Rolex Explorer VS Datejust: The Battle of the Understated Rolex Watches

Rolex Explorer vs Datejust

When it comes to high-end timepieces, it’s hard to go wrong with a Rolex.

However, the great line of Rolex watches is made up of some of the best timepieces in history, so choosing one can be rather overwhelming.

With that said, today we’ll have a head-to-head comparison of two of the most popular models that Rolex has to offer, the Rolex Explorer and Rolex Datejust. Many people are having some trouble choosing between these two excellent Rolex watches, and that’s understandable. In fact, I have to say that it’s a good problem to have.

 

I prefer the Datejust. While the Explorer is known for its gorgeous and classic aesthetics and it’s pretty much a timekeeping icon, the Datejust edges it out with versatility, robustness, and state-of-the-art timekeeping features.

However, it’s not as straightforward as it looks because the Explorer can definitely give the Datejust a run for its money.

So, let’s compare and contrast these two high-end watches.

Rolex Explorer Review

Originally introduced in 1953, the Rolex Explorer rose to its iconic status and is deemed a cornerstone piece for the company’s catalog. Although it doesn’t have the bells and whistles or any features that are specifically tailored to one activity or sport, the Explorer remains one the purest sports watch by Rolex.

The Rolex Explorer is designed to handle any conditions the user might face.

For this particular head-to-head, we’re going to tackle the Rolex Explorer 214270 which has received a much-needed update back in 2016.

Let’s get to it!

Design

What can I say? The Explorer is a full-blown classic, design wise.

The 214270, as mentioned, was a completely new Explorer. One of the most notable updates is the size. The new 39mm size is just the right size which just can’t be said with the previous 36mm model. The overall case design and proportions have also received a slight update. So the Explorer now has a beefier appearance which I personally prefer and is in line with Rolex’s current model.

 

The 2016 release of 214270 Explorer also features a revised dial and set of hands. In my opinion, the dial update is a welcome improvement. Instead of the plain gold markers, the 3, 6, and 9 Arabic numerals are now filled with luminous paint (Chromalight) for a more balanced appearance during low-light situations.

Before the 2016 update, I never like the fact that the dial of the Explorer falls short from touching the numerals and indices. All that negative space is just throwing me off. With the update, the hands were made slightly larger to match the larger case diameter.

For some people, the recognizable black dial of the Explorer can be monochrome and uninteresting. However, I do love the understated style with the depth of quality of this Rolex sports watch. The dial is helpfully legible and with the Chromalight, I can easily tell the time during the ungodly hours.

The Explorer is all about sporty elegance and top-notch quality.

Construction and Wearability

Like with of Rolex models, the Explorer makes use of 904L stainless steel which is why the watch looks different than other steel watches. That goes without saying that the watch is highly resistant to corrosion and can withstand even the harshest conditions – a must for any sports watch.

Also, the Explorer’s bracelet is secured with Rolex’s patented Oysterlock safety folding clasp which I always find to be very intuitive in terms of operation. You just need to do two gentle tugs to open the protective bow and unlock the bracelet. Adjustability is another benefit of the Oysterlock system as you can increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm for the best fit.

Whether it’s the cold of winter or the humidity of summer, the Explorer is quintessentially comfortable. For some reason, the watch features a metal that just pain enriches my skin which just can’t be said with most stell watches. No uncomfortable scratches or pokes here.

Timekeeping

Under the hood, the Explorer is powered by the self-winding calibre 3132 movement. I’ve always liked this movement not just because of its precision but for its robustness as well. Of course, the watch is COSC certified and that in addition to Rolex’s own Superlative Chronometer certification.

Well, there’s not much to say about Rolex watches’ timekeeping features, except for the company’s superior attention to detail and accuracy. The stringent +2/-2 second a day accuracy is truly the draw here. You can trust that the 3132 movement will keep ticking for years without the need to lift the hood.

The 3132 movement is also equipped with Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers for superior durability and high-precision timekeeping.

Rolex Datejust Review

 

The Rolex Datejust is most noticeably classy and popular dress watches that the brand has to offer. If you are in the market for a classy watch that will make you look and feel like a boss, then you can’t go wrong with the Datejust.

For the most part, the Datejust is a luxury watch but this doesn’t mean that you can’t wear it to work each day. Many would argue that it’s a perfect watch for everyday use.

For this review, we’re going to talk about the Datejust 41 which is basically the replacement for the Datejust II.

Design

For all its intents and purposes, the Rolex Datejust 41 is a classic and elegant watch.

 

 

The Datejust 41 reference 126334 we have is the stainless steel and white gold which is branded as the Rolesor. This Datejust is actually predominately made of stainless steel and the only 18k white gold component is the fluted bezel.

With the 41mm Oyster stainless steel case, the Datejust should sit nice and large on your wrist. It’s easy to think that the larger case diameter will result in a bulkier design but that’s not the case at all. The design still gives off a slim profile, thanks to the slimmer case, thinner bezel, and more tapered lugs.

The white Rolesor Datejust 41 is available in several dials including black, rhodium, blue, and mother of pearl. It’s also available in two bracelets which are the Oyster and the Juliet, the latter being the dressier option. Lastly, you have two options for the bezel, the polished “flat” bezel or a fluted bezel.

Hands down, the most photogenic variant of the new Datejust is the one with blue dial, stick indices, and the Oyster bracelet model. It definitely looks gorgeous and contemporary but still manages to give that classical Rolex vibe. As per usual, the 12 o’clock features the Rolex coronet and at 3 o’clock is the date window.

The Datejust is all about the right proportions which provided the watch a more restrained but still elegant look.

Construction and Wearability

The Oyster case of the new Datejust 41 is waterproof up to 100 meters. Being an Oyster case, the DJ41 is also fitted with a Twinlock double waterproof system.

The iconic middle case is crafted from 904L steel which provides the much-needed elegance and robustness. If you go with the fluted bezel, you will get a watch which is branded the Rolesor. Basically, Rolesor is the combination of gold and steel which is a signature brand since 1933.

The crystal case is made of scratch-proof sapphire. One of the first things you’ll notice is just how svelte the 41mm case which not only makes the watch appear slimmer, it adds a certain degree of comfort as well.

 

As mentioned the Datejust is available in Oyster or Jubilee bracelet, though the latter is by far the dressier option. Both options are 904L steel bracelets that benefit from new hidden attachment system underneath the bezel. Both are equipped with the Oysterclasp which provides maximum comfort and adjustability.

The Datejust 41 is undoubtedly one of the most comfortable watches I’ve had the please of wearing.

Timekeeping

Perhaps one of the biggest changes with the Datejust that went virtually unnoticed is that it’s not powered by the calibre 3235. It’s a new generation movement which is now a forefront in the art of watchmaking.

At this point, Rolex is just flexing its muscles.

The calibre 3235 is a consummate demonstration of Rolex’s state-of-the-art watchmaking technology. The movement features 14 different patents. This results in fundamental benefits to aspects like precision, resistance to impacts and magnetic sources, power reserve, and reliability.

The new patented Chronergy escapement is particularly a standout because it gives the timepiece a high-energy efficiency. It’s also completely resistant to magnetic interference since it’s made from nickel-phosphorus.

The blue Parachrom hairspring that’s fitted to the oscillator has now been optimized with 10x more precision than traditional hairspring, despite of shocks. Precision is still -2/+2 sec/day, and performed after casing. There’s also the Rolex overcoil which guarantees regularity regardless of the position. As expected, the chronometer is COSC certified.

Rolex Explorer VS Datejust Spec Comparison

Below are the direct comparisons of some of the key specifications of the Explorer and Datejust.

Brand:

Rolex

Rolex

Series:

Explorer 39mm

Datejust 41mm

Model #:

214270 Black Luminous

126334 Oystersteel and White Gold

Size:

Men’s

Men’s

Case Material:

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel / 18k White Gold

Dial Color:

Black

Blue

Bracelet/Strap:

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Clasp Type:

Rolex Folding Oysterlock Safety Clasp

Rolex Folding Oysterlock Safety Clasp

Movement:

Automatic

Automatic

Bezel:

Fixed

Fixed

Crystal:

Scratch Resistant Sapphire

Scratch Resistant Sapphire

Case Back:

Solid

Solid

Water Resistance:

100m/330ft

100m/330ft

Case Diameter:

39mm

41mm

Complications:

Day/Date

Date

The Verdict

Again, this is a tough comparison.

On one hand, we have an iconic timepiece that stood well against the test of time. On the other hand, we have a highly versatile watch that captures the true essence of a Rolex piece.

I always have the penchant for understated timepieces so these two are some of the favorite Rolexes. However, the Datejust comes out on top for its striking wrist presence, superior movement, along with other improvements under the hood.

If budget is an issue or you’re looking to buy your first Rolex, you can’t go wrong with the Explorer. However, if you’re ready to take your collection up a notch, the Datejust 41 should be a worthy addition.

So what do think of this Rolex Explorer vs Datejust comparison review? Which of these two flagship watches do you prefer? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

Omega Aqua Terra VS Rolex Explorer: A Head to Head Comparison

When it comes to luxury watches, there are two brands that excel: Rolex and Omega.

Time and time again, both Swiss luxury watch companies have proven that they’re a force to be reckoned with when it comes to high-end timepieces.

Today, we’re going to pit two luxury watches from Rolex and Omega in a head to head. Today, we’re going to do an in-depth comparison of the Rolex Explorer and Omega Aqua Terra.

If you’re looking for my opinion this early in the article, you should know that I chose the Explorer for the gorgeous dial, history and iconic status, and I was in the lookout for a more understated piece to my collection.

