium case and makes for the pared-back look of an instrument

Case/dial: 42mm x 12.75mm height, titanium case, navy blue dial
Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre MT5602, automatic, 25 rubies, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 70h power reserve, swiss Chronometer officially certified by the COSC
Strap: Navy blue fabric with grey central thread and additional navy blue fabric strap with woven motif
Price: £2,920

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Oris Pro Pilot X Calibre 400 OT

Oris Pro Pilot x Calibre 400

The Pro Pilot X is Oris’ engineering inspired pilot’s watch. It takes design cues from the aeroplanes that pilots fly in, not the pilots themselves. As such, the use of titanium is an inspired choice as it’s a material that sees frequent use in aeronautics due to its corrosion resistance and light weight properties.

Reference: 400 7778 7153 7 20 01 TLC (grey)
400 7778 7155 7 20 01 TLC (blue)
400 7778 7158 7 20 01 TLC (salmon)
Case/dial: 39mm diameter, multi-piece titanium case with satin and sandblasted finishes, grey, blue or salmon dial, Super-LumiNova® on indices and hour and minute hands
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre 400, automatic, accurate to -3/+5 seconds a day (within COSC tolerances), 28,800 vph (4 Hz), 120h power reserve, 21 jewels
Strap: Titanium bracelet with folding clasp
Price: £3,200

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Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQuest

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQuest

Despite the case measuring a svelte 42mm, the oversized bezel, crown and crownguard make the DeepQuest feel a damn sight bigger on the wrist. That said, the metal’s not nearly as heavy as it looks, given the entire case is made from titanium and half the bracelet joins it in the lightweight metal. In fact, if you can get over the oversized elements, it’s far more comfortable on the wrist than you might expect.

Reference: BL-1148
Case/dial:
43mm diameter x 16mm height, titanium case
Water resistance: 3,000m (300 bar)
Movement: Ball calibre RR1101-C (base: ETA 2892-A2), automatic, shock resistance of 7,500Gs
Strap: Tapered titanium and stainless steel bracelet with patented folding clasp and extension system or rubber strap with pin
Price: £3,300

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Christopher Ward C60 Concept Titanium

Christopher Ward C60 Concept

While the 42mm titanium case of the C60 Concept is pretty standard fare for the collection, it does pair exceptionally well with the skeletonised movement. The darker colour of the case highlights the visible components of the calibre and draws the eye inwards. Plus, there’s the fact it still provides 300m water resistance meaning the watch has lost none of its dive capabilities.

Reference: C60-42A5D3-T0BG0-HBO
Case/dial:
42mm diameter, grade 2 titanium case, skeletonised anthracite grey dial
Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre SH21, automatic, 28,800 vph (4 Hz), 120h power reserve, 31 jewels, chronometer-certified (COSC)
Strap: Cordura® and rubber hybrid waterproof strap with Christopher Ward buckle and quick-release pins for easy changing
Price: £3,495

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Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Chronograph 0 Oxygen OT

Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Chronograph 0 Oxygen

First and foremost, the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Chronograph 0 Oxygen is a great looking watch. It has a 44mm titanium case that’s super lightweight and utilitarian in its simplicity, which is also true of its satin finished black ceramic bezel. However, while the case is minimalistic, the dial is an incredibly pleasing visual riot.

Reference: MB129624
Case/dial:
44mm diameter, titanium case without oxygen with blue glacier dial with white luminescent Arabic numerals and indexes
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Montblanc calibre MB 29.27 (base: Sellita SW300), automatic, 46h power reserve, 33 jewels
Strap: Blue calf leather with white stitching and titanium deploying buckle
Price: £5,000

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TAG Heuer Monaco Special Edition Ref. CBL2180.FC6497

Tag Heuer Monaco Dark Lord

To achieve the suitably dark appearance of the “Dark Lord”, the 39mm diameter square case is made of DLC coated titanium. This is only the second Monaco ever to be made from titanium, the first debuting just last year in the Tag Heuer Monaco Titan Special Edition. However, the new watch has the distinction of being the first in titanium to also have a sand-blast finish DLC coating, which provides extra durability and scratch resistance. The result is pure stealth.

