Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner: Which High-End Watch is Right for You?

Today, we’re going head-to-head with two of the most popular watches that Rolex has to offer: it’s the Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Rolex Submariner. The Yacht-Master is one most polarizing models for the Rolex community, while the Submariner is an iconic timepiece and a historical dive watch. If you have the dilemma of choosing between these two Rolexes, then let me say that it’s a good problem to have. In reality, you can’t go wrong by choosing one over the other.

However, I know that both watches are hefty investments and you want yours to count. One is a regatta countdown flyback chronograph, and the other is the quintessential dive watch. Personally, I prefer the Rolex Submariner for its classic reliability, design, and durability. But that’s just me. Let’s take a closer look at what each model can offer.

Rolex Yacht-Master Review


The first Rolex Yacht-Master was released as a part of the company’s Professional series with the reference 16628. The watch was released in 1992 and is touted as the sleeker upgrade to the iconic dive watch, the Submariner. However, according to the rumor mill, many Submariner devotees see that the design overhaul is too much and is ready to pounce into the Yacht-Master. Eventually, Rolex decided that the Yacht-Master will be released as an entirely new model instead.

For this review, we’ll be focusing on the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Reference 116622 but many of the features, design, and construction elements are still applicable to the Yacht-Master versions. Try not to confuse this watch with the Rolex Yacht-Master II which is sequel to the original.

Design

The Yacht-Master Ref. 116622 can only be described as cool, calm and collected. The hint of almost-iridescent blue will likely catch the eye of many Rolex enthusiasts. As far as overall aesthetics go, this Rolex is an absolute stunner. This steel and platinum Yacht-Master comes with dark rhodium dial and soft blue highlights. Right off the bat, you can see that there’s a subtle affair going on when compared to its more embellished siblings (see Oysterflex and Rolesor versions). The restrained look can be partly attributed to the dark dial.

The watch features a platinum (Pt950) bi-directional bezel which may seem weird at first but the way it’s configured does make sense. The bi-directional design is utilized for yachting purposes like calculating the sailing time between two buoys. The sand-blasted finish and raised numerals look beautiful and are less direct compared to let’s say, a ceramic. Don’t get me wrong, this Yacht-Master doesn’t look pain at all. The polished bezel and glimmering dial allow the watch to pop where it counts.


And then, there’s the blue highlight. It’s amazing how such a small detail on a line of text and second hand can add so much to the overall look of the watch. The addition of blue highlights to the Yacht-Master gives it so much energy, especially against the dark rhodium dial. This is yet another proof of Rolex’s mastery of attention to detail.

Construction and Wearability

The Rolex Yacht-Master 116622 comes with a stainless steel case with a 40mm platinum bezel. There’s also a 37mm version for the ladies. The case and the bracelet are made from 904L stainless steel while the bezel is made from 950 platinum. This, of course, ensures the highest sense of luxury while keeping the watch tough as nails.

The screw-down crown is equipped with Triplock triple waterproofness system which is great if you’re always around water (like while yachting). Water resistance is up to 100 meters / 330 feet. The crystal is made from scratch-resistant sapphire which gets the job done.

All Yacht-Master 40 features the Oyster Bracelet which provides the much-needed balance of aesthetics, comfort, and function. There’s also the standard Oysterlock folding clasp and the Easylink comfort extension like, features that are proprietary to Rolex. All of these features ensure the best fit and comfort that you can expect from the Rolex brand.

Timekeeping


For the uninitiated, Rolex has ditched the COSC certifications for their movements and replaced it with their new Rolex Superlative Chronometer certification which guarantees accuracy within -2/+2 sec/day after casing. This accuracy is guaranteed for five years. This Rolex Yacht-Master is equipped with the same 3135 movement. In terms of timekeeping features, there’s nothing much to be said here except it’s Rolex – expect top-of-the-line accuracy.

Rolex Submariner Review


Now, let’s move on to an iconic dive watch. Many watch collectors consider the Rolex Submariner as a quintessential timepiece. Introduced in 1954, the Submariner is a cornerstone of Rolex’s stable. Let’s take a look at what this legendary watch can offer. For this review, we’ll be using the No-Date Reference 114060.

