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Apple Watch Stainless Steel Vs Titanium: Which should you buy

Wondering what the difference is Apple Watch Titanium and Stainless steel? Read this guide


Apple Watch Titanium vs Stainless Steel

Apple last year announced the Apple Watch Series 5 with an all-new titanium case that touts a “superb strength-to-weight ratio.” Apple says the new premium material in the titanium watch is lighter than stainless steel models, but how much of a difference should you expect?

The titanium and stainless steel versions of Apple Watch Series 5 are nearly identical in every way. They both come in 40mm or 44mm sizes, and they are both made of harder metal than the aluminum Apple Watch. The differences are minor but might make all the difference in what you decide to buy.

When comparing titanium and stainless steel Apple Watch Series 5 models, expect around a 5-gram difference in weight. The new titanium Apple Watch won’t be as light as aluminum models, but it should be a noticeable difference from stainless steel.

Here’s how the weight of each Apple Watch Series 5 case material varies in 40mm:

  • Aluminum: 30.8g
  • Titanium: 35.1g
  • Ceramic 39.7g
  • Stainless Steel: 40.6g

And the same comparison in 44mm:

  • Aluminum: 36.5g
  • Titanium: 41.7g
  • Ceramic: 46.7g
  • Stainless Steel: 47.8g

Apple’s titanium isn’t just any run-of-the-mill material either. The new Apple Watch case has special characteristics to help it wear better over time:

Only found in the most exclusive watches, titanium is exceptionally strong, lightweight, and beautiful.

Titanium vs Stainless Steel: What are the differences?

The two different material cases are so identical that there’s no reason for me to lay the details out in a pretty little table, but I’m going to anyway, just to show you how similar they both are.

Brushed vs. polished

One of the most significant deciding factors for most people will be whether to get the brushed metal look of the titanium Apple Watch case or the polished look of the stainless steel Apple Watch. There are a couple of things to consider.

Do you worry about minor scuffs and scratches? If so, the brushed titanium hides micro-abrasions better. The high shine of stainless steel tends to reveal the slightest of scratches, slightly dulling the look over time. Do you want your Apple Watch to look as much like a piece of fine jewelry as possible? The polished stainless steel is more akin to the kind of luxury accessories you’ll find at your local jewelers.

One last thing to consider is whether showing off the newest Apple device matters to you. If you’re sporting the brushed titanium Apple Watch, everyone will know you’re wearing the lasted model.

Also Read: Apple Watch 38mm Vs 42mm (2020): Which Size Should You Get

Gold or not

Gold is hugely popular for Apple products, and in some cases, a rarity. The Series 5 is an example of that. You can get it in gold if you choose the aluminum or stainless steel models, but the titanium Apple Watch doesn’t come in gold. If you’re representing gold across all your Apple devices and don’t want to break up the matched set, the stainless steel model is more your style.

Hermés or go home

For those high-fashion fanatics, there’s only one option. You can’t get the Hermés Apple Watch (with the special watch face) in anything but stainless steel. Of course, if you don’t care whether you have the official Hermés watch face, you can just buy a Hermés band to go with the Titanium Apple Watch.


The starting price of the stainless steel Apple Watch is $100 lower than the starting price of the titanium model, so if $100 more is a deal-breaker for you, don’t get the titanium Apple Watch.

That being said, the only stainless steel Apple Watches that costs $699 are the ones that come with either the Sport Band or the Sport Loop, so if you’re planning on getting a leather band or Milanese Loop (or Hermés brand), you’re upping the cost anyway.

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