However, you should know that it was not at all an easy decision. Both the Explorer and Aqua Terra are amazing in terms of design, materials, and workmanship. Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with both. But we know that you’re because you want to know which timepiece is worth the hefty investment.

Let’s take a closer look at these high-end watches.

Omega Aqua Terra Review

If you’ve been eyeing the Omega brand for the longest time, there’s a good chance that you’ve come across the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra. First released in 2003, the Aqua Terra has evolved into a highly versatile everyman timepiece. The watch exudes sartorial elegance while still managing to be tough enough for the real world.

For this Omega Aqua Terra comparison review, we’ll be focusing on the 41.5mm model # 231.10.42.22.01.001. There are other less expensive models like the Omega 231.10.42.21.03.003 Seamaster Aqua Terra with differences in features, movement, and materials.

Design

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra sports a very recognizable design – thanks to its black dial that is embellished with Teak Concept pattern. Basically, these are the vertical lines that would remind you of a polished deck of a luxury boat. This gives emphasis that the piece is indeed a dive watch.

Personally, I always prefer black dials on my watch and the Aqua Terra nails that look splendidly. The black dial is complemented by silver hands. The Omega and Seamaster logos are printed in white. Nothing to complain because readability is on-point, even in low-lighting situations.

The 41.5 mm stainless steel case houses the mechanical parts of the timepiece. There’s also the fixed stainless steel bezel and is covered by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. These design elements worked harmoniously to create a classic but striking aesthetics. If you’re looking for a classic timepiece in terms of design, it’s hard to go wrong with the Aqua Terra.

One of the unique design elements of the Aqua Terra lies with its day aperture which is placed on the 12 o’clock and the date aperture on the 6 o’clock. Maybe it’s just me but I don’t really like the placement of the apertures.

Construction and Wearability

As mentioned, the Omega Aqua Terra is a 41.5 mm watch which is a bit large for me. However, I will hesitate to call it in the same class of oversized dive watches.

There are other models of Aqua Terra that are smaller, particularly for the ladies. Other case sizes include the 30 mm, 34 mm, and 38.5 mm versions. It’s not that bad especially when the Rolex Explorer II has larger models at 42 mm.

Both the bezel and bracelet are made of polished and brushed stainless steel. In terms of durability, stainless steel gets the job done in making the Aqua Terra fairly durable. However, it does make the watch a little bit heavy for my taste. The material is also quite vulnerable to scratches after significant wear and tear. I would have preferred Titanium but I know that it would only drive the price of the watch up.

 

One thing I love about the Aqua Terra is the strap options. The 231.10.42.21.03.003 features a three-piece link bracelet with a folding buckle. However, the Aqua Terra line itself has many different strap options like fabric, leather, steel, and gold.

Overall, the Aqua Terra is very comfortable although I think it’s a little bit too heavy which is not good for extended use.

Timekeeping

The Aqua Terra Chronometer is powered by the Caliber 8602 self-winding movement. For the uninitiated, this means that you don’t have to manually wind the watch.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Aqua Terra is a COSC certified chronometer which is the highest certification that timepiece can get from the Official Swiss Chronometric Testing Institute (COSC). The standard for a COSC certified chronometer is 99.994% accuracy or -4 to +6 seconds/day. The day and night features work as intended and change instantly at midnight.

Overall, the Aqua Terra is a very versatile and accurate piece.

Rolex Explorer Review

The Rolex Explorer has always been, in my opinion, one of the purest sports watches from the Rolex stable. It has always been an understated piece with no cyclops, no moving bezel or any other “common” Rolex features.

For this review, we’re going to focus on the Rolex Explorer reference 214270 which was updated back in 2016. Let’s take a look.

Design

The 214270 in 39 mm features a familiar yet new dial that sports Arabic numerals on 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, and there’s the large luminous triangle at 12 o’clock. The defining characteristic of the Explorer has always been the black dial, and it’s complemented by white gold numerals and indices – all of which are applied with Chromalight.

Back in 2010, the Explorer has been updated from 36 mm to 39 mm case size. Although this might have been a welcome update at first, many fans were disappointed that the enlarged dials made the dials too short, unable to properly reach the indices. Many enthusiasts felt that the change made an excess of negative space on the dial. The Rolex 214270 fixes that.

The Rolex Explorer is one of my most favorite looks when it comes to chronographs. As I’ve mentioned, I love watches with black dials like the Rolex Submariner. And with the 214270’s tighter dials, it’s hard not to fall head over heels over the Explorer. There’s the beautiful balance between the size of the dials, hands and, markers. This timepiece epitomizes sporty elegance.

For low light conditions, the Chromalight does its job and it looks super slick. In terms of legibility, I have no complaints.

Construction and Wearability

The Explorer’s case and bracelet are made from 904L stainless steel which is super resistant to corrosion and is usually used for aerospace and chemical industries. 904L seems to be standard when it comes to Rolex sports models.

As far as durability goes, the Explorer is a fairly tough piece although it’s made of steel. While I would prefer Titanium on my Rolex, the 904L offers better protection and weight savings as compared to, let’s say, a 316L.

The bracelet is secured with the Oysterlock safety folding clasp which is known for its ease of operation. A gentle tug easily opens the protective bow, and another tug on the lever mechanism unlocks the bracelet.

The Easylink system is another feature that I love as I can simply pivot out the clasp without altering the look of the bracelet. For the best fit and comfort, the bracelet also has a 5 mm extension which should come in handy when the wrist starts to expand during certain conditions.

All of these construction elements really make the Explorer a very comfortable chronometer. I didn’t experience any uncomfortable scratches or poking. This is a welcome surprise for me especially considering that it’s a steel watch.

Timekeeping

The Explorer is powered by Rolex manufacture Caliber 3132 movement. The watch is also COSC certified and that’s on top of Rolex’s own Superlative Chronometer certification.

This is where the Rolex edges out the Aqua Terra. Knowing Rolex and their mastery of attention to detail, the 3132 finishing ensures superior timekeeping reliability and precision. Rolex employs a more stringent +2/-2 second a day accuracy, which is performed after casing. Personally, I would have liked a day and date apertures which are notable omissions in this model.

The 3132 movement also comes equipped with Paraflex shock absorbers and Parachrom hairspring for added durability.

Head to Head Comparisons

Here’s a direct comparison of the key specifications of the Omega Aqua Terra and Rolex Explorer.

Brand: Omega Rolex
Series: Aqua Terra 150m Co-Axial Day Date Explorer 39mm
Model #: 231.10.42.22.01.001 214270 Black Luminous
Size: Mens Mens
Case Material: Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Black Black
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Clasp Type: Push Button Folding Clasp Rolex Folding Oysterlock Safety Clasp
Movement: Automatic Automatic
Bezel: Fixed Fixed
Crystal: Anti-Reflective Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Case Back: Transparent Solid
Water Resistance: 150ft/500ft 100m/330ft
Case Diameter: 41.5 mm 39 mm
Complications: Day/Date  –

The Verdict

This is really a tough one.

For me, it all comes to the accuracy and precision of the Rolex Explorer. The Aqua Terra features an impressive COSC certified chronometers with -4 +6 accuracy but just doesn’t compare to the -2/+2 seconds accuracy of the Explorer. This just means that the Rolex chronometer is about 2 or 3 times more accurate than Omega’s offering. I also prefer the Rolex for the sheer brand prestige and resale value, but that’s just me.

By no means, the Aqua Terra is not at all an inferior timepiece.

In fact, it does offer more in terms of options. More choices for movements, more case options, more material options, you get my point. The Aqua Terra is a terrific choice if you’re looking for a high-end dive watch but don’t want to spend big on a Rolex.

Do you agree with this comparison review? Which chronometer do you prefer? Feel free to comment below!

Zeppelin Watch Review: Which Watches to Purchase?

Zeppelin Hindenburg Z-129 Automatic Review

Today we are venturing back in time. Before trips to the airport common, and the only things in the sky were birds. In 1900, the first Zeppelin was designed and ready for flight. The Zeppelin watches by POINTtec, represent this classic era, bringing a classic and simplistic design to the watch game.

 

Although POINTtec is a relatively new watchmaker (1987), they focus on making watches that represent the era of the great Zeppelins. The timepieces by POINTtec are valued at a good price, use great materials for design and create high-quality pieces. I definitely recommend owning at least one if you are into classic dress watches.

Zeppelin Hindenburg Z-129 Automatic

The Hindenburg can be considered the face of the Zeppelin brand. This is a beautiful, simplistic timepiece, that truly feels like you are being transported back to 1900 when you are wearing it.

Ironically, this watch is named after the passenger carrying Zeppelin, the Hindenburg. In 1937 the Hindenburg crashed and is forever remembered in history as the Hindenburg disaster. The reason behind the name of the watch is not because of the tragedy (at least I hope not), but after the beautiful design, retro style and elegance that the Zeppelin Hindenburg represented.

Design

When you first glance at this watch, you are greeted with a large 40mm stainless steel case and a bright white dial. The large, retro-styled fonts jump out and give the watch its unique and classic look.

One thing I love about all Zeppelin watches, and the Hindenburg in particular, is how the case is designed. The frame of the case is double domed, giving the watch a thicker look, that is more bold and desirable. Rather than a flat case that is found on many watches. POINTtec uses a hesalite crystal to cover the dial. Hesalite is a great material for a crystal because scratches can be wiped away and are very hard to come by. They are also cheaper to be replaced than sapphire crystals and are of higher quality than acrylic crystals.

The dark black, high-grade calfskin band is another great addition to this timepiece. It helps to maintain a classic dressy look when on the wrist and offers great comfort to those who wear it. This is a truly great material that is not always found on watches. Usually, you get a “genuine leather” which is typically a cocktail of low-quality materials that do NOT last. The Zeppelins’ calfskin leather band looks great, feels great and compliments the watch well.