Reference: CBL2180.FC6497
Case/dial:
39mm diameter, black DLC titanium grade 2 sandblasted case, domed, bevelled sapphire crystal, black DLC titanium grade 2 screwed sapphire caseback, two tone dial: black circular brushed & grained finishing, three counters: 3 o’clock: black minute chronograph counter, 6 o’clock: black permanent second indicator, 9 o’clock: black hour chronograph counter, 18K 5N rose gold-plated applied indexes, 18K 5N rose gold-plated hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova®
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre Heuer 02, automatic, COSC certified, oscillating mass: “Côtes de Genève” decoration and black treatment, “CAL. HEUER 02 SWISS MADE” engraving, red column wheel, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 80h power reserve
Strap: Black alligator leather with black DLC titanium grade 2 folding clasp with double safety push buttons
Price: £6,800

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IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition OT

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-Amg Petronas Formula One Team”

Fortunately for the name, the watch speaks for itself. In keeping with the racing theme, the Pilot’s watch has been given a titanium overhaul, lightweight and strong, sandblasted to the materials signature matte grey. It suits it, for sure, enough that I’m glad they went this way than the watchmaker’s current fixation, ceramic.

Reference: IW388108
Case/dial: 41mm diameter x 14.6mm height, sandblasted grade 5 titanium case, black dial
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre 69385 (base: IWC 69370), automatic, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 46h power reserve, 33 jewels
Strap: Green rubber with additional black embossed calfskin strap
Price: £6,850

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Zenith Chronomaster Revival Safari OT

Zenith Chronomaster Revival Safari

Zenith’s Chronomaster Revival Safari pays homage to the A384 except that instead of a steel case it has a titanium one. The case has that signature dark grey colouration that’s achieved through microblasting, giving it a cool tone. As for the dial, this watch was first launched in 2021 so that means safari green all the way.

Reference: 97.T384.400/57.C856
Case/dial: 37mm diameter, microblasted titanium tonneau shaped case, khaki green dial
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre El Primero 400, automatic, 36,000 vph (5 Hz), 50h power reserve, 278 parts
Strap: Khaki green “Cordura” effect with microblasted titanium pin buckle
Price: £7,500

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Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Spring Drive Chronograph

Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Spring Drive Chronograph

Grand Seiko’s Evolution 9 Spring Drive Chronograph is a sportier take on the Japanese brand’s popular new collection. The case has the faceted look of the Evolution 9 with a diameter of 45.3mm in titanium – emphasising the sporty nature. This is also the first Evolution 9 to feature pushers, which have been kept relatively small and unobtrusive on either side of an equally diminutive crown.

Case/dial: 45.3mm diameter x 15.8mm height, titanium case, blue or black dial
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre 9R96, spring drive GMT, automatic with manual winding, ±0.5 second per day precision (blue dial), ±1 second per day precision (black dial), 72h power reserve, 50 jewels
Strap: Titanium bracelet
Price: £9,850 (black dial) and £10,500, limited to 700 pieces (blue dial)

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Omega Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Titanium

Omega Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Titanium

While the Omega Planet Ocean is better known for introducing the world to O-MEGASTEEL, there’s a titanium edition as well. It has that classic slate-like grey colour of the metal and its dial and bezel match. The bezel has a unidirectional rotation with 60-minute diving scale, as you’d expect. Style wise, the watch’s darker tones are paired with bright blue numerals and a gradient blue seconds hand.