Design

The Submariner comes in a 40mm stainless steel case. It is worth noting that the 114060 comes in a slightly squared design, along with thicker lugs. This gives the Submariner a more eye-catching look, although there are still many who prefer the thinner lugs on the older versions. If you prefer a more robust and tougher appearance for your Submariner, this model should not disappoint.

The unidirectional bezel is fitted with ceramic bezel insert. This is quite a notable change since previous models have aluminum ones. However, you’ll be happy to know that the new ceramic bezel makes it more scratch-resistant. I also like the ceramic because it gives off a nice glow under certain lighting conditions. The bezel also has engravings which provide a nice texture and depth.


The Submariner comes in the instantly recognizable black dial. The indices are larger and are fitted with Chromalight (so it glows in the dark). The markers are outlined with 18K white gold frame. Overall, the dial looks very crisp and legible which is never a bad thing if you use this bad boy for diving purposes. As far as looks go, this watch is about as classic as it gets.

Construction and Wearability

The Submariner is water resistant up to 300 meters (1,000 feet). The middle case is made from 904L corrosive resistant steel which is also used in other industries like high technology and aerospace. The 904L steel is also highly polishable so it retains its beauty even after many years of usage. The winding crown is fitted with the proprietary TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system. The crown is protected by the crown guard that brings the middle case altogether.


The watch is fitted with the familiar solid-link OYSTER bracelet which is also crafted from 904L steel. The clasp features the proprietary Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system. This enables you to adjust the watch by 2mm increments up to 20mm to achieve the best fit and comfort. Personally, the Submariner is just a timepiece that I could wear at all times without needing to take it off.

Timekeeping

For the timekeeping features, the Submariner doesn’t offer much but more than makes up for the reliable and accurate timekeeping. The Submariner is powered by 3135 caliber, a self-winding movement for the timekeeping features and allows -2/+2 sec/day accuracy. Like the Yacht-Master, the Submariner 114060 has the Superlative Chronometer certification (COSC + Rolex certification after casing). All of these components make for a robust and reliable timepiece.

Head to Head

So which one do I recommend, the Yacht-Master or Submariner? Well, if it’s up to me, I will get both because both of these watches do complement each other. But if you just have to choose one, you can’t go wrong with the Submariner. However, I do understand that it can be difficult to choose between the two Rolexes since they’re very similar.

If you’re going to compare both watches side-by-side, you’ll see that the Submariner’s movement gives a thicker caseback, compared to the Yacht-Master which is noticeably thinner. In terms of style, I feel that the Yacht-Master is the dressier of the two. While wearing, the Submariner feels heavier than the Yacht-Master.


When it comes to the bezel, I noticed that the Submariner feels more solid while the Yacht-Master doesn’t have much click in comparison. I don’t really like the 0 to 15 minute marker of the Yacht-Master bezel. The platinum bezel of Yacht-Master will likely collect scratches and dings over time. On the other hand, Submariner’s ceramic bezel is tougher and more resistant to scratches. Just avoid slamming your Submariner into a hard surface.

Another thing that I’m not crazy about the Yacht-Master is legibility. It could take about half a second for the eyes to distinguish the hands against the darker dial. It’s a good thing that the blue highlight stands out well against the rhodium background. The Submariner has the better legibility between the two.

Lastly, you can’t really compare these two without mentioning the price. The Yacht-Master is more expensive than the Submariner by approximately $3,000. So is it worth it to get the Yacht-Master with such a huge price difference? I think not but that’s only because both watches are very similar. However, this doesn’t mean that the Yacht-Master is not an excellent watch.

Final Thoughts

As mentioned, both the Submariner and Yacht-Master are excellent high-end timepieces. Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with choosing either one. However, in my opinion, it’s hard to justify the price difference when both watches are very similar. Although the Yacht-Master is the more luxurious of the two, the Submariner wins for being the tougher and more legible piece. If you’re looking to get your first Rolex and budget is an issue, I highly recommend the Rolex Submariner.

