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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M WAY2010.BA0927 New Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 3-hand Calibre 5 Automatic Black Dial...
$1,829
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Ball NM2182C-S12-BK1 New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, River Edge
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Ball NM2182C-S12-BK1 Starlight 40mm Case Day/Date Watch
$1,239
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26574ST.OO.1220ST.02 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Audemars Piguet 41mm Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Blue Dial
$142,500
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Daniel Roth 857.X.10 Very good Steel Automatic
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Daniel Roth Metropolitan Word Time 38mm
$6,046
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Submariner Kermit 50th Anniversary Edition Mark VI Ref....
$19,000
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Breitling Chronomat Colt A17388101C1A1 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Colt Stainless Steel Blue Index Dial Watch A17388101...
$2,599
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Black Dial
$32,000
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Omega Speedmaster 310.32.42.50.02.001 New Steel 42mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award 50th Anniversary...
$29,999
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 232.30.46.51.01.003 Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.5 Chronograph Black Dial Steel
$5,503
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Rolex GMT-Master 16750 Steel 40mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Rolex 35892: Rolex Vintage 1983 GMT Master, Ref. 16750
$16,000
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Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolex 326934  Sky-Dweller Stainless Steel Blue Dial Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 326934 Sky-Dweller Stainless Steel Blue Dial
$29,500
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase Power Reserve 5712 5712/1A...
$97,000
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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.10.42.21.03.003 Very good Steel 41.5mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Omega 41.5 Seamaster Aqua Terra Automatic
$4,150
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Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Stainless Steel Black Matte Dial...
$18,000
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Breitling Aviator 8 A45330101C1A1 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Aviator 8 Stainless Steel Blue Arabic Dial watch...
$3,199
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358
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 33mm W6920071 Very good Steel 33mm Automatic United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Cartier Ballon Bleu diamonds aftermarket
$8,320
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2021 GMT-Master II Batman Batgirl Box/Papers/Card 126710
$18,499
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Breitling Avenger Skyland M1338010/B864 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois
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Breitling Avenger 45mm Skyland Blacksteel Limited Edition...
$3,886
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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Steel 40mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Rolex J35969: Rolex stainless steel Vintage 1960 Pepsi...
$36,000
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Rolex Explorer II 216570 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Fullerton
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Rolex Explorer II Reference #: 216570
$11,500
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex Just Released 2021 GMT-Master II "Batman on Oyster...
$20,995
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Breitling Old Navitimer A13022 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Breitling Navitimer A13022, Serviced + Breitling Strap
$3,850
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5800/1A-001 Very good Steel 38.4mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Westchester County
Patek Philippe Nautilus
$105,000
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Breitling Navitimer 8 A13314101B1A1 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Navitimer 8 Stainless Steel Black Arabic Dial Watch...
$4,099
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Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79360N-0002 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Tudor Dial Chronograph 79360 M79360 Black Bay Chrono
$7,100
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Submariner Green Kermit 50th Anniversary Z Serial...
$19,499
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Breitling Chronomat AB011610/BB08 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois
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Breitling 44 Flying Fish Chronomat Steel Extra Strap and Warranty
$5,234
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 279174 Very good Steel 28mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Rolex 35213: Rolex Datejust 28 2017 Full Set Ref. 279174
$7,500
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Fullerton
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Rolex Collectors Dream Rolex Submariner "Kermit" FULL SET...
$22,500
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Rolex Datejust 126334 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex 126334 Datejust 41 Wimbledon Dial 2020 Stainless Steel
$14,995
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 New Steel 42mm Manual winding United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
$5,300
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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Westchester
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Glossy Gilt Dial
$37,500
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Breitling Superocean Heritage II 46 AB2020121 Unworn Steel 46mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Black Rubber Stainless Steel...
$3,999
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Rolex Air King 116900 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Rolex Air-King
$8,800
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Daytona Black Dial Zenith SEL Box & Papers 16520
$34,999
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.40.30.06.001 Very good Steel 39.7mm Manual winding United States of America, Illinois
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Omega 10th Anniversary Speedmaster Hodinkee Moonwatch 40mm...
$9,200
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Steel 40mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Rolex M35749: Rolex vintage 1982 Submariner, Ref. 5513
$18,000
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.30.42.20.03.001 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Fullerton
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M Reference #: 210.30.42.20.03.001
$4,400
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126622 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex 126622 Yacht-Master 40 Rhodium Dial Stainless Steel Mens...
$15,995
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.32.42.20.03.001 New Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
$4,150
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Rolex Explorer 214270 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Rolex Never Polished 39mm Explorer Mk2 Dial
$10,600
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Breitling AB0118221 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph Stainless Steel Anthracite...
$7,299
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Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79360N New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Tudor Black Bay Chrono
$6,380
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Red 43mm Box/Papers/Card 126600 SD43 Mk2
$15,499
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Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Steel BR0392-SC/SCA Good Steel Automatic United States of America, Illinois
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Bell & Ross BR03-92 AeroGT 42mm Steel Full Set With Extra Strap
$5,900
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Rolex Submariner Date 126613LN Unworn Steel 40mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Rolex 35713: Rolex Submariner 41, ref. 126613LN, 2020 Unworn...
$17,500
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Cartier Santos (submodel) WSSA0039 New Steel 39.8mm Automatic United States of America, California, Fullerton
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Cartier Santos De Cartier Automatic Reference #: WSSA0039
$7,800
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Rolex Milgauss m116400gv-0002 Unworn Steel United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex 116400GV Milgauss Z-Blue Dial 2020 Stainless Steel
$12,995
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Cartier Santos (submodel) WHSA0015 New Steel Manual winding United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
Cartier Santos De Cartier Skeleton
$27,300
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 - 69 ST Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Westchester
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
$8,500
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Breitling Avenger A13317101 Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Avenger Chronograph Fabric Stainless Steel Blue Dial...
$4,599
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
$5,000
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2021 GMT-Master II Oyster Batman Box/Papers/Card 126710
$20,499
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Newport Beach
Rolex Submariner Date Steel Ceramic Green Dial Watch 40mm Hulk
$23,193
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Tudor Submariner 76100 Steel 40mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Tudor 35830: Vintage 1984 Oyster Date Submariner, Ref. 76100
$13,000
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Submariner Date UN-WORN Boxes Papers Black Dial Bezel...
$12,876
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex IN STOCK 116500 UNWORN 2020 Daytona White Dial Ceramic...
$37,995
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
Rolex Daytona White Dial 2021
$42,889
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Rolex Explorer 1016 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Rolex Explorer 1016 Matte Dial with Pumpkin Lume
$19,800
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Breitling Avenger A13317101 Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Avenger Chronograph Stainless Steel Blue Dial Watch...
$4,899
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Franck Muller Vanguard V41SCDTACBL Good Steel Automatic United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Franck Muller V41 Sc Dt Ac Bl Franck Muller Vanguard Stainless
$8,800
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 276200 New Steel 28mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 28mm Silver Index Domed Oyster New...
$6,499
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.30.42.50.01.002 New Steel 42mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Newport Beach
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 42MM Co-Axial Master Chronometer...
$7,834
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Tudor 7928/0 Steel 39mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Tudor M36011: Vintage 1967 Oyster Prince Submariner, Ref. 7928/0
$11,500
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Stainless Steel Watches: Versatile and Robust

