Fortis Watch Review: Fortis Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph

Fortis Pilot Classic Chronograph

When it comes to Swiss watches, Fortis is a brand that’s not likely on everyone’s radar. Founded in 1912, Fortis is a Swiss watch manufacturer that’s been around for a while but it’s a brand that’s nowhere as popular as Rolex and Omega.

However, that doesn’t mean that Fortis watches don’t deserve the attention. Fortis earlier collections have really made a mark in the market, most notably the Fortis Cosmonaut and B42 lines.

For today’s Fortis watch review, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Fortis Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph. Does this Fortis watch have done enough to separate itself from the competition? Let’s find out.

Fortis Watch Review: Aviatis at a Glance

The best pilot watch is about having bold, easy-to-read displays and high-quality construction. From the looks of it, Fortis is on the right track with the Fortis Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph.

Before we get into the meat of this Fortis watch review, let’s first check out the key specs and features of the Aviatis Pilot Classic.

Model:

Fortis Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph

Movement:

Swiss automatic movement ETA 2892 with Dubois Depraz 2020 module, 47 jewels

Glass material:

Sapphire Crystal

Case material

Stainless steel bicolor brushed and polished with mineral glass caseback

Case diameter:

41 mm

Water resistance:

5 ATM/BAR

Dial:

White numerals and indices coated with Superluminova, green afterglow

Hands:

Hour and minute hand coated with Superluminova, green afterglow, Blue small second hand

Power reserve:

42 hours

Function:

Chronograph, hour, minute, small second, 12-h and 30-min-counter

Fortis Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph Review

First Impression

Fortis Pilot Classic Chronograph

The Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph is part of the Pilot Classic collection of 40mm and 41mm models. If you have been keeping tabs with Fortis, you’ll be quite familiar with the Pilot Classic Date. Just last year, Fortis released the Cockpit Classic Second which features a design based on the earlier models of Fortis.

Anyway, the Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph has a design that simple but effective, just the way I like it when it comes to pilot watches. It comes with a thin case that gives off an impression of elegance. The watch really you that feeling that it’s small in looks but big in stature.

At first glance, the dial looks a bit quite busy but with further inspection, I realize that it offers a thoughtful design. Like the best pilot watches in the market, the dial features large luminous numbers that are easy to read.

The 41mm case with a 13.59mm thickness is just right and comes with both polished and brushed sections. While this may scream uncomfortable to many people, the watch actually sits comfortably on the wrist. However, the watch may feel too big for a user with a smaller wrist.

The overall design of the Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph is unmistakably vintage which I am very fond of.

Screw-Back Design

Fortis Watch Review Back

I am always thrilled to see the screw-back of watches as it does a good job of telling a story. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Aviatis Pilot Classic’s screw-back.

Most notably, the display back is not pressed in or screwed in. Instead, it’s just one solid steel and held together with 8 screws that are attached to the back of the watch. If you are expecting to learn much information about the watch, you’ll probably end up disappointed.

At the back, there’s really not much going on back there. You’ll find the usual information like the reference, model name, serial numbers, and water resistance. It does have a see-through window that allows you to check out the ETA/Dubois-Depraz chronograph movement. For what it’s worth, I must say that the movement is well-designed.

The crown and pushers are very well-polished and certainly completes the look of the back. The rotor displays the Fortis name and logo in blue.

Overall, nothing too flashy back here but it gets the job done.

Dial Hands

Fortis Pilot Classic Chronograph Face

Considering that the Aviatis Classic is a chronograph, it’s fair to expect that the dial will be quite busy. However, Fortis did a good job when it comes to the placement of the dial elements.

The standout elements are definitely the large luminous numerals and the vintage-style Flieger hands. All the numerals are visible except for the 12, 3, 6, and 9. Instead, the 4 numerals are replaced with Flieger triangles, the largest of which on the 12 o’clock. Not sure if I’m a fan of this design decision but it does allow Fortis to include the subdials without cramping the space.