The JLC Master Chronograph Vs The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona: Two Watches On A Race To The Finish Line

image of the stylish rolex daytona watch

When searching for a watch, you may want something that is not only luxurious but also performs well in a variety of settings. A luxury watch can be the kind of device that you only wear to parties or special occasions, but it can also be the kind of timepiece that has a place in more active, physically demanding settings. You may be the kind of person that often sees themselves going right from a sophisticated gala to a dip in the ocean or someone who often transitions from wanting to turn heads to wanting to go on an adventure. Your day-to-day life will play a crucial role in what kind of watch you end up purchasing, and luckily there are a variety of devices that can easily fit your needs.

We had a chance to take a look at two very high-quality watches, and gave each one a comprehensive review to see which was a better choice. First we looked at the Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Chronograph and found it to be a well-made timepiece with a quality integration of comfort, performance and aesthetics.

In addition to the Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Chronograph we also were able to check out the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. We found the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona to be the better of the two, but only by a small margin. We found the overall design to be both luxurious as well as functional in a way that the Jaeger-Lecoultre Master wasn’t. The Rolex was more durable, had more features and also had a look that was eye-catching and unforgettable.

Each watch was very impressive in its own right. However, when it comes to a large investment like a watch, every little detail counts. While it only prevailed because of a few minor details, the Cosmograph Daytona still surpassed the Master Chronograph, making it our top pick of the two.

 

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Overview

Originally released in 1963 to aid professional drivers in their timekeeping, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a versatile, sleek watch that can be worn on just about any occasion. The reliable chronograph lets avid drivers measure time at extremely fast speeds, and its design gives it the appearance of a watch that one might want to wear with a tuxedo or suit. Its bracelet is extremely durable, comfortable and had a powerful feel to it that came as a result of the rare materials in its construction. The face is also elegant, well-equipped, and compliments the overall look of the watch.

Features

Rolesor Construction

The materials that go into a watch’s construction are extremely important. Rolex has traditionally made use of a blend of metals referred to as “Rolesor.” It is also referred to as “two-tone” or “half gold/half steel” in other watch brands. When it comes to Rolex watches, the term “Rolesor” is used to describe the combination of stainless steel and 18 karat gold. You’ll find this blend of metals on the Rolex Daytona in both the 40mm case and the bracelet. We felt that it was the right choice for a timepiece that is designed to not only function under extreme conditions but also look great while the owner has it on.

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Black Dial

The dial on the Rolex Daytona is black and all of the counters are clearly visible with raised yellow Arabic markers. However, the outer-rim of markers is labeled by the chronograph itself. You’ll be able to monitor the 1/8 second with seconds hand, and the two additional counters on the display allow for monitoring elapsed hours and minutes. For drivers looking to monitor their track times, we found the look and functionality of the dial to be essential.

Watchbase

Oyster Bracelet

The Rolex Daytona also has an Oyster Bracelet which is unique to the Rolex brand. It is a very sturdy, comfortable build that involves the use of three-piece links for extra security and a fit that accommodates the wrist shape of the user. The center links are yellow gold, and the two outer links are stainless steel–a result of the watch’s unique Rolesor blend of metals.

4130 Movement

Last but not least, the Cosmograph Daytona has a built-in 4130, self-winding mechanical chronograph movement. It’s an extremely economical movement, and makes use of significantly fewer parts than some other chronographs on the market. It is a certified Swiss chronometer and has been rigorously tested by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. It also has a Parachrom hairspring, which promises better resistance to shocks and temperature changes.

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Downsides

We couldn’t really find much we didn’t like about the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, other than that the dial seemed to be a bit overloaded. Considering that it’s the kind of watch designed for those who may want to use it while driving, the face is packed with a lot to just glance at. While the counters are fairly clear, you’ll still have to take a second to figure out where everything is located. It was a minor issue, and would be hard to avoid on any watch, but it was still worth noting.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph

Overview

The Jaeger-LeCoulter Master Chronograph has a stripped down design that, while stylish, left a lot to be desired. The 40 mm case and bezel are both made of stainless steel, the dial is silvered with a glistening sun-ray brush, and the strap is leather with a belt-loop style fastener. It also has additional counters on the face for the date, hour and the minute.

Features

Leather Strap

The strap on the Master Chronograph is leather, and while it is slightly more comfortable than a metal bracelet, it had us worried about wear and tear. The leather is stitched on either side which was aesthetically pleasing, but it seemed like the stitching could fray over time. Considering that the watch has a chronograph and will probably be used more frequently than some other luxury watches, the leather strap seemed like more of a downside even though it did add a unique element of style to the timepiece.

