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Light, resistant and expensive: the advantages and disadvantages of the titanium Apple Watch

THE Apple Watch Series 5 may not have there thanks news in relation to its predecessor, but at least consumers – more affluent, at least – will have the possibility to choose a new material for the watch box: the titanium, which joins aluminum, stainless steel and ceramics (which had disappeared in the previous generation) as possible finishes.

Being the only new material of the new generation, the question remains: what, after all, are the advantages and disadvantages of titanium in relation to the other finishes of the Apple Watch? These are the questions we will answer below.

Lighter

Titanium is classified with the metal with the best lightness / resistance ratio, that is, the one that offers the greatest durability in relation to its weight. As we will see below, it is heavier than aluminum, but much more resistant.

Check out the weight of each model of the Apple Watch Series 5 below:

  • Aluminum 40mm: 30.8g
  • 44mm aluminum: 36.5g
  • 40mm stainless steel: 40.6g
  • 44mm stainless steel: 47.8g
  • Titanium 40mm: 35.1g
  • Titanium 44mm: 41.7g
  • Ceramic 40mm: 39.7g
  • Ceramic 44mm: 46.7g

It is important to note that Apple initially made a mistake in publicizing the advantages of the titanium version of the Apple Watch. The company said the model was 45% lighter compared to stainless steel watches, which is obviously not true – this relationship holds true for the density of the materials themselves, but not for the watch as a whole, which, of course, is composed of several other parts and components.

Apple Watch Series 5 titanium

So, yes, the titanium Apple Watch is lighter than the stainless steel one, but it doesn’t actually have a considerable difference in weight – it’s an advantage of approximately 13%. If that is going to translate into a real sensation on the wrist, only daily use will tell.

More resistent

This is where titanium should shine: the material is significantly more resistant than its peers, managing to resist surface damage (such as scratches, marks and dents) with more competence than aluminum and stainless steel – and, at the same time, without susceptibility to cracking and cracking of ceramics.

One of the immediate advantages of the titanium Apple Watch over stainless steel (which is its direct “competitor”, as both are in very close price ranges) is the brushed finish, which naturally already disguises the small scratches and abrasions that are much better obtained with use. Titanium is also much more resistant to corrosion.

Apple offers two versions of the Apple Watch in titanium: one has a natural finish, in the true color of the metal, and Apple claims that it has developed a special coating for it that prevents the material from becoming yellow, stained or with fingerprints. The other, called “Space black”, is finished in DLC (diamond type carbon), which also offers the same type of durability.

More expensive

On the Apple Watch price “step ladder”, titanium versions are only below ceramic models. Considering the 40mm models, the watches start from $ 800, US $ 100 more than stainless steel models – all of them already have cellular connectivity, since only the cheapest aluminum models can come without this option.

No extra options

If for you the Apple Watch must have finishing golden, give up on the titanium model: only the aluminum and stainless steel versions bring this option – not least because, certainly, a golden titanium watch would look a little weird.

Likewise, Apple does not offer any version of Apple Watch Hermès in titanium (or ceramic, or aluminum) – that is, if you are a fan of the brand, you will also have to remain in stainless steel.


Having said all that, what would be your choice? Leave your opinions below.