Durability

Zeppelin watches are great, durable watches that are sure to last. It is hard to describe the strong feel of the case without you actually feeling it in person. But the case surely is of great material and is meant to last. The watch can also take some minor exposure to water. Just DO NOT go swimming or take a shower in ANY Zeppelin watches. Now, I have no idea why you would want to, but in case you have a”wearing a watch in the pool fetish” I just want to let you know this is not the watch for you.

As I mentioned before, the hesalite crystal is an awesome durable crystal. Scratches are almost impossible to come by. If you do in fact get a scratch, it is easier to polish out than sapphire crystals, so your watch can stay looking brand new for years and years.

Lastly, do not forget the calfskin leather. You can feel the difference in the leather used on this watch and it shows through wear that it maintains a sleek and matte look. This material does not wear as easily as genuine leathers and should last a long time if worn with care.

Movement

I am actually impressed with the Hindenburg movement. And that is saying A LOT! You can say I am a movement geek, nerd, enthusiast or any other adjective to describe someone who is oddly obsessed with something. I wouldn’t be surprised if I showed up on an episode of “My Strange Addictions”; Man In Love With Watch Movements…..

Back on topic. The movement on the Hindenburg is not in any way OUTSTANDING. However, it is pretty precise, especially for the price you pay.

The Hindenburg Zeppelin uses a Japanese, Caliber 9132, mechanic, self-winding, movement. Sounds pretty fancy, huh?

When reading reviews and customer feedbacks on all different websites, it seems that there is a general consensus that the movement works great! An interesting feature of the movement is that has somewhat of a loud rotor, which in my opinion, seems to fit the classic style. Do not expect this watch to be as accurate as a top-tier Rolex movement. If you enjoy the movement for what it is, I am sure you will be happy!

Zeppelin Hindenburg Z-129 MOONPHASE

Another great watch from Zeppelin is the Hindenburg Moonphase.

This watch has a very similar classic and retro design as the original Zeppelin Hindenburg, with a few noteable differences.

Design

The first difference that stands out on the dial is the crescent moon, “moon phase” logo on the bottom of the dial. This unique feature looks very interesting and actually gives you the ability to track the moon phases after just setting it up ONCE!

Another great feature is the date function. Not only do you have numerical numbers for days in a month, but you also have the day of the week, Sunday- Saturday.

Other than those main differences, everything else is pretty much the same. A great double domed, 40mm case. A large white dial with black hands and old-school numbers, a hesalite crystal and of course the black calfskin leather band.

Durability

For the purpose of not repeating myself, the durability of this watch is identical to the original Hindenburg Other than a few differences in design, the overall make and structure is the same. Meaning, yes, it is very durable.

Movement

The inside of this watch differs from the original Hindenburg, sadly. Instead of an automatic, mechanical self-winding movement, this model uses a quartz movement. I do not care for quartz movements, to be honest, I prefer a watch to be automatic.

The Hindenburg Moonphase watch uses a Ronda 706B, quartz movement. This is known to be a better movement when it comes to quartz, but in my opinion (if you care) a quartz is a quartz.

One thing that many people do like about this movement is the alignment of the hands. The second-hand ticks around the dial VERY accurately. Meaning, the hand is dead on with the second and minute markers. When you look at the time you can feel confident at what number the hand is on. Many watches have hands that tick in the middle of each marker, which is not a big deal, but if you are paying for a watch I would think you would want everything to be PERFECT!

Zeppelin Flatline Power Reserve

This watch is sure to make your heart skip a beat…. It may even leave you flatlined.

Design

A 40mm stainless steel case, polished bezel, and a bold dark black anthracite dial are the features that bring this watch together. Overall, the design is quite simple but has a clean bold look to it that defines the meaning of a dress watch.

Small white numbers and tick marks roll around this beauty and add to the large look of the watch. This watch also features the black calfskin leather band, which pairs perfectly with this piece.

Durability

This watch is just as durable as the other two watches I reviewed. A mineral crystal that is easily replaceable and easy to polish off scratches. The leather calfskin strap is one of the highlights of the watches durability. The high-grade material lasts through many wears and does not fade and tear like cheaper genuine straps (I know, I already said that).

Movement

I’ll take an automatic over a quartz movement any day. Which is why I like the movement on the Flatline Power Reserve.  The movement on this watch is a 26 jewel Citizen automatic movement. Based on customer reviews it is a reliable movement that does not encounter any problems. The power reserve is just another interesting feature that lets you know when your watch needs a winding.

Power reserves are great additions to mechanical watches (especially movements that are not TOP QUALITY), so you know when your watch needs to be wound up. A big problem people encounter with mechanical movements is forgetting to wind up their watches, so the time is never accurate. With this movement and design, you know that the watch needs a winding so you can never have to worry about loosing time (unless you are too lazy to wind your watch).

Why Buy Zeppelin Watches

Zeppelin does, in fact, make great watches at a VERY affordable price for those who love nice, minimalistic dress watches. All of the Zeppelin watches by POINTtec use great materials and unique designs on their builds. My favorite features are the quality calfskin bands, double-domed stainless steel cases, and the moon phase tracker on the Hindenburg MoonPhase watch.

When comparing Zeppelins’ to other dress watches, in my opinion, zeppelins’ prevail in most cases. The Zeppelin watch represents an age of classic design, innovation, and a whole different culture. Wearing this watches bring a style to your outfit that is different than many sports watches and modernized pieces that are mainstream nowadays.

If minimalistic design and durability are important features when purchasing a watch than Zeppelin watches are for you. The price point is fantastic, the watches last and the watches function properly.

Gucci Watches Review: Here are Some of Their Best Pieces

picture of the gucci g timeless automatic watch

Today we are talking all about Gucci, Gucci, Gucci. And no, handbags and designer clothing are not what will be discussed. We are talking GUCCI WATCHES!

Now, we all know that the name Gucci basically means expensive and luxury in fashion (Yes, fashion is a language). But we don’t typically think of watches, or at least, I don’t think of watches. I must say that I am very surprised with some of the watches Gucci has to offer. So when it comes down to it, if you are in the market for a designer watch that has some great quality pieces. Gucci may be for you.

Gucci Dive Watch

Yes, you read that correctly. Gucci has a dive watch. And I have to say it looks pretty decent.

If you are a fan of dive watches but can not see yourself dropping thousands on a Rolex or similar brand, then the dive watch by Gucci is probably for you. The design mimics the classic Sea Dweller but with an all black look.

Design

The Gucci dive watch comes with a stainless steel, 45mm case. A bit larger when compared to most dive watches on the market, so if you are not a fan of large cases, or you have a smaller wrist, than this may not be a great fit.  I really like the large case in this instance. The larger case truly stands out so you can see that Gucci emblem from a mile away.

The dial is a very dark black. With bold, silver writing inside of the face. The rotating black bezel also features the silver color for the numbers and tick marks. This is a great contrast if you decide to purchase the model with a black band (featured above). You can also swap the black stainless steel band for a silver stainless steel band. Either colorway looks great with any outfit you can think of. This is a very professional looking timepiece, that also looks just as well as a casual watch or even underwater (hence its name). I mean, I don’t know about you though, but I’m not going underwater in my Gucci watch.

 

Other Features

Another great feature is the sapphire crystal. It is not a feature that is noticeable but is of higher quality than some other major designer brand watches. Overall, the design of the Gucci Dive watch is classic. Not much is going on inside the dial, simply a dark, intense black with shiny silver coloring inside marking hands and minute marks. Like I mentioned earlier, it is a bit large. But seems to fit well because it just looks like a big, bulky intimidating watch marked with the high-class Gucci name. I think the large size was a STATEMENT by Gucci.

Durability

Not many designer watches (Burberry, Versace, etc) can handle depths up to 200m below the sea. This feature alone is why it is one of my favorite designer watches, even though I made the statement that I would never go underwater with my Gucci watch. Why so? Well, I honestly do not trust it as much as a top-notch Rolex dive watch and why would you risk breaking your Gucci watch? You aren’t going diving with your Gucci shoes, right?

Ok, back to the point. Due to the bold stainless steel bulky case, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and stainless steel bracelet, the Gucci Dive holds its own when it comes to durability.

Movement

The movement is not great on this watch, or really any Gucci watches. You will find it to be able to keep time at a decent rate. A Swiss quartz is the only information that Gucci provides. So it can be assumed that this is a pretty basic movement, put inside of a fashion watch.

Why a Designer Dive Watch

So overall, this is not an outstanding watch when compared to other dive watches. However, I must say, being a designer watch you do not expect to see a dive watch in the first place. Which is why the dive watch by Gucci is so unique and definitely a must-have by all dive watch and materialistic people.

Gucci G Timeless Quartz

Wow! Look at this gorgeous timepiece.

Designer Watch

Now, this is what I think of when I hear “designer watch.” A flashy and shiny, two-toned beauty. The colors blend perfectly, giving this watch a great look that can be worn with your favorite business attire. A light colored rose gold detail looks fantastic with the silver stainless steel band, rose gold bezel and dark grey dial.

At 38mm, this is more of a “good fit” when compared to the Gucci Dive watch. What makes this watch interesting is the sapphire crystal has an antireflective coating inside. Making it easier to see the dial of this beauty, even in the middle of the desert.

The small shapes within the dial make the whole look of this watch. Many top watch brands keep their dials plain inside. Here, you get a unique design that is sure to be an attention grabber while the rose gold hand ticks around the beautiful shapes.

