May 31, 2017

Hypoallergenic Watches?

I happen to love wearing watches. Unfortunately, the skin on my wrist abhors them.
Whenever I try to wear a steel watch, or a gold watch that isn't completely pure, the nickel added to the metal gives me an awful rash. So far, the only watches I've been able to wear are made of titanium, and I've yet to see titanium watches on Massdrop.
I doubt I'm alone in this.
Does anyone else have the same problem? If so, what kind of watches would you like to see Massdrop offer?
Hey, Massdrop: Would you consider collaborating on hyperallergenic watches that have the kinds of features and detail that MD members crave?
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I have an Armand Nicolet made of titanium. Great quality for the price, if you can find it on sale. Not sure how often the higher end stuff will show up on Massdrop. There's a brand called Reactor that makes very solid watches with Japanese quartz movements. Several are offered in titanium, and at a relatively decent price.
Luca50
Reactor also makes an automatic in titanium called 'Poseidon' ...good down to 1000 meters ...if you do some radical diving.
Citizen make a good range of Titanium watches. Some are JDM only. Here is a JDM that has caught my attention (PMD56-2952) Also available with greed dial
PenceyPrep
Thanks for the rec, PP. I just tried to verify that you were referring to the same model with a green dial , no doubt symbolizing the "eco" features of the watch.

Unfortunately, the only green-dialed version I found was the PMD56-2951, which Amazon lists as being made of steel even though both of the onsite reviewers say it is made of titanium. For that amount of money, the buyer would want to be sure.

https://www.amazon.com/CITIZEN-PROMASTER-Eco-Drive-Radio-Controlled-PMD56-2951/dp/B000OI1BHO

Varholiaglimp
Yeah a typo that turned "green" into "greed"
The Green dial version is definitely Titanium cased C/W a Titanium bracelet.
They both have the "Duratect" hardening process which makes them very scratch resistant.
The only difference between the black dial and the green dial is the black bezel on the black dial version.
Just paint clear acrylic nail polish on the back of the watches. Problem solved for 10 cents/watch.
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I have a slight nickel allergy. Makes my skin green. It will chip off over time so you may need to reapply but its not really possible to notice imo.
settopvox
Maybe not nail polish but you can get a regular watch and then you have several options:
1. powder coating. just use one of those auto shops that powder coat rims.
2. electrostatic coating, again use auto shops
3. metal plating, try with gold or something that you tolerate. if you do it with silver/gold will not hurt the resale value of an expensive watch.
Also, take a look at NATO watch bands. They will hold the watch up off of your skin. I use them because they are just more comfortable. You can get them in the width for your watch and lots of colors. They can be changed in seconds.
WilsonPhillips
I love NATO bands. They are cheap enough to buy a different band for every occasion, though I have yet to find a way to remove the smell from older, well-worn, sweated-in bands.
Varhol,

There are so many really nice Titanium watches available, one is bound to show up on MD. As hammer pointed out, RADO is an innovator of ceramic pieces also, and Movado also has a line of all ceramic watches.

My username is StainlessOnly for a reason, as I am quite allergic to gold (the Silver lining... Saves me money!) I won't go into too much specificity, but I have quite a bit of familiarity with conditions of the epidermis and topical skin care, and every individual with skin irritations will react differently. Try wearing bracelets a tad looser, and try not to let moisture or sweat accumulate, as any irritation of your topical nervous tract or system can trigger the reaction. I wear a lot of bracelets for this precise reason, as they generally offer greater breathability, and feel better looser. I have several watches on strap, be they various leathers, certain tanning procedures, or rubber, and I cannot go any length of time without having to remove and let some breathing happen. Pressure or weight can certainly act as a bother, but I don't figure most watches weight enough to do so, but again, everyone is different. All my regular wear watches are stainless steel, either 316 or 904, and I have only had reaction on really, really rare occasion. Unless your allergic to something else in the composition aside from the nickel, 316 is what most watch brands use, and you might be able to try grabbing something relatively cheap to try out for some extended wear, and if it doesn't work out, gift it!

Bummer you have some limits to what you can grab for a watch, and it's likely you know most of this, but I wish you happy hunting in finding that watch that smiles and sings (and doesn't itch!) friend.
Just to add information for future reference, Citizen makes several Eco-Drive watches in titanium. My personal favorite is out of production but still shows up for sale new online.

For high end watches, Rado and Junghans make some ceramic watches that are even more hypo-allergenic than titanium.
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BF_Hammer
I have an addiction for the Citizen chronos, i own 5 of them. This watch looks awesome but what's grabbing my attention is that beautiful leather band. Thanks for sharing this. (if you can provide a link to buy this band i will be very thankful.)
FJR-Duben
It was purchased from an ebay store, NATO-International. Actually he is a good resource to save and I have purchased other straps him.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/22mm-Brown-Distressed-Aged-Calf-Military-Bomber-Pilot-watch-band-strap-IW-SUISSE-/182270395348?hash=item2a702983d4

What I will comment on about the strap is that it is a faux distressed finish. It is just as stiff as any other brand new padded leather strap, and actually has a glossy sheen to it. Not quite what you might imagine looking at pictures online. I originally bought it for my Hamilton Team Earth, but was disappointed with the combination after trying it. I like it much better on the Citizen.
I just stumbled across this at Creation Watch: http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-titanium-210/
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Really nice, though I'm not familiar with Certina or Jomashop. Love the sapphire glass and this extra feature (for me, at least): " Water resistant at 200 meters / 660 feet."

BTW: Have you noticed that Massdrop's "Related Links" (see below) aren't related to this thread? Twenty links, one watch.
Varholiaglimp
Jomashop is a US-based grey market dealer, so no manufacturers warranty with the watch. Certin is a lesser known (in the US) and underrated Swiss brand but is owned by the Swatch Group, as are Hamilton, Omega, Tissot, and many others. The ETA movement is excellent.

Being a lesser known brand, I would love to see MD do a drop of their watches, and a DS Action Diver in particular, to increase their recognition and also to give us great Swiss timepieces at MD prices, like they did with the Hamilton.
Hey there, we've had a few titanium watches drop on the site, but they are definitely pretty sporadic.

Do you see the same results with 316L stainless steel? It's very commonly used in watches and is the same type of steel that is used for surgical tools--it should be hypoallergenic.
Vincent.H
Thanks for the swift reply.

I've been a MD member since the site's inception but haven't seen any titanium watches so far. It sounds as though my attention might have been deflected by stray malamutes.

Sadly, I've never worn a steel watch of any kind that failed to give me a wrist-ring of hives. Whether said watches used 316L steel or not, I couldn't say.

I'd offer to try on a steel watch at a local store, but the problem is that it can take hours to develop symptoms.

One thing's for certain: I'd love to see titanium specialty watches drop again.
I imagine MD could pop some titanium watches on here no problem. They seem to deal with enough brands that offer a Ti model
StainlessOnly
I'm hoping we'll see a well-made titanium automatic watch.
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