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1000 Hours Control Test

The Master Chronograph has a 1000 Hours Control Seal, which means that it has undergone a rigorous series of tests. These tests check for things like precision in rate, temperature, pressure adaptability, resistance to shocks and magnetism, as well as the waterproof capabilities of the timepiece. Jaeger-LeCoultre also tests the movement of the watch for accuracy and precision before fully sealing it into the watch case.

Movement

You’ll find an automatic, self-winding movement with 277 parts and a 65-hour power reserve. There are also 28800 jewels a 39 barrel. The movement is Swiss-made and requires a single start-up. You’ll have to turn the compression key counterclockwise a few times, and then the watch will be automatically wound whenever you wear it.

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Dial

You’ll be able to choose between two different types of dials, but each of them have very similar color schemes. The first has dual skeletonized baton hands, and the second has a recto hand. Each dial has silvered, black transferred numerals, with blue numerals inside the counters. Also, the hour markers as well as the numbers on the tachymetre are also blue.

Downsides

The biggest downsides to the Master Chronograph were the leather strap, as well as the blue, silver and black color scheme. We felt that the leather strap reduced the watch’s overall durability, and opened it up to unnecessary or otherwise preventable wear and tear. The blue and black color scheme on the dial also gave the watch a much less elegant overall look. It almost, at times, seemed to be reminiscent of cheaper copy or counterfeit devices. We would have liked for the colors to be a bit more consistent to give the watch a classier, more sophisticated look. As far as the bracelet was concerned, leather can certainly be a durable material, but considering the nearly 10,000 dollar price tag of this watch, we felt that a stainless steel band would have been a better, more long-lasting choice.

Racing Watches: A Brief History

One of the original reasons for the development of performance watches was to give drivers something they could rely on during motorsports. Racing depends on extremely accurate timekeeping, making the need for a reliable timepiece very important. If a watch broke down or stopped working at high speeds, a driver would have no way to record lap times, race times or other important information.

Modern professional drivers may not use watches to record their own racing information, but the use of a “racing watch” has become somewhat of a tradition. In fact, many racecar drivers are still sponsored by watchmakers like Timex and Tag Heuer. Wearing a wristwatch while racing is as much practical as it is historic, and it dates back to 1894.

The 1894 Le Petit Journal (Competition for Horseless Carriages) is considered to be one of the world’s first motor races. The lack of a viable timekeeping method caused there to be an inaccurate record of race times, which sparked the need for a solution.

Finally, in the 1930’s wristwatches became commonplace in motorsports. Rolex was one of the first watchmakers to begin manufacturing timepieces designed for racers. In fact, when racer Sir Malcolm Campbell set a new land speed record at Bonneville in 1935, he sent Rolex a letter thanking them for their reliable Oyster model.

Since then, other watchmakers have begun staking their claim in the racing business. Omega, Rolex, Timex and Hublot have all, at one point, been official timekeepers of Formula One racing. Racecar drivers may not be as concerned with the performance of their individual watches as they once were, but the tradition of timekeeping during races still stands. Investing in a timepiece that is built to perform at high speeds is not only useful but also gives each owner a small piece of history.

Final Thoughts

Both of these timepieces are exceptional—there’s no question there. However, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was simply a better blend of style, elegance and performance. It did all of the things that the Jaeger-LeCoultre watch did when it came to accurately tracking time, but it did so in a design that, to the untrained eye, seemed like it actually put luxury over performance. We also thought that the movement was more efficient and would require less maintenance over time as a result of the more stripped-down construction.

The Jager-LeCoultre lost some points because of its leather bracelet, its color scheme as well as its overall lack of robustness. If it came at lower price point it would be just fine, but considering that you’ll pay nearly 10,000 for it, you should be able to expect a little bit more. Make no mistake, the Jager-LeCoultre is still a contender against many other performance watches out there, but in a race between the two, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reached the finish line first.

The Rolex Datejust President 69178 Vs the Rolex Datejust 79178: How To Decide Between Two Gorgeous Timepieces

Image of the gold rolex oyster perpetual datejust 79178 watch

The decision to purchase a luxury watch is a very important one. In addition to just being a functional device to tell time, a high-end watch can end up staying in your family for generations. Whether you purchase one as a gift for a milestone, a special occasion, or you’re in the market for one as a reward for yourself, watch shopping takes careful consideration.

