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

Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer

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

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

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

Read more below for my actual review.

Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer: At a Glance

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

Tudor Heritage Ranger

Rolex Explorer

Reference:

79910

214270

Materials:

Stainless Steel

Oystersteel (stainless steel)

Size:

41 mm

39 mm

Dial:

Matte black with painted indexes

Gloss black with white gold applied indexes

Luminescence:

Super-LumiNova

Chromalight

Bracelet:

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

Oyster bracelet with Easylink 5mm comfort extension link

Crystal:

Dome sapphire

Flat sapphire

Movement:

Automatic ETA-based Tudor Cal. 2824

Automatic in-house Rolex Cal. 3132

Power reserve:

38 hours

48 hours

Water resistance:

150 meters

100 meters

Style and Design

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

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

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

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

Sizing

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

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

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

Construction

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

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

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

Wearability

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

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

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

Timekeeping

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

Rolex 3132 Movement

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

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

Pricing

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

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

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

Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer: The Verdict

Which timepiece should you go for?

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

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

Best Tudor Watch: Affordable Luxury Watches You Can’t Miss

Best Tudor Watch

In the 1920s, Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf has created the brand Tudor with the intention to sell more affordable timepieces and house third-party movements inside Rolex cases.

As a subsidiary of Rolex, the Tudor brand has always been popular with serious credibility. But this relationship has also trapped Tudor under the shadow of the premier Swiss luxury watch company.

Nowadays, Tudor is fast becoming one of the go-to brands for sports watches. While they still have the backing of Rolex, they still have the creative freedom to create some truly interesting models that provide practicality and style.

Today, we made a round-up of the best Tudor watch that should be worth your time and money. To save you the time, we picked the Tudor Pelagos LHD as the top choice but you want more options, feel free to check out the rest of the list.

Best Tudor Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

Tudor Pelagos LHD

Titanium case with a titanium bracelet, Uni-directional rotating titanium bezel, Black dial with luminous beige hands, 70-hour power reserve, Tudor caliber MT5612 automatic movement

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tudor 1926 Automatic

Stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet, Fixed bezel, Minute markers around the outer rim, Tudor caliber 2824 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve, Scratch resistant sapphire crystal

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tudor Divers Black Bay Bronze

Bronze-coloured PVD bronze case, Uni-directional rotating matt slate grey aluminium bezel, Slate grey dial with bronze-coloured snowflake-shaped hands, Tudor caliber MT5601 automatic movement, 70-hour power reserve

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Tudor Fastrider Black Shield

Tudor Caliber 7753, Brushed Black Ceramic Case, Self Winding Automatic Movement, 46 Hour Power Reserve, Chronograph Feature, Tachymeter Feature, 46 Hour Power Reserve

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Tudor Heritage Ranger

Self-winding automatic watch, 41mm stainless steel case, Brown leather bund strap, stainless steel deployant buckle

★ ★ ★ ★

Tudor Glamour Day & Date

Stainless steel case, Fixed stainless steel bezel, Diamond-tipped index hour markers, ETA caliber 2834-2 automatic movement, Scratch resistant sapphire crystal, Water resistant at 100 meters / 330 feet

★ ★ ★ ★

Best Tudor Watch

1. Tudor Pelagos LHD

Regular readers of WatchIdeas will know that I’m a big fan of the Rolex Submariner. Therefore, it’s not surprising when I was drawn to the Tudor Pelagos LHD which is clearly inspired by the Sub.

Does The Submariner Proud

The Tudor Pelagos LHD might be inspired by Rolex’s most popular dive watch but it’s still a unique watch on its own. The LHD stands for Left Hand Drive and one of the first things you’ll notice is that the crown is located on the left.

With that said, the Tudor Pelagos LHD is perhaps the company’s most modern, technical dive model. It comes with Tudor’s in-house caliber MT5612 movement which is always appreciated. Water resistance is at 500 meters so you can use this more than just your usual recreational diving.

As for the dial, it’s worth pointing out that the Pelagos is, in fact, a spiritual update to the Snowflake Submariners of the 20th century – that’s one way of saying that it has a properly modern dial. The satin/matte black dial is a looker and the applied markers add a certain depth to its visual impact.

