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Exotic Watch Materials by Extropian

Exotic watches
Exotic material
Stainless steel
Crystallized Titanium
Echo Neutra
Exotic Watch Materials by Extropian

Stainless Steel might be the most common material used for watch cases but it’s certainly not the only choice out there! There are plenty of more exotic options if you’re looking for something that will make you stand out from the crowd! 


The great thing about Titanium is that it’s as strong as steel, but only about half the weight. It’s also very resistant to corrosion and non-allergenic, so ideal for people with sensitive skin.

And, just as Stainless Steel comes in different grades (with 904L being more durable than 316L), so too does Titanium. These go all the way from 1 to 38, but don’t worry – only a few are actually used in watchmaking. The most common are grades 2-4, which are pure, and 5 and 6, which are alloys. And, out of these, by far the most popular are 2 and 5, the latter in particular being super-tough, and more resistant to the effects of heat, magnetism, and abrasion than other grades.

Rze Endeavour No Date Medallion Yellow 2d2e

RZE - Endeavour No Date

Crystallized Titanium

Crystallized Titanium is created via a unique heating process which enlarges the natural crystalline structure of the metal, giving it a very distinctive patterned surface, which reflects light in different colors depending on the angle. Its physical properties are very much like Titanium itself, with the same lightness and strength.

Zelos Swordfish 40mm Crystallized Titanium  Limited Edition 0073

Zelos - Swordfish 40mm

ZircTi (Zirconium & Titanium)

ZircTi is an alloy made from layers of Zirconium and Titanium, welded and rolled together, which gives a unique wavy pattern when used in something like a watch case.

Zelos Mirage 8 Days Sapphire 6b2a

Zelos - Mirage 8 Days



Don’t worry – the Ceramic used to make watch cases is nothing like the stuff used for coffee mugs and teapots! Instead, it’s a high-tech material made from Zirconium Dioxide and formed by pressure and heating at a very high temperature. This makes it ultra-hard, very light, almost completely scratchproof, and hypoallergenic. It’s also very versatile and can also be colored and finished in many different ways. The only downside is that it’s quite brittle and can chip or even shatter on impact. 


Bronze isn’t as hard as Stainless Steel or as light as Titanium, but it has its own unique character which makes it a beautiful choice for watches. Over time it forms a natural skin of oxidation which is not only corrosion resistant but creates a unique blue-green patina that many watch enthusiasts love.

Echo Neutra Gmt Bronze Cortina 1956 Green I0 Nj

Echo Neutra - GMT Bronze Cortina 1956

Aluminum Bronze

Regular Bronze is an alloy of Copper and Tin, but Aluminum Bronze switches the Tin for (you guessed it) Aluminum. This makes it stronger and more corrosion resistant and gives it a lighter yellow-gray color. The added corrosion-resistance also means it's slower to form patination, so it has a rather different look to standard Bronze.

Borealis Oceanaut Aluminum Bronze No Date Green 9303

Borealis - Oceanaut Aluminum Bronze No Date


Damascus Steel

Traditionally used in sword manufacture, Damascus steel is made from layers of different alloys forged together, giving it a beautiful and very distinctive wavy pattern reminiscent of flowing water. It’s not commonly used in watch manufacture but has become more popular in recent years due to the striking effects it can achieve.

Carbon Fiber

Carbon Fiber is a dark, woven-textured material which is five times stronger than steel, but also very lightweight. Its naturally dark color means it can create a black appearance without the use of a coating like PVD or DLC, and it can also be blended with other materials to create unique patterns and textures. Unfortunately it’s very complex to produce, so Carbon Fiber watches are not all that common and tend to be on the expensive side.

Formex Automatic Chronometer Leggera 41 Mm Essence Electric Blue A5 Mt

Formex - Automatic Chronometer Leggera 41-mm Essence


Forged Carbon Fiber

This is a variation in which Carbon fiber strands are hand cut and forged under pressure and heat, creating a unique marble-like pattern. It’s been used in watchmaking since 2007, and is a great choice for watch cases as it’s even stronger than regular Carbon Fiber and, because of the unique patterning, no two cases will be exactly alike.

Doxa Sub 300 Carbon   Rubber Sharkhunter 2652

Doxa - Sub 300 Carbon Rubber Sharkhunter



Sapphire Glass is a synthetic material made by crystallizing pure Aluminium Oxide at a very high temperature. It’s transparent or lightly colored, so a Sapphire case allows you to see the entire movement inside a watch, which can be a pretty stunning effect! However, making one is a complicated, time-consuming process, so sapphire watches tend to be expensive. And, while Sapphire glass is very hard, it’s also quite brittle, so it can shatter irreparably if impacted.

Zelos Mirage 8 Days Sapphire 6b2a

Zelos - Mirage 8 Days Sapphire


If you want a really unusual metal watch, you could always go for Tantalum. Named after Tantalus, the son of Zeus, it’s not only very hard, corrosion-resistant, and hypoallergenic, but it has a unique, lustrous, blue-gray color which looks like nothing else. The only problem is that it’s rarer than gold and incredibly expensive to mine, so Tantalum watches don’t exactly come cheap!

Zelos Hammerhead V3   300 M Steel Tantalum Limited Edition B016

Zelos - Hammerhead V3 300M Tantalum



There are some pretty eye-catching options out there, don’t you think? Why not explore Extropian’s database to see how awesome they can look!  

Created the 2023-04-25

Modified the 2024-02-21

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