Given how expensive watches can be, it pays to leave yourself with options and to see which watch suits your individual preferences. You may be more concerned with functionality over aesthetics, or you may be looking for something that you only wear a few times a year. Regardless, a watch is an investment no matter how you look at it.

Rolex is one of the most trusted brands in watches, and manufactures a variety of extremely luxurious, cutting-edge timepieces. If you’re in the market for a watch, you’ll certainly want to consider checking out a Rolex. However, we found that not all Rolex watches are created equal. When it comes to the Datejust series of ladies watches, we found that there were really only two that blew us away: the Datejust 26mm President 69178 and the Datejust 26mm 79178.

While each watch was very similar we found that the Datejust President was a much more robust, elegant timepiece that blended style, fashion and durability into its overall design. That being said, the Datejust 79718 was a worthy contender, but couldn’t quite measure up to the Datejust President when it came to aesthetics and wearability.

 

The Datejust President 69178 vs the Datejust 79178

Both the 69178 and the 79178 Rolex watches are designed more for luxury and style than they are for use in rugged, everyday settings. You won’t want to wear them unless you’re going to some kind of special occasion where dressing well is a priority. They aren’t the best choice for those who spend a lot of time outdoors, or for those who travel. At 26 mm, they’re both women’s watches with slightly smaller faces than some other available men’s Rolexes.

They are both part of the Rolex Datejust series, which was first introduced in 1945. The main difference of the Datejust series from its predecessor is that the date function is located at the 3 o’clock position. The face is also a little larger than some earlier models as a means of accommodating the newer date wheel, and a sapphire crystal is used to replace the earlier acrylic of the watch’s face, which gives the Datejust series its memorable, signature look.

Last but not least, the Datetjust was one of the first watches to have something called a “cyclops” feature, which references the magnified window over the date function that was put in place to enhance clarity.

The Datejust President 69178

The Datejust President 69178 has a round face, a sapphire window and is made entirely of stunning, vibrant 18k yellow-gold. The case diameter is 26 mm and the case thickness is 11 mm. It has a champagne-colored dial and a yellow-gold fluted bezel to match the case. It fits comfortably on the wrist by way of a fold-over clasp that locks securely, and the dial is marked with Roman Numerals rather than Arabic hour markers.

Movement and Features

Watch movement is an important feature of any timepiece, and is considered to be the driving force of the watch. It is an extremely sensitive set of components, and is responsible for moving the hands, chronograph and calendar (if applicable). The 69178 has an automatic watch movement, which means it operates and winds itself in response to the motion of the wearer’s wrist.

Inside is a metal disc that pivots around a spindle to accomplish this automated feature. As a result, you won’t have to wind Datejust President 69178 if you plan on wearing it every day. For a luxury watch, this seems essential because it minimizes the amount of work you’ll have to do to keep the watch operating.

The 69178 also has a quickset date function, which means the watch will set its day and date mechanisms either forward or backward without the need to adjust the minute hand. Lastly, the face is scratch-resistant, and the crown is held in place by a series of screws that are discreetly placed on the bottom of the timepiece.

Wearability

Overall, the Datejust President is a comfortable watch, but it is a bit clunky due to its heavier weight. You’ll want to have it adjusted to that it doesn’t slide around on your wrist too much, but the thickness and density of the gold design makes this hard to avoid. As previously mentioned, this is a luxury watch and is meant to be worn during important occasions, so it’s weight was somewhat justified.

It isn’t a tactical timepiece, and thus may feel a little bit larger and more cumbersome to wear for some owners. However, it isn’t so heavy or bulky that it will become a major distraction. What it lacks in comfort, it makes up for in elegance.

The Datejust 79178

The Datejust 79178 is made partially of 18K yellow-gold with a 26mm oyster case. The dial bears the Rolex logo with a gorgeous gold crown above it as well. Like the 69178 it has a sapphire window, but the case is slightly different than the 69178. It’s made of a blend of steel and 18k gold, and the bezel has the same blended composition.

