One of the main differences between Panerai cases is if it’s made of Titanium or Steel. While Steel can be brushed or polished, Titanium is only brushed. Let’s dig deeper into Panerai Titanium vs Steel differences.
Most of the Panerai watches are made out of Steel and it can be brushed or polished. Obviously, polished is more shiny and, in my opinion, are more formal. To me, that is a bit awkward as Panerai watches in general are not that formal. Furthermore, their history heritage goes a way back as working watches, especially in Italian Navy. You can read a bit more in Panerai history blog article. Steel is obviously more popular and vastly accessible and there are some areas where Steel is better than Titanium. For instance, stiffness – Steel is a bit more durable than Titanium. In another words, steel deflects a bit less under loads. However, I don’t think that this property of Steel is that important when it comes to watches. Especially in today’s use where you are not going to put it in extreme conditions of wear and tear.
Titanium has been around for the last two centuries, mostly in labs. In the last century methods to extract titanium in industrial amounts were developed. Until recently it has been used exclusively as an aerospace material, and it is slowly penetrating many markets, including watch industry.
The hardness of Titanium is lower than some Steel so it scratches a bit more. However, I think that those tiny scratches only give the depth to polished Titanium cases. Coatings can improve hardness of titanium and we come to what type of Titanium is used in building a Panerai watch. Grade 5 Titanium has around 35 Rockwell C (Rc) hardness, where Steel has a range of hardness going up to 55 Rc. Put in perspective, gold, platinum and aluminium have much less Rc hardness. All in all, you should be fine wearing your Titanium Panerai. Grade 2 whereas most of others watch manufactures use Grade 5.
Now strength and toughness is where Titanium excels. You also have to know that Titanium is widely spread on Earth, but extracting it is very difficult. That’s why it can be several times more expensive than Steel.
Panerai Titanium vs Steel
There you have it – all differences between Panerai Titanium vs Steel explained in detail. This should help you in deciding for which case material to go for. Now you still might have some doubt and you can read more when Buying first Panerai watch or Panerai Luminor vs Radiomir.
- Steel is heavier, whereas Titanium is lighter
- Titanium is harder to mark and you will see less scratches.
- Steel is a easier to get the scratches out, but Titanium is not that difficult at all.
- No matter what case type you choose, you will get some marks from everyday wear.
- Steel is a bit stiffer than Titanium
Having in mind all of the facts mentioned above, it all comes down to your own preference and choice. I personally like Titanium much more, but brushed Steel is not bad at all. One thing is certain, polished Steel is not my cup of tea as it has much more formal look which doesn’t go with rigid looking Panerai. Maybe with some Panerai Radiomir‘s, but not for Panerai Luminor’s