Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner [Comparison Review]

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner

When it comes to luxury dive watches, Rolex has been at the top of the game due to the legendary Submariner watch. The Rolex Submariner is a watch that needs no introduction. For instance, it’s a top-rated dive watch both in mechanical and aesthetic aspects. Personally, the Submariner is a top 5 watch. However, in today’s Tudor Black Bay Vs Rolex Submariner comparison, a challenger is poised to give the Submariner a run for its money.

Although Tudor is Rolex’s subsidiary brand, it’s not widely considered to be an alternative to Rolex – at least in the past. Times have changed and tables have been turned. With Tudor’s return to the U.S. market, it has made some of the most impressive timepieces that nicely complements its parent company, Rolex. Certainly, one of the best Tudor watches has got to be the Tudor Heritage Black Bay.

For this Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner head-to-head, we take a look at these two amazing timepieces and hopefully help you answer the question, “should I get a Rolex or Tudor?”

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner: At a Glance

For this timepiece comparison, we’ll pit the Rolex Submariner ref. 114060 with the Tudor Heritage Black Bay ref. 79230. Let’s first take a quick look at the specs of both watches:

Model:

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Rolex Submariner

Reference #:

m79230n-0009

114060

Model case:

41 mm steel case with polished and satin finish

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel

Dial:

Black with pink index, domed

Black

Material:

Steel

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Steel unidirectional rotatable bezel with disc in matt black anodised aluminium

Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum

Winding crown:

Screw-down steel winding crown, with the TUDOR rose engraved and black-lacquered, with black anodised aluminium winding crown tube

Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system

Crystal:

Domed sapphire crystal

Scratch-resistant sapphire

Water Resistance:

200 m (660 ft)

300 meters / 1,000 feet

Movement:

Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

Manufacture Calibre MT5602 (COSC)

3130, Manufacture Rolex

Functions:

Hours, minutes, seconds; 4Hz frequency, Unidirectional rotating bezel, COSC-certified automatic movement

Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator:

Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring

Power reserve:

70 hours

48 hours

Bracelet:

Steel riveted bracelet / Aged leather / Fabric strap

Oystersteel

Clasp:

Folding buckle and safety clasp

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner: The Comparison

Size and Design

Based on the specs, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is bigger both in diameter and height. The 1 millimeter difference in size may not sound like much but once you have both watches on your wrist, you’ll see a considerable difference. If you have a smaller wrist, the difference in size becomes a lot more pronounced. Also, the extra thickness of the Tudor makes it taller than the Submariner. The taller case sides allow the Black Bay to sit closer to the wrist. For the size, I think both watches fairly similar. It’s all down to your personal preference.

When looking at the design, it’s obvious that there’s a shared heritage between the Submariner and Black Bay. The Submariner features a buttoned-down approach to design while the Black Bay has a more laid-back feel. If the Rolex Submariner was designed by men in lab coats, the Tudor Black Bay was designed by bearded men in no-socks boots. The Black Bay feels more relaxed and filled with nostalgic details. A good example of this is Tudor’s gilt dial, the splash of red on the bezel, and the riveted bracelet.

On the flip side, the main thing that goes for the Rolex Submariner is the word “Rolex” itself. The tighter hand stack, more complex ridges, and better finish are just some of the more superior design elements of the Sub. The details on the Rolex are also leagues ahead when compared to the Tudor. It’s a legendary design for a reason.

Build Quality and Construction

When it comes to the build quality, the Submariner and Black Bay don’t disappoint. However, the Sub boasts some finer details and a slightly nicer finish if you care to look. Considering the cost difference between these two watches, it’s not a surprise that the Submariner comes out on top in terms of build quality. Having said that, both watches have excellent quality.

Both watches feel solid and robust, and there’s no rattling or components that are off. Try rotating the bezels from both watches and you’ll never get the impression that it’s made of cheap plastic.

The major difference between the two is the purpose for which these watches are built. The Black Bay is a Tudor Heritage model which means that it uses traditional parts. For instance, the Black Bay makes use of a matte black dial in comparison to the Sub’s ceramic dial.

Another major difference is that the Submariner uses a ceramic insert while the Black Bay has an aluminum bezel insert which is less durable and resistant to scratches. The Tudor’s case looks to be inspired by the vintage dive watches of old while Rolex has abandoned that case design many years ago.

Movement and Timekeeping

Rolex 3130 Movement

The movement is where most of the price difference comes from. The Submariner uses the “No Date” Rolex caliber 3130 which is, of course, an in-house movement. The 3130 movement boasts 48 hours of power reserve, a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour, and a track record of long-term durability. The movement is fitted with a Parachrom hairspring for added durability and it becomes resistant against magnetic fields.

Tudor Caliber MT5602

On the other hand, the 2016 model of the Black Bay comes with a caliber MT5602 which is a COSC certified movement. The MT5602 movement offers an impressive 70 hours power reserve which is almost a day of power compared to the Sub’s power reserve. It’s worth noting that this is the first run of the Black Bay that runs on an in-house movement, not a modified ETA movement like with the previous models.

In terms of accuracy, the Submariner clearly has the upper hand with the unprecedented -2/+2 second per day accuracy. Conversely, the Black Bay’s accuracy comes down to a respectable -4 and +6 seconds per day. At the end of the day, the layman can’t probably tell the difference but purists will likely choose the Submariner.

Comfort and Wearability

The Submariner comes with the signature solid link Oyster bracelet and it’s a strong case for the “if it ain’t broke” mantra. It’s the mainstay of the Rolex brand and it’s definitely one of the best elements of the Submariner. Furthermore, the Oysterlock clasp prevents any accidental opening and the Glidelock system enables you to adjust the watch without tools. This is an important feature for divers who are wearing the Sub over their diving suit.

On the other hand, we have the Tudor Black Bay which boasts an array of bracelet/strap options. I got the riveted stainless steel bracelet model for this review and it’s fitted with folding buckle and safety clasp. The bracelet is actually a redesign of the old Tudor bracelets from the 1950s to 1960s. The riveted bracelet does have a memorable design which adds a lot of personality to the piece.

The key difference between the two bracelets is in the clasp which also affects the overall difference in wearability and comfort. Although the two claps work in virtually the same way, the Submariner’s clasp features a micro-adjust system which is the aforementioned Glidelock system. Making adjustments with the Rolex Submariner 114060 is far easier when compared to the Black Bay since the latter needs an adjustment tool.

Pricing

The pricing is obviously an important factor when deciding between the Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner. Firstly, when you look at the retail price for both watches, you’ll see that the Submariner more or less costs double the Black Bay. Secondly, as a subsidiary brand of Rolex, it’s no surprise that the Tudor Black Bay is much less expensive when compared to the Sub. So if you’re going for the price alone, the Tudor Black Bay is a solid luxury watch.

However, once you look past the actual price, you’ll see that there’s merit to choosing the Submariner over the Black Bay – I’m referring to the resale value. For instance, if you take a glance at the secondhand market, you’ll notice that the Black Bay decreases in value whereas, the Submariner is sold higher than the retail price. If you’re planning to resale the watch down the line, the Submariner is the clear winner.

Overall, collectors who are looking for a dive watch but can’t quite splurge for a Rolex, the Tudor Black Bay is more than a viable alternative. Alternatively, the venerable Submariner is a legendary timepiece with a rich history, so it’s hard to go wrong with a Sub especially for first-time collectors.

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner: The Verdict

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner

In this Tudor Black Bay Vs Rolex Submariner comparison, both watches are fairly similar with some key differences. However, there’s no doubt that both of these watches are excellent in their own right. This is one of the many reasons why people are stuck with the Black Bay vs Submariner dilemma.

Ultimately, the main deciding factor for choosing between the two is the price point. The Submariner is almost $8,000 which is within the price expectation for a Rolex. The Submariner commands respect with its build quality and near-flawless design. Overall, it really is one of the most beautiful watches ever made and it’s worth the price tag.

On the other hand, we have the Black Bay which costs less than half of the Submariner. Also, the Tudor goes for a faux vintage vibe but it’s decidedly the more playful and relaxed timepiece, for instance. If you’re into a more youthful and fun watch that’s not going to break the bank, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay gets my highest recommendation.

Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer [Head-to-Head Comparison]

Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer

Will you agree that a timepiece that looks and feels like a Rolex but doesn’t have the iconic branding, might as well still be a Rolex? If you answered yes, then you’ll likely appreciate what Tudor has to offer. With that said, you’re in for a treat with this Tudor Ranger VS Rolex Explorer comparison review.

Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf has created Tudor to sell affordable watches that can house 3rd-party movements inside Rolex cases. Tudor used to be not available in the United States but nowadays, it offers a wealth of mid-priced watches for fans and collectors alike.

Today, we have a head-to-head comparison of the Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer. I have decided to highlight both these watches because they’re very similar in looks and feel. If budget is not an issue, I’d say you should go for the Explorer but otherwise, Tudor watches are a solid option for an extensive outdoor wear piece.

Read more below for my actual review.

Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer: At a Glance

For today’s head-to-head comparison, we’re taking a look at the Tudor Heritage Ranger M79910 vs. Rolex Explorer 214270. Check out the quick specs of both watches below:

Tudor Heritage Ranger

Rolex Explorer

Reference:

79910

214270

Materials:

Stainless Steel

Oystersteel (stainless steel)

Size:

41 mm

39 mm

Dial:

Matte black with painted indexes

Gloss black with white gold applied indexes

Luminescence:

Super-LumiNova

Chromalight

Bracelet:

Choice of steel bracelet, fabric strap, leather band, bund strap

Oyster bracelet with Easylink 5mm comfort extension link

Crystal:

Dome sapphire

Flat sapphire

Movement:

Automatic ETA-based Tudor Cal. 2824

Automatic in-house Rolex Cal. 3132

Power reserve:

38 hours

48 hours

Water resistance:

150 meters

100 meters

Style and Design

When it comes to style and design, it’s easy to say that the Ranger and Explorer are very similar at first glance. However, upon closer look, you’ll see that there are some key differences between both timepieces. For instance, the Tudor Ranger looks more modern and rugged while the Rolex Explorer’s design is executed with more elegance.