Another thing that you’ll notice is that the seconds dial has blue hands which is an inspired design choice. The rest of the hands of the chronograph are all in white. At the 12 o’clock portion, you’ll see the “Fortis Chronograph Automatic” underneath the largest Flieger triangle.

The overall design of the dial is quite similar to the case. It features a compelling balance of the vintage and modern. I was looking for some sort of depth within the dial but unfortunately, I failed. Perhaps the addition of stepped or recessed sub dials would have done the trick. As it is, it looks a bit too flat for my taste.

Timekeeping Features and Movement

I’ve been doing my homework about this Fortis watch review and found out that their chronographs usually utilize the iconic ETA-7750 caliber which made me initially excited.

Unfortunately, it’s not applicable with the Fortis Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph. Instead, Fortis used the Swiss automatic movement ETA 2892 with Dubois Depraz 2020 module. For the uninitiated, this movement features the ETA base 2892 which is a time only caliber.

The Swiss made, automatic chronograph movement is listed as a 47 jewel and it’s mainly due to the movement of the module. The movement comes with hacking seconds and a respectable 43 hours of power reserve.

Fortis’ decision to place the module on top of the caliber makes for a rather dense movement. This explains why the thickness of the case is almost 14mm which might be too thick for some people.

Nevertheless, I’ve experienced little to no problems while wearing the Aviatis Classic. Operating the pushers is a breeze although the bottom pusher seems to be tougher.

Straps

Fortis Pilot Classic Chronograph Strap

One of the best things about the Fortis Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph is that it comes in three different types of straps. The watch can be worn with a black leather strap for dressier functions, and a NATO or performance leather for more rugged purposes.

The black leather strap is about what you can expect from a standard leather strap. It’s a soft and plain leather strap with a good amount of padding. In terms of comfort, there’s nothing to complain about the black leather strap as I’ve experienced no significant comfort issues.

Between the three straps, by far my favorite is the black performance leather strap. It feels more like a synthetic material than leather. However, we’re happy to report that it’s indeed leather and it’s actually made by Hirsch, a world-renowned Austrian strap maker.

The strap has matching white stitching that gives it a high-quality look. The performance strap is also water resistant and I can see myself wearing it for outdoor activities. The NATO strap looks like your standard NATO but I’ve not worn it yet.

All the three straps are fitted with a brushed steel pin buckle. When it comes to straps and such, I’m a firm advocate of less is more which is what exactly Fortis has done here.

Comfort and Fit

Fortis Watch Review On Wrist

The Fortis Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph sits comfortably on my wrist. Despite the size and thickness of the case, the watch surprisingly doesn’t feel that weighty. Using both the black and performance leather straps, it never felt that the watch has weighed me down.

There are times that I would feel the crown but it’s never a big deal at all. Despite the fairly sizable pushers, they’re never in the way at all. The thickness does make the watch more prone to kicks and bangs.

Fortis did a tremendous job of making a large-dialed watch for legibility while keeping the dimensions to acceptably comfortable dimensions.

Pricing

As far as luxury Swiss watches go, Fortis is a brand that offers quality timepieces for a lesser price. With the Fortis Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph, Fortis is offering a lot of watch for your money.

If you are looking to have your mind blown away with top-of-the-line craftsmanship and sophisticated timekeeping features, this watch is not for you. However, for a price that won’t break the bank, the Aviatis Pilot Classic is a solid option in terms of construction, reliability, and features.

It’s a very basic watch that meets the primary requirements for a good aviation timepiece.

Should You Get the Fortis Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph?

This wraps up our Fortis watch review. So, should you buy the Fortis Aviatis Pilot Classic Chronograph? If you are looking for a good quality aviation Swiss watch with no frills, it’s hard not to recommend the Aviatis Classic. After all, it’s a well-balanced package offered at a competitive price.

With a number of strap options, it’s a fairly versatile watch that can be worn on many occasions. The black leather strap can be worn with a suit while the NATO or performance straps can be used for sportier activities. Despite its versatility, it never loses its identity as a pilot watch.