Case/dial: 45.5mm diameter x 18.12mm height, grade 5 titanium case, gradient black dial
Water resistance: 6,000m (600 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre 8912, automatic, 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz) frequency, 60h power reserve, 39 jewels, magnetic resistance to 15,000 gauss, Master Chronometer Certified, approved by METAS
Strap: Nylon NATO fabric
Price: £11,030

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Titanium

Titanium is a great material for dive watches like the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe because it won’t show signs of wear after taking dips in the ocean. However, it can be a hard material to make look good as it tends to keep a relatively dull colour whatever you do, but with the Bathyscaphe’s tool watch vibe that works perfectly.

Reference: 5000-1210-98S
Case/dial:
43mm diameter x 13.45mm height, satin-finished titanium case, open-worked dial
Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre 1315, automatic with central rotor and anti-magnetic silicon balance-spring, 35 jewels, 227 parts
Strap: Satin-finished titanium bracelet with folding clasp
Price: CHF 13,200

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Bulgari Octo Finissimo 10th Anniversary Edition OT

Bulgari Octo Finissimo 10th Anniversary Edition

Creating the thinnest watch ever in the form of the Octo Finissimo Ultra might be Bulgari’s crowning achievement this year, but it’s also the 10th anniversary of the Finissimo collection as a whole. In order to celebrate, they created an anniversary edition bearing the original sketches for the collection. At this level of horology, titanium is essential for maintaining structural integrity.

Reference: 103672
Case/dial: 
40mm diameter, sandblasted titanium case, dial with engraved indexes and display replicating Fabrizio Buonamassa-Stigliani’s first Octo sketch, transparent caseback
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre BVL138, automatic, 21,600 vph (3 Hz) frequency, 60h power reserve, 37 jewels, 200 parts
Strap: Sandblasted titanium bracelet with folding clasp
Price: £12,300

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Breguet Type XXI 3815

Breguet Type XXI 3815

Heritage aviation watches aren’t always as stunning as the Breguet Type XXI 3815. It has a simple and highly legible dial with a distinctive tool watch vibe matched by the 42mm titanium case. Structurally the case is similar to its predecessors but that’s no bad thing as it’s a great tactile piece. Particularly the notched titanium bezel is fantastic to use.

Case/dial: 42mm diameter, titanium case, black sunburst dial, orange or green luminescent numerals, hands and markers
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: In house calibre 584Q/A, automatic flyback chronograph, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 26 jewels, 323 parts
Strap: Calfskin leather
Price: £12,900, limited to 250 pieces per colour (orange or green)

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Panerai Submersible Chrono Flyback Mike Horn

Panerai Submersible Chrono Flyback Mike Horn

As with most Panerai Submersibles, the first thing you notice is the size of the case. It has a whopping 47mm diameter, emphasised further by the classic Panerai crown guard. For this special edition the case is made from brushed titanium, which does help to keep the weight down but it’s still a fair old chunk of metal. It’s a classic material and look for the Submersible.

Reference: PAM01291
Case/dial:
47mm diameter, brushed titanium case, blue dial
Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre P.9100, automatic, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 72h power reserve, 37 jewels, 302 parts
Strap: Blue rubber
Price: £17,900, limited to 500 pieces

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Hublot Big Bang Integral Chronograph

When it comes to bombastic design, no watchmaker can compare to Hublot. The Big Bang Integral Chronograph in titanium is the perfect example of that. A combination of street watch styling, high performance metal and an impressive calibre makes for a watch that you can imagine a regular collector purchasing – not just a footballer.

Case/dial: 42mm diameter x 13.45mm thickness, satin-finished and polished titanium case, skeletonised dial
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre HUB1280 UNICO, automatic chronograph flyback with column wheel, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 72h power reserve
Strap: Titanium bracelet with matching deployant buckle clasp
Price: £18,200

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Laurent Ferrier Sport Auto

Laurent Ferrier Sport Auto

Laurent Ferrier’s Sport Auto uses the watchmaker’s sportiest case, taken from the 2020 Grand Sport Tourbillon but reimagined in high quality titanium instead of steel. The change in materials makes it noticeably lighter on the wrist, which is further emphasised by the watch’s slimmer proportions measuring 41.5mm in diameter as opposed to 44mm. However, while it’s lighter and smaller, it’s also more robust with 120m water resistance increased from 100m.