Durability

You should not be disappointed with the strength of this watch. A really great feature is that it can withstand up to 50m of water pressure. Gucci actually says you can go recreational swimming in this watch. I, myself, would not go swimming with such a nice watch on my wrist. And even though the crystal is scratch resistant, I am not risking damaging this watch.

Overall, you can expect this watch to hold its own. The waterproofing and scratch resistant crystal make this watch more durable than other watches with similar, smaller styles.

Movement

An analog quartz movement is what you get with this watch. Nothing spectacular, but it will do the job. One thing I must say is when I review designer watches, the movements are not as important to me as when I am reviewing a Rolex or another automatic watch. If I am buying a designer watch, I am purchasing it for looks and, yeah looks!

That being said, no, this is not an AMAZING movement. It is a decent quartz that will be able to tell the time.

The Chronograph

You can never go wrong with a nice chronograph watch.

 

The chronograph by Gucci is quite simple for a chronograph. Stainless steel band and bezel with a dark black dial. A slight color contrast is introduced with the red second’s hand as well a red screw in crown.

Simple yet Stylish

This chronograph has a 43mm case. Its actually a very good size for a chronograph and does not look as complex and confusing inside the dial like many chronographs. Gucci made a simple watch, that looks great and functions well.

Look to wear this watch with anything. I would not say its as dressy as the G Timeless watch, but it can be worn with a nice dark suit or dark dress shirt. The fashion critic deep inside wants me to say stay with dark colors. But hey, DO YOU!

Durability

Scratch resistant sapphire crystal, Check!

Water resistance? Yes, up to 30m under the deep blue sea.

A heavy, strong stainless steel band? Of course!

Nothing makes this watch absurdly durable, though it is just as durable as the others I have reviewed.

Gucci G Timeless AUTOMATIC

You have to save the best for last sometimes. This is hands down my favorite watch by Gucci.

Design

Simple, yet elegant. The G Timeless Automatic by Gucci is a breathtaking timepiece that has a movement on par with higher end watches. Which is why I love it.

38mm stainless steel case, a polished silver bezel, and a diamond-patterned, black textured dial. The gold bar hour markers are a perfect addition to this piece, offering a perfect contrast to make this a VERY wearable and luxury watch.

The link bracelet is a great part of this watch as well. Adding a similar look to models. Although I love Rolex Datejust models, and actually own a few myself, I believe the style of the Gucci G Timeless is more appealing and modern! A perfect watch for the price!

Durability

This watch is not super durable, definitely not as the Gucci Dive, but it still has a few good features going for it. 5ATM water resistance, which basically means it can take a quick drop in the pool, you can have it on in some light rain and hey, it can even take a fall in the toilet. Do NOT go swimming with this watch. It is not suitable for water activities.

The stainless steel has a good weight, 16oz, and it is of a good material and polish. Scratches are not as noticeable on this watch, so it can take a few minor bangs.

Movement

A Swiss automatic movement. Not a piece usually found inside designer watches. It is nice to see an automatic mechanical movement in a designer brands timepiece.

As for accuracy. It is nothing special. Some reviews on Amazon claim that they have to reset the time every other day. For me, simply watching the second-hand glide around the dial is much more soothing than a slow and steady tick. So although the movement on this piece isn’t fantastic, hey, it’s still an automatic!

Final Verdict on Gucci Brand Watches

Serious watch collectors probably would never think of purchasing a designer watch, let alone a Gucci piece. Do not let this keep you from purchasing a Gucci. Gucci watches are contemporary, well designed, luxury watches, that have a great name in fashion.

The watches they create are attractive and look good with almost any type of outfit. If crazy accurate movements and immense history is not very important to you when buying a watch, Gucci watches are a good choice. Make sure to purchase your watch from a trustworthy website. Happy watch shopping!

Eone Bradley Watch Review

image of the eone bradley titanium classic watch with Italian leather band

Today I am going to review a brand that is nothing like watches that you have come to know and love. Forget all of those ticking hands, sapphire crystals and basically every other feature that your favorite timepiece has. The watch review featured today comes from somewhere unknown, from a galaxy far far away……

I finally got to use a Star Wars quote in a real-life situation! But in all honesty, this watch looks straight from the Andromeda Galaxy.

What we have above is the Eone Bradley; a watch line that uses touch as well as sight to tell the time. This means that the visually impaired are able to use this watch, which is one reason why I really love Eone as a brand, despite the odd features.

Eone Bradley History

Before Eone, there were not really any well-functioning watches that could be used by those without sight. The only ones were pieces that used sound and loudly displayed the time to you, but in a noisy matter. Not the best type of watch if you are in a movie theater…

What is even more great about the timepieces is the man behind the name. These watches are named after a USA swimmer, Bradley Snyder. Brad lost his eyesight after being struck by an IED while protecting the United States in Afghanistan. A year after this incident, Brad participated in the 2012 Paralympics in London and WON!

The Eone Bradley brand represents perseverance, determination and the strength and hope of an American soldier.

Contemporary Design

The design of the Eone Bradley watches is like no other. I would not say it is one of my favorite looks, but I definitely think I could pull it off (and yes you can too)!

The case is made of a strong, sleek and shiny titanium steel, 40mm in diameter and 11.5 mm thick. So it is a good size, yet the titanium does make it feel larger than other 40mm cases that I am used to. Nevertheless, it still has a good fit and feels great on the wrist. Some would think the titanium would be uncomfortable due to the large and hard design. Yet it is not even noticeable and feels just fine.

What makes the watch so different from traditional timepieces is the hands; well, lack of hands. On the Eone Bradley, there are two magnetic spheres that are used to tell the time. The sphere on the inner case tells the minutes and the outer sphere tells the hours. With a design like this, the visually impaired can actually “feel” the time. Which is pretty awesome in my opinion.

Customizable Bands

Another feature that makes this model of timepieces so interesting is all of the bands you can choose from.  A steel mesh bracelet is what the watch comes with. This one is my favorite band because it keeps the futuristic and modern look to it. But you can also choose from many other colors an materials like brown leather, yellow-gold steel mesh, black steel mesh and even textile straps.

Not only is their a strap variation but the watch itself also comes in different colors. You can go back to the basics, and go with an all silver or an all-black case. Or, you can get into colors like rose gold, yellow gold, and even an olive green color. The variety is awesome because it makes you want to own them all (Kinda like Pokemon)! I personally like all of the colorways that Eone offers. Though I must say my favorite is the classic silver color.

An Everyday Watch For Sure

Because this watch is so creative and innovative, yet somehow so modest that it can be worn with literally anything.

Being that the Eone is so versatile, there is no reason why it can not be an everyday watch. Switch up the straps on a daily basis to present a new look, and do not be afraid to throw on the Bradley casual or dress attire.

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT be afraid to wear this timepiece with business attire. The Bradley is a FANTASTIC addition to any business outfit and makes the whole look pop! The modern look and handsome titanium and steel-mesh turn necks of anyone who passes by.  I would go as far as to say that this is THE watch to wear when going to a meeting, wedding or any other professional situation. I say that because the watch is a conversation starter. Not many people know of the Eone brand. So after you let everyone know that you can “see and feel” the time, you will have amazed the whole crowd!

Unisex

Although the Eone may be a bit large for some females wrists it can be worn by anyone. There is no specific gender that these watches are marketed to. I tend to think they have such a terrific design that it does not matter who wears these timepieces; they are truly a work of art.  And with the range of colors and straps, you are sure to find a great combination. Either really pretty or overwhelmingly masculine (men who claim it is not a “unisex watch).

Redefining Durability

Words can not explain how durable this watch is. But I’m just going to have to put it in words.  The titanium steel case is meant to take on anything that comes in its path. The steel is so durable that scratches are a thing of the past. And the steel mesh bracelet. Oh man, you can forget hideous scratches and imperfections on your wrist. Eone Bradley was designed to be a strong, durable watch and the quality of material reflects that to a tee!

Ready to seal the deal. The watch is water resistant as well…. 🙌  It is not waterproof though. So do not go scuba diving or simply submerge your wrist under water to test the durability. That is a no-no.

It is great to know that when you are wearing your Eone Bradley, that it is safe and secure on your wrist. You do not have to worry about annoying scratches, cracks or anything like that. This is definitely an amazing watch when it comes to being durable.

The steel spheres that tell the time also add to the durability of Eone timepieces.  You can play with the spheres and move them around, shake your wrist or do any other task to try and move those little silver balls. But nothing you do will make them fall out. The magnets inside of the watch are small but TOUGH!

Movement

Are you ready? I am going to contradict myself on this one. Usually, I regard movement very highly when reviewing a watch. I mean, if you are buying a watch, chances are you want to tell time (I’m assuming) unless you are just wearing it for the style.

This is not to say that the Eone uses a “bad” movement. It is just that the movement used is not on par with watches like Rolex, Omega, and Tag Heuer. In defense of the Eone, the watch is much cheaper than these three watches that I just mentioned.

Eone says it uses a Ronda quartz movement with Swiss parts. Ronda is a  is a movement manufacturer that is known to make movements for many different watch brands.  What makes the Eone different from other watches that use Ronda quartz is the ability to use magnets to tell the time, rather than ticking hands.

Inside of the innovative Eone there are two small, but very strong magnets. These magnets keep the metal spheres in place on your watch, despite how many times you try to move them out of place. They will simply move right back in place.

This is a movement that is definitely unique and known to be quite reliable. However, since we do in fact live in a world of magnetic fields; the Eone at times will be affected by this.

With that one quality set aside, the Eone is still a very reliable watch.

Value

Eone Bradley watches have not been around for a very long time (relative to big historical brands like Rolex). So because of this, I do not know how the value of these watches will hold over time. I DO know, that these timepieces are VERY affordable and definitely worth the price that they retail for.