Most of today's watches are made of stainless steel. They're robust, corrosion-resistant, and gentle on the skin. Polished finishes look especially exquisite, and the matte look is great on tool watches. Some models make a very solid investment.


4 Reasons to Buy a Stainless Steel Watch

  • A robust and corrosion-resistant material
  • Available in just about every price and quality category
  • A wide selection of men's and women's models
  • Rolex, Patek, and AP: Classics with remarkable appreciation potential

From Entry-Level Pieces to Pure Luxury

When it comes to watches, stainless steel has established itself as the industry's dominant metal. It's hard but not brittle, corrosion-resistant, doesn't tarnish, and is gentle on most people's skin. What's more, it's easy to work with and can be polished, brushed, or sandblasted to create beautiful finishes. Simply put, stainless steel is the perfect watch material. Watchmakers first discovered it for themselves in the early 20th century. Prior to that, they had preferred working with softer precious metals like gold or silver.

Stainless steel has been an unstoppable force in the watch industry since the 1920s. Models like the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso and early Rolex Oyster watches were key to stainless steel's rise. It didn't take long for them to find all kinds of fans and start flying off the shelves. In the 1930s and 40s, many militaries realized how robust stainless steel is and quickly came to rely on pilot's and navy watches from Omega, IWC, Hamilton, and Stowa.

Today, timepieces like the Patek Philippe Nautilus, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and stainless steel editions of the Rolex Submariner and GMT-Master are some of the world's most sought-after models and enjoy large fan bases among men and women alike. Recent years have seen some of these watches reach astronomical prices, often selling for more than their sister models in gold.


How much do stainless steel watches cost?