Firstly, the Tudor Heritage Ranger M79910 gives off the impression that it’s a reliable tool watch. The quality of the case is definitely present and the brushed finish is truly a standout. As mentioned, the watch exudes a modern and relevant feel which is made more apparent with the ability to choose many different strap and bracelet choices. For me, the best bracelet to use is the nato strap and really completes the overall look of this rugged outdoor watch. As for the dial, it certainly fits the tool watch motif of the watch. Looking at both watches, there’s some hint of the Explorer heritage here but the influence is not that significant. Additionally, the dial is extremely clean and uncluttered but I won’t call the watch elegant.

On the other hand, we have the Rolex Explorer 214270 which comes with a timeless design. It’s the design that’s been honed over the years – classic and timeless but it has been updated for modern taste. The Explorer’s dial is very recognizable, thanks to its oversized Arabic hour numerals, the 3, 6, and 9. One of the most interesting or perhaps polarizing design choices is the matte dial. Under a light source, the dial becomes dark grey and gives the iconic logo a bit more character.

In terms of design, it all comes down if you prefer something more rugged or with timeless elegance. Both are good looking timepieces, that’s for sure.

Sizing

For sizing, the Ranger comes in a 41mm case size while the Explorer in a 39mm case. At first, it may seem like the 2mm difference isn’t that of a big deal on paper but it does make a big difference when on the wrist. This is mainly due to the case style.

The modern Rolex Explorer is the reference 214270 which brought about a bigger case size. Until 2010, the Rolex Explorer came in 36mm cases which I think is too small to begin with. Fortunately, Rolex did a good job of updating the Explorer with the leap to the larger 39mm Oystercase. This brought the Explorer to a broader market by appealing to the tastes of modern watch collectors. Rolex could have updated it to 41mm but it seems that they decided to keep the size in check. While 39mm is comparatively undersized in today’s standards, I think the size is just right for the Explorer.

On the other hand, the Tudor Ranger features a 41mm case which is larger than Explorer. Initially, I thought that the case size might be a little big but it’s a better fit than expected. At this size, the Ranger should have no problem fitting a broad range of wrist sizes. In my personal experience, the Ranger case afforded a comfortable fit especially with the right choice of strap or bracelet. Plus, it looks just write while sitting on my wrist, despite the larger size.

Construction

Both watches feature excellent construction and fit, so it’s hard to go wrong with either watch if you’re on the lookout for these categories.

Starting with the Ranger, the case is simple, brushed steel. I’m not the biggest fan of brushed finish but I think the style is growing on me. The satin brushed finish is great for a tool watch like the ranger. The bezel is fixed stainless steel, so there’s nothing too special in that regard. The lugs are drilled and relatively simple as well, with a lug-to-lug width of 48mm. The drilled lugs should come in handy when replacing the strap. The domed sapphire crystal does its job of protecting the watch. As a tough watch, it has a water resistance of 150 meters which is very respectable.

On the other hand, the Rolex Explorer comes with a fully brushed case and bracelet. However, some areas aren’t brushed like the case walls and bezel ring. I kind of like this construction decision because this gives the Explorer some versatility. Meaning, it can work as a full-fledged field watch or a formal-wear timepiece. That’s the Rolex attention to detail for you.

Wearability

Comfort and wearability for both watches are on the high marks as well.

As far as fit and comfort go, the Tudor Ranger is a joy to wear. The watch wears close to the wrist because of the trim height. However, the main highlight of the Ranger is the fact that the strap/bracelet can be swapped. Aside from the stainless steel bracelet, the Tudor Ranger can be used with a leather strap or Nato strap. In this case, my favorite is the Nato strap because it perfectly complements the watch’s rugged nature.

As you might expect, the Explorer just wears excellent on the wrist. At 39mm, the Explorer is the kind of watch that just disappears on your wrist when you’re not looking. The Oystersteel bracelet is comfortable and feeling fresh as ever. The clasp is the patented Oysterlock with a 5mm extension link which means that achieving that great fit shouldn’t be a problem. The Rolex Explorer is obviously a daily wearer but you should be able to get away wearing it with a suit and tie outfit.

Timekeeping

For me, timekeeping comes down to the movement that beats with each of the timepiece. In this case, the clear winner is the Rolex Explorer with its in-house movement versus the Tudor Ranger’s ETA movement.

Rolex 3132 Movement

First, inside the Rolex Explorer 214270 beats the Rolex-built caliber 3132, boasting a COSC-chronometer certification along with other latest timekeeping technology such as Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. The 3132 movement is built like a tank and features an accuracy of +/- 2 seconds of deviation per day. The caseback is solid, so you can’t view the movement which is a bit of a shame since the 3132 is a solid, tried and true movement.

On the flip side, the Tudor Heritage Ranger M79910 is powered by the modified 2824 movement. It’s Tudor’s spin on the ubiquitous ETA 2824 and I think they did a great job of adding some oomph to it. It’s not an in-house movement but it’s still a very solid timekeeping component. Obviously, using an ETA-based movement is important for keeping the cost down. But there’s nothing to worry about because the 2824 movement is a reliable work horse.

Pricing

Perhaps the most significant difference in this Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer showdown is the price. For most of our readers, this is the main point of contention between these two watches.

The retail price for the Rolex Explorer 214270 is around $6K while the Tudor Heritage Ranger M79910 is available between $2K – $3K. As you can see, the Explorer is twice as expensive as the Ranger which is hardly a surprise. Tudor has always been the less expensive option for people who want a luxury Swiss watch.

Conversely, the Ranger presents a more subdued aesthetic while the Explorer offers more flash. Relative to the price, the Range is a lot of watch for the money. It’s a luxury watch without paying the luxury tax. On the other hand, the Explorer counts as a pinnacle of watchmaking but be prepared to pay more.

Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer: The Verdict

Which timepiece should you go for?

Personally, if budget is not an issue, there’s very little reason to go for the Tudor Ranger. The Rolex Explorer delivers on all fronts including style, reliability, features, and value. Resale value is also high with the Explorer.

On the other hand, the Tudor Ranger presents an attractive and less expensive option for collectors. It might be the less expensive model between the two but the quality, style, and durability are all present. It’s a great watch for day to day wear.

Bell & Ross Review: Unique Luxury Watch Brand

Review of Bell and Ross watches

When you consider luxury watches, not a lot of people will think of the Bell & Ross watches. The first guess on your mind might be Rolex, Omega, or Audemars Piguet. However, with this Bell & Ross review, we would get into why you should consider them.

Compared to other luxury watchmakers that brag about being around for centuries, Bell & Ross is relatively young. They have their origin in France and have become a well-known brand defined by their modern style type of watchmaking. Bell & Ross only came to existence in 1992 by childhood friends, Rosillo and Belamich, together with Sinn (a German watchmaker). Despite being a young brand, Bell and Rose is already competing with older brands.

The first watch models they released were Sinn’s, even though they had the Bell & Ross logo on it as well. But in 2002, after their separation, Bell & Ross moved to their production facilities in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

Bell & Ross at a Glance

Most models from this young brand range from industrial chic timepieces to military-styled or aviation-themed watches. When it comes to Bell & Ross, you have a wealth of options. They offer modern watch collections with different tastes.

Some variety of models from this amicable brand includes the cockpit of aircraft design-inspired Bell & Ross Aviation Instrument and the BR02 watch for professional divers.

Now, let’s get into the Bell & Ross review to know whether they are worth your hard-earned money!

Pros

  • Reputable Brand
  • Top-quality movement
  • Luxurious timepiece
  • Reasonably priced
  • Reliable water resistance
  • Excellent functionality

Cons

  • Weak resale value
  • Limited warranty

Benefits / Drawbacks – Bell & Ross Review

Price and Some Thoughts

There are cheaper Bell & Ross watches, but if you want one as an investment, you may have to spend about $2,000 to $9,000 on average. That is almost the same price range you pay to get an Omega, Breitling, or a pre-owned Rolex. Of course not to exaggerate the price, watch collectors and connoisseurs will testify that there are watch models you need up to $20,000 to own. We’ve included most of the price ranges in this Bell and Ross review.

As we mentioned, each one varies based on the version or type of watch you are getting. Models like BR V1-92 is one of the very affordable Bell & Ross watch, and also one of the best Men’s watches under 2000. However, majority have the price ranging above $2000, which is the same range you get some other brands. Other brands may cost a bit more due to their in-house movements or celebrity endorsements.

Top-quality Movement

The truth is, all Bell & Ross watches use the Swiss mechanical ETA movement, which raises arguments between watch enthusiasts of the brand being of less quality. They are not as fancy as the in-house movement in other watches like Rolex or Tag Heuer. Considering the resources, time, and money to develop and produce them, ETA already seems like a sensible alternative.

This factor might be a slight setback for you if you value this in-house movement above all. However, it has nothing on the quality or standard of the watch. Bell & Ross use movements with various jewels, VPH, and power reserves to suit their different collection.

They offer excellent performance, reliability, and accuracy expected from the ETA and Sellita movements. Some include Sellita SW 200 (Automatic), Automatic movement 362354, and Automatic movement 363085 for Chronograph.

Watchmakers also get to define the movement’s grade with COSC certification for top categories and modify theirs to make it unique. In all Swiss watches, only 3% are COSC certified, so that’s something. One advantage you get from these movements is that they are easier and more affordable to fix when they have problems than the in-house movements.

Optimal Waterproof Ability

Let’s be frank; you may not want to consider diving into the ocean with any one of these watches. However, owning a waterproof watch always has an advantage in cases of rain or pool environments.

Gladly, there are the Bell & Ross’s complete diver collections and, some that are water-resistant. For example, Br 03-92 has its water resistivity ranging up to 300 meters. Serious ocean divers can go for watches with traits like this, but the water-resistant watch remains an advantage in a day-to-day sense.

Luxurious Timepiece

Bell & Ross offer collections of unique watches that will match both your casual and official outfits. When it comes to comparing the looks of this watch to others, this brand will take all the medals. The first impression you get from the Bell & Ross is the sporty-appearance and fashion sense. They are the type of watch you wear when you aim to show off. Many models stand out from their caliber with the Bell & Ross signature square cases. Most watch owners say that the Bell & Ross square cases balance more comfortably on the wrist.

It is a brand of luxury watches after all, so there is probably not a model to dislike. Each collection comes with features and complications varying from the others. They have lots of functions, details, and versatility to suit your taste. Unlike other luxury brands, the ability of the Bell & Ross to withstand extreme environments is another plus to look out for in this watch.