This is a good watch the gets you sold to the Fortis brand.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Review

Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph Featured

Before we begin this Omega Speedmaster Professional review, I have a confession to make: I am not the biggest fan of Omega. Well, to be accurate, I’m rather indifferent to the popular luxury watch brand.

I quite like the Omega Aqua Terra but it’s not exactly what I would consider a must-have.

However, I’d be foolish to say that Omega doesn’t have absolute masterpieces. For today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at one of the most iconic and historic watches from Omega, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph. It’s fair to say that it’s one of the most famous Chronographs of all time.

 

For this Omega Speedmaster Professional review, we find out if this watch is actually a practical chronograph or it’s just simply just a timepiece with lots of history.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Review: At a Glance

 

Buzz Aldrin wore the Omega Speedmaster when he first stepped out of the lunar module and onto the moon. In 1965, the watch was certified by NASA. This makes the Omega Speedmaster the only watch certified for manned space missions.

Before we get into the good stuff of this Omega Speedmaster Professional review, we first take a look at its key specs and features:

Model:

Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph 42MM
Reference: 311.30.42.30.01.005

Movement:

Caliber: Omega 1861

Glass material:

Hesalite Crystal

Case material:

Steel

Case diameter:

42 mm

Case height:

13.8 mm

Water resistance:

5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet)

Dial color:

Black

Power reserve:

48 hours

Features:

Chronograph

Small seconds

Special box & accessories

Tachymeter

Omega Speedmaster Professional Review

First Impressions

 

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph is now actually referred to as the “Moonwatch.” At this point, you probably know why this is the case. The package comes in a special Moonwatch presentation box which contains the watch along with other accessories and goodies.

If you have been following my watch reviews, you’ll know that I am a big fan of black dials. That in itself has made a positive impression on me. The design of the face is so well thought-out and classic. While examining the Speedmaster, another cool detail that stood out to me were the lugs. They seem to have different polishes from matter to mirror finish. If you hold them out, they look like they play with light rather well. Neat!

After checking out the lugs, I moved on to the Hesalite crystal. The crystal that rises proudly to protect the case provides excellent legibility. The center of the crystal looks slightly curved and provides an interesting reflection when viewing from the side. I found that in some cases, the crystal reflects too much light. Overall, the visibility provided by the crystal is excellent and I will be talking about it more in the following section.

Design and Looks

Since I figured that we common folks won’t be going to space anytime soon, the main reason one would buy the Speedmaster Moonwatch is for daily wear. With that said, many of us want an everyday-use watch that looks great.

In that regard, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph doesn’t disappoint. Regardless of your outfit, the Speedmaster will look good on you. To add to its versatility, the Speedmaster can be dressed up or down by simply switching the straps.

Omega Speedster Professional Chronograph

This is about as classic as you can get when it comes to Chronograph designs. Any watch enthusiast who’s worth their salt will have a lot to appreciate with the design. For instance, I implore you to appreciate the design and proportions that are used throughout the dial. There’s the tri-compax formation of the subdials which is expertly offset by the Omega logo. Stare at the logo long enough and it will start morphing into the fourth subdial.

The logo even demonstrates incredible harmony as each word differs in size and style, forming a pyramid. Even with the logo and subdials, at no point did the hands obscure the subdials. Although the Chronograph looks busy at first glance, legibility is top-notch.

As mentioned, the Speedmaster utilizes Hesalite crystal which seems like a bizarre decision by Omega, considering that most luxury watches use scratch-proof synthetic sapphire. In this case, the use of Hesalite seems justified since it looks better than sapphire. Plus, Hesalite is a breeze to polish in case the scratches start to bother you.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph is a masterclass in design.

Timekeeping Features

The Speedmaster features the 1861 caliber chronograph movement. At this price point, the mechanical caliber 1861 provides a good value for the money. In case you don’t know, the 1861 caliber is a manual-winding movement which makes it a lot more interesting than your usual self-winding movement.