Model Reference number Price (approx.)
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A 76,000 USD
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202ST 44,500 USD
Rolex Submariner No Date 5512 22,500 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 500201 10,500 USD
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.33.42.30.01.001 4,000 USD
Seiko Prospex Dawn Grey Turtle SRPD01K1 770 USD
Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic H70305143 580 USD
Fossil Machine Chronograph FS4552 130 USD

Rolex: The Queen of Stainless Steel Watches

Some of Rolex's most successful and sought-after luxury models are made of stainless steel, including the Submariner diving watch. Rolex first introduced this timepiece in 1954. Today, it's available in a number of gold and two-tone editions, though most fans and collectors prefer the versions in so-called "Oystersteel" stainless steel. This is also true for Rolex's other sports models, such as the GMT-Master or Daytona, as these editions bear the strongest resemblance to the originals from the 1950s and 60s. However, it's not just Rolex's stainless steel sports watches that sell well. There are also many fans of the Rolex's classic dress watch, the Datejust, in stainless steel.

If you decide to purchase from a dealer or retail location, expect long waiting lists for the Submariner and similar watches. In some cases, the wait may even be several years. As a result, many collectors and watch lovers are willing to pay a premium to get their hands on one of these timepieces more quickly. That means shelling out anywhere from 6,200 USD for the 28-mm Lady-Datejust 28 ref. 279160 to spending 25,500 USD on a Cosmograph Daytona ref. 116500LN.

Vintage models are even more highly coveted. For example, the especially rare Submariner COMEX often demands upwards of 112,000 USD. At 17.75 million USD, Paul Newman's personal Daytona ref. 6239 worn is the most expensive watch ever sold.


Royal Oak and Nautilus: 1970s Classics

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus are stainless steel watch icons. Both debuted in the 1970s and come from the pen of legendary watch designer Gérald Genta. The Royal Oak premiered in 1972 and stumbled a little out of the gate. However, as people got used to the concept of a stainless steel luxury sports watch, it eventually picked up speed and transformed into an industry icon. The Nautilus followed four years later and also had its initial struggles due to the ongoing quartz crisis and skepticism around stainless steel as a luxury material. Both models were also hampered by their prices, which were often more than their gold counterparts. In the end, watch aficionados grew to love everything about these stainless steel timepieces, from their distinctly wide bezels to their integrated steel bracelets.

These days, many collectors consider a stainless steel Nautilus or Royal Oak their personal holy grail. The demand for these watches is exponentially higher than current production numbers can meet, which has led to some mind-blowing prices. If you don't want to wait years to become the proud owner of a Nautilus ref. 5711/1A, be prepared to depart with about 76,000 USD. That's more than double the recommended price! Vintage Nautilus models, such as the ref. 3700, demand around 100,000 USD. Prices for the Royal Oak have also been on the rise in recent years. For example, the same ref. 15202ST that cost roughly 28,000 USD a year ago now sells for some 44,500 USD.

Despite their high cost, both watches are an excellent investment since their prices will continue to climb higher and higher.


Inspired by Aviation and Racing

Many well-known tool watches owe their existence to stainless steel. Famous examples include IWC Schaffhausen's pilot's watches and Omega classics like the Speedmaster, which was originally designed as a racing chronograph and later became the first watch on the Moon. TAG Heuer has also exclusively relied on stainless steel to create their racing-inspired watches.

Prices for TAG Heuer watches range from 2,000 to 9,000 USD. On the other hand, IWC and Omega timepieces generally sell for between 3,300 and 22,500 USD.


Affordable High-Quality Watches

The great thing about stainless steel watches is that you'll find them in all price categories. There's a vast selection of high-quality watches that cost around 1,000 USD. Some even have a cult following, such as the Seiko Turtle. This diving watch gets its nickname from its case shape, which resembles a turtle's shell. This model has been a consistent part of the Japanese manufacturer's catalog since 1977. As a result, there are many editions to choose from, with prices ranging from 300 to 1,100 USD.

Another example is Hamilton's Khaki series. These models are inspired by the pilot's and military watches Hamilton developed for the American military and U.S. Airmail in the early 1920s. The Khaki Field is a fan favorite thanks to its reliability. These timepieces feature an automatic or quartz movement and sell for between 330 and 1,200 USD.

The list goes on. Whether it's traditional manufacturers like Longines, Tissot, and Junghans or fashion behemoths like Fossil, all of them offer a full line of affordable stainless steel watches.


What is stainless steel?

Steel is an alloy of iron and approximately 2% carbon. Humans have been using this metal since antiquity. Stainless steel refers to especially pure steel that's enriched with elements like chromium, nickel, molybdenum, titanium, or tungsten. These elements give stainless steel its special properties, such as its corrosion resistance.

In watchmaking, 316L steel is the variety of choice due to its extreme resistance to corrosion and pitting. This material is perhaps better known as "surgical steel." Rolex has been using class 904L stainless steel for the past few years. This alloy has a higher proportion of copper, making it more resistant to acid or moisture. Both steels are similarly hard and are easy to work with.

Stainless steel is used for just about every watch component: from the case, bracelet, crown, and hands all the way to the movement's gear train and arbors.