The dial is also has a slightly different look. It comes in white rather than champagne like its counterpart making it appear brighter and flashier. The watch also has a stylish, hidden clasp that we found to be an excellent addition because it made the overall design seem more polished and streamlined.

Movement and Features

Much like the Datejust President 69178, the Datejust 79178 has self-winding, automatic movement, an 18k yellow-gold fluted bezel and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal over the dial. It also has the signature Datejust cyclops magnifier for easy viewing of the date as well. The date is located the 3 o’clock position like all watches in the Datejust series.

The hour markers are also different from the 69178, and are made of gold batons rather than Roman Numerals. This made the dial seem a little bit less regal and high-quality, and gave the watch the appearance of something more basic. The crown is also 18k gold and is screwed in from the bottom with 4 hidden screws. Last but not least, as a result of the oyster case, the watch is waterproof up 100 meters.

Wearability

Despite having a little bit more functionality due to its waterproof design, we found the 79178 to feel a little less well-made than the 69178. As far as robustness, it was at the other end of the spectrum when it came to wearability. It felt too light, and the clasp wasn’t as secure as the the Datejust President 69178. It was easy to forget that it was on which, for some timepieces, may be considered a good thing. However, for a luxury watch, we felt that it reduced the overall value.

Why We Chose The Datejust President 69178

One the main reasons we chose the Datejust 69178 as our winner was the look of it. We also found that it had a much more comfortable fit, despite being on the heavier side. The white dial on the 79178 had a much less aesthetically pleasing appearance. The brighter gold and white dial made the watch look cheaper, tackier and less sophisticated than its counterpart. We also felt that the baton hour markers were too understated and weren’t as eye-catching as the Roman Numerals on the 69718.

The 79178 may have been waterproof up to 100 meters, but we didn’t feel that this was totally necessary for a luxury watch. We would rather the watch not be waterproof but have a more elegant look. Considering that you’ll likely want to wear a watch like this to events like weddings, graduations or other big celebrations, its waterproof capabilities didn’t seem to add much value.

Again, both of these timepieces were exceptional and would both make great choices, but in the end the look and feel of the Datejust President 69178 propelled it into the number one spot.

What To Consider When Buying A Watch

Buying a watch is more than just choosing the first one that catches your eye. You wouldn’t buy a new car without checking out what’s going on under the hood, would you? Certainly not. If you’re going to spend a large sum of money, you’ll want to know how well the car runs, as well as what other costs may be associated with owning it. The same thing applies to timepieces, and there are a variety of factors you’ll want to consider when you begin search for the right one.

Ask About Service Plans

Even the most well-made watches can break down. They are not assembled automatically in factories, and many of the parts are delicately put in place by watchmakers themselves. In fact, the higher quality the watch, the more fragile they can be. Things, like dropping a watch, or bumping it into a door, could shift the carefully calibrated parts inside, which may throw off the device’s performance. If you’re going invest in a luxury watch, always ask about a service plan just in case of excessive wear and tear.

Don’t Be Afraid To Negotiate

If you’re buying watch used, you should always try to get the lowest price possible. You won’t likely be able to negotiate if you buy a watch new directly from the manufacturer, but if you buy from a physical store that deals in used merchandise, you can always compare and contrast prices for the best deal. Do your research on the model you’re looking at, and present your findings to the salesperson. Also, shopping for watches on the internet can be risky, and also may make it more difficult to negotiate. If possible, shop in a physical location and try to get the best price possible.

Learn About Maintenance

Again, in the same way that cars need regular maintenance, watches may need regular tune-ups to keep functioning at their best. You’ll likely need to take your watch to be cleaned or to have the battery changed. Also, not all watches are water-resistant, and many need to be checked periodically for water damage. Consult the manufacturer to see what the recommended maintenance schedule is for the watch you’re thinking of purchasing. Also take the cost of maintenance into account. This will play a big factor in the overall price of the watch you choose.

Authenticity

Unfortunately, watches can be counterfeited very easily. Rolex watches are especially subject to counterfeiting, making the need for a keen eye for fakes essential when watch shopping. There is actually an easy way to tell if a Rolex is fake or not. The best way to check if a Rolex is genuine is to search the reference number and the serial number to be sure that the bracelet, bezel and design are consistent with the model you’re considering. Don’t ever leave your watch’s authenticity up to chance.

