Dive Watch Wednesday: 5 Contemporary Titanium Dive Watches


Even though Seiko was the first watch company to use titanium for a watch case back in the 1970s, it was IWC that first commercially launched a watch made entirely out of titanium in the ’80s. Why titanium? It’s a material with high tensile strength and toughness, yet comparably light in weight and, most importantly, offering extraordinary corrosion resistance. In other words: on paper, it is an ideal metal to build dive watches with.

So, for this week’s  Dive Watch Wednesday, let’s take a look at five currently available dive watches featuring a titanium case (in ascending order based on list price):

Sinn T2

The company that introduced us to German submarine steel in 2005, Sinn also launched, surprisingly, two titanium dive watches with a more organically shaped case in 2013: The 45-mm- large Sinn T1 is water resistant to 1,000 meters; the smaller T2 can reach 2,000 meters.

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Tudor Pelagos

In 2012, Rolex’s sister brand Tudor managed not only to introduce one of the most impressive contemporary dive watches, but also to find a design language both true to the brand and its heritage without trying to copy the much-imitated Rolex Submariner: the 500-meter water-resistant Pelagos (which we reviewed here) combines a ceramic bezel insert with a titanium case (except for the caseback) and an ingenious flexible clasp. If you opt for the 2015 model, you’ll even get Tudor’s new in-house caliber and a blue-dial version to choose from… and a lot more text on the dial.

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IWC Aquatimer 2000

Relaunched in 2014, IWC’s flagship three-hand dive watch is equipped with a 46-mm titanium case. Due to the significantly increased diameter of the crystal (which covers the internal bezel as well as the dial), the current Aquatimer is still water-resistant to a depth of 2,000 meters, as was its much smaller predecessor, the legendary IWC Ocean 2000 (and the Aquatimer 2000 models that followed it).

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Hublot King Power Diver Oceanographic 4000

Hublot’s first real extreme diver (let’s just pretend the Pre-Biver Subaquaneus didn’t happen) was launched in 2011 with a 48-mm titanium case offering a water resistance of no less than 4,000 meters. Additionally, the King Power Oceanographic 4000 features an internal bezel and a unique locking mechanism for the crown that operates it.

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Omega Seamaster 1200 Ploprof

In 2015, Omega switched from steel to titanium for its increasingly large collection of Ploprofs. Along with an anti-magnetic movement and ceramic bezel insert, the 3rd generation Omega Ploprof also offers an exhibition caseback and still somehow manages 1,200 meters of water resistance. Also worth mentioning: the high-jewellery version, covered in 40 carats of diamonds, might well be the most expensive dive watch ever made, with a price tag of $760,000.

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As a final note, If you do want the benefits of a titanium dive watch but prefer a look closer to a stainless steel one, both Omega (with the Seamaster Master 300 Co-Axial) and Seiko (the SBDC007) are two examples of brands that offer such watches with polished surfaces.

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  1. anomynous

    you got Sinn T1 and T2 mixed up… man how hard can it be.. pretty dumb if you ask me

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    • Harold,
      thanks for the feedback. You were indeed right: The T1 (EZM14) from Sinn is 45 mm and water resistant to 1,000 meters. The T2 (EZM15) is 41 mm and a bit smaller, it is water resistant up to 2,000 meters. We switched the 1 and 2 in the article.

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