As we have mentioned, Bell & Ross use the ETA movement as their powerhouse; this is not even a drawback. If anything, it’s beneficial. With this brand, you get not only quality, but you also get a reputable brand name and image. The appearance of the Bell & Ross alone can get people complimenting and asking about your watch.

Brand Reputation and Ranking

While gradually becoming one of the most successful brands of luxury watches in the industry, Bell & Ross have gained a positive worldwide reputation. Day by day, as the watch keeps executing their duties, their fame increase. Several retailers are witnesses to the success and budding move of the watch.

The ranking of a brand in an industry is debatable since factors like independence, history, innovation, value, quality of materials, personal opinions, and movement production are influences. Even with these factors, we can still rank Bell & Ross as one of the top 25 brands worldwide.

The brand is already becoming the favorite of some military pilots, defense forces, underwater enthusiasts, and submariners. The high precision, legibility, and ability to resist water has boosted the reputation of this brand among professionals to becoming what they need to execute their professional duties. French Air Force, Space Lab Mission, among others deal directly with Bell & Ross watches.

Excellent Functionality

Bell & Ross get the inspiration behind their watch designs from aviation and military specifications. This includes the form and appearance they represent. As good as they all look, every timepiece from Bell & Ross have incredible visual and performance quality.

Every detail on the Bell & Ross translates to a particular meaning and function. They produce top-pick Swiss wristwatches, some of which come with a square case with a round dial. This move signifies the instruments you will find on the dashboard of fighter planes.

They target their design is towards minimalism and functionality as the key focus. Other focuses that form the design of these high performances watches include legibility, reliability, and precision. Their aim is making the individuals look worthy while helping their various professions in a way. Also, if you need watches to withstand extreme situations like dangerous pressure and violent acceleration, Bell & Ross suits well.

Should you get the Bell & Ross watches?

Timepiece enthusiasts and horology experts sometimes put too much consideration in the rich histories, collection types, styles, and detailing of watches. They get a sight of a rare timepiece and could spend days and weeks analyzing the pros and cons of the watches they want to get.

However, let’s face the fact, not everyone is an expert with watches; some only want to tick it off their checklist of must-haves. So if you’re going to ask us about the brand that has done well with reaching out to the aesthetics-focused market, as well as offering functionality, we would say go for Bell & Ross.

Another advantage of this watch brand is the versatility and the fact that it does an excellent job of straddling the gender divide equally. Only a few watches can do this and be described and unisex. Of course, there are lots of women who like to wear hefty, masculine watches, but Bell & Ross give a unique vibe for both genders.

Final Thoughts on the Bell & Ross Watches

Finally, this ends our Bell and Ross review. Admittedly, the Bell & Ross watch may have different appearances. Still, there are a few things you will find familiar with them. The top-quality mechanical movements, legibility, ideal water resistance, and excellent functionality are some attributes to be admired.

The advantages Bell & Ross offers validates the brand as choices by dozens of divers, astronauts, race car drivers, adventure seekers amidst several others. Regardless of the brand you choose from Bell & Ross, they will not let you down. You can also check out the Ebel watch review and Oris watch review.

Best Skeleton Watches Under $5000 [A Handy Buyer’s Guide]

Best Skeleton Watches Under $5000 Tissot_1

Many people collect watches because of how they look. Some buy buy watches for their features or comfort. While there are collectors who love watches because of purely of the watchmaking aspect. If you belong to the last group, there’s a good chance that you’re interested in skeleton watches.

Skeleton watches are rather unique in the industry because they bring the art of watchmaking into the forefront. The open construction design of skeleton watches reveals the mechanism behind the watch. For enthusiasts of watchmaking, skeleton watches allow you to admire the complexities and inner workings of the timepiece.

Skeleton watches can be fairly expensive so they’re not exactly an attractive prospect for beginner collectors. So today, we’ve created a list of the best skeleton watches under $5000. Let’s get to it!

Best Skeleton Watches Under $5000

Key Features

Our Rating

Stührling Anatol 371 AutomaticAlligator embossed leather band, Onion-style crown, Dauphine-style hands, stick-style markers, Polished beveled bezel, Automatic Dual Time, Second time zone subdial and rotating AM/PM indicator★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 AutomaticStainless steel case with a black rubber strap, Black titanium bezel, Luminescent hands and marker, Water resistant at 100 meters / 330 feet, 50-hour power reserve★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Heli Reymond T 3017AR 6497 AR 165 movement, 44 hours power reserve, stainless steel, black mat, Crystal sapphire, 3 atm water resistance, Leather band, Sapphire crystal glass on both sides★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Oris Artelier SkeletonStainless steel case, Fixed stainless steel bezel, Skeleton dial with black hands and index hour markers, Scratch resistant domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal, Water resistant at 30 meters / 100 feet★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Tissot T-Complication SqueletteStainless steel case with a black leather strap, Skeleton dial with luminous skeleton hands, Mechanical-hand-wind movement, Case Diameter: 48mm, Anti-reflective sapphire crystal★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic SkeletonH-20-S Hamilton automatic movement, Brushed rotors, Superluminova hands, 50 meters/5 bar water resistance, Sapphire crystal, Stainless steel case★ ★ ★ ★

Best Skeleton Watches Under $5000

1. Stührling Anatol 371 Automatic

Stührling has only been around for more than a decade but it’s a brand that has established a good reputation over the years. The Stührling Anatol 371 Automatic is the most inexpensive model on this list but it’s far more than just a budget-friendly option.

Budget-Friendly But Not Cheap Quality

The Stührling Anatol 371 Automatic is a great starting timepiece for would-be skeleton watch collectors. This 47mm skeleton watch comes with a stainless steel case and bezel, a silver skeletonized dial, and blue hands and hour markers.

As you can see, this is an automatic skeleton watch that can be a deal-breaker for many collectors. However, for the price, it’s hard to go wrong with what this watch can offer. One of the best aspects of this skeleton watch is its overall design. It’s simply a good-looking watch with a great wrist presence. The silver dial contrasts perfectly with the blue indices and hands. The golden gear at the bottom portion of the dial is also a nice contrasting touch.

The alligator leather band might not be the most comfortable fit out there but for the price, it’s comfortable enough for daily wear. Overall, it’s not as high-quality as other skeleton watches on this list but it’s an affordable model that delivers.

2. Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Automatic

Next on our list of the best skeleton watches under $5000 is the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Automatic. This is a skeleton watch that’s designed to impress because it’s simply mechanically fabulous.

Double Dose of WOW!

The inspiration for the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Automatic is clearly the sport of high-performance motor racing. This skeleton chronograph’s dial is like a window into the creative mind of a Swiss watchmaker, who also happens to be a professional racing driver. The skeleton dial displays the movement of an automatic chronograph – a 39 jewel caliber with a complex design.

The modular case of the watch is also a wonder of construction featuring several different layers of materials. The watch is made of black titanium coated stainless steel with a fine brush finish. On the other hand, the crown and buttons are satin finished stainless steel.

What I love about this skeleton watch is the dark look – dark dial, black bezel and strap. It takes you quite a bit of time to figure out what’s going on but it’s a sporty piece that delivers in terms of aesthetics.

Overall, the Tag Heuer Carrera is not your classic skeleton key. It’s a watch for those who are looking for a brand with a strong modern design and identity.

3. Heli Reymond T 3017

When it comes to skeleton watch designs, they tend to lean towards a more classic approach. However, Heli Reymond begs to differ by releasing a skeleton watch with fun pops of colors. The Heli Reymond T 3017 is a classic skeleton with bold colors.

Bold as a Highlighter

One of the main draw points of the Heli Reymond T 3017 Skeleton Watch is its barrel shape design. Unlike most skeleton watches with rounded dials, this skeleton timepiece manages to look unique although it still exudes that classic charm.

Of course, you can’t talk about this watch without mentioning the highlighter colors. Heli Reymond’s Transparency collection features some really interesting skeleton models but the T 3017 stands out with its unique barrel design and color splash. The orange

The watch powered by the AR 6497 AR 165 caliber and it’s a beautiful one to behold. Of course, if you’re going to get a skeleton watch, you need a mesmerizing movement. In this case, Heli Reymond succeeded with the T 3017 Skeleton Watch.

Overall, the Heli Reymond T 3017 Skeleton Watch looks like a classic skeleton watch with an artistic flair of modern trends. Elegant and modern.

4. Oris Artelier Skeleton

A good skeleton watch is tricky to find at an affordable price. If you’re looking for an elegant skeleton key that won’t break the bank but still high-quality, the Oris Artelier Skeleton is an excellent option.

Solid All-Around Skeleton Watch

The Oris Artelier Skeleton features a case that toes the line between casual and dressy. True enough, this is a skeleton watch that you can wear virtually anywhere. Although the 40mm case size makes it more like a formal wear watch, the design is versatile enough for casual use. The Artelier comes with a domed sapphire crystal that does a good job of protecting the watch and providing an unobstructed view of the watch’s moving parts.

The face of the Artelier is certainly the main selling point. The design of the face leans towards the muted side to promote a more elegant tone. Of course, the skeletonized automatic movement can be seen in plain view but if you look closer, you’ll see finer details like the engraving and polished surfaces.

In addition, the Oris Artelier is powered by the Oris caliber 734 movement which uses the base caliber SW-200 from Sellit. In essence, the movement is a modified ETA 2824.

Ultimately, the Oris Artelier is a solid skeleton watch. There were some compromises but it’s justified to arrive at its reasonable pricing.

5. Tissot T-Complication Squelette

If you’re looking for a watch with an impressive visual impact, the Tissot T-Complication Squelette may be the piece for you.

Marriage of Modern Design and Craftmanship

From every angle, you can see that Tissot nailed that attention to detail with this skeleton watch. Front and back are equally as impressive. It’s a watch that gives so much personality. As the movement does its thing, you can every piece of it moving, rotating, and turning.

It’s honestly very mesmerizing.

The steel movement and case provides a great background for the purple and yellow parts of the watch. I have to say that the dial is a great success – which is important for any skeleton watch.

At the heart of the watch beats the ETA 6497-1 mechanical movement. This movement is a classic workhorse and has been in production since the 1950s. If you’re used to newer movements, you might be caught off-guard by the lower beat rate. The Squelette is accurate to +11 seconds per day which is not bad at all.

Overall, the Tissot T-Complication Squelette raises the bar when it comes to the best skeleton watches under $5000. It’s eye-catching, dramatic, and it’s a beautiful piece overall.

6. Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton

Skeleton watches are far from being affordable, especially when it’s from a fairly known brand. That’s why the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton is a breath of fresh air.

A Solid Automatic Skeleton

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton is housed on a 40mm stainless steel case, making it a good formal wear watch. As you can see, the watch features a very vintage look, and reminds me of the 1960s. Adding to that, the thin profile and shape of the lugs add to the vintage aesthetic that Hamilton is going for.

The lighter material on the dial is actually the dial itself while the dark grey section is the movement plates. This is a pretty neat construction design because it gives the watch a multi-layered look. Hamilton chose to abandon the ornate filigreed skeleton in favor of a more masculine, engineered look. All the components are nicely polished and finished, giving it an upscale look.

All in all, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton is a great example of a budget skeleton watch without many compromises.

Open-Heart Design at Affordable Prices

Best Skeleton Watches Under $5000 Tissot_1

That concludes our list of the best skeleton watches under $5000. As you can see, you don’t have to spend a fortune just to get your hands on a good quality skeleton timepiece. Hopefully, this guide has helped you shop for an inexpensive skeleton watch.

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review [Submariner Date ref. 116613LB]

Rolex is a brand-name that’s synonymous with success. And as far as luxury watches go, there are only a few timepieces that can match the sheer recognizability of the Rolex Submariner. The Submariner is the paragon of iconic and timeless design.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I’m the biggest fan of the Submariner.

For today’s review, we’ll be taking a look at the Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue aka the Submariner Date ref. 116613LB. This Submariner is a luxurious version of the Rolex’s dive watch line. Gold is generally reserved for formal dress watches but this one is certainly an exception. Let’s get on with this Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue review.

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review: At a Glance

As mentioned, this is the review for the Submariner Date ref. 116613LB. Let’s take a look at its specifications:

Model:

Rolex Submariner Date

Reference no.

116613LB

Model case:

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel and yellow gold

Oyster architecture:

Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown

Material:

Yellow Rolesor – combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold

Bezel:

Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in gold

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system

Crystal:

Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water-resistance:Waterproof to 300 metres / 1,000 feet

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

3135, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Bracelet:

Oyster, flat three-piece links

Clasp:

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Dial:

Blue

Certification:

Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Functions:

Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review

First Impressions

In all honesty, the Rolex 116613LB is not at all on my radar. In general, I’m not very fond of two-toned watches and the Rolex 116613LB looks to me like a bastardization of the iconic black dial Sub. Since then, I’ve been proven wrong.

I had the opportunity to acquire the Rolex Submariner 116613LB and I told myself, “why not?” As a classic Submariner fan, I feel like it’s my obligation to give this timepiece a chance and give it a review.

Of course, the two-tone blue color of the watch is the first thing you’ll notice about it. The 40mm case diameter feels just right and the integration of the watch’s Supercase adds a great deal of wrist presence. Much like the original Submariner, this two-tone blue Rolex succeeds in having a go-anywhere design aesthetic.

Based on the pictures, I previously thought the Rolex 116613LB looks way too flashy. Spending more time on it, I am more than happy to be proven wrong. The Submariner Date 116613LB neither looks too flashy or too utilitarian. Thanks to Rolex’s skillful blending of colors, the Rolex 116613LB can be worn for formal and casual occasions. This is the type of watch that you can wear with a broad spectrum of styles.

So if you have an aversion towards two-toned watches, the Rolex 116613LB might just change your mind. As far as first impressions go, it’s so far, so good.

Design

The first blue Submariner (ref. 16613) was a departure from the iconic black dial of the original. And yet, the Blue Sub became an instant hit for luxury watch collectors. While the black dial was replaced with the blue sunburst one, it still retained its timeless design. I think Rolex did a good job of combining flair and workmanlike with the two-tone blue Submariner.

The exquisite yellow gold next to the rugged 904L stainless steel is a combination that Rolex has gotten right over the years – thanks to the Rolesor name that they coined in the 30s. In terms of design, the Submariner Date 116613LB is an even better version of the two-tone blue Sub with plenty of enhancements.

This new blue Sub kept the age-old 40mm case dimensions which I feel is just right for regular wear. However, it does come with a Supercase which gives the watch a well-muscled look. I have to say, the screen presence of the watch is off the charts. I guess Rolex has succumbed to the large watch trends but doesn’t want to compromise the overall look of the iconic watch.

On top of its beefed-up case, the 116613LB also started using the heavy-duty Cerachrom bezel and a Maxi dial with thicker hands and hour markers. The blue sunburst dial adds a great deal to the sophisticated feel of the watch and even gives off some interesting patterns under certain lighting conditions. Visibility is also not an issue due to the gold-rimmed luminous hour markers and lumen-filled hands. The Cyclops lens is of course here and provides a great view of the date window.

Construction and Wearability

The case of the 116613LB is exactly what you can expect from a high-end luxury dive watch. The Cerachrom ceramic blue bezel doesn’t just look great but it also retains the timeless charm of the original black dial Sub.

As mentioned, the case measures 40mm in diameter and has a thickness of 12.75mm. However, the case actually slims down around the edges which enable the center to sink into the wrist. This subtle construction detail makes a huge difference in wearability especially when it comes to daily wear.

Many avid collectors refer to the case as the “Super Case” which I can agree with.

This version of the submariner is still a diver’s best friend as it features a waterproof rating of 300 meters / 1000 feet which makes is a capable dive watch. Like the original Submariner, this dive watch uses a screw down crown with Rolex’s Triplock locking crown. This means that nothing gets past the watch when underwater. Now, I doubt many people will wear this watch for diving but it’s nice to know that it’s a reliable diving tool.

Furthermore, the bracelet also received a much-needed upgrade. The iconic Oyster bracelet has received a fair bit of modernization. The earlier versions of the Rolesor bracelet were not received well due to durability issues.

Fortunately, the solid end and center links of this watch feel solid and sturdy. The over-engineered Glidelock clasp is also here and does a great job of providing a superior fit. Rolex’s patented extension system also allows you to make quick 2mm changes to the bracelet.

Timekeeping

At the heart of the Rolex Submariner Date ref. 116613LB beats the in-house Rolex Caliber 3135 movement.

 

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review 3135 Movement

This movement was introduced back in the late 80s and features a higher beat rate of 28,800 bph and even comes with an auto-changing date feature. The power clocks in at a standard 48-hour power reserve and is fitted with the Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring for added durability.

It’s worth noting that the Rolex Caliber 3135 movement is also used for the Rolex Submariner and Rolex Sea Dweller. With that said, the 3135 movement is an absolute workhorse and many experts consider it as one of the most successful movements Rolex has produced.

The movement features 31 jewels and a date aperture that automatically changes itself at midnight. On top of that, the 3135 movement includes other interesting features such as the glucydur balance wheel and the extremely efficient Perpetual winding system.

Furthermore, the 3135 movement is not just mechanically advanced but it’s built to last as well. The movement is fitted with KIF system for shock protection which brings the much-needed durability and impact resistance.

Overall, the Rolex Caliber 3135 movement is one of the best watch movements out there, and you’ll be happy to have it with your Rolex Submariner Date.

Pricing

One of the main things that differentiate the Rolex Submariner Date ref. 116613LB from the other Submariner models is the price.

As mentioned, the Submariner Date ref. 116613LB is the luxury, upscaled version of the Rolex Submariner. Thus, the price of the 116613LB is more or less 1.5 times more expensive than the Regular Submariner and even the Submariner Date.

In general, two-toned Rolex models are more expensive than single-colored ones. Of course, the main culprit for the higher price of the 116613LB is the use of yellow gold for the bracelet center link and the accents. With that said, the Rolex Submariner Date Two-Tone Blue retails at about $14k. However, this is by far, not the most expensive model in the collection. The pure 18 ct gold Submariner Date models (blue and black dial) are more than twice as expensive as the 116613LB.

So for this Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue review, you’re probably asking, “is it worth the price?” Well, it really depends on how deep you are in to watch collecting. In all honesty, the 116613LB is not exactly entry-level, so this one is hard to recommend for beginners.

However, if you’re simply looking to add more to your Rolex collection, it’s hard to go wrong with this two-tone blue beauty. It’s the more affordable model as far as two-tone Rolex watches go.

Should You Get the Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Ref. 116613LB?

So what’s the verdict for this Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue review?

The Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB is certainly a great take on an iconic dive watch. It’s a nearly perfect version of the venerable Sub that perfectly balances utilitarian toughness and timeless design. Whether you’re going to a formal event or a casual gathering, you’ll have no problem wearing this piece.

The biggest hurdle of this watch is the price. If you’re expecting to pay for a regular Sub or even the Submariner Date, you’ll be sorely disappointed. This is a 5-digit purchase which makes it a tough recommendation for beginners.

Overall, the Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB is a worthy addition to any luxury watch collection.

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner [Comparison Review]

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

When it comes to brands of luxury watches, Rolex and Omega are two of the top contenders. For many watch collectors, choosing their first luxury timepiece usually boils down to Rolex and Omega. In this case, most people are usually faced with the Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner dilemma.

The Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner is a debate that’s certainly one for the ages. Time and time again, many watch enthusiasts asked which is the best luxury timepiece between the two. It’s rather perplexing since they don’t even belong in the same category.

Today, we will be comparing the Submariner and Speedmaster. Let’s get to it.

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: At a Glance

For this head to head comparison, we’ll take a look at the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph (reference 311.30.42.30.01.005) and the Rolex Submariner (reference 114060).

Here are the specs for both watches:

Model:Omega Speedmaster Professional ChronographRolex Submariner
Reference #:311.30.42.30.01.005114060
Model case:Steel, 42 mmOyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Dial color:BlackBlack
Material:SteelOystersteel
Bezel:Fixed Tachymeter ScaleUnidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum
Winding crown:Pull / Push crownScrew-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crystal:Hesalite crystalScratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water Resistance:5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet)300 meters / 1,000 feet
Movement:Manual windingPerpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Caliber:Caliber Omega 18613130, Manufacture Rolex
Functions:Chronograph, Hour, Tachymeter, Small Seconds Sub-Dial at 9 O’ClockCentre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator:Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Power reserve:48 hours48 hours
Bracelet:Silver-ton stainless steelOystersteel
Clasp:DeploymentFolding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Size Comparison

One of the main reasons why the Speedmaster and Submariner are often compared with each other, despite not even competing for the same category, is the size.

