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Omega 2800-1 Very good Steel 35mm Manual winding
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Omega Vintage Ref. 2800-1 Waffle Dial
NZ$ 2,064
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19
CH
Citizen AD6064-53L New Steel 36mm Quartz
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Citizen Day Date Mens AD6064-53L Quartz Jubilee Bracelet
NZ$ 468
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427
UK
Zenith 03.US384.400/57.C823 New Steel 37mm Automatic
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Zenith Chronomaster Revival Liberty Limited Edition Watch...
NZ$ 10,551
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111
US
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix 4400E/000A-B437 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Day-Date
NZ$ 26,002
Free shipping
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AU
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Small Q2438520 Very good Steel 42.9mm Manual winding New Zealand, Auckland
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Medium Small Seconds
NZ$ 6,500
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NZ
4895118820277 Unworn Steel 46mm Automatic New Zealand, Unsworth Heights
CCCP Time CP-7008-01
NZ$ 180
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NZ
71950110 Unworn Steel 40.5mm Manual winding New Zealand, Unsworth Heights
Luch Mova Collection
NZ$ 230
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NZ
Longines Legend Diver L3.674.4.56.2 Fair Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Longines Legend Diver
NZ$ 3,200
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NZ
Zodiac Sea Dragon ZO09913 Very good Steel 50mm Automatic New Zealand, Wellington
Zodiac Sea Dragon
NZ$ 2,000
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NZ
03.2010.681/01.c493 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Minase Divido
NZ$ 6,200
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NZ
Zenith Elite Ultra Thin 03.2010.681/01.c493 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Zenith Elite Ultra Thin
NZ$ 3,633
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NZ
Pierre Kunz G016 Fair Steel 44mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Pierre Kunz Spirit of Challenge Sport
NZ$ 3,200
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NZ
PMDW44 Good Steel 38mm Automatic New Zealand, Goodwood Heights
Moreau Luxury White Pearl Magni-Date
NZ$ 460
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NZ
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200 Good Steel 34mm Automatic New Zealand, Hamilton
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 6,149
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NZ
Bulova 63c112 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand, Christchurch
Bulova Accu-Swiss Gemini Chronograph
NZ$ 799
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NZ
Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk 49920-11-652-FK6A Unworn Steel Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk II America's Cup BMW Oracle Racing
NZ$ 9,274
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NZ
Cartier Tank Française W51001Q3 Very good Steel 28mm Quartz
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Cartier Tank Francaise XL "Chronoflex" W51001Q3
NZ$ 4,512
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MMDBL38 Unworn Steel 40mm Quartz New Zealand, Goodwood Heights
Moreau Luxury Mesh Magni-Date Gunmetal black
NZ$ 200
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NZ
Concord C1 01.5.14.1002 Good Steel 44mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Concord C1 Big Date on bracelet
NZ$ 2,200
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NZ
Bedat & Co Nº7 747.010.602 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Bedat & Co No 7 "Jumbo"
NZ$ 3,000
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NZ
Omega 6b/159 Good Steel 37mm Manual winding New Zealand, Wellington
Omega “Omega 56” 6b/159
NZ$ 5,000
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NZ
Longines Présence L4.804.4.11.6 Very good Steel Automatic New Zealand, Lower hutt
Longines Présence Automatic Swiss Made
NZ$ 1,300
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NZ
Nixon A083502 Unworn Steel Quartz New Zealand, te awamutu
Nixon 51-30
NZ$ 300
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NZ
Omega Seamaster 396.1042 Good Steel 36mm Quartz New Zealand, Wellington
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Omega Seamaster 200m Pre Bond
NZ$ 1,775
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NZ
Omega De Ville Co-Axial 43113412102001 Very good 41mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Omega Deville Co-axial
NZ$ 5,400
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NZ
Heuer 73643NT Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding New Zealand, Christchurch
Heuer Camaro 3 register chronograph 73643NT
NZ$ 11,250
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NZ
Hermès Cape Cod CC1.210 Good 23mm Quartz New Zealand, Helensville
Hermès Cape Cod 23 x 23mm
NZ$ 2,700
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NZ
Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10106 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer
NZ$ 6,661
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606
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual 176.8.21.S Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar Ref....
NZ$ 24,535