Overall, the Tudor Pelagos LHD is a bit tad overlooked but it might as well be the best Tudor watch as far as I’m concerned.

2. Tudor 1926 Automatic

Tudor features a solid collection of diving and military heritage. Since the brand’s return, Tudor has proven that they’re a master of balancing style and practicality. The Tudor 1926 Automatic is a great demonstration of Tudor’s vision.

Takes You Back to 1926

The Tudor 1926 is perhaps the entry-level model from the brand. At first, the 1926 looks like your typical dress watch but on closer inspection, you’ll see some unique elements that make this watch remarkable. Although it’s a watch that pairs wonderfully with a sharp suit, it’s also a piece that tells you, “Hey, it’s okay to get a little dirty.

Perhaps one of the most interesting design elements of the 1926 is the waffle dial. The waffle design adds a good deal of texture to the watch and is responsible for the watch’s vintage feel. It feels like a throwback to the old 1950’s Rolex models and is often referred to as “honeycomb dials.”

Another great thing about the 1926 Tudor collection is the numerous color options. First, there are nine possible variants in each case size of 41mm, 39mm, 36mm, or 28mm case widths. That’s a total of 36 different models which is nothing short of impressive. Some models feature diamond hour markers which are also more expensive.

Overall, the Tudor 1926 is an interesting combination of affordability and elegance.

3. Tudor Heritage Black Bay

We have yet another dive watch entry from Tudor. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay is perhaps the most successful model by this company – and for good reasons.

All You Need from a Dive Watch and More

The Tudor Heritage Black Bay collection has many great looking watches on its belt. However, my absolute favorite has got to be the Black Bay Bronze model. I think it’s one of the most handsome watches from Tudor.

The watch has been given the steampunk treatment with the anti-corrosive case metal. The subtle slate grey dial is a nice contrast with all the bronze which I think, won’t be as striking with a black dial. As you can see, this watch also channels the Submariner, particularly from the 50s and 60s. In terms of looks, it’s hard to go wrong with the Black Bay.

The Tudor Heritage Black Bay has everything that you need from a dive watch. Luminous hands, unidirectional rotating bezel, and a tough case that will serve you well underwater. Much like the Pelagos, the Heritage Black Bay comes with snowflake hands. For timekeeping, the watch is powered by the in-house Calibre MT5601 automatic movement.

Wrapping up, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay feels like a lesser-known classic which is a tragedy in itself. It’s certainly a model that should be more popular.

4. Tudor Fastrider Black Shield

If you love watches that are vehicle-themed, the Tudor Fastrider Black Shield is a model that you might just fall in love with.

All-Black Excellence

For some history, the Tudor Fastrider collection began in 2011 and it’s a partnership with Italian motorcycle maker Ducati. The Fastrider is more or less the official timepiece of Ducati, although you’ll find no label in the watch pointing to the Italian motorcycle. Well, other than the fact that both company logos are shields. This is more of a quiet collaboration which is honestly how I like it.

As you can see, the Fastrider Black Shield features a dark, all-black theme which is a reference to the cool style of the Ducati XDiavel motorcycle. The matte-black ceramic case and high contrast dial make for a rather conservative and sober profile. However, the watch does offer some very wonderful angles and lines. Another good thing about the ceramic case is that it’s resistant to scratches.

Despite the black design, the Tudor Fastrider Black Shield is quite legible although the hands could use a bit more work. The Fastrider is quite a pricey purchase but it’s still an affordable model considering it’s a collaboration piece.

5. Tudor Heritage Ranger

The Tudor Heritage Ranger comes highly recommended if you simply want an honest watch that just works and built to last. The Heritage Ranger is the result if you take a sport watch and distill it down to the essentials.

Tough and Honest Timepiece

On the surface, you’ll see that the Ranger is a simple enough watch. It has a black dial, steel case, three hands. There’s no bells or whistles but somehow, it’s a very striking model with a thoughtful design. At 41mm, the Ranger is decidedly a contemporary watch but I know that many purists will beg to differ.