Final Thoughts

It may seem nitpicky to choose a watch based on minor differences in the design and wearability, but a Rolex is something you’ll have for years, and aesthetics are actually of the utmost importance. While the Datejust President 69178 and the Datejust 79178 were about equal when it came to features, the 69178 was just a prettier, higher-quality watch overall. From the champagne-colored dial, to the solid gold construction, it had us enamored from the first look.

Rolex 16600 vs 16610 Review: Should I Purchase a Rolex Sea Dweller or Sub Mariner?

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Time to dive into a Rolex faceoff, pun intended, featuring two of Rolex’s top dive watches. The Rolex Sea Dweller model 16600 and the Rolex Sub Mariner model 16610. There is no doubt that both of these are fantastic, expertly made watches. But which one is better? That’s what I am here to answer for you! Before we dive into specifics of each watch (getting old already), let’s go over a brief history of dive watches. Professional divers need watches to keep track of time while they are thousands of feet underwater. Hence, a need for watches that can take the immense pressure under the sea. If a diver does not time their dive properly, things can get pretty ugly. So this created a market for watches that can be a reliable and life-saving device for divers all over. The original dive watch by Rolex is actually a Sea Dweller, made specifically for COMEX Divers. The market for dive watches has expanded exponentially since then.

Dive watches are no longer solely for divers. These watches have become a must-have for watch enthusiasts and business professionals. You need to own at least one to hold the title “watch collector.” That being said, these two watches we are discussing today are true classics in the dive watch game and items you should seriously think about purchasing if you are building a collection.

 

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Rolex Sub Mariner 16610
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Helium Escape Valve No Helium Escape Valve
No cyclops Rolex Cyclops
Stainless steel bracelet Stainless steel bracelet
40mm case 40mm case
Oyster lock clasp Oyster lock clasp
Aluminum Bezel insert Aluminum Bezel insert
Black dial w/ luminescent hands Black dial w/ luminescent hands
31 jewel, 3135 Calibre movement 31 jewel, 3135 movement

The Functionality

Movement

If you are a diver, the functionality of a dive watch is DIRE. It can be a life or death situation. If you are not a diver, well, it still matters, if you’re buying a Rolex I assume you want a top notch watch. Both of these watches are very similar on the inside. Both feature a Rolex Calibre 3135 movement. No doubt, this is considered one of the best inner devices by Rolex. It is the most widely used movement in all Rolex timepieces. Just look at the complexity of this type of movement, it is insane! The caliber measures 28.50 mm in diameter and 6.00 mm in height, which is pretty large for a watch caliber. This allows the watch to perform extremely well and reliable with a frequency of 28.800 vph (vibrations per hour).  A higher vph means a smoother running timepiece! 

 

 

Diving depth

Again, important if you’re a diver, interesting fact if your not. The Sea Dweller 16600 can reach depths of 4,000 feet. The Sea Dwellers are the original dive watches for Rolex, so the diving depth was important on this one. In contrast, the Sub Mariner 16610 can handle water resistance of only 1,000 feet. I personally am not a diver, so I will let leave this part on you!

 

Appearance

Now time for the important stuff, the look of the watches. At first glance, you may not be able to tell them apart. But any watch geek can pick out some major differentiators right away!

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600

Rolex created a great looking classic with this watch. The Sea Dweller was the first watch to feature a Helium Escape Valve. Helium escape valves do exactly what they sound like they do. Release helium when at depths of 250 feet or greater. Besides that, it is just a unique looking addition to your watch. 

 

 

One main piece that the Sea Dweller lacks is the signature cyclops, which magnifies the date. Although this sets this watch apart from the rest and is actually a necessity for the diving depths,(the cyclops can crack, no good for divers) the Rolex brand is not the same without the cyclops in my opinion. What I do love about this watch is the size of the case. It is a 40mm, which is no longer in production. The Sea Dwellers that are made today are much bulkier, at 43mm in diameter.

The newer model Rolex Sea-Dweller DeepSeaDeepSea  is very heavy and large; better fit for a wrist like Shaquille O’Neal.