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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC288-0001400-XA1442 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Automatic 40mm Black Dial Mens...
NZ$ 6,941
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887
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Tudor Black Bay 79220B Good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Tudor Heritage Black Bay Rose & Smiley full set
NZ$ 4,923
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19
CH
Patek Philippe Twenty~4 4910/1200A-001 New Steel 25,1mm Quartz
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Patek Philippe Twenty 4 "Blue dial" New
NZ$ 17,705
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572
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 522.32.40.20.04.001 522.32.40.20.04.002 522.32.40.20.04.003 522.32.40.20.04.004 New Steel 39.5mm Automatic
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Omega Olympic 2008 Beijing China 522.32.40.20.04.001
NZ$ 41,489
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Panerai Luminor Chrono PAM 00196 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Chrono OP6665
NZ$ 11,466
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IWC IWC Cal. 89 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding
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IWC vintage cal 89 stainless steel wristwatch 1974
NZ$ 2,696
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 3109 Good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Cartier Ballon Bleu Chronograph
NZ$ 8,330
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371202 Very good Steel 41mm Manual winding
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IWC Portuguese Split Second Rattrapante Chronograph Caliber...
NZ$ 7,672
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901
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 14060M Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner No Date Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
NZ$ 14,502

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Zodiac Sea Wolf Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Automatic Blue Rubber  ZO9270 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Automatic Blue Rubber ZO9270
Price on request
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IT
IWC Good Steel 35.5mm Quartz
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IWC Vintage Ref. 3004 dress watch
NZ$ 1,208
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CH
Patek Philippe Twenty~4 7300/1200A-010 New Steel 36mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Automatic "New"
NZ$ 36,254
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572
ES
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time 7900V/110A-B546 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time New 2020 Model Black...
NZ$ 38,177
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Armani AR5905 New Steel Quartz
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Armani ar5905
NZ$ 202
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UK
Omega 131.001-62-SC Very good Steel 33mm Manual winding
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Omega Cal. 286 Steel vintage 1962
NZ$ 1,685
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128
HU
Cartier Santos Galbée 1564 Very good Steel 29mm Quartz
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Cartier Santos Ref.1564 Swiss Quartz Movement Stainless Steel...
NZ$ 4,574
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Panerai Luminor Submersible 6561 Good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Submersible Vintage Limited Edition 44 MM...
NZ$ 7,580
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901
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Franck Muller Conquistador 8001SC Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic
Franck Muller Conquistador Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
NZ$ 5,480

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Cartier Santos (submodel) WSSA0009 Unworn Steel 39.8mm Automatic
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Cartier Santos De 47.5mm Custom Full Diamonds Ice Blue Dial
NZ$ 22,907
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Zenith Defy Zenith Vintage Defy High Beat Very good Steel 37.5mm Automatic
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Zenith Vintage Defy High Beat
NZ$ 1,491
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Junghans Meister Junghans Meister Worldtimer  Automatic 27/5012.02 New Steel 404mm Automatic
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Junghans Meister Worldtimer Automatic 27/5012.02
Price on request
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Omega Genève 135.019 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding
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Omega Genève Winding Cal 601 Men's Vintage Wrist Watch 1969s
NZ$ 1,387
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Armani ar2453 New Steel Quartz
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Armani AR2453
NZ$ 216
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UK
Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM 00243 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM00243 1000m 44mm -FULL SET-
NZ$ 11,160
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PL
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17013 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
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Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17013 18k Solid Yellow Gold & SS...
NZ$ 7,629
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De Grisogono Instrumento N°UNO UNO/DF Good Steel 37mm Automatic
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De Grisogono Instrumento Uno Dual Time GMT Limited Edition 500...
NZ$ 4,806
Free shipping
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901
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IWC Portuguese Automatic 5001 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser 7 Days Automatik Edelstahl...
NZ$ 10,674

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Bremont Hawking-LE-SS New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Bremont Hawking LIMITED EDITION Stainless Steel 41mm Automatic...
NZ$ 13,876
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309
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IWC Very good Steel 36mm
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IWC Vintage Ref. 9162 Tuning Fork SERVICED
NZ$ 2,064
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Cartier Santos (submodel) WSSA0009 Unworn Steel 39.8mm Automatic
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Cartier Santos De 47.5mm Custom Full Diamonds Wine Red Dial
NZ$ 22,907
Professional dealer
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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 522.12.41.21.03.001 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020 Limited Edition (New...
NZ$ 8,557
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HK
Armani AR2448 New Steel 43mm Quartz
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Armani ar2448
NZ$ 202
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UK
Seiko Grand Seiko SBGH267 Very good Steel Automatic
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Seiko Grand Seiko Limited
NZ$ 20,824
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Omega Constellation Constellation Manhattan Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Manhattan Vintage 1985 Auto Chronometer...
NZ$ 2,631
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Baume & Mercier Capeland MOA10066 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Baume & Mercier CapeLand Telemeter Tachymeter Automatic...
NZ$ 3,195
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901
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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.


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