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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime AB0510U0/A732/152A Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime
R 114 010
Verified Dealer
84
CZ
Hamilton Thin-O-Matic H38715731 New Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Hamilton H38715731 Thin-O-Matic
R 11 491
Verified Dealer
19
HK
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Submariner Date Kermit Full Set 2005
R 238 020
Verified Dealer
66
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 Royal Oak Chronograph
R 521 676
Verified Dealer
19
HK
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179384 New Steel 26mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Lady-Datejust 26, mother-of-pearl dial/10 blue sapphires
R 216 929
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Longines Conquest L3.659.4.58.6 Unworn Steel 41mm Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
Longines Conquest
R 7 000
Private Seller
ZA
Zenith A3736 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding
TOP
Zenith subsea black panda ultra rare
R 197 017
Verified Dealer
43
NL
Breitling Navitimer 806 Good Steel 40mm Manual winding South Africa, Pretoria
Breitling Navitimer 806
R 95 992
Private Seller
ZA
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5522A-001 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot's "York" Limited Edition 5522A-001
R 784 112
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
NOMOS Zürich Weltzeit Nomos 807 New Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
NOMOS Zürich World Time Midnight Blue Ref. 807 (Temp Reduced)
R 72 660
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
503
US
TAG Heuer Monaco CAW211R.FC6401 New Steel 39mm Automatic
TOP
TAG Heuer Monaco
R 84 007
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Sky-Dweller 44mm w/ 25.83 CTs DIAMONDS White Dial
R 729 342
Verified Dealer
36
US
Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM972 / PAM00972 / PAM 972 New Steel Manual winding
TOP
Panerai Luminor 1950 Firenze 3 Days Limited 99pcs
R 690 058
Verified Dealer
262
ES
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2013-2 Good Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
R 23 500
Private Seller
ZA
Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 341.SL.5190.LR.1901 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 41
R 339 755
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Omega Speedmaster 522.20.42.30.06.001 New Steel Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Tokyo Olympics Green 522.20.42.30.06.001 (NEW)
Price on request
Verified Dealer
88
JP
Clerc Hydroscaph L.E. Central Chronograph CHY-554 New Steel 49.9mm Automatic
Clerc Central Chronograph Hydroscaph CHY-554
R 126 882
Verified Dealer
 
RU
Omega Seamaster 2262.50 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz South Africa, Randburg
Omega Seamaster
R 29 279
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz WAZ1110.FT8023 Very good Steel 41mm Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz
R 10 200
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Monaco CW2113-0 Fair Steel 38mm Automatic South Africa, Pietermaritzburg
TAG Heuer Monaco
R 45 000
Private Seller
ZA
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001
R 1 240 521
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
Bell & Ross Vintage BR123 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, Durban
Bell & Ross Vintage
R 27 500
Private Seller
ZA
Tissot PRS 516 T100.430.16.051.00 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Tissot PRS 516
R 6 000
Private Seller
ZA
Breguet Reine de Naples 8967ST/V8/J50 New Steel 43mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Reine de Naples
R 240 927
Verified Dealer
45
CH
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz CAZ1014 Good Steel Quartz South Africa, Pietermaritzburg
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz
R 13 000
Private Seller
ZA
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3710 New Steel
TOP
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3710 Sealed
R 1 700 144
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Rolex Datejust 116233 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 36 Black MOP Custom Diamond Wach 116233
R 292 102
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
460
US
Tissot T-Sport T116.617.11.047.00 Good Steel 45mm Quartz South Africa, johannesburg
Tissot T-Sport
R 3 400
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M WAP2010 Good Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, Kempton Park
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M
R 20 000
Private Seller
ZA
TAG Heuer Kirium WL5113 Good Steel 38mm Quartz South Africa, Waterfall
TAG Heuer Kirium
R 9 176
Private Seller
ZA
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1A-001 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1A-001
R 1 769 956
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.42.30.04.001 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch - Full Set - Alaska
R 256 022
Verified Dealer
175
DE
Breitling Transocean Chronograph 38 A4131053/C862 New Steel 38mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling Transocean Chronograph 38