True enough, the size is similar between the two watches. The Speedmaster has a 42 mm case while the Submariner has a 40 mm case. Although the case diameter of Speedmaster is 2mm bigger than Submariner, the lug-to-lug difference is only 1mm. Thus, as far as on-wrist appearance goes, both watches will look very similar on your wrist.

The 20mm lug width is a given standard for medium-sized models which is true for both Omega and Rolex. However, most people prefer their 22mm lug watches, so the 20mm lug size is a fairly common complaint against both Speedmaster and Submariner.

Overall, the main difference between the Speedmaster and Submariner is the thickness of the case. Omega’s timepiece comes with a 14.3mm thickness, thicker than most watches including the Submariner. The thickness is attributed to the Speedmaster’s Hesalite crystal which definitely adds to the bulk.

With that said, both Speedmaster and Submariner are very similar in size with some key differences.

Design

This category is one of the hardest ones to decide on because frankly, both the Omega Speedmaster and Rolex Submariner are two of the best-looking watches out there. Both watches feature robust and timeless designs.

If you are an avid reader of WatchIdeas, you’ll know that I am a big fan of the Rolex Submariner. It’s my first luxury dive watch and it’s my go-to if I can’t decide which piece to wear. It’s hard to go wrong with Submariner’s classic black dial, making it a very recognizable timepiece. The Submariner features the beloved dive watch look with the hardware to boot.

On the other hand, we have the Omega Speedmaster with its lunar inspired design. Referred to as the Moonwatch, this iconic piece was worn on the moon. It features a classic chronograph look that makes the watch very versatile. Indeed, you can either dress up or down with the Speedmaster.

Both watches feature a black dial but with some key differences. The Submariner’s dial has this sunburst look that glistens when exposed to sunlight. On the flip side, the Speedmaster comes with a matte and grainy dial that tends to soak up light.

At the end of the day, both watches are a masterclass in watch design. For pure looks alone, it’s no wonder that many people are indecisive about these two luxury watches.

Bezel

The bezels on these watches are different in many ways, especially with the material used and the displayed information.

The Rolex Submariner features the heavy-duty Cerachrom (ceramic) bezel insert. This gives the Submariner its legendary durability and excellent scratch resistance. Unfortunately, the bezel is quite prone to shatter. On the bezel, you can see the 60 minutes graduation. It’s also worth noting that the bezel has unidirectional rotation.

On the other hand, the Speedmaster comes with a stainless steel and anodized aluminum bezel. As you can see, the Speedmaster is the less refined between these two watches, at least as far as bezels go. However, the bezel is surprisingly slim especially when the face is much larger than it is. The 500 unit tachymeter is a nice touch but not many users are taking advantage of this feature. Fortunately, the bezel’s pushers have a ‘satisfying’ click to them which I’m a big fan of.

Bracelet / Strap

The Sub and Speedy share a few similarities when it comes to their bracelets. For instance, both watches feature screwed-down links, 20mm width, and the same length. The Sub, however, has slightly curved downward links that help with comfort. On the Omega, the links are straight flat.

The Sub’s Oystersteel bracelet delivers in terms of comfort, fit, and adjustability. The Submariner’s iconic bracelet is here and it will serve you well for a long time. However, when it comes to pure versatility, the Speedmaster has the upper hand.

The Speedmaster bracelet’s strength is that it offers plenty of customization options. Swapping bracelets for the Speedy is a cinch. Therefore, if you want to dress up, you can simply use the stainless steel bracelet. For less dressier and sporty events, the Speedmaster package also includes a NATO strap. Frankly, it’s one of the best NATO straps I’ve used, and that’s saying a lot.

Timekeeping

Perhaps one of the biggest differences between the Submariner and Speedmaster is the movement. Let me start by saying that both watches feature solid timekeeping features and movements. However, one comes with an in-house movement and the other does not.

Rolex 3130 Movement
Rolex 3130 Movement

First, the Sub is powered by the venerable 3130 movement. This movement is your standard 3-hand automatic movement (hours, minutes, and seconds). I’ve had my Sub for as long as I can remember and I’ve yet to experience any issue with timekeeping. Of course, the movement is “Contrôle officiel Suisse des Chronomètres” (COSC) certified with -+2 sec/day precision. It’s a solid and reliable movement and there’s not much to say about it.

Omega 1861 Movement
Omega Speedmaster Professional

On the other corner, the Speedmaster is fitted with Omega’s caliber 1861. It’s a manual winding movement that has its fair share of charm. The 1861 movement is essentially the downgraded version of the caliber 1863, and contains a plastic piece. Since it’s a hand-wound movement, you have to manually wind the watch which can be a chore for some people.

Overall, both the Speedy and Sub keep time very well. These pieces are the cream of the crop when it comes to luxury timekeeping. If you’re more into in-house movements, the Rolex Submariner has the advantage. Alternatively, if you want a classic movement with a storied history, the Speedmaster’s movement is highly recommended.

Pricing and Value

Another big difference between the Speedmaster and Submariner is the price.

The Submariner is the pricier watch and it’s about 40% more expensive than Omega’s Moonwatch. That is if you can even manage to get the Submariner at market price. In reality, the Rolex Submariner is often sold out and authorized dealers put a significant mark-up to the price.

If budget is an issue, then the Omega Speedmaster is the obvious choice here – that is if we’re talking about pure pricing alone. However, when you talk about resell value, it’s not as straightforward as it seems.

For resale value, the Submariner wins hands down. If you buy a Submariner now, especially with this reference number, you can trust that its selling price will only increase in value. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said with the Speedmaster. Despite the rich history of the Speedy, you can easily get it for retail price or at least very close to it.

To sum it up, the Speedmaster is your best bet if you’re in a budget. The amount of watch that you can get for the price is simply staggering. However, if you care about the resell value of the watch, the Submariner is the obvious choice.

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: The Verdict

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

Both the Speedmaster and Submariner are both stellar timepieces that you can probably wear forever. They are not at all similar watches except for the size, they’re not even in the same category. However, the Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner debate is a popular one for good reason.

If you want a less expensive model, the Speedmaster is a hard one to pass. In comparison, the Submariner is nearly twice as expensive. However, the Submariner boasts better resell and many of its elements are leagues better than the Speedmaster.

All in all, it’s hard to go wrong with either watch and I would heartily recommend them to newcomers in watch collecting.

Rolex Air King 5500 Review: The Forgotten Vintage King

The Rolex Air King is truly the vintage Rolex for the purists. While the Air King is not as popular as the Submariner, GMT-Master, and Day-Date, it’s one of the older collections of Rolex with a rich history. The history of Rolex Air-King dates back in 1945 during World War II.

What made the Air King such an iconic timepiece is the simplicity of the dial and precise timekeeping.

We have already reviewed the Rolex Air King Ref. 116900 which is the closest you can get to a Rolex sports watch. Today, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Rolex Air King 5500.

For this Rolex Air King 5500 review, we find out if this vintage model is worth adding to your collection.

Rolex Air King 5500 Review: At a Glance

Model:

Rolex Air King

Reference no.

5500

Model case:

Stainless steel w/ polished bezel (34mm)

Material:

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Smooth

Winding crown:

Waterproof screw-down crown

Crystal:

Acrylic crystal

Movement:

Automatic 1520 movement

Water resistance

10 ATM

Power reserve:

40 hours

Bracelet:

Stainless steel Jubilee w/ Fliplock clasp

Clasp:

Fold clasp

Dial:

Silver Index w/ Tritium hands and lume plots

First Impressions

The Air King collection has always fascinated me due to its storied history. The Air King was introduced alongside names like Air Lion, Air Giant, and Air Tiger – all of which have flamed out. Rolex originally made the Air King as another spin to the Oyster Perpetual to honor the RAF Pilots who served during WW2.

The Air King is not exactly a popular model among enthusiasts and collectors but there are still many budding enthusiasts that do want it. Since this timepiece continues to fly under most people’s radar, even the most vintage Air Kings are sold at reasonable prices.

This is what made me decide to give the Air-King a well-deserved spin. It has a great history and good price, it’s hard to pass up on that.

One of the first things I’ve noticed about the Rolex Air King 5500 is the size. Clocking in at 34 mm, the Air King is a petite watch which is fairly common during its era. One look at the Air King and you’ll see that it’s a very vintage piece. It features a very simple and clean look and time-only design.

The design just doesn’t get any more classic than this.

The elegant silver dial is one of the standout design elements here, and the gentle sunburst effect of the dial does a great job of wrapping up the whole look. Aside from the vintage aesthetic, the Air King 5500 is, for the lack of a better word, typical. I know that it’s a classic and it deserves respect but I can’t help but feel merely “whelmed.”

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a very well-made timepiece with a timeless look and provides just what you can expect from Rolex. It just gives me the impression that it’s a piece that’s best for collection purposes.

Design

The Rolex Air King 5500 is the definition of timeless elegance. You can tell that Rolex made a watch exactly how they want it.

The 5500 boasts the hallmark traits of a Rolex without a single overdone feature. The minimalist good looks make the Air King such a versatile timepiece. Regardless of the purpose, whether it’s daily wear or something dressier, this is a watch that will never go out of style.

As mentioned, the main selling point of the watch is its elegant silver dial. The sunburst effect in the middle of the dial sure adds a lot to my enjoyment of the watch. The sharp, applied indices are elegantly detailed and are topped with small lume plots along the edge of the face. This is a common Rolex design element during that era.

The hands aren’t particularly mindblowing and look like your typical baton hands. The half part of the hands is fitted with lume but not all the way through. The lume is cut short before right before the tip, making the end look like a pencil.

The Air King 5500 is available in many different variants and dial colors which is always a good thing.

Construction and Wearability

The Air King 5500 is a stainless steel marvel. Despite being a vintage timepiece, it feels solid and robust which gives me a lot of confidence. After all, this is a watch designed to honor World War II pilots.

For the case, the 5500 utilizes the iconic Oyster case and screw down crown. According to its official specs, the watch can withstand depths of 50 meters which is pretty good for a watch of its age. In addition, a domed, acrylic crystal protects the dial. It’s not exactly sapphire crystal but you have to keep in mind that the Air King is supposedly and entry-level model.

Like with most Rolex timepieces, the Air King 5500 is fitted with the classic Oyster bracelet. However, since Air King’s production spans decades, a few different Oyster bracelets may be used depending on the production date.

With that said, the Rolex Air King 5500 offers a surprising comfort which can only be attributed to Rolex’s excellent construction philosophy. The Oystersteel bracelet and clasp work just as expected. It’s not as fancy as some of the more modern Oyster versions but there’s really nothing to complain here.

If you’re looking to wear the 5500 daily, you’re in a good company. The Air King might be vintage but it’s not fragile.

Timekeeping

Rolex Air King 5500 Review 1520 Movement

Because of past U.S. import laws that are designed to protect domestic watch companies, the movement inside the Air King 5500 varied. There are two caliber movements found inside the 5500: the 1520 and 1530.

The caliber 1530 features 17, 25, or 26 jewels while the caliber 1520 had either 17 or 26 jewels. Unfortunately, the U.S. and Canada markets have the shorter end of the stick with downgraded movements. One notable example of this is that the 1520 came with the “Precision” text in the dial while with the 1530, Rolex used the “Super Precision” labeling.

However, both movements aren’t exactly the cream of the crop. Both are also not COSC certified. While wearing the Air King 5500, you can actually hear the movement rattling around. Despite that, both the 1530 and 1520 movements are robust and easy to service.

On an interesting note, the most sought out version of the 5500 is the one that features the words Air-King and “Super Precision” in red. There’s also the rare Dominos Air-King 5500 which was used to incentivize franchises that have fulfilled their sales goals. It’s a very interesting collaboration for sure.

Pricing

Of course, for this Rolex Air King 5500 review, we find out if this watch is worth the money.

The production of the old Air King was halted back in 2014. The new Air King Reference 116900 is a different kind of timepiece and marketed as an entry-level Rolex. Therefore, if you’re going to buy the old version of the Rolex Air King, you’re stuck with resellers and used models.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Rolex Air King 5500 isn’t the most popular Rolex watch out there. For this reason, it’s easy to find a relatively affordable Air King 5500 over the web. I’ve had mine for a little bit over $3,000 which is not bad at all for a vintage Rolex.

There are 5500 variants with different bracelets and dial colors that can go a bit higher in price. However, I’ve yet to see an Air King that went over $4,000 except for the Rolex Air King 5500 Dominos version.

For the price, you get a classic Rolex with a rich history. It’s also quite robust and versatile.

Should You Get the Rolex Air King 5500?

We end this Rolex Air King 5500 review with our verdict.

I’ve had the Air King 5500 for quite a while now and I’m honestly very fond of it. Sure, it’s not exactly a watch that goes into my regular rotation but I understand what Rolex is trying to accomplish here. In some parts, the 5500 is outdated and it doesn’t even have a mechanical movement for the avid horologist. However, its classic good looks can hold its own, all things considered.

Obviously, the best aspect of the Air King 5500 is the price. It’s a good Rolex to consider if you want a watch that won’t break the bank. However, I simply can’t recommend the Air King 5500 for new collectors and Rolex first-timers. Rolex has plenty of amazing watches under its belt and the 5500 is not even close to a contender.

If you want an entry-level Rolex, the Air King 116900 might be the better option. Rolex had fun with the 116900 and it has more features. It’s a polarizing watch but it’s a good first watch for any budding collector, as far as entry-level Rolex watches go.

Overall, the Air King 5500 is not without its charm. This collection has some pretty interesting variants that are difficult to find – royal logos, jeweler stamps, and company logos come to mind. The Rolex Air King 5500 offers a solid value proposition for anyone who’s looking to dive into vintage Rolex.

Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches : High-End Timepieces at an Affordable Price

Black Friday Deals on Luxury watches

Surely, not all watches are created equal. But when it comes to Black Friday deals on luxury watches you should keep an eye on, we recommend the Rolex Submariner for men and Raymond Weil women’s watch for women. We chose these two timepieces because of their high durability and elegance. Also, since they are hefty price tag watches, now is the best time to get them at a reduced price.

Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches               Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches

Black Friday is here again, and now is the best time to grab those luxury items you wish for at a more affordable price. Admittedly, there are many products on sale, but don’t you think now is the chance to buy that luxury watch like a Rolex, Frederique or other timepieces from Top brands.

Yes, you can get these expensive watches at low prices on Black Friday. What’s even better is that you can use this period to avoid knockoffs and spend the cash on the real luxury watch deals.

Instead of spending hours looking for the right watch to pick, we have selected the best Black Friday Deals on luxury watches to make things easy. So, what are you waiting for? Read on as we reveal to you luxury watches on Black Friday deals.

Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches

Here are the best luxury watches you should look out for on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

1. Rolex Submariner Black Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Men’s Watch

 

When it comes to popular timepieces, Rolex Submariner surely outshines many of the best luxury watches on the market. Apart from its high-quality materials, the watch measures time better than most things in the market. It also combines classic design and modern technology, thereby makes it a worthy investment.

An Iconic Dive Watch for All Seasons 

The design on this watch screams flawless as it includes a 40mm stainless steel case with a moveable bezel. Also known as the oyster steel case, the material can withstand dust and water. The exciting part is that you can make it more appealing by polishing the metal.

If you wear this watch, you will become the center of attraction. It has an incredible dial with luminous hands and markers made from 18-carat white gold. Its bezel also has large luminous markers made from the same material.

Have you always wanted to dive with a great watch? Well, you can use the timepiece underwater because of its water-resistance of 1000ft. Thanks to its robust build, which makes it will work great underwater.

The Rolex Submariner also provides accurate measurements via its 3135 caliber automatic movement. The Submariner offers impressive features that can withstand external conditions, such as changes in temperature.

The oyster steel bracelet on this timepiece makes one of the black Friday luxury watches deals you will love for many reasons. For one, it has a polished look that suits the luxurious case. What’s even better is that it has a robust clasp that secures the watch on your wrist.

2. Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic Watch

 

Next on the list of Black Friday deals on luxury watches is this Frederique Constant Automatic timepiece . Looking at this watch, you will notice a rare kind of elegance. It also has a simple build that can handle harsh conditions with ease. Now, here are the reasons why you will love this item.

The Perfect Minimalistic Piece

This watch boasts of an awe-inspiring but straightforward dial. On the dial, silver-toned hands sweep across a polished dial while a date window lies at the 3 o’clock position. Since its hands and markers are luminous, you can use it in a poorly lit room.

Apart from the dial, the watch has an appealing black leather strap. Made from croc calf leather, it fits any outfit while resisting sweat and other forms of moisture. It also has a steel buckle that makes stay secure to the wrist.

Aside from its elegance, the watch can hold its own against the harshest conditions. For one, it has a sturdy steel case that offers durability while the sapphire crystal on the watch face can handle falls. Like most impressive watches, this Frederique Constant watch offers Swiss movements. That means you will get to enjoy accurate timekeeping at your fingertips at all times.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

The watch comes with a rather loud tick. But if you ignore this minor issue, this item will meet your style and timing needs. It has a classy face that is legible while its slim profile will match the cuff of your outfit.

3. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar with Retrograde Watch

 

There is no way we can talk about luxury watches without mentioning the Patek Philippe brand. Here we reveal to you the Patek Phillipe Perpetual calendar watch, which is one of the top luxury watches on the market. Keep your cash in intact, because the black Friday sale will be the best time to grab this watch at a more discounted price.

More than a Timepiece

For many years, Patek Philippe never fails to depict luxury on their watches, and this timepiece is no exception. With its 38mm 18K White gold case surrounding the silver opaline dial, this watch speaks of luxury, which makes it a timepiece to wear for special occasions. You will never get tired admiring this watch as a gorgeous Roman and Brequet numeral lies on the dial to make it eye-catching.

At first glance, you will love the perpetual calendar moon phase on the white opaline dial. And unlike other expensive luxury watches, it is light on the wrist and features a deployment buckle to keep it well-secured.

If timekeeping is your top-most desire in a watch, then you shouldn’t hesitate to put this timepiece on your Black Friday purchase list. The watch speaks of a high degree of finish and accuracy as it features an automatic Caliber 324 movement, which has a diameter of 28mm. You don’t need to doubt the authenticity of this Patek Philippe because the movement is well engraved and finished with the brand label.

We applaud the Patek Philippe not only on its impressive feature but also the high-quality material and finishes used on the timepiece.

Overall, if you’re on a high-end budget and looking to get this watch at a more discounted price, the Black Friday deals on Luxury watches will be the best time.

4. Longines Men’s L3.674.4.50.0 Sports Legends Watch

 

For over a century, this watchmaker has built various elegant watches. One such item is the Longines Sports Legend watch, which gives precise timekeeping while making your outfit look classy and luxurious.

More than a Regular Sports Watch

This piece offers a simple but timeless design. Here, it has a slim 42mm stainless steel case that includes a rugged bracelet. It also has a unidirectional bezel that secures its sturdy display window. This watch continues to look good as new, especially after years of use.

It also boasts of water resistance of 1000ft, which makes it suitable for various aquatic activities. Since the band consists of synthetic material, it can handle long exposure to multiple forms of moisture.

Even if it has vintage origins, this beautiful watch will fit any modern style. Furthermore, if you add this accessory to your watch collection, you will become the center of attraction. It also has a watch face which you can read with ease.

5. TAG Heuer Men’s CV2A1R.BA0799 Stainless Steel Watch

 

If you like bulky luxurious watches, you can get this incredible accessory from this famous fashion brand. We recommend  this TAG Heuer Men’s  watch due to its durable build, accurate movements, and high water-resistant rating. Let’s tell you more about its interesting features.

A Rugged Dress Watch 

This piece has a bulky profile that does not add extra weight to your wrist. It also has a 43mm stainless steel case that houses a beautiful crown and lugs.

The watch has a steel bracelet that has holds the item on your wrist. Under dusty or wet conditions, the clock will continue to tick. The best part is that its movements also offer precise measurements.

It has a stunning black dial with three sub-dials and a date/day window. The bezel on this watch holds a sheet of reflective sapphire glass. Considering the impressive feature mentioned above, you have numerous reasons to add this piece to your Black Friday wish list.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

On this watch, the brand combines classic and sporty watch styles. As a result, it can fit any attire or occasion. However, the crown tends to fall, especially after years of use.

6. Omega Men’s 42413402001001 Watch

 

The Omega 42413402001001 has a sturdy and elegant build made from high-quality materials. With its build and dial, you will easily fall in love with this timepiece at first glance.

Simple but Iconic Timepiece

The watch has an exquisite black dial that comes with Roman numeral markers. It also has a magnified window at the three o’clock position of this part of the watch. To wear the timepiece, you will have to use the buckle closure at the end of its leather band.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

Comfortable, classy, and high quality are what this watch speaks about when you set your eyes on it. The packaging is impeccable and looks brand new and authentic out of the box. Overall, you get to enjoy a sufficient power reserve and elegance.

7. Raymond Weil Women’s Watch

 

No review is complete without a good women’s watch. The Raymond Weil women’s watch is an ideal item to offer as a wedding gift or birthday gift to ladies. It has a stunning design built that will draw a lot of good compliments when you wear it to special occasions.  Made from high-quality materials that can withstand long years of use and still look new.

An Elegant But Affordable Women’s Watch 

This is a lovely women’s watch with mother of pearl dial that sports gold-toned hands and diamond hour indices. It also has diamonds embedded into its gold-toned bezel.

You can also wear the watch for a long period without feeling any pressure due to its lightweight build.

If you want to go for a swim, you will have to take it off. However, this watch can handle showering or handwashing as it promises a 99ft resistance.

Opinion and drawbacks

The Raymond Weil watch looks beautiful at first glance and very light on the wrist. However, the band length is quite difficult to adjust, and the gold design isn’t on the entire band, as shown in the picture.

Best Affordable Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches

For those looking for cheaper luxury timepieces, here are watches to look out for Black Friday sale.

1. Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s BY0100-51H Chrono-Time 

 

Do you want to get a practical and elegant men’s watch at a black Friday sale on luxury watches? If yes, this Citizen Eco-Drive Chrono watch has many features that present it as a worthy investment. It even has a sturdy profile that promises durability while its eye-catching design will make your outfit pop.

Solar Powered Watch for the Classic Gentleman 

One of the fantastic features of this item comes from its power source. Unlike most things on this list, it runs on solar power. So if you do not like spending extra cash on batteries, you will love this product.

This luxury watch also has a bold and exciting dial. On this part of the watch, it features three sub-dials and luminous hands move across beautiful hour markers. With that said, this is an ideal option if you’re looking for the best luminous watches on the market.

A Sapphire crystal covers the dial of this piece. As a result, you don’t have to worry about scratches, particularly if the watch hits a hard surface. Apart from sturdy glass, the watch boasts of a robust stainless steel case and caseback.

At work or play, the timepiece will remain on your wrist for as long as you wish. Such secureness comes from a bracelet with a fold-over clasp that has a hidden double push-button.

When combined, the above features promise a water resistance of 660ft. This means that you can shower and swim with this Eco-Drive watch. But it’s not suitable for professional diving trips.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

Overall, these items stand as an impressive dress watch. It also turns your outfit to an elegant mix at a friendly price. But it has non-luminous markers while the glow of the on the dial might below.

2. Seiko Men’s SSC017 Prospex

 

The Seiko SSC017 comes as an addition to Seiko’s dive watch collection. Also known as the Air Diver, this model stands out with an exciting color scheme of black and blue. It also has a design that matches your everyday outfit or diving suit. Considering its impressive feature and affordability, you should put it on your list when looking for the best Black Friday Deals on luxury watches.

An Ideal Watch for the Stylish Diver

Measuring 43mm, the well-crafted case will fit most wrist sizes and outfits. Made from hardened stainless steel, it can handle any water pressure at depths of 200 meters. So if you need a stylish dive watch, consider getting this Seiko piece.

The black bezel on this timepiece will interest any watch snob. It includes an impressive blue mark that indicates the first 15 minutes. Furthermore, the marks blend perfectly with the surrounding black metal. For use in a poor light, it has a luminous marker at the 12 o’clock position.

Seiko extends the elegance on this timepiece to its black dial and new markers on the outer rim. You will also notice three perfectly arranged sub-dials and luminous hands. Overall, it will attract compliments, especially when anyone pots this accessory.

This Luxury watch has a robust steel bracelet which holds the timepiece to your arm. Since it offers an adjustable clasp, you can expand its size without spending on a jeweler.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

What we don’t like is that the date window is quite small, making it hard to read. Also, the bezel looks too silky smooth, which we believe it might scratch with a short period. Overall, if you want an affordable but sophisticated piece to snag at any black Friday sale on luxury watches, consider getting a Seiko SSC017 Prospex.

Final Word and Recommendation of Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches

Looking for the best picks for black Friday luxury watches? Well, now is the time to get luxury watches and expensive watches at reduced prices.

If you are looking for stylish and affordable luxury watches, go for the Seiko SSC017 or the Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s watch. For watch lovers that want a bulky but elegant timepiece, Tag Heuer Men’s watch will be the best bet.

If a simple and expensive accessory is what you cherish a lot, go for the Frederique Constant watch, Rolex Submariner, or Omega Steel watch. For a sophisticated women’s watch, check out the Raymond Weil Women’s Watch.

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review: A Timeless Diving Tool

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

The Rolex Submariner is perhaps one of my most favorite watches of all time. As a dive watch, it can’t go toe-to-toe with the most advanced dive models but it gets the job done and in no way an inadequate dive companion.

When the Rolex Sea-Dweller was released back in the late 1960s, the Swiss watch company has a single-minded mission in mind: to reach deeper depths than the Submariner and survive anything underwater. Again, the Submariner was not seen to have flaws, so the release of the Sea-Dweller is more for the extension of the former’s diving utility.

Today, we have an in-depth (pun intended) Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 review for you.

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review: At a Glance

With a water-resistance that can go to thousands of meters underwater, the Rolex Sea-Dweller is a niche offering and is geared towards saturation divers. Let’s first take a look at the key specs and features of the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600.

Model:

Rolex Sea-Dweller

Reference no.

16600

Model case:

Stainless steel w/ helium escape valve (40mm) w/ rotatable timing bezel

Oyster architecture:

Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown

Material:

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system

Crystal:

Scratch-resistant sapphire
Water-resistance:Waterproof to 1,220 m (4,000 ft)

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

3135, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Bracelet:

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet, original Rolex

Clasp:

Stainless steel fold-over clasp with divers extension, original Rolex

Dial:

Black w/ luminous hands and hour markers

Certification:

Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Reviewing the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600

First Impression

Just to be clear, the Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 is by no means a new Rolex model. In fact, its production run ended by 2008 and it became a well-sought model as the newer Sea-Dweller was released. This is also the main reason why I’ve taken interest to this particular Sea-Dweller iteration.

As for my first impressions, I’ve quickly warmed up to the Sea-Dweller because it’s the long-lost sibling of the classic Submariner. The Submariner’s black dial design is so iconic and pleasant that the excitement came almost immediately after opening the box many years ago. With that said, the Sea-Dweller looks good and you won’t mind wearing it on a daily basis.

Right out of the box, you can tell that the Sea-Dweller 16600 is a professional tool that can take a beating. The package itself is quite special. The package includes the infamous Rolex anchor, extra dive suit links, the link changing tool for the bracelet, and a Buehlmann diving chart. It’s worth noting that the link-changing tool was exclusive to the Sea-Dweller.

One of the first things I noticed about the Sea-Dweller 16600 is the Helium escape valve (HEV) which is the signature feature of the Sea Dweller series. Other watch manufacturers have copied this system but it’s only Rolex that has done it with great success.

Design

As mentioned, the Sea Dweller 16600’s design is very similar to the Submariner, specifically to the 16610 model. They’re so similar that they might as well be the same watch. The Sea Dweller was designed for diving professionals that need a timepiece that could go a lot deeper and withstand the harshness of saturation diving.

The derivative design of the Sea Dweller is exactly why I enjoyed it the first time. The venerable black dial of the Sea Dweller is one of the main design highlights for me. The Submariner 16610 has knocked it out of the park design-wise. However, I still find myself longing for the 5513 or 14060 because of the no-date dial. The pure, clean lines are just a beauty to behold.

Fortunately, the Sea Dweller 16600 features the best of both worlds. The lack of the Cyclops lens seem a bit strange but I imagine that the lens isn’t that essential for saturation divers. The thicker, bulkier profile of the 16600 gives it an extra wrist presence.

Unfortunately, the Sea Dweller 16600 has stopped its production and its the last of the “old-style” Sea Dweller before the release of the DeepSea 116660. The design of the 16600 is just classic and timeless, but never outdated.

Construction and Wearability

Both the case and bracelet of the 16600 is made of 904L stainless steel. It doesn’t get any simple than this but still delivers in functionality. While the Sea Dweller isn’t the most popular series by Rolex, it featured some innovative construction designs.

Deep sea divers use a helium/oxygen mix in their tanks when going for a dive. Helium pressure can penetrate the crystal of the watch and can accumulate pressure due to decompression. Early deep sea divers literally saw the crystals get blown out of their watches. Rolex has addressed this issue by adding a helium escape valve into the Sea Dweller. This mechanism lets out the helium pressure once it reaches a critical point.

Along with this deep-sea diving innovation, Rolex added more to the depth rating of the watch. This timepiece features a waterproof rating of 1,220 meters (4,000 ft) which should be more than enough for most professional divers. The addition of the Triplock crown adds another layer of water resistance.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Sea Dweller has an extra thickness and weight to it. While it does have a significant wrist presence, it’s noticeably heavier as well. With that said, wearing the Sea Dweller 16600 isn’t exactly comfortable. This is clearly designed to be a tool watch, so it’s not something that you’ll want to wear daily.

Similar to the Submariner, the 16600 also features the dive suit extension link in the Oyster bracelet clap. This allows divers to adjust the size of the bracelet to make way for the suit.

Timekeeping

Rolex submariner review

You can’t call this a Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 review without talking about its timekeeping capabilities.

At the heart of the Sea Dweller 16600 is the caliber 3135 self-winding movement. For some history, the movement was first introduced in 1988 and it quickly became the main workhorse of the Rolex brand. This venerable movement has been used to power Rolex classics like the Datejust and Submariner Date. Many experts believe that the 3135 is one of the best movements made by Rolex.

The 3135 is a high-beat movement with an oscillation at 28,800 beats per hour (BPH). The movement is based on 31 jewels and comes with a date aperture that immediately changes at exactly midnight. As far as accuracy goes, the 3135 movement is legendary for its accuracy. As expected, the 3135 is also COSC certified. Based on my experience, I didn’t have any accuracy issues with the 16600.