Eone wanted to create a watch that is beautiful and affordable. I would say they succeeded in their goal to do so. If you keep your Bradley in good condition, which since they are so durable it is not a hard task, the watches should hold their retail value.

At the end of the day, I would suggest holding onto your Eone. It is a one of a kind watch, with a story like no other. I do not want to say they will be worth thousands, but I do believe if the manufacturers stop producing these watches, they will one day be sought after (my own opinion).

The Verdict

The results are in and it seems as though the Eone Bradley is a MUST HAVE watch.

Think of all of those who are left out of the watch community because they are unable to see. Well not any longer. Eone is a brand that represents hope, innovation, character, and history.  I say the Eone should become a classic one day. The story behind the Eone is just so different. The design is unlike any other, and the magnetic movement is one of a kind. If you are ready to sport a modern, fashionable and highly durable timepiece, look no further than the Eone Bradley.

Rolex Review: The Milgauss vs The Classic Submariner

Rolex Milgauss vs Submariner

Today we have a battle between two fantastic watches from the Rolex Brand. The classic, stylish and one of a kind Rolex Submariner up against the innovative, unique and quite stylish Rolex Milgauss.

 

This is definitely not an easy choice for me. Both are expertly crafted, perfectly designed and offer some of the best quality around when it comes to timepieces. But since I ultimately have to give you all a decision on which one is better, I will go ahead and say the Milgauss. This is when all Rolex fanatics bash my decision, and may even result in violent acts. Just kidding, but it is true, Rolex fans will probably call me crazy. The Submariner is such a classic, it is hard to vote against it. To me, the Milgauss is a one of a kind piece. A Rolex that is not your typical Rolex. It is fun, creative, stylish and innovative. Which is why, in my humble opinion, it beats the Submariner.

Rolex Milgauss

Let me begin by providing everyone with a brief history of the Milgauss model. ( Oh no, another history lesson 😭). Interestingly enough, the history of the Milgauss brand is quite fascinating! It began in the 1950’s when Rolex noticed that mechanical watches were being affected by magnetic fields. Thus, the Milgauss model was born, a model of Rolex watches that actually is not affected by magnetic fields.

This meant that these watches were curated for scientists and engineers who work in situations where the magnetic fields are intensified. So because the watch was made for scientists, Rolex implemented unique and one of a kind designs for this line of watches. As you see above, the second’s hand is in an orange lightning bolt shape with orange numbers contrasting the blue face. Enough with history, all of this talk about design has me anxious to describe the cool attributes of this watch.

A Unique Design

Some may call Rolex crazy for adding an orange lightning bolt on a watch whose name is nothing short than luxury. Well, to be completely honest, it actually looks great. This is a watch for those who have more unique personalities. It is not your average, everyday sports watch or dive watch. This is a watch that was created to be antimagnetic, to be worn by the smartest people on earth! Take that in and really enjoy what you have here.

Another great feature is the sapphire crystal used on this piece. The crystal is slightly domed, and on the sides, the crystal is a nice, bright green color.

A colored crystal has been done on other watches, but this was the first by Rolex to feature this interesting attribute. I’d say the green goes well with the blue dial and orange hand, while giving it a mad scientist look. It may not be a watch I would wear with business attire, but most certainly any casual outfits.

Great Size

What makes the watch even better to me is the size. A 40mm case that does not feel too small or too big. As far as size goes, this is virtually the baby bear in the watch game; a perfect fit. The polished bezel is sleek and shiny, which actually helps with the size. It is not as bulky as the Submariner and seems to compliment the wrist more. This is not a watch for lovers of big face.

Durability

Like almost all Rolex watches, you can expect great durability with this timepiece.  Rolex does not stop at luxury; they ensure to make watches that can last for many, many years.

This is not a dive watch, so do not expect 300 meters of water resistance. You do receive up to 100 meters of water resistance though, which is really all you need for an everyday watch. Just make sure your beautifully crafted, signature Rolex crown is screwed down nice and tight, to ensure your watch will not let any water in.

The oyster steel bracelet is yet another reason why this watch is durable. A 904L steel offers excellent weight, matched with a material that is not as susceptible to scratches. Add the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and ultra secure, 5 link, oyster clasp, and you have one of the most durable watches on the market.

The Special Feature

Would you call magnetic interference an aspect that hinders durability? Well if it keeps your watch from functioning properly, I would say so. The Rolex Milgauss features a ferromagnetic material in the inner case, that works to aid against electromagnetic fields. You can now roam the world free, knowing the unavoidable magnetic fields will not be affecting your watches time keeping abilities!

A Watch That Holds Value

This may be one of the most important features when purchasing an expensive watch. Yes, I know some watches may be “priceless” to some. But when you are talking this much money on a piece of metal that you wear on your wrist (such an insult to the Rolex name), value and price MATTER!

That being said, you should expect this watch to be quite expensive, but for a good reason. Being that the Milgauss is not your average watch, and features precious metals not found in many other watches. There is no reason to doubt the long-term value of the watch. If kept in good condition, I would go as far to say expect your watch to grow in value, even after it is “pre-owned.”

Movement

It is obvious that you are getting a reliable watch with this purchase. You are indeed buying a Rolex. But the 3131 movement in this piece is fantastic! It is the same 3131 movement used in other Rolex models. Just with some added metal to protect the precious movement inside. Look for this watch to be extremely accurate. Maybe a second or two off a day.

The One and Only, Rolex Submariner

Oh man, how will the Submariner stand a chance against the scientific masterpiece that is the Milgauss. Well, it definitely does stand a chance, despite the loss. It is, in fact, an amazing watch, with a rich history dating back before the Milgauss.

The Submariner is a must-have watch according to many watch collectors and one of the greatest timepieces to ever tick in this world. If you are a fan of the Rolex brand. Chances are you own, or WANT to own a Submariner.

Design

Not a design that is overly done. The Submariner is simply clean, simple, but has so much character and is overall such a handsome looking watch.

Do not confuse the Submariner with the SeaDweller. They do virtually look identical, but the Submariner has the Rolex signature 2.5 magnification cyclops.

The Submariner may not have an innovative or one of a kind design. But we all have to admit that it looks great. The black dial, white hands and black and white bi-directional bezel, go great with the bold stainless steel bracelet. This watch also has a 40mm case, like the Milgauss, but the bezel does make the Submariner feel larger and a bit bulkier.

When to Wear the Submariner

A great feature that I can say about the Submariner, is it is extremely versatile. You can wear this watch with ANYTHING. Literally, any outfit can be worn with the Submariner. Business attire to casual to sporty and even in a full wetsuit. No matter what outfit or occasion it is, look to pull out your Submariner.

Durability

You will not be disappointed with the durability of this watch. The water resistance on this beauty is up to 300 meters (or 1,000ft). So any average swimmer or even diver can wear this watch without worrying about it breaking.

This watch also has a scratch resistant, ceramic bezel insert, a scratch-proof crystal and a nice and shiny 904L oyster bracelet, and yes you guessed it, that is great at hiding imperfections (scratch proof).

Minus the intense technology added to the Milagauss; the Submariner is just as durable. The bulkiness actually helps more when it comes to falls, bangs and scratches. So you can not go wrong with the Submariners’ strength!

Value

A classic piece like the Submariner will always hold its value. Unless, of course, you dismantle and destroy your piece (which is not as easy as it sounds).

All Rolex Submariner models hold their value pretty well. But, I would always recommend a vintage, original piece. These are the timepieces with history. They may not feature the latest technology like the newer models. However, it is hard to turn down the original.

Incredible Movement

While diving 1,000 ft below the sea, it is important to have an accurate timepiece believe it or not. The latest Submariner is fit with a 3135 mechanical movement. This is a great, reliable movement, that we are starting to see more and more on newer model Rolex watches. Why? Because these are incredible movements. ‘

It is a large, 31 jewel movement, with a calendar aperture that is instantaneous. Meaning the date automatically changes at midnight, every night.

The Winner: The Rolex Milgauss

The name itself represents a winning breed. Milgauss comes from the Latin term, mil, meaning thousand, and gauss, which means magnetic. A thousand magnetic. Wow, that just sounds beautiful.

But the reason I chose the Milgauss over the Submariner in today’s review, is for these two reasons. For one, there are SOOOOO many dive watches on the market. With the Milgauss, you get a unique watch, that isn’t seen every day. Another reason? The technology used in the watch. I mean, how cool is it when you tell somebody, “hey, my watch is anti-magnetic!” You will easily be the coolest guy in the office or the classroom.

Honestly, though, I am in love with both of these timepieces. Whichever one you decide on purchasing.

Review of the Top Watches By Burei

image of the black, stainless steel quartz burei watch

You get what you pay for. How many times have you heard that in your life? As much as we all hope that exclusive deal we see online for the $25 Jordan’s are the deal of a lifetime, chances are it is too good to be true.  Now, not to say you can not get bargains.

With Burei you get a decent watch at an amazing price! The watches by Burei resemble big named brands like Rolex. Now thats what I call a bargain!

Pretty similar, huh? As you see above the prices are INSANELY different. So it really boils down to what you are looking for in a watch. If you have the money to spend, go ahead and buy that Rolex. If you are looking to buy a great looking watch, that may not be as luxurious and expertly crafted; but works well and does its job. Well, than Burei is a GREAT watch brand for you!

Below, I will review multiple watches by Burei that have the best reviews, and in my opinion, look the nicest and are most worth it!

Burei Datejust Sapphire Crystal

The first watch I will review by Burei is the one you see above, that looks almost identical to a Rolex Datejust. Datejusts’ are probably my favorite styled watch. I just love the bracelet, classic, clean look and the great size that these watches come in.