The 1861 movement that’s used in the modern Speedmaster is rhodium-plated and also contains a plastic piece that you won’t find in the caliber 1863 – the luxury version of the 1861 movement.

While it may seem like busywork for some people, manually winding the movement has become a part of my morning ritual. In fact, the constant need to manually wind the watch adds more personality to it. It’s like you get to be a part of the watch and the watch becomes you. Plus, it only takes 10-20 turns to get it going which turned into a favorite routine of mine.

In the spirit of keeping things simple, the Speedmaster doesn’t offer the usual features like a day/moon phase, GMT hands or even a date window. Although this may seem like a negative, the lack of standard timekeeping features says more about the watch’s simple design and robustness.

The watch does come with a Tachymeter which allows you to calculate how fast you are going. It’s a nice feature to have which gives the watch more utility.

The 1861 movement has changed very little over time which is good since if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Comfort and Fit

At 42mm, I was concerned that the Speedmaster might be too big on my wrist. However, that was not the case when I tried it on. The watch demonstrates great wrist presence without being comically too big. The slim bezel gives the impression that the face is much larger than it is.

The back part of the case is surprisingly comfortable which is not my usual experience with most steel watches. The lugs are slightly curved downwards which helps in securing the watch in place.

NATO Strap

The Speedmaster’s steel bracelet is certainly one of the best ones that Omega has put out. It offers plenty of customization options to ensure that you get the right fit. The bracelet links are secured with a pin system that’s a cinch to size. This is my first experience with the Speedmaster bracelet and I have to say that I’m a fan. The package also includes an OEM NATO strap which is easily the best NATO I’ve ever worn.

The fact that you can easily swap the bracelet/strap adds a great deal of versatility to the Speedmaster. For instance, I can use the steel bracelet for a dressier vibe while I can put on the NATO strap when doing outdoor activities.

When wearing the bracelet, the watch feels very even in terms of balance. However, with the NATO strap, you can definitely feel the weight of the watch head but it’s nothing very distracting. Overall, the Speedmaster offers a good balance of comfort, weight, and wrist presence.

Durability

The decision by Omega to use Hesalite crystal to protect the watch is a potential drawback for some people.

Unlike sapphire crystal, Hesalite is not as scratch-resistant. However, Hesalite happens to be the more durable crystal when compared to sapphire. Historically, Hesalite was used by Omega because it doesn’t break easily which is safer when you’re in space.

The Speedmaster also has a water resistance of 5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet) which is definitely lacking. If you’re a diver or swimmer and you like wearing your watch in the water, the Speedmaster is an easy pass for you. On the other hand, the 50-meter water-resistance should be able to handle a bit of moisture, rain or even the occasional shower.

The fact that you can easily swap to a different bracelet or strap adds another layer of durability and longevity to the watch.

Pricing

When you are buying the Speedmaster Professional, you are also buying into its heritage. This watch is an iconic watch that oozes with classic style. However, the watch doesn’t use an in-house movement, unlike your favorite Rolex. Despite that, the 1861 is a movement that’s filled with stories to tell.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it keeps time well.

For the amount of watch and history that you’ll get, the price is more than justified. This is the kind of watch that you can wear every day, and probably the rest of your life. Its versatility pretty much gives you the permission to make the Speedmaster the last watch you’ll ever own.

Seriously, it even gives some of my luxury watches a run for their money, for a fraction of the price.

Should You Buy the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph?

The Omega Speedmaster Pro offers plenty in terms of fun factor. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and the space history behind it is just delightful. It features a timeless design that will never ever be out of place. The versatile nature of the watch gives you a lot of wiggle room as to when and where you can wear it. In fact, I’m looking to invest in more Speedster straps to take advantage of its versatility.

It’s more than just a watch with a history. The Speedster might have just turned me into an Omega fan.

Hopefully, this Omega Speedster Professional review has helped you decide if this timepiece is right for you.

The Best Pocket Watches of 2019: A Watch Review

image of the best pocket watch to carry

Today we will be reviewing the best pocket watches for 2019. Pocketwatches are like mini time machines that bring you back to the past. In fact, the first ever watches were designed as pocket watches dating as far back as 1524!

Unlike typical wristwatches, pocket watches are meant to be worn in your, well, pocket of course! ( Where else were you thinking)?

Important features of pocket watches include, but are not limited to, design, innovative features, movement, and style. Today, you will find out why ultimately chose the Avalon Skeleton Pocket Watch as the BEST POCKET WATCH of 2019.

This review was not easy. Many pocket watches are GREAT due to the insane detail and quality pieces pit into them. So at the end of the day, YOU will decide which watch is best for you!

Top Pocket Watches Why It Is Best Pocket Rating
Avalon Skeleton Sleek design, 17 Jewel mechanical movement, VERY AFFORDABLE, Great materials used ★★★★★

 

Armourlite Tritium Full stainless steel design, innovative tritium lights, 60-month battery life, sapphire crystal ★★★★
Tissot Bridgeport Very accurate, high-quality movement, beautiful and clean design, classic look, large case ★★★★
ALPS Pocket Watch Unique design, reliable movement, GREAT PRICE, skeleton dial ★★★
Bulova Stainless Steel Pocket Watch Shiny, polished design, durable calendar (date) feature ★★★

Avalon Skeleton

You can never go wrong with a skeleton dial design. This type of design shows off the true beauty of a timepiece; the movement. And Avalon does a great job with the Avalon Skeleton!

Everything about the Avalon Skeleton is just great. From the beautifully polished brass case to the bright white dial with bold cobalt blue hour, minute and second hands.

 

It is Reliable

The 17 jewel mechanical movement runs this bad boy. It is sure to keep on ticking and staying accurate for years and years. In fact, there is a LIFETIME warranty for the Avalon Skelton.

It is affordable: With such a great movement you would think that this watch would be double, or even TRIPLE the price that it is going for. It is not easy at all to find a watch of this caliber for this price point.

Top Features

  • 17-Jewel Movement: For reliability and pinpoint accuracy
  • Skeleton Dial: To display the complex movement inside
  • Sapphire Crystal: To keep the dial from acquiring nasty scratches

Armourlite Tritium

The Armourlite Tritium has a nice and simple, classic design; with certain features that are innovative and unique to this specific timepiece.

Where this watch shines (no pun intended) is within the markers on the dial. They are fitted with tritium lights, which make it so the watch is able to light up in the dark. So no worrying about not being able to see the time, it will shine in any type of darkness.

Isn’t that awesome!  It is not every day that you see a watch that “glows” on its own. There is plenty of LED light watches in the market today, but not so many tritium light watches. The watch is built with a thick and strong stainless steel case and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

Follow the Light 

Everything about this watches design is pretty classic. There is no doubt that it is well made and built for durability. It is NOT a mechanical movement, however, the battery life can last up to 60 months! What truly makes it unique is the tritium lights. You literally have a little science project going on in your watch; what a perfect conversation starter!

Top Features

  • Tritium lights: These lights do not use battery power, and light up your watch in the dark
  • Thick and sturdy case: The case is a whopping 12.8mm thickness!
  • Battery life: The battery can last up to 60 MONTHS!

Tissot Bridgeport

The Tissot Bridgeport is the most expensive watch being reviewed today but at the same time the most reliable timepiece created by a top watchmaker on the market.

You can just tell this is a high-quality watch at first glance. The case shines in the light, showing off the deep polish and handsome stainless steel that was used in creating this beauty. Everything is steel and polished on this timepiece, making it a true attention grabber. Overall, it is an easy and simple design, built with top quality pieces from the all mighty Tissot watchmakers.

