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5 Best Steel Sports Watches for Your Glamorous (2024 Updated)

5 Best Steel Sports Watches for Your Glamorous (2024 Updated)

The desire of having steel sports watches in a collection is still the hegemony in the world of horology. Find out which one appeals the most to you here!
Apr 18, 2024

Steel sports watches are ones among other collections that are still sought-after by many — or they still have the throne as the robust and luxury collection, I reckon. Among the circle of watch enthusiasts, a luxury steel sports watch is something you should get as a special commemoration. It can be a great self-reward for achieving a new milestone in life. Yet, as the determination to get success needs a considerable effort and so does the price tag of the best steel sports watches. 

The popularity of steel sports watches continues to preserve. Even the classic ones from Audemars Piguet (Royal Oak) and Patek Philippe (Nautilus) are both titled the legend. They cost beyond the financial reach and can’t be easily found or purchased. 

In many cases, the heritage of the brand is also a significant factor in valuing a timepiece. Starting from that, the durability and robustness of these watches become a charming point that is impossible to deny. In this article, I’ve rounded up five of the best steel sports watches. 

5 Best Steel Sports Watches

Five wouldn’t be enough for listing every best steel sports watch ever made. Therefore, there isn’t an exact number for this claim. Whatever it is, here I’d recommend to you some that are considered the greatest by many.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

First on the list, let me introduce you to the frontrunner of steel sports watches, the Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet. The watch was first presented in 1972 bringing in a revolutionary design preserved until today. Gerald Genta is the man behind this distinguished model that brought into life the first luxury steel sports watches. 

The octagonal bezel is probably the first thing that catches attention. Mounted to a tonneau-shaped steel case, this special watch exudes a beauty on its own that instantly made it a recognizable design. Talking about the dimensions, the watch is 39mm in case diameter — pretty slim and neat plus the thinness of the watch adds another point for its enduring design.

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Patek Philippe Nautilus

Looking at the name of the brand itself, there is kind of a guarantee about how good the watch would be. While many watch brands were facing a crisis in the 1970s — during the first time the quartz movement was introduced — Patek Philippe remained the great one until today. Their steel sports watch collection of Nautilus is one among other impressive watches. Offering a softer look than its former, the Royal Oak, Nautilus also attracted many eyes for its devastating charms. 

For a special piece, Patek Philippe used a special alloy to build the watch case. Light yet strong steel, nickel-chrome-molybdenum is the main material to make the watch. It is mostly used for war tanks for its ability to withstand extreme temperature changes and pressure. The watch is powered by the caliber 315 S C allowing for a 45-hour power reserve. As to how Patek Philippe develops their watches, a steel bracelet remains the signature for almost every collection they have. 

Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222

In the world of steel sports watches, the previous two names are considered iconic pieces. In fact, there is a third member that somehow stays behind the radar. The Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 is an underrated collection that actually offers a great value as a sports watch. 

Many say that the design of the watch refers to Genta’s work while in fact, the young Jörg Hysek has made an excellent piece of work for his unique timepiece. Moving on to the detail of the watch, this impressive watch offers a distinctive look to impress. A notched bezel, a tonneau case shape, and a simple-minimalist watch dial. First released in 1977, the Vacheron Constantin 222 remained in production until the next 8 years. As for now, Vacheron Constantin has released the reedition of this impressive watch. 

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo 

The world’s thinnest automatic movement, the Octo Finissimo by Bvlgari has a special place in the heart of steel sports watches enthusiasts. Only 5.15mm in thickness and you could adore how astonishing this watch is. It has a minimalist look, plain background against a simple hour-marker added with a sub-dial at 7 o’clock. The phrase ‘less is more’ is probably what it tries to convey. 

Bvlgari also applied an excellent finishing for its special piece resulting in an elegant look that almost touches an industrial vibe. Moving on its internal parts, you’ll see an impressive movement working behind a sapphire case back. The self-winding caliber BVL138 provides the watch with a reliable watch performance — allowing the watch to last for 60 hours.

Chopard Alpine Eagle

Looking for a stylish steel sports watch added with a quite complex feature? You might want to take a look at the Chopard Alpine Eagle. It offers a range of functions from chronograph to tachymeter — this could be a helpful tool to support your activities. Aside from that, the watch is also considered a homage as it took inspiration from its manufacturer’s heritage, the first model was made by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele in 1980.

Adding a bold and robust look, the watch is equipped with eight screws bolted around the watch bezel. As for the dial, it is applied with a sunburst dial that makes a pleasant look. It does seem crowded but every element on the dial makes a good combination. In addition to that, the Chopard Alpine Eagle is powered by an in-house movement — 03.05-C automatic flyback chronograph movement — a sophisticated movement for an impressive performance.

Well, you could have a different list of the best steel sports watches as you might encounter other great timepieces. Yet, we are all after the beauty of robust steel sports watches that provide a range of durability and reliability. So, which timepiece appeals to you the most?

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