In addition, perhaps the most interesting thing about the Range is its overall design. Tudor has knocked it out of the park in referencing the iconic Oyster case design but still stands out on its own. While the case certainly has a story to tell, the dial is the runaway winner here.

The matte dial against the eggshell finish looks great and provides subtle texture and richness to the watch. The dial mainly focuses on being clear and legible. However, I wish the indices and markers are applied for more depth.

Overall, the Range is a very well-made watch with no pretense.

6. Tudor Glamour Day & Date

Tudor has always been known for their classic sports watches like the Heritage and Black Bay collections. However, this doesn’t mean that the company doesn’t know how to do dress watches. Enter the Tudor Glamour Day & Date.

Dressier Tudor for Formal Events

Upon seeing the Tudor Glamour Day & Date in person, one quick observation I’ve had is that it’s a unisex timepiece. The Tudor Glamour Day & Date is one of those watches that will look good on both men and women. This is hardly a surprise especially when women love wearing oversized men’s watches.

Furthermore, the black dial in contrast with the gorgeous stainless steel case and band make for a seriously good-looking dress watch. Of course, like its namesake, the Day window is found at 12 o’clock and the Date aperture is located at the 3 o’clock position. Like many Tudor collections, the Glamour Day & Date comes in numerous options which is always a good thing.

Ultimately, if you’re in the market for a luxury dress watch but still fairly affordable, the Tudor Glamour Day & Date is a solid choice.

Tudor’s Best Are Looking Good

Best Tudor Watch

That wraps up our list of the best Tudor watch. Overall, Tudor is a great luxury brand but offers more affordable options. Certainly, it’s a brand that brings in the value proposition.

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Review: Everything You need To Know

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review

In this Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review, we discuss its design, outlook, build and why it is a perfect choice for all watch lovers. We love this timepiece because of its elegant dial and sturdy build. It is also a self-winding watch, which means you can power it by moving your wrist. What’s more, you can wear it for professional marine activity without worrying about water damage. 

 

 

The Formula 1 Company has its history dated back in 1986. Back then, a better mode of watch mechanism became a problem as the available high-end timepieces were not marketable. This pushed the company to hit the market with a tag Formula 1 analog design.

The watch featured quartz movements with subtle inspirations from popular timepiece designs. Its style, sharp colors, and tasty combination of materials led to the sales success of the watch.

The company’s success has ties to its partnership with Formula 1 racing teams. Its relationship with organizations like the McLaren and Ferrari improved its marketability.

Other improvements, like the ETA movements and fiberglass case, brought about more popularity. Some models of the watch had classical designs with chronographs, hence more users loved them.

Are you looking to get yourself one of the legendary watches? Come on board as we introduce you to the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 watch. There are many great features to expect from this timepiece. Hence, read on as we bring you in-depth Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review.

 

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Review at a Glance

The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 has a cutting-edge design that appeals to professional racers and surface water sportsmen.

Performance is the ideal watchword for the users of this watch. The designers focused on both high-end precision and comfort to deliver a timepiece that can fit the user’s wrist comfortably.

The watch boasts of a reliable automatic movement system similar to the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16. This mechanism improves the performance and shoots up its water resistance quality.

It features a stand out grey dial with hour markers in Arabic numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock. The grey dial also has its luminescent hands, which are rhodium plated. This elegant watch has a stainless steel polished case of about 41mm with a crown made from sapphire crystal.

The best part of the watch is that you can pair it with a stainless steel bracelet to make a sound fashion statement. The combination of its ceramic bezel and stainless steel case gives an immaculate impression. Its elegant, sporty appearance also gives off an exquisite look when you rock the watch with a Jean and shirt.

Detailed Design of the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Review

 formula 1 calibre 5

This Calibre 5 Watch features a stainless steel bracelet to match the stainless steel case. It has a ceramic ring bezel that is golden black and a stainless steel finish that rotates in a unidirectional movement.