Reference: LCF040.T1.C1GC5
Case/dial:
41.5mm diameter x 12.7mm height, titanium case, gradient shades of blue dial with an opaline finish
Water resistance: 120m (12 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre LF 270.01, automatic, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 72h power reserve, 31 jewels, 215 parts
Strap: Integrated 3-link grade 5 brushed titanium bracelet with triple folding clasp
Price: CHF 46,000 (excl. taxes)

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A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Titanium

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Titanium

The Odysseus Titanium Ref. 363.117’s design follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessors. The case has a 40.5mm diameter with a height 11.1mm with prominent tapered buttons, except that, of course, it’s made from titanium. It’s a natural fit for a sports watch and has also been used for the sporty bracelet. It’s worth bearing in mind that some collectors prefer the extra heft of steel as the extreme light weight can mean a slightly ‘cheaper feel’.

Case/dial: 40.5mm diameter x 11.1mm height, grade 5 matte sandblasted titanium case, sapphire crystals front and caseback
Water resistance: 120m (12 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre L155.1 DATOMATIC, automatic, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 50h power reserve, 31 jewels, 312 parts
Strap: Grade 5 matte sandblasted titanium with folding clasp
Price: EUR 55,000 (approx. £47,600)

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Cyrus Klepcys DICE

Cyrus Klepcys DICE

The Cyrus Klepcys DICE is a double independent chronograph and all that chronographic goodness is contained within the Klepcys’ signature cushion case, measuring 42mm in diameter. It’s available in polished titanium or with a black DLC coating, which really makes the red and blue of the hands pop. Both sides are adorned with one of the twin monopusher crowns that control the two chronograph hands.

Reference: 539.508.TT.A (polished titanium)
Case/dial:
42mm diameter x 16.5mm height, polished titanium case, 3D open-worked dial
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Calibre CYR718 developed by Jean-François Mojon, automatic, 28,800 vph (4 Hz) frequency, 60h power reserve, 51 jewels, 443 parts
Strap: Grey Cordura fabric strap with additional black rubber strap
Price: Price on request, limited edition of 50 pieces

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Titanium

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Titanium

Vacheron Constantin has toyed with going full titanium before, but in addition to the super lightweight material they have always used complimentary steel components, such as in the Overseas Everest. However, for the Overseas Tourbillon Ref. 6000V/110T-B935 it’s titanium all the way, from the crown to the bezel to the case to the bracelet.

Case/dial: 42.5mm diameter x 10.39mm height, grade 5 titanium case, skeletonised dial
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre 2160 SQ, automatic,18,000 vph (2.5 Hz) frequency, 80h power reserve, 30 jewels, 186 parts
Strap: Grade 5 titanium bracelet with interchangeable strap system, plus two additional straps in black or blue calfskin and rubber
Price: Price on request

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Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Convexe

Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Convexe

Proportionally, the Balancier Convexe has a large diameter of 46.5mm and a sweeping, ergonomic shape which gives the watch the “convexe” part of its name. It’s a super outlandish shape that no one else is doing and requires extremely precise manufacturing, especially of the curved sapphire crystal. The fact it’s made from titanium and has 100m water resistance is admirable because most pieces of haute horology don’t put much emphasis on being robust.

Case/dial: 43.5mm diameter x 13.75mm height, titanium case, three-dimensional dial with variable geometry hour-ring with engraved and lacquered minute-circle with black treatment
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: In-house manual winding movement, 21,600 vph (3 Hz) frequency, 72h power reserve, 50 jewels, 374 parts
Strap: Rubber or 3-row metal bracelet in titanium
Price: $385,000 USD (approx. £317,584), limited to 66 pieces from 2022 – 2024

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About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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