Pricey, but High Quality 

Tissot is a watchmaker that is highly regarded. Almost as much as the TOP names like RolexThe mechanical movement is extremely accurate and you can watch this precious piece at work through the skeleton dial. Any search for the Tissot name will come back with some great feedback. Not only is this a long time brand, but a TOP brand that will probably be prevalent in the watch world FOREVER!

Top Features

  • Top Quality: Everything from the stainless steel case, to the chain is just amazing
  • Tissot Movement: This movement offers unreal accuracy
  • Classic Design: The Roman Numerals really make this watch look like an old timepiece. But it just looks to perfect to be from the past!

ALPS Pocketwatch

ALPS Pocketwatch

Here to the most interesting pocket watch on today’s review. Is it from a movie? how old is it? Does it unleash a genie? These are all valid questions to ask when looking at this masterpiece.

What do you think, pretty unique, right!?

When looking at this watch you may think that you need to sell your car, take out a second mortgage and move into a studio apartment. Well, not today! The ALPS is actually VERY MUCH affordable. And for the looks and unique features, is definitely worth a purchase, or heck maybe even five purchases.

The awesome stainless steel engraved case is a great first look before opening it up and seeing the classic dial with the gold movement within. The case is a bronze color, which really goes with the overall look of this timepiece. It has the classic and librarian feel, but the engraving makes the watch look like it belongs to a wizard! Unlike some of the others watches being reviewed, this one is even waterproof. So no big deal if you hop into the pool!

A STEAL 

I can truly say that this watch is what defines a steal. A mechanical movement, engraved design, skeleton dial, and durability. You can not ask for a better bang for your buck!

Top Features

  • PRICE: This is the TOP feature about this watch that does not relate to the aesthetics
  • Engraved Case: Exquisite engraving gives the watch a unique look that can do not look like any other watch you have seen (unless you are a sorcerer)
  • Mechanical movement: May not be as accurate as the Tissot, but then again it is 1/100th of the price! It comes with very easy to understand instructions on how to get the most out of your movement
  • Skeleton Dial: So you can be hypnotized watching the mechanical movement at work

Bulova Stainless Steel

Bulova Stainless Steel

Bulova outdid themselves with this gorgeous timepiece.

Yes, it may be pretty simple. Stainless steel with a white dial. But everything about it just looks great! The piece shines brighter than the sun. You can truly tell that the Bulova is made of high-quality material. It is large, with a 50mm case and offers a date feature on the dial. Current owners are very happy with their watch, and you can see from all the great reviews on the Amazon page.

Beautiful Look 

It is an easy pick to say what makes this watch great. All around it really is a solid timepiece. But it just looks so clean and professional. Although this is the last watch to be reviewed, does not mean it is a bad watch! The stainless steel case and chain, perfectly compliment the BRIGHT white dial. It is definitely a classic look but looks new school because it is just so shiny.

Top Features

  • Polished Stainless Steel: For a crisp look that makes the timepiece shine like no other
  • Water Resistance: Up to 30 meters of water resistance
  • Large Case: A 50mm case makes it so the watch is easy to read

Final Recommendation

None of the watches reviewed today are “bad watches.” There is a certain feature that landed any one of these watches on the review board for the day, which makes each watch special in its own way. Some watches definitely have more reviews than others, some are VERY low priced, and others are somewhat expensive.

If it is up to me, rating a watch by design, movement, unique features, and durability; I would tell you to purchase the Avalon Skeleton. Overall, this watch simply kills every area that I reviewed. It has a SUPERIOR MOVEMENT, robust design with a classic look and can take some bangs and bruises.

The beauty of watch reviews is everyone has a different taste. So what I chose, may not be your favorite. My goal is to guide watch buyers to purchase top watches and steer them toward some good names. I truly hope I made your choice in watch a breeze! Happy POCKETWATCH shopping my friends!

Let Us Know Your Thoughts

Is there a watch you feel is missing? Have you purchased one of these pocket watches and LOVE it! Let us know, it would be great to hear feedback from watch connoisseurs and horologists!

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!

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.