R 112 433
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Zenith Elite Ultra Thin 03.2320.692/81.C714 New Steel 36mm Automatic
Zenith Elite Lady Moonphase - 36.00 03.2320.692/81.C714
R 86 827
Verified Dealer
 
RU
Tudor Black Bay GMT M79830RB New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Black Bay GMT
R 76 006
Verified Dealer
182
IT
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Lady WAF1410.BA0823 Good Steel Quartz South Africa, Waterfall
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Lady
R 10 393
Private Seller
ZA
Tudor Black Bay GMT 79830RB Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Black Bay GMT Pepsi M79830RB Leather UNWORN
R 75 590
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
101
UK
Tudor Black Bay Tudor Black Bay P01 70150 Almost like new 2020 Box & P Mint Very good Steel Automatic
Tudor Black Bay P01 70150 like new 2020 Box & Papers Mint
R 57 017
Verified Dealer
13
NZ
Omega Flightmaster 145.013 Good Steel 43mm Manual winding South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Flightmaster
R 63 897
Private Seller
ZA
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5067A-022 Very good Steel 36.5mm Quartz
TOP
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce 5067A-022
R 400 728
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
Davosa Argonautic Lumis 161.576.40 New Steel 43mm Automatic
TOP
Davosa Argonautic Lumis T25 Automatic
R 17 161
Verified Dealer
16
PL
Omega Seamaster 145.020 Very good Steel 41mm Manual winding South Africa, Bryanston East
Omega Seamaster Soccer Vintage Watch.
R 64 185
Private Seller
ZA
Breguet Reine de Naples 9807ST/5W/J50 New Steel 32.7mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Reine de Naples
R 235 258
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Seiko 6138 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
TOP
Seiko SPORT TIMER CRONO
R 16 001
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Oris Artix GT 01 733 7671 4461-07 5 18 87FC Unworn Steel 37mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Oris Artix GT
R 15 300
Private Seller
ZA
Bremont Boeing BB1-SS/BK Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
TOP
Bremont Boeing BB1-SS-Model 1 Black
R 74 349
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
101
UK
Rolex GMT-Master II Very good
Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II - Aus 2000
R 224 019
Verified Dealer
325
DE
Rolex Bubble Back 6084 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Bubble Back 6084 Bubbleback Oyster Perpetual
R 49 237
Verified Dealer
46
US
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller "Deep Blue" 126660
R 263 805
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Lady WAF1416.BA0813 Very good Steel Quartz South Africa, Centurion
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Lady
R 25 000
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 40mm Steel Black Dial - Full Set 2017
R 171 489
Verified Dealer
70
UK
Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Marine chronograph 35
R 273 618
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Panerai Special Editions pam 00415 Unworn Steel Manual winding
TOP
Panerai tokio boutique
R 127 811
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Tudor Black Bay 79220B Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Black Bay 79220b black dial blue bezel perfect full set
R 69 006
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
150
FR
Tudor Oyster Prince Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Tiger Prince Oyster Panda Paul Newman Rolex Daytona watch
R 112 799
Verified Dealer
764
UK
Tudor Submariner 9411/0 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Submariner Snowflake
R 202 966
Verified Dealer
204
UK
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 215.30.46.51.03.001 Unworn Steel 45.5mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Master Chronograph...
R 132 611
Verified Dealer
1341
DE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph 26703ST.OO.A051CA.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph 26703ST.O...
R 428 112
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity MP6118-PVB01-330-1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
TOP
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity
R 99 008
Verified Dealer
855
UK
Rolex Datejust II II 41 126334 Unworn Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Classic Datejust II 41 126334
R 183 674
Verified Dealer
38
UK
Chaumet Khesis W19633-34C New Steel Quartz
TOP
Chaumet Khesis
R 46 296
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Date
R 100 228
Verified Dealer
164
US
Breitling Chronomat Colt A17388101C1S1 New Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling Colt Automatic A17388101C1S1 blue dial unworn
R 49 804
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
150
FR
Rolex Datejust Very good Steel 31mm
TOP
Rolex 31mm 2tone Midsize Datejust - Mother Of Pearl Diamond...
R 72 934
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
185
US
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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.