The watch’s hour markers and hands have a silver-tone finish with luminous properties. You will surely love its rims, which have lined up minute markers with luminescent properties. With this watch, you don’t have to worry about days numbering as it features a date window at the 3 o’clock position.

It features a 43mm stainless steel casing that can withstand knocks and falls. The watch has a 22mm lug width, 48mm lug to lug dimension, and a lug height of 11mm.

The sturdiness of this watch is second to none as the crown fits tightly into the casing with a screw. Despite its bogus size, it wears well and will not look too big for your wrist.

The Calibre 5 design on the watch looks great, even in the dark. There is also the TH logo design on the second hand and at the back of the watch. The end has little details aside from the screw, which has a screw and a bland flag outlook.

One of the astonishing features of the watch is the sunburst chrome. The chrome matches beautifully with other colors like silver, black, and white color. This color combines with the light to give a brilliant appearance.

More on the impressive feature of the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review design is its 38 hours power reserve. This incredible feature allows the watch to run uninterrupted, which means every time you will get precise timekeeping.

Lastly, with the timepiece having a scratch-resistant crystal, you don’t have to bother about it looking ugly.

Functionality

formula 1 calibre 5

This Tag Heuer Formula 1 Automatic Men’s watch is functional with the ETA 2824-2 system. You can rock the watch with almost all kinds of fashion styles and still look good. Features like the unidirectional bezel, red-tipped hands, and the anthracite dial make it ideal for prolonged all-day usage.

The steel bracelet is comfortable on the wrist and does not give marks on the skin. Size is perfect as it is not too small or too big. Hence, people would always notice your wrist without feeling intimidated by the size of your watch.

Top-Notch Movement 

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Regardless of the similarities of F1 Quartz and Automatic caliber, some features differentiate them. The major difference between the two watches lies in their mechanism of movement – the quartz and calibers.

The Formula 1 quartz watch features a movement that is powered by a battery and the famed crystal.  However, despite the availability of some quartz models, TAG Heuer F1 has since advanced by adding several mechanical movements. These include the Caliber 16, 5, 6, and 7 variants.

In the 5th series of Tag Heuer F1 watches, the brand introduced the caliber 16, which runs on automatic chronograph movement derived from Valjoux 7750. Aside from using it in the popular Tag Heuer Formula 1 Caliber 16, they featured this movement on other Chronos timepieces, including Carrera models.

Caliber 6 uses an automatic movement but with an additional tiny second hand at the 6 o’clock position. As for Calibre 7, this contains 21 jewels, and it is functional with the use of ETA 2893-2 movements.

However, Caliber 5 is much more modified by the brand as it uses ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with 25 jewels. It has a power reserve of 38 hours, which makes it one of the efficient movements of the Tag Heuer F1 series. The best part is that its accuracy on timekeeping and durability is second to none compared to other calibers. No wonder it is gaining so many remarks on the market.

Strap

Tag Heuer Calibre 5

A critical look at the bracelets will reveal the absence of tapers. Although this may not mean much, you should also know that the bracelets use pins instead of screws. The bracelets are big but not too intimidating. The links are foldable and flexible with one more folding piece.

You would find an extension and slim-fit micro-adjustments. These features make the watch secure and comfortable even when you wear it for a long time. The bold, conspicuous bracelets show off the taste and style of the timepiece.

The only drawback to the bracelets is that it feels too soft on the skin. Hence, it is prone to scratches, which means a few months of constant usage, you would notice marks on the bracelets.

Water Sports Features

Calibre 5 review

Surely, divers and marine workers will love a watch that they can wear for usual activities and casual outing. Hence, this watch offers all that they seek in one piece.

You can wear it to any casual or formal meetings as it has an elegant built that will complement your outfit. This elegant timepiece is water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters. That means you can wear it while you dive into the ocean without worrying about water damage.

Another exciting feature that will be of great importance for marine activities is its unidirectional bezel. With such spec on this watch, any pro-diver will find it easier to account for elapse time underwater.

What’s more, since it features a screw-down crown, this makes the timepiece a highly waterproofed watch to use for professional marine activity. However, you should be mindful of the depth since it can only withstand 200 meters of water pressure.