A PERFECT Fit

The Sea Dweller 16600 is a perfect size and sits nice and comfortably on the wrist. Everything about the case on this watch is pristine. When looking at the face up close, the detail of everything is overwhelmingly noticeable. It is sad to hear when watch newbies compare this watch to a cheap Invicta. Why there may be some similarities from afar, there is no comparison to the detail of the Sea Dweller.  The Sea Dweller also features the sapphire crystal glass, an expensive, scratch proof glass that is a beautiful addition to the watch.

The band is pretty interesting on this one. It has the stainless steel Oyster Bracelet, like many other Rolex watches, but the flip lock clasp makes it more adored. Add the sturdy solid end link and you have a handsome and unique band. A solid end link makes it easier to fit on the wrist. This piece secures the watch in place and takes away the kinkiness that has your band twisting and shaking compared to the normal clasps.

Now let’s get to the dial. The Sea Dweller has a Rolex black dial with illuminating markers. The black dial gives this watch the professional look and goes great with the black bezel insert. Black and silver create a look that is very professional. Make this a watch to wear with business attire.

Rolex did a great job keeping the Sea Dweller a classic while adding some unique features as well. The lack of a cyclops is a bit unappealing to me, but it does make this watch unique. The overall look is clean and professional, I will rate it a 4/5 in appearance.

Rolex Sub Mariner 16610

Not to be unfair to the Sub Mariner, but there are a vast amount of similarities in appearance. I would be repeating myself with almost everything, so I will cut straight to the differences.

For starters, the Sub Mariner DOES come with the Rolex trademarked cyclops. The classic Rolex look is exemplified when your date is standing out at 2.5 magnification. The Sub Mariner does not have a helium release valve, oh darn it, so be wary of this if you are a diver. For looks though, the lack of a helium escape valve tarnishes the look of a dive watch. If you are not a diver and own a dive watch, wouldn’t it be neat to have a little piece that has a very important job? To better clarify, I am disappointed with the Sub Mariner model skipping the helium escape. Add it with the cyclops and the two would go great together!

Everything else about this watch is basically the same. 40mm case diameter, black dial with luminescent hands, stainless steel oyster band and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The Sub Mariner is also expertly handcrafted like the Sea-Dweller and can be worn with similar attire. One thing to add, although the size is the same, for some reason the Sub Mariner sits higher on the wrist and feels a bit bulkier. I like my watches to have a good weight, but not too much weight.

Overall, when it comes to appearance, I have to say I prefer the Sub Mariner. The cyclops is the main reason behind this decision, I just can’t get over a lack of cyclops, that IS ROLEX. With that being said I’ll give the Sub Mariner a 4.5/5.

Value

Besides the look of a watch, this may be the most important factor when deciding what watch to purchase. Now let it be noted that there is a difference between price and value. The prices vary for both of these watches and you can find different deals everywhere. Generally, I would say they are worth the prices you find online. When buying a Rolex be CAUTIOUS. There are many fakes out nowadays, so be sure you buy from a trusted site like Amazon..

I would say both watches are worth the price tag at the moment. Both are top grade beautiful watches by Rolex and once you own one of these watches you can treasure the time and effort put into building these fantastic watches. Overall, the winner for value goes to the Sea Dweller 16600. I chose the Sea Dweller for the best value for a few reasons.

The Sea Dweller model 16600 is a pure classic. It is based on the original Comex model, yet features newer materials and technology. This watch is no longer in production, so it holds a more sentimental value. Sub Mariners are continuing to be produced similarly to how they were for years. Only Sea Dweller Deep Sea watches are made today, and like I mentioned earlier, they are not the same as the Sea-Dweller 16600. If you purchase the Sea Dweller, keep this asset in good condition and hold onto it for many years. Do not be surprised if you begin to see the prices skyrocket for this vintage piece.

So Which Is The Winner?

Time for what everyone has been waiting for. Which watch takes the cake? This took a lot of thought to come up with, because like I said several times, both are OUTSTANDING watches. Without further ado, I give you the winner: The Sea-Dweller Model 16600. It may not have sounded like a clear winner in the article, but due to its immense history, it is the better choice of the two. The Sub Mariner is almost a copy of the Sea Dweller. You have so much more history and worth in the original Sea Dweller. Although it does not have a cyclops, I still say to go with this watch.