Style

When it comes to style, this watch does not disappoint. It has a great high class look and even uses a sapphire crystal, which is better than many plastic crystals that are usually found on cheaper watches.

The timepiece features a well manufactured stainless steel bracelet, with a bit of weight to it. Not really comparable to the weight of a Rolex bracelet, but much better than I expected. You can also purchase the gold lining band, that you see at the beginning of the post, the band that I prefer. The dark black dial goes great with either bracelet, and looks great with any outfit.

At 40mm, it fits great on any wrist. The 12mm case thickness, makes it so the watch does not stick out to much on the wrist. When you are wearing this piece, it seems to fit well, but can loosen pretty quickly with wear.

Movement

Do not expect to be blown away with Burei’s movements. I would not go as far to say they are terrible. But definitely not high grade. These are not Swiss made movements, they are made in Japan. I can not find exact specifics of what type of movement that is used in automatic Burei’s other than “Japanese Automatic Movement.”

Owners do claim that the watch does keep great time though. So you can expect the watch to stay in the -20 + 20 second range each day, which truly is not bad. I just do not my readers expecting a high grade, Swiss made movement if you do decide to purchase. Just know at the end of the day, it will do its job and perform well!

Burei Quartz “Roman Numerals”

This is a great looking watch! I love what Burei did with the dial on this one! It has such a unique style, with a one of a kind overall look. Just look at the shiny gold, large Roman Numerals, that simply stand out on the handsomely fashioned striped dial.

With a gold colored, 41mm case, the case perfectly compliments the dial. Add the sleek, dark brown, calfskin band and you have yourself a beautiful timepiece.

What Makes it Great

Why this watch is a must buy is the price. You are not getting expensive materials in this watch. You ARE getting a great looking piece, with a moderate quartz movement and a durable model. I would recommend this to anyone who is new to the watch market and on a budget!

Multifunction Chronograph by Burei

This chronograph features a very classic design that fits the description of a dress watch. Decide between a silver, black-gold, black silver or gold design on this one. Either way, every color line looks elegant and professional; perfect for any business or business casual attire.

One of my favorite qualities of this watch has to be the price. Overall it is a GREAT deal, I would go as far to say a BARGAIN! Not flashy, not designer but simply a nice looking watch at a very nice looking price! We don’t all have 8K to drop on a watch now!

The Minimalist

A name that truly fits the piece on this one. Nothing flashy, expensive or even super high quality. Just an all black watch,waiting to compliment your all black attire. I can not think of one “all black designer” watch on the market today. So when times call for all black; whether it be the sad times of a funeral, or your just redefining what style really is, this is a watch to seal the look.

You get a watch with 30m of water resistance, scratch resistant mineral case, Japanese VX32 movement (don’t know much about this) and an analogue time display. Another bang for your buck on this watch! (They are all affordable, just incase you have not noticed yet)!

Burei Skeleton Automatic

Come on guys, don’t be greedy.If you are buying yourself an affordable watch (or five), might as well get one for the lady. Now, granted, this may not be her first choice in style. But you have to admit, it is a cool looking watch.

Just do not mention the name of the watch when purchasing, unless she’s into that type of stuff of-course. The skeleton name on this one is due to the see through dial, so you can see the movement inside.

You get a decent automatic movement on this one, so she will always be on time, like always! The watch comes in a nice size 34mm case, with a calfskin leather band. A brass bezel with sparkly, fancy looking diamonds helps to make the piece more of a “standout” watch, and takes some eyes off of the mechanics inside.

This is definitely not a watch for everyone, so browse through a few pics before purchasing. But once you own it, I believe many will fall for the wonderful timepiece. It has the look and glory of an expensive watch at 1/150000th of the price.

Chronograph Sports Watch by Burei

Time for a sports watch. When the clock is ticking down, and your on the edge of your seat, waiting for the final shot. It is always great to have a sports watch on your wrist. Wow that was terrible!

All jokes on the sideline, this is a nice looking watch. Nice and causal, yet suitable for any attire. The crocodile grain leather is actually quite appealing and comfortable on the wrist.

As for the design, it is a 41 mm case, with a sapphire, scratch-resistant crystal; which again is hard to find on cheaper watches. The inside features a Japanese quartz movement, which is reliable enough for what your paying. And the color choices for this watch are fantastic. Choose between silver, black or rose gold. No matter which one you decide to go with, I am sure it will please you.

Overall, another great purchase by Burei. It is a reliable and durable watch that can be worn with any outfit of your choice.

Another Chronograph by Burei

Here we have another chronograph watch by Burei. This one here has much more of a sporty, cheaper look to it. And in my opinion is not has nice. However it is one of the most durable watches by Burei.

With this specific chronograph, it can withstand up to 50m of water resistance. A very substantial feature for an affordable watch. The black leather band also gives protection. The watch can take falls without having scratches all over the bracelet and maintains a smooth look. The 41mm case is also quite sturdy and has a tough, durable look to it.

Unquestionably the best fit watch for casual attire. I would go as far as to say make this your everyday workout/sport watch. It may not be as light and complex as an Apple watch, or other smart watches, however, it is durable, pretty accurate at timekeeping and to some, quite stylish.

The Final Breakdown of the Burei Brand

When it comes down to it, the Burei name is nothing special. I honestly can not find much history online to even explain who they are. Watch connoisseurs usually take history whole hearted and may not even purchase a watch if it is not from a well regarded brand. Most people do not look at watches this way.

Many people look for a stylish and durable watch, that is good at doing its job; keeping time. If you are one of these people, and on the market for very affordable watches, Burei is for you.

An Affordable Brand With Good Looks

There is no doubt in my mind that Burei makes some of the nicest looking watches for the price point. They use reasonable mechanics and pieces for their watches, like sapphire crystals, which really make their watches beat other similarly priced time keepers.

Even though it may be a mock look. I have to say the Burei Datejust is my favorite.

The Burei Datejust is a beautiful watch at a phenomenal price. This is one of the most similar looking watches to a Rolex Datejust and just give off such a luxurious look. Despite it not being a Rolex; brand names aside it is just beautiful. A great gift for people of all ages and those who appreciate affordable, yet very attractive watches.

Rolex Datejust Jubilee vs Oyster Watch Bracelet Face-off

rolex datejust jubilee vs oyster bracelet

Today we have “The Battle Of The Bands!” Watch bands that is. Featuring two of the most worn bracelets by Rolex; the Datejust Jubilee vs. the Oyster bracelet. Both of these bands are of superior quality and design that watch connoisseurs all over regard highly. To some, the bracelet makes the watch. So which one is better?

This is a very hard comparison, but if I have to choose one it would go the Datejust Jubilee! Now at the end of the day, as I said these are both expertly crafted, high-quality bracelets. I chose the Datejust because I just have a love for many of the Datejust watches that feature the Jubilee. And own quite a few myself!

Datejust Jubilee

The Datejust name has quite a history to it. 1945 marks the first year that the Rolex Datejust watches began production. This would change the game for Rolex and become one of their most popular lines in the market.

Comfort

The Jubilee is a bracelet that will definitely provide comfort. It is not as large and bulky as the Oyster bracelet and the links are slightly separated, which gives the watch a natural feel on the wrist. What I mean by this is the watch does not feel glued to your body; it stays on sturdy but has a slight ‘jiggle’ to it.

With time and wear, the watch may slide up the wrist and expand a bit, but not as far as to make the bracelet uncomfortable. The 20mm lugs offer good size and good weight that feel good on almost any wrist. People with smaller wrists tend to find this bracelet more comfortable than the Oyster, but those with a wrist over 7 1/2 inches in diameter, complain that the bracelet is very tight.

Design

I personally love the designs of Jubilee bracelets!

The two-toned gold bands are my personal favorite. The gold links just fit perfectly with the stainless steel band; the definition of a perfect dress watch. And a dress watch is exactly what Rolex was aiming for when designing the Jubilee. A mid sized, luxury, attention grabbing bracelet that does not stick out on the wrist. So any business attire can be worn with the watch.

A strong Folding Oyster-clasp gives the watch a good look and feel to it as well. With the newer models, you can even get an extension link, meaning you can make the watch fit tighter, or more loosely on the wrist.

Overall, the design of the Jubilee bracelet is hands down more classy than the Oyster. The Jubilee is not as bulky and plain, it just simply has a clean look that fits well in any business or dress attire.

Durability

A durable bracelet is a great bracelet. If you want a watch that you can wear every day, the bracelet must be strong and sturdy. One thing I must admit about the Jubilee, is it is not as durable as the Oyster bracelets.

Now I have banged, dropped and scratched against walls quite a few times while wearing my Datejust Jubilee. And have even played basketball while wearing it (how stupid), and the bracelet has maintained very well. But! The watch has become a bit loose ( I do not have the extension Jubilee models) and is displaying some scratches on the gold lugs.  The scratches are not really noticeable, but when you have scratches as a watch owner, they tend to stand out like a noob playing Fortnite (WOW my nerd is coming out)!

So if I had to give a durability rating to the Jubilee Datejust, I would say a 3.8/5. I only say that because Rolex is creating VERY durable bracelets nowadays, that blow the Jubilee bracelets out of the park!

Value

Because of the history and materials used for a Jubilee, the value of the bracelets alone are pretty high! Most Datejust Jubilees’ actually use a Yellow Rolesor material, which is a combination of Oyster-steel and 18 carat yellow gold. This is not cheap material here, this is the high grade stuff.

If you keep the bracelet in good condition, and don’t play basketball in it like I did, then expect your bracelet to hold some value. Check out the price of the bracelet below:

Classic Oyster Bracelet

Ahh the Oyster Bracelet, one of the most classic bands by Rolex. The Oyster Bracelet was patented by Rolex back in 1947! You can find these bracelets on all of the classics, including the Submariners, Sea Dwellers and even GMT Master watches. All of the history aside, I just find the Jubilee Datejust’s so much more attractive, which is why the Oyster falls short in this battle.

Comfort

Oyster bracelets are definitely comfortable. Oyster bands are featured on sports timepieces, like dive watches, so comfort is a must. I have to say, they are much heavier and bulkier than the Jubilees’ and tend to fit better on larger wrists.

Models that feature “solid end links” seem to be the most comfortable in this category. This is mainly because it keeps the watch nice and secure on the wrist, without much looseness to it.

Design

As for the design of the classic Oyster, I would say this is the category where they fall short. To me, looks really matter on a watch. And for the most part, Oyster bracelets typically only come in stainless steel or all gold. Now, there are in fact models with the gold lining running through, but with thicker and more squared looking lugs than on the Jubilee Datejust models.

That being said, I find the design to be rather plain. It is no doubt that the materials used and craftsmanship towards creating the bracelets is amazing. There is just not much style to it. Many people may disagree, remember, this is my opinion. I just prefer bracelets that stand out and have more to it than simply stainless steel, wide lugs.

I do like how there is diversity in the clasps for the Oyster bracelets.  The Oyster-lock clasp fits the best with these models because it blends in perfectly. But the regular Rolex clasp and the crown-clasp also go well with the bracelet.

Durability

Durability is the highlight of the Oyster bracelet. Big, bulky, heavy and sturdy are words I would use to describe this line of bracelets. They are absolutely the most durable bracelets by Rolex. I would even go as far as to say the most durable bracelets on any watch. Like I mentioned earlier, these bracelets are typically placed on sports watches like the Sea Dweller.

These watches are meant to handle depths up to 300m, so of-course the bracelet itself has to be durable.

The stainless steel can take bumps and bruises better than the Jubilee. Imperfections are better hidden on the oyster and tend to not even surface as much. The wide, heavy lugs that are interconnected also help to hide scratches and keep away dust and dirt, which can build up inside of the Jubilee open links.

Overall, I give the Oyster bracelet a well deserved 4.5/5 for durability. These bracelets are made to be durable. So they hold up quite well in this category.

Value

There will always be value in a classic Oyster bracelet. Just keep your watch in good condition and expect the bracelet alone to be worth something. This is especially true if you have a vintage watch or bracelet from an original piece. Original Submariners and Sea Dwellers can go for big money. It’s always a good investment to go with an Oyster watch by Rolex.

Why I Chose The Jubilee

I may be biased in my decision, since I own many watches with the Jubilee bracelet. But like I said, I look for bracelets with style and complexity. In my opinion, the Oyster bracelets are plain and give off a basic look. Not that there is anything wrong with that at all. These are usually meant for durable sports watches. So the look compliments the watch perfectly. Jubilees’, however, give off the luxurious, high class look. These are what I picture when thinking of a luxury watch. Even when put up against Oyster bracelets that feature the gold lining, I see them as too thick and bulky. The Jubilee has great size lugs a nice polish and go great with any watch you pair it with.

Do not take in my opinions as pure facts though. My final decision was based solely on good looks. When it comes down to materials and craftsmanship, both watches are pretty much even. With the Oyster bracelet taking the cake when it comes to durability.

My Favorite Watches That Feature A Jubilee

To conclude on the article. I want to show three of my favorite watches that sport the Jubilee bracelet and the Oyster bracelet.

Below we have the “Mother Of Pearl” Datejust, that just looks so handsome with the Jubilee bracelet.

The Datejust 41, with blue dial looks great with the basic stainless steel model of Jubilee. The two toned bracelet is not needed here in my opinion.

Another one of my favorites is the vintage Rolex Datejust, with a blue dial. (I own this one, BIAS)!

Favorite Oyster Bracelet Models

You can never go wrong with the classic Submariner! This is an instance where the plain, but strong look of the Oyster bracelet, perfectly compliments the watch!

Another classic, the Sea Dweller!

And finally! One of my favorite models that feature an Oyster bracelet. The Rolex GMT Batman!

Hopefully I have made your decision on what bracelet to purchase a bit easier and you can decide on the perfect watch that fits you the best! Always keep in mind, when buying a Rolex or even a bracelet, there are many frauds circulating. Purchase from a reliable source with money back guarantees against fraud like Amazon!

War of the Watches: Rolex Hulk Vs. Batman Review

Rolex Hulk vs Batman

No, this is not a Marvel Vs. DC review that I am conducting today. Sorry movie fanatics. This is an even better WATCH review, featuring two superhero model watches by Rolex: The Rolex Submariner Green “AKA HULK”vs The Rolex GMT Master II “Batman.” I mean honestly, we all know that in an actual battle between the two, The Hulk would destroy the mortal Batman. But in today’s review, the result is not as clear!

Due to the beautiful design, function, shockingly strong durability and mechanics, the gold goes to Batman on this one. Both watches are great and very unique to the Rolex brand! However, my decision stands with the GMT Master II “Batman” and to find out why, just continue reading!

The Rolex Hulk

The big green giant has made an appearance in the realm of watches. Superhero fans, who also happen to be watch connoisseurs rejoice! This watch is sure to make you feel super-powerful!

Design

What a beautiful design on this watch. Rolex kept the classic look of the trendy, classic yet handsome Submariner,  and made it green. The green “Sunray” dial really compliments the dark green bezel on this one. A color that may like a bad idea for a dive watch, actually looks great on this model. I, myself, am not even big on green watches, but I have to say the overall look of this watch is just breathtaking!

Keeping a Classic design

As for everything other than the color, the watch is almost identical to the original Submariner. It still has the 2.5 magnifying signature Rolex cyclops, a beautiful and sturdy stainless steel Oyster bracelet, a great size 40 mm case and the expertly crafted, twist in crown on the side of the watch. Rolex did do a few things different on this watch though. It features larger lugs (obviously, its the Hulk), a hefty ceramic bezel and bold, large hour markers within the dial. This really creates a look that makes you want to rip out of your clothing while wearing, try it for yourself.

This look perfectly fits the name behind the piece. Besides the color looking like the Hulk, it was a great addition to supersize other aspects of the watch. The only issue I have is with the bigger size and thicker lugs comes a bigger look. It seems to compliment a larger wrist and sticks out a bit more than other Submariners. So if you wear with dress clothes, it is not as easy to slip under your shirt. Other than that, its a great looking watch with a unique and original design. I give the overall design of this watch a 4/5 stars.

Durability

Of course this watch is durable. Is it even worth discussing? I mean, come on, the watch is named after the Hulk. It would be a shame to name a watch after one of the strongest superheroes, yet lack any durability at all!

This Rolex features all of the aspects that make a Submariner a durable watch. 300m of water resistance, a strong, scratch resistant bracelet and the airtight, screw down crown. Don’t expect to fight any supervillains with this watch on. Put it away for those battles. But know that this watch can take almost whatever you throw at it.

Everything from the sapphire crystal to the brawny large stainless steel lugs, reserve the longevity of your timepiece. Due to the immense quality and high grade material of this watch, I rate it a 4.5/5 for durability. I still recommend trying to keep the watch as pristine as possible though, this is not a cheap watch. Which leads me to my next point.

Value

The price and value of this watch is up there, even higher than the Hulk himself. Not to say that this timepiece is not worth the high price tag. Since you are getting the top quality design and function of all the previous Rolex models, with even more updates to the inside of the watch, and adding a one of a kind design modeled after a popular superhero, the watch is definitely a gem that is worth the high price point.

This is a watch to keep and hold onto. Do not be surprised if you see the price soar as each year passes. But other than price and increasing value, the rarity and beauty of the watch is what really makes this timepiece shine. You must understand you a getting a classic watch with this piece. Now just realize how unique the design is for this watch and you can see for yourself that the watch is a great investment. I say the Rolex Submariner “Hulk” gets a score of 4.5/5 for value.

 

Movement

If you are purchasing a Rolex, you can always guarantee a reliable movement on the inside. I dare you to open the back of your watch and just marvel (pun intended) the complexity of the mechanics inside of your watch. The Rolex Hulk boasts an automatic, in house made, 3135 caliber movement, with 48,000 vibrations per hour. You get a fabulous, smooth running watch, that is sure to keep ticking for years. The 31 jewel 3135 movement is easily one of Rolex’s most widely used movements and for a great reason! It is so darn reliable.

As for a timepiece. Expect nothing less than excellence on this piece. A well deserved 4.8/5 is given to the amazing and dependable movement.

Rolex GMT- Master II “Batman

The Rolex GMT Master II “Batman

If the original theme song to Batman is not playing loudly inside of your head right now, I feel bad for you. There is no better way to introduce this beautiful watch than playing a classic super hero theme song.

Design

Rolex did a great job on this watch. I was already in love with the original GMT-Master model, but with the addition of the half blue bezel, it just stands out as a great timepiece. I am more attracted to the coloring of The Batman when compared to The Hulk. You just have much more of a variety of what you can wear with the Batman, rather than stick out with a bright green watch on your wrist. The Batman is definitely more FLEXIBLE to wear with everyday and business attire.

A sleek and shiny black dial perfectly compliments the polished silver bracelet and makes it so the half black/half blue bezel stands out. The face looks similar to most GMT previous models but hosts an attractive and distinctive blue second hand, which is a perfect accent to the black dial.

True Rolex Features

What more can you ask for? All of the classic Rolex features, combined with an exclusive design named after the legendary Batman! A sapphire domed crystal with the signature cyclops, oyster bracelet with nice size lugs, 40mm case (a perfect size for any wrist) and the bidirectional rotating bezel. Everything that makes a Rolex a Rolex just with a look fit for any nerd, I mean superhero fan! The design on this watch gets a 5/5 in my opinion!

Durability

The GMT Batman is just as durable as the Hulk, even though it sounds unreal. One big differentiator is that The Hulk is a dive watch, so you are getting up to 300m of water resistance. The same can not be said for The Batman. But if you are not a diver or professional swimmer, does this really matter?

Other than water resistance, everything else is pretty much the same on this one. Scratch resistant crystal, polished bracelet that does a good job at covering up imperfections and screw down crown that keeps water from getting inside the watch (water from everyday activities like rain, showering, hand-washing etc).

Still expect a durable watch with the GMT Batman. Just please, do not go scuba diving searching for the joker. Overall, durability of this watch gets a 4/5.

Value

I’d say the Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” has a very high value and is worth the price. But don’t take my word for it, I’m no watch expert or anything (YES I AM). For those who are Batman fans, this watch should be a priceless item. It is a one of a kind model that may not be in production much longer. It already has a high price tag, so expect to see an increasing value if your watch is kept in good condition. Given the watch is kept in good condition and is near pristine, I give it a 4.5/5 for value.

Movement

We all know Batman is quick, reliable and very sneaky. Just multiply those qualities by two for The Batman watch by Rolex, minus the sneaky part. Rolex used an innovative calibre 3186, self-winding mechanical movement. This movement is crafted entirely by Rolex and all made in their factories, no outsourcing at all!

It may not be as widely used as the 3135 movement that is used in The Hulk. Do not let that fool you though. This only makes this movement more uncommon. This is not a movement found in many Rolex pieces and it is just as reliable, if not more reliable, than the 3135 movement. I give the movement a remarkable, yet a deserving 4.9/5.

Final Battle

It was a close battle, but the “Batman” pulls away with the victory in this review. The classic, yet distinct design, partnered with a great color scheme that goes great with any outfit and a movement that is not widely used, makes this timepiece a must-have! At the end of the day choose which watch fits better with your style. I am sure you WILL NOT be disappointed with either watch. What it really comes down to is preference.

Rolex 16700 Vs. 16710 GMT Face-off: Will it be Pepsi or Coke?

rolex 16700 vs 16710

Two Rolex GMT models. One winner. Which watch will defeat all odds and take home the gold.

Now that you got your reality television show introduction, you know it is time for another amazing watch review. Both the Rolex GMT 16700 and the Rolex GMT 16710, are fantastic watches. But sadly I have to make the decision between the two so my greedy  amazing readers can be happy and choose one. With that being said, due to the latest design and updates paired with a handsome, yet classic look, I have to recommend the Rolex GMT 16710 for the win. If you want more details as to why, just read below……..

Rolex GMT 16700

Despite the unavoidable loss, this watch should not be looked down upon. It is an expertly crafted model from Rolex, that offers distinct features and unbelievable reliability. It did in fact, last for over ten years (1988-1999). That tells you something for a watch. I would recommend this piece to those who are wanting a top notch watch at a great price!

Design

Rolex always has great designs with their watches. And the same can be said for the GMT 16700. With a well-sized 40mm case and a multicolored bezel that just screams out buy me! This model features an elegant red color on the bottom half of the bezel and a “Pepsi” blue on the top. The colors fit perfectly and actually match very well with the dark black dial and the red second hand. Due to the color scheme, some people may stray away from wearing this watch with dress clothes. But I say, go AHEAD! In my opinion, the tones from the all of the colors present a very strong, elegant, yet fancy aura. One that will grab the attention of anyone surrounding.

Keep it Classic

Even though the watch has innovative, new features that are not native to the original GMT. The timepiece still has an overall classic design.  For one, if the blue and red bezel throw you off, the watch still features a 2.5 magnifying cyclops, sitting atop the domed sapphire crystal and a bi-directional bezel. Familiar, yet different at the same time. A well-deserved rating of 4.5/5 stars goes to the design of this watch.

Movement

We all know by now (I hope) that Rolex always uses top-notch movements inside of their watches. But as time passes, some become more innovative and reliable than others.

The GMT 16700 uses a caliber 3175 automatic movement. It has a hacking and quickset function to set the time. Hacking just means that when the twistable crown is pulled out, the second hand HALTS, to ensure more accurate timekeeping. Quickset, just means that the date can be changed quickly, without the hour hand having to pass 12 am. As for reliability, this watch does not disappoint.

The 31 jewel, 28,000 vibrations per hour, make it so the watch runs smooth and accurate. A slight downfall to the ref. 16700, is the one hour hand, that is independent. Newer models feature an independent hour hand, so three time zones can be accounted for. Important if you are a pilot, not so much if you are anything else. With all of that accounted for, a solid 4/5 rating is given to the movement.

Value

Despite the long run of the GMT 16700, not many models were actually produced. That being said, this is actually a rarer watch, that is harder to find than similarly styled Rolex watches. You can still find these models at cheaper prices than newer models from trustworthy websites, but expect that to change in the future, not that I am a fortune teller or anything. Just due to the rarity of the piece, I can assume that prices will, in fact, raise as the watch becomes more vintage. Vintage + rare = money money money!

Can you find better GMT models around the same price. Certainly. But newer mass produced models do not have as much history as the 16700.  You get a luxurious watch, with precision craftsmanship and features that set it apart from other models. So I give the value rating, a humble 4.5/5. This is definitely on my purchase list in the near future.

Durability

A feature that should be one of the most important when deciding on a watch. You do not want a flimsy watch that will damage very easily. Not that ANY Rolex watches are not durable. This is something Rolex takes seriously. The GMT 16700 is no exception.

Solid, strong stainless steel case, a sapphire, scratch resistant crystal and a water resistance up to 100m (this is great for a non- dive watch). So if you treat the watch well, and don’t drop it from a plane, normal wear and tear should not affect the watch. It should hold its own.

Rolex GMT 16710

What do you know? A bright red and Pepsi blue again!

Now don’t let the same color fool you. There is ALOT of upgrades on this watch as compared to the older 16700. This was one of the FIRST watches by Rolex that was able to account for up to three time zones. As insane as it sounds, it was a very important factor for pilots years ago, who relied solely on watches to tell time.

Design

Are you going with Pepsi, Coke or all black?

If you live in Atlanta like me, you must go COKE….

The design is basically identical to the 16700, with some minor changes. You still have the choice between Pepsi and all black, but the addition of the Coke color scheme, you get another choice (or you can buy them all). Besides the Coke coloring, the watch also features a matte bracelet that really shines and gives the watch a strong, luxurious and wealthy look. Everything else is just about the same when it comes to design, a cyclops, black dial , 40 mm steel case, and oyster bracelet all match the 16700 model. But due to the few upgrades, the GMT 16710 pulls a victory with a 4.7/5.

Are you in love with all the color schemes, and can’t decide on just one? An interesting fact is that you can buy separate bezels, so you can have more than one watch display! This goes for both the 16700 and 16710.

Movement

If you thought the caliber 3175 was good enough, be prepared to be amazed with the caliber 3185! Not many Rolex models use this movement. So it is an unwanted movement that is crafted to perfection, hence why it is not used in every watch.

The caliber 3185 is fitted with a 31 jewel 28,800 vibrations per hour, automatic movement. The addition of the independent hour hand and the 50 power reserve, make it even more unique. Reliability is an understatement when describing this watch.  Who else can tell a friend what time it is in three different time zones on their watch (Smartphones don’t count)!

A 4.8/5 is the rating I give to the movement on this piece. What is even more amazing? Models made after 2005 use a 5186 MOVEMENT! So even more of an upgrade!

Value

Although it may have been produced more than the 16700, the GMT 16710 is a watch that I expect to grow in value as well. A main factor in the battle is all of the upgrades this watch has. So despite the fact that there may be fewer of the 16700’s out there, they are not as advanced as the 16710’s. And you have more colors you can choose from.

This model was discontinued as well. So it will soon be known as a vintage as well. Like all watches, if you have this model, keep it in good condition and you won’t be disappointed with the value. 4.6/5 rating on value.

Durability

The 16710 is just as durable as the previous model. Not really any differences here. Everything pretty much mirrors the 16700. Take care of the piece and it should be looking as good as new for a very long time!

A Win Due to Advancements

As I mentioned throughout the article, there is not a lot of difference between these two models. What you do get is a more advanced piece with the 16710, which may be a selling point for many watch enthusiasts. I tend to live by the motto, if you are purchasing a luxury, high-grade watch, buy the best one. Since these two are so similar, why not go with the upgraded model? Now, if mechanical advancements are not a big deal to you, either watch is a great choice.

Can you even see the difference?

If not, don’t feel bad. The differences are minor. The best advice I can give to anyone purchasing either one of these watches is to buy from a reliable source like Amazon. Too many counterfeits are in circulation, make sure you are purchasing the real thing!

Compare and Contrast

Here is a closer look at what makes the watches different (not much).  Very subtle differences separate the two. The main factor is the movement.

Rolex GMT 16700 Rolex GMT 16710
2.5 mag. cyclops 2.5 mag. cyclops
Stainless steel bracelet Stainless steel bracelet (matte)
40mm case 40mm case
Oyster bracelet Oyster bracelet
Multi-colored bezel (2 choices) Multicolored bezel (3 choices)
Black dial w/ luminescent hands Black dial w/ luminescent hands
31 jewel, 3175 Calibre movement 31 jewel, 3185 or 3186 movement (independent hour hand)