Ladies Watches Materials Guide - Top Materials and How to Choose the Best

Ladies watches materials determine so much: the watch style, appearance, durability, skin sensitivity, and cost. It is essential to understand the material the watch you're buying is made out of. 

Pretty much any material you can think of has been used in watch making. Starting from the usual and popular watch materials such as stainless steel, leather, and gold to the modern ceramic to unusual materials such as textiles, wood, carbon fiber and concrete. Among the latest watch material trends are ceramic, carbon fiber, rubber and silicone, wood and fabric straps.




Top Ladies Watch Materials

Here are the different materials ladies watches are made from. Select a material to learn more about its unique qualities, pros and cons, what watch types it is best for, what to expect, and explore watches by material.


What is a Watch Made Out Of -  Cases, Straps, Dials, Embellishments 

Here is a guide to materials watches are made from covering: Internal Finish/Base Metal, External Finish, Case Material, Band/Strap Material, Dial Window (crystal) Material, Embellishments, and Skin Sensitivity.


Watch Case Materials

Cases can be made of metal, ceramic, plastic, or carbon fiber. 

Metals: Metal is the most popular material for watch cases. It is easily shaped, polished and decorated.

Plastic: Today, plastic is a popular watch case material being lightweight and inexpensive. Resin is a type of plastic composed of polyester, vinylester or epoxy. It is tough, durable, and stylish with a sporty look and feel. Perfect for active and outdoor lifestyle as it is resistant to extreme temperatures as well as dents and nicks.    

Ceramic: High tech ceramic is hard, durable, scratch proof and hypoallergenic so perfect for people with sensitive skin allergic to metals. Most ceramic watch cases are zirconium oxide, which typically comes in black, white, and other dark tones. 

Carbon Fiber: Carbon fiber, is a carbon-based material watch makers are increasingly using for watch cases.  It has a distinctive weave and a matte black finish. It's very strong, tough, and lightweight. Carbon fiber gives watches a sleek, modern look.  

Wood: Wood is a unique material that adds an edge to outfits. Watches made from 100% natural wood and not treated with toxic chemicals and nickel derivatives are also hypoallergenic.


Women's Watches Band Materials

Watch bands materials include metals, ceramic, wood and plastics as covered above. More watch strap materials include: 

Leather - Leather is stylish, classic, comfortable, and versatile. It could be simple, plain leather or embossed or printed with patterns and animal prints to add style.

Rubber and silicone- Soft and long lasting popular in children, sports and casual watches. It is available in a variety of colors and textures.

Fabric - Watch straps made out of a textile material such as nylon, canvas, denim, satin, etc. NATO style nylon strap watches are the most popular.


Watch Face Materials - Crystal (Dial Window) Material

The crystal is the transparent glass-like cover protecting the dial/face and case back. It determines the visibility, durability, shock and scratch resistance of the watch face. The harder the better as watches are exposed to blows, shocks, nicks and scratches.

Some dial window materials include: Synthetic sapphire crystal- Toughest, very hard to scratch, the most expensive and offers maximum durability. Mineral crystal- strong, durable, medium scratch resistance. Acrylic crystal- inexpensive plastic, prone to scratches but the scratches can be buffed out, least durable. Learn more about the different types of watch crystal materials.


Ladies Watches Embellishments

Ladies watches are accented with precious and semiprecious stones to make them beautiful and luxurious. The gemstones can be on the dial, on hourly markers, on the bezel, on the bracelet or it can be an iced out bling watch.

The ultimate ladies watch adornment is diamonds but diamond watches are also very expensive. Artificial crystals that mimic the sparkle diamonds have are used as affordable embellishments.


Factors To Consider When Choosing Ladies Watches Materials

The straps/bands could be made of stainless steel, gold, sterling silver or titanium as covered under external and internal finishes above. More materials used in watch bands include:

  • Leather Strap- Leather is stylish, classic, comfortable, and versatile. It could be simple, plain leather or embossed or printed with patterns and animal prints to add style.
  • Ceramic- A very popular modern watch material that is durable, scratch proof and hypoallergenic so perfect for people with sensitive skin allergic to metals.
  • Plastic Resin- Resin is a type of plastic used to make accents or bands. It is tough, durable, and stylish with a sporty look and feel. Perfect for active and outdoor lifestyle as it is resistant to extreme temperatures, sunlight as well as dents and nicks. It is very easy to care for-just wipe with a clean soft cloth.
  • Rubber and Silicone- Soft and long lasting popular in children, sports and casual watches. It is available in a variety of colors and textures.
  • Wood- Wood has been used in watch making for centuries, it is sleek, eye catching and unique with an antique vibe normally with a polished finish.  
  • Textile Material Watch Bands: Fabric Straps - Nylon and Velcro watch straps.


Ladies Watch Face Materials - Crystal (Dial Window) Material

The crystal is the transparent glass-like cover protecting the dial/face and case back. It determines the durability, shock and scratch resistance of the watch face. The harder the better as watches are exposed to blows, shocks, nicks and scratches.

Dial window materials include:

  • Synthetic sapphire crystal- Toughest, very hard to scratch, the most expensive and offers maximum durability.
  • Mineral crystal- strong, durable, medium scratch resistance.
  • Acrylic crystal- inexpensive plastic, prone to scratches but the scratches can be buffed out, least durable.


Ladies Watches Adornments

Ladies watches are accented with precious and semiprecious stones to make them beautiful and luxurious. The gemstones can be on the dial, on hourly markers, on the bezel or even the bracelet.

The ultimate ladies watches adornment is diamonds but diamond watches are also very expensive. Artificial crystals that mimic the sparkle diamonds have are often used as affordable embellishments.


A great ladies watch is reliable, high quality, and of course beautiful on the outside. The materials watches are made of determine the look , the style, the durability, the utility, and the cost of the watch. In fact, the finishing plays the largest role in determining the appearance and therefore the attractiveness and desirability of a timepiece.

The choice of material depends on the watch style, your preference, your budget, the watch function as well as whether you have allergic reactions to some of the materials. 

Is the watch formal, casual or sporty? What Materials Do You Prefer? Do you want leather, stainless steel, ceramic, fabric, rubber, plastic? Do you want a timepiece with diamond or crystals? Are you allergic to any material? Can you afford real gold watches or watches adorned with genuine diamonds?

If you have sensitive skin, nickel-free and hypoallergenic watches made out of materials that won't irritate your skin are what you need.

Find the best material for the purpose, your style, lifestyle, and your budget. Ensure the watch you buy is made from the best materials for durability and scratch resistance. 

Knowing a watch material's unique qualities, pros and cons, what watch types and purposes it is best suited for will help you make the best decision when buying watches.

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As the Chinese Proverb goes: ''An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can't buy that inch of time with an inch of gold''. Well, you can buy a great timepiece to help you manage the precious gift that is time while expressing your style!