Pricing

The watch for its features has good pricing. Its sporty features and clean design could sell for a more high-end price. Thus, you are getting a super watch for a reasonable price.

If you are a fan of colorful watches, then Tag Heuer Calibre 5, this is the perfect choice for you. The watch has polished steel finished with blue bezel. The concept behind this design is stealth and high-end fashion.

The designers claim the color is from the Ossi Blue Porsche. The watch features a functional tachymeter scale that helps you keep up with speed on and off the track.

Considering its luminous feature, you will agree that watch pricing is quite logical. With rhodium-plated hands and indexes, you can read the watch comfortably in the dark.

The watch precision system features Swiss Made quartz for cutting-edge precision. You will enjoy accurate timing by the hour to the smallest millisecond.

If you take a detailed look around the watch, you will notice subtle aesthetical finishes that put it apart from other timepieces within its price range. Not only that, but you will also find the red dashes that contrast against the monochrome to give it a more elegant appearance.

Drawbacks

For the price on any Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5, the watch meets all the standards and requirements you would expect. Yet, it has few features that would be better off in a cheaper watch.

Although the bracelets fit fine with useful links, the lack of tapers and clasp make the watch not comfortable on the wist. For some users, The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 is too expensive. But most users would find the aesthetics, specifications, quality of materials, and build befitting for the price.

If you are on a budget, you may want to check out similar watches with the same specifications and lower costs. But, The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 shows class and luxury. Hence, you should consider these factors as the determining factor for the price.

Aside from these few drawbacks, The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 is a fantastic watch. The detailed designs, color combinations, and legible dials make it a functional timepiece. It has a touch of luxury and quality that would make you stand out in the crowd.

The precision is accurate for high-end timing. Although it has a sporty appearance, you can rock the watch and even and still look great. The watch has a big build but would still fit into your cuffs without an unattractive bulge. It is difficult to hate this fantastic timepiece. It is functional, pleasing, and durable.

Does Tag Heuer Formula Calibre 5 Worth the Investment? 

From everything mentioned in this Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review, you will agree that this timepiece is a perfect option for mid budget watch lovers. The reason is that it has a quality build and elegant design that will make you not resist adding it to your collections.

The Calibre 5 has a stylish analog design with impressive color watch face made with top-notch materials. The best part of it is that it is very affordable compared to other high-end watch brands. No wonder why it has attracted many buyers and watch enthusiasts.

With a striking appearance and boasted fiberglass case, this timepiece stands out from other Tag Heuer Formula 1 series.

The watch suits a gentleman’s everyday lifestyle as it reeks of class. This detailed tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review will help you make the right choice.

Get this timepiece to set yourself apart when you step out in informal or casual occasions. However, if you still do not like Calibre 5, you could check out the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16.

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

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

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

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

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review: At a Glance

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

Model:

Rolex Submariner Date

Reference no.

116613LB

Model case:

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel and yellow gold

Oyster architecture:

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

Material:

Yellow Rolesor – combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold

Bezel:

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

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system

Crystal:

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

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

3135, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Bracelet:

Oyster, flat three-piece links

Clasp:

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Dial:

Blue

Certification:

Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Functions:

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

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review

First Impressions

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

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

Construction and Wearability

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

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

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

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

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

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

Timekeeping

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

 

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review 3135 Movement

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

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

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

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

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

Pricing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner [Comparison Review]

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

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

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

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: At a Glance

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

Here are the specs for both watches:

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

Size Comparison

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

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

Bezel

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

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

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

Bracelet / Strap

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

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

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

Timekeeping

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

Rolex 3130 Movement
Rolex 3130 Movement

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

Omega 1861 Movement
Omega Speedmaster Professional

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

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

Pricing and Value

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

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

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

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

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: The Verdict

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

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

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

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

Rolex Air King 5500 Review: The Forgotten Vintage King

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

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

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

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

Rolex Air King 5500 Review: At a Glance

Model:

Rolex Air King

Reference no.

5500

Model case:

Stