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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5267/200A-001 Unworn Steel 38.8mm Quartz United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Datejust 36 126234 New Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York City
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126234 Purple Diamond 6 9 - Jubilee Bracelet - Unworn 2021
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Cartier Roadster W62019X6 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Woodbury
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XL Chronograph Silver Dial Brown Alligator Diamond Encrusted ref: W62019X6 / 2618
$7,300
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726A-001 Unworn Steel 40.5mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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5726A Annual Calendar Moon Phases Stainless Steel Leather Strap
$94,000
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New Hampshire, Salem
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Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus 363.179 New Steel 40.5mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
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NEW 2022 Odysseus 363.179 Stainless Steel
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas 4500V/110A-B126 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Jacksonville Beach
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Rolex Datejust 41 126334-0015 Unworn White gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York City
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126334 Fluted Blue Index - Jubilee Bracelet - Unworn 2022
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126720VTNR New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
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Tudor Black Bay Chrono M79360N-0002 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Oakhurst
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$5,700
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-014 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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5711 40mm Stainless Steel Olive Green Dial 5711/1A-014 - 100% Complete July 2021
$389,000
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Rolex Explorer II 226570 New Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New Hampshire, Salem
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226570 NEW 2023 White Polar Oyster Steel 42 mm
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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116520 "APH" Dial Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel Black Dial COMPLETE
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Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Very good White gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79360N New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Orlando
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 7118/1A-011 New Steel 35.2mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Jacksonville Beach
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Omega Speedmaster 329.30.43.51.02.001 Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding United States of America, Ohio, Cincinnati
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 New Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-018 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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5711/1A Tiffany & Co Blue Dial Limited Edition of 170 Pieces
$3,300,000
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Zenith Chronomaster Sport 03.3100.3600/69.M3100 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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El Primero 41mm Stainless Steel White Dial 03.3100.3600/69.M3100 - 100% Complete May 2022
$9,500
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15500ST.OO.1220ST.01 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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116520 "APH" Dial Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel White Dial COMPLETE
$29,625
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
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In Stock Daytona White Panda Dial 116500 Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet
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Tudor Black Bay 79230R New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Orlando
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Jacksonville Beach
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2022 Sea-Dweller Red Mk2 SD43 43mm Box/Papers/Card 126600 Diver Extension
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Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph AB0139211G1A1 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Ohio, Cincinnati
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610lv New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 79030B Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sunny Isles Beach
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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight M79030N-0001 New Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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40mm - Stainless Steel - White Panda Index Dial - Ceramic Bezel (Ref# 116500LN)
$30,000
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Cartier Santos (submodel) WSSA0030 Unworn Steel 39.8mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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2022+ UNWORN Cartier Santos Large WSSA0030 Men's 39.8mm Blue Dial Stainless Steel
$6,925
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
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Rolex GMT-Master II 16710BLRO Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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2005 GMT-Master II UN-WORN Boxes Papers Pepsi Blue/Red Bezel Black Dial Steel 16710
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Omega Speedmaster 329.30.43.51.02.002 Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Jacksonville Beach
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2022 Speedmaster Chronoscope Chronograph Silvery Black Co-Axial 329.30.43.51.02.002
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Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph AB0139241C1P1 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Kentucky, Lexington
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Rolex Datejust 36 126234 New Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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$12,500
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960/1A-010 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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5960/1A-010 Annual Calendar Chronograph Steel Feb 2018
$125,000
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Rolex Explorer II 226570 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
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42mm White Dial 226750 Unworn 2023
$13,495
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 New Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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White Rolesor Sky-Dweller Watch - Blue Index Dial - Jubilee Fluted Bezel 326934
$26,500
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Cartier Santos (submodel) WSSA0048 Unworn Steel 39.8mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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2022+ UNWORN Santos Large WSSA0048 Men's 39.8mm Blue Dial Blue Bezel Stainless Steel
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 126000 New Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Blancpain Léman Ultra Slim 2100-1130A-71 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Jacksonville Beach
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Aqua Lung Hundred Hours Ultra Slim Limited 1,999 Pieces 38mm 2100-1130A-71
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Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph AB0137211C1P1 New Steel 46mm Automatic United States of America, Ohio, Cincinnati
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Rolex Datejust 36 126234 New Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 16622 New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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2004 Yacht-Master 40 NOS STICKERS Boxes Papers Platinum Dial Steel 16622
$14,887
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 124200 Unworn Steel 34mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.01 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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41mm Stainless Steel Blue Dial Silver Sub-dials
$57,000
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Girard Perregaux Laureato 81010-11-634-11A New Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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2022 Girard Perregaux Laureato UNWORN 81010-11-634-11A 42mm Automatic Black Dial Stainless
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
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Jacob & Co. Five Time Zone JCM30 New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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H.Moser & Cie. 3200-1214 Unworn Steel 42.8mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Jacksonville Beach
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Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph AB0138241K1P1 New Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, Ohio, Cincinnati
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43 Chronograph Copper Dial (2022)
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Rolex Datejust 41 126300 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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$10,250
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Rolex Explorer II 16570 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM 01312 New Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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44mm 2023 Stainless Steel Black Dial PAM01312 - 100% Complete Jan 2023
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Baume & Mercier Classima 65493 Very good Steel 42mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Orlando
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$2,175
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Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 124200 New Steel 34mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 5071-1110-B52A Very good Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Jacksonville Beach
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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.