The quality of timekeeping is exactly what you can expect from a Rolex timepiece. There’s really nothing to complain about here.

Pricing

Because the production for the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 has ceased, you can’t buy this piece anymore, at least not officially from Rolex. Due to the limited nature of the 16600’s availability, expect to pay a little bit higher for a used model. For reference, the Sea Dweller 126600 can be yours for around $11,000.

At this point, the Sea Dweller 16600 has become a well-sought piece for Rolex collectors. When this model was released, it was available for the $4400 retail price tag. These days, you’d be lucky to find a 16600 that doesn’t command a price of below $6000.

With that said, the Sea Dweller 16600 is a definite collector’s item and strikes a good balance between quality and value. The thing I enjoy the most about the 16600 is that it feels like a proper sequel to the Submariner 16610. From the design to overall utility of the watch, I am happy to have gotten the 16600 even at a fairly inflated price.

If you are looking to get the classic-looking Sea Dweller, the best time to act is now. There’s no telling if the price will continue to skyrocket.

Should You Get the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600?

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

So what’s our verdict for this Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 review?

While the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 has made a strong first impression, it rarely makes my weekly rotation. However, that’s just me having too many watches to wear. For what it’s worth, the Sea Dweller 16600 is a strong showing for Rolex. It features a timeless, clean design that you can wear almost anywhere at any time. The watch itself is a bit on the bulkier side, so there were some compromises in terms of comfort.

If you are looking for a true dive watch for deep-sea diving, you are probably better off getting a dive computer. But that’s not saying that the Sea Dweller 16600 is not a proper dive watch because it’s actually an amazing one. Its depth rating is very impressive and there are some great dive-related innovations that remains relevant up to this day.

However, the lack of availability means that you’ll be spending more than you have to and you still get a used piece.

Overall, the Sea Dweller 16600 is a hardcore Rolex for the hardcore deep-divers. Yes, the newer version is even more hardcore but visually, I think the 16600 is the superior choice here. I am in no way a diver but there’s a lot to love here even for non-dive watch fans.

Best Panerai Watch

Review of the Best Panerai Watch

Combining the ultimately unique and personal feel Panerai PAM00351 Luminor Marina gives with the technical advancements, it’s no doubt the best Panerai watch. Luminor Marina is perfect for watch lovers who are interested in iconic watches suitable for every occasion.

Panerai got introduced into the watchmaking industry in 1860. Despite being one of the oldest Italian watch manufacturers, they waited till 1936 to produce their prototype. Drawing from their fascinating history, Panerai later became one of the most famous watches in the cinema industry. Having worn by celebrities including Bruce Wills, Sylvester Stallone, and Jason Statham.

 

On par with other luxury watch brands, Panerai remains highly rated, yet not as expensive as its competitors. Each model exhibits the latest technology updates and remains modest with the original aesthetic signature of the brand.

If you take a high-level view of the brand’s core models, you will realize the innovations of Panerai watches primarily rooted them. Each model represents a different blend of respectable history and functionality.

Panerai PAM00351 Luminor Marina

Of all the timepieces you can think of owning, Panerai PAM00351 can rank as a top five. It shows an immense presence on the wrist of the wearer and should not be missing in your watch collection. Panerai’s decision to pay serious attention to this watch is evident in its details. The watch presents the brand’s history novelty and the ability for high-end watchmaking. With the mind-blowing design of the Luminor Marina, it’s suitable for every event. From the casual ones to the sophisticated cocktail parties.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Panerai PAM00351 Luminor Marina

High-end Build

Unless you are a huge person, the large-sized cushion-shaped case of the Panerai PAM00351 watch may look a bit silly. But the positive side is the immense presence it shows on a wrist. The watch uses a titanium case that carries scratches with style and more trusted than the regular stainless steel. The case, along with the sapphire crystal, can keep the watch resisting water to 300 meters.

Aesthetically Pleasing Design

The dial on the Panerai PAM00351 looks black, but with a closer look, you would discover the tobacco color. From the contrasting stitching brown crocodile strap to the case, the entire design of the PAM00351 is with high-quality materials and unusual colors. We can’t exempt the lume – it’s quite amazing as it stays visible all night without any problem.

Accurate In-house Movement

The in-house caliber P.9000 is much more sophisticated than most available manual wound movements with the full three days of power reserve it offers. The quality reserve made possible using two mainspring barrels means you don’t have to wound it daily. Expect it to gain only one second in a week which means the accuracy is apt and spot-on for over a year without a twitch.

Easy to Use

The operations are smooth and straightforward. You can advance or reverse the hour hand without affecting the positions of the minute or date. But unlike you would expect from watch brands with at this price range, there is no quick change for the date. You can only get this done by controlling the hour hand accordingly. The Panerai PAM00351 system is perfect for time zone changes and useful for pilots or travelers.

Panerai Luminor PAM00112

 

If you are new to Panerai and your goal is to try one out, we suggest you start with the PAM00112. Asides from Luminor Marina, it is another typically watch from the brand that offering something different. It’s an iconic piece that owns the essence of the Panerai, as it is true to the brand’s history.  Panerai PAM00112 is a quintessential Panerai watch and a must-have.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Panerai Luminor PAM00112

Simple Design

The PAM00112 is one of the least complicated watches from Panerai when it comes to the design. The dial reads LUMINOR at the 12-hour position and PANERAI at the 6’oclock. It looks stunning with the base dial showing four cardinal numerals: 12, 9, 6 and 3, two hands, and no seconds’ hand. One of the important features on the Panerai watch is the sandwich dial. The dial on the PAM00112 has two layers – numeral cut out on the top level exposing the luminous materials underneath as the bottom layer.

Highly Modified Movement

The earliest Panerai watches ran on the Rolex pocket watch movement, but the PAM00112 uses a manually wound OP X Caliber movement exposed from the exhibition case back. It technically doesn’t use the new in-house developed movement like the PAM00351. Instead, they stick an ETA Unitas based workhouse movement in it. Since Panerai profoundly modifies the caliber in this watch to the best level of quality, it cannot be looked down on. The whole idea of using the significant Unitas movement gives the PAM00112 the traditional Panerai feel.

Most Valuable Model

The Panerai Luminor PAM00112 has an excellent collectible value. It consists of all the essential features you will require from a standard high-end watch piece. The crown protector has the signature Panerai on it, as do other models. Having all these in mind with the classy shaped dial and luminous dial, it’s still one of the least expensive Panerai watches.

Panerai Radiomir PAM00620

 

If you already know about the Luminor, then why not try out a Radiomir? They still use the first case designs from the Panerai. In fact, they have more elegance and vintage appearance than the Luminor. PAM00620, in particular, is popular with female customers and the Asian market.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Panerai Radiomir PAM00620

Classic Design

Especially the Luminor watches, most Panerais are famous for their crown protection brackets, but not this Radiomir. The design of the Radiomir PAM00620 looks exactly like the Radiomir from 1936, featuring fixed lugs. On the dial is the four cardinal numerals, makers, and the small second’s timer at the 9 o’clock to blend with the proportion of the case. The classic design and sandwich dial makes the PAM00620 fit your everyday outfit

Great Build

The construct is out of high-quality materials guaranteed to offer many years of pleasure and retention of value. PAM00620 features a black alligator leather strap with ecru colored contrast stitching. Unlike the other extra-large Panerai watches, the PAM00620’s 42mm flat case makes it fit for women and medium-sized wrists. It has a reduced diameter case. As a result, the piece is very wearable for various wrist sizes.

Highly Functional movement

As expected, the watch lives up to the demanded requirements. It features a P.4000 mechanical caliber with automatic winding. This movement comes from the Swiss manufacturer’s facilities and is capable of power reserve for 72 hours. There is a micro-rotor on the P.4000 that delivers the needs of the watch. The PAM00620 Corresponds to a pressure of approximately 10 bars, and the waterproof can guarantee up to 100 meters.

Panerai Submersible BMG-TECH PAM00692

Even with Panerai’s remarkable history of building excellent dive watches, the Submersible PAM00692 doesn’t exactly scream “diving watch”, and that’s a bit understated. The submersible models are Panerai’s most casual timepieces. Panerai launched PAM00692 at the SIHH 2017 to promote the interests of diving watch enthusiasts in the brand. It is a great looking watch for anyone looking to get a gadget made with revolutionary materials that are hard to spot.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Panerai Submersible BMG-TECH PAM00692

Sophisticated Design

Equipped with a case measuring 47mm in diameter, black accordion rubber strap with a pin buckle, and a uni-directional rotating bezel, the PAM00692 indeed looks like a bad-ass dive watch. On the robust case is the deep blue dial that sports applied white transfers and white round markers. Features on the dial include a date aperture at 3 o’clock, “BMG-TECH,” written in light blue, and a blue seconds subdial at 9 o’clock.

Reliable Movement

Powered by the in-house caliber P.9010, composed of 200 parts and 31 jewels, it has a power reserve of up to three days when fully wound. This is the same movement as other watches in the submersible line. The frequency beats at 28,800 mph. Like other Panerai models, you can easily adjust the hour hand without affecting the minute. This becomes very useful when you have to adjust your time zone. The date changes automatically with the time when necessary.

Solid Construct

Panerai PAM00692 sports a case, crown, bezel, and protecting device in BMG-Tech – which stands for Bulk Metal Glass Tech. This BMG material is exceptionally resistant and quite light, similar to titanium but made from glass-like alloy, and looks darker grey. It has extreme corrosion resistance, able to withstand external shocks and magnetic fields. The screw-down titanium construct of the watch allows it to be an underwater instrument to about 300 meters.

Bottom Line

So there you have it. The best Panerai watch – PAM00351 Luminor Marina fits every category as a versatile watch that will get a lot of wrist time. It is the type of watch you could wear without planning your day. To suit mountain escapades, beach sports, or fancy dinners, this watch on your writs keeps you going. Pretty cool!

Panerai watches have always been an impeccable blend of Italian craftsmanship and Swiss technology. PAM00351 Luminor Marina beats other Panerai models with a classic and elegant design. It’s also somewhat easy to service, highly functional, and entirely accurate. Nothing stops you from wearing this watch to all your formal and semi-formal occasions. Panerai watches are not so expensive, if you don’t agree, you should check out best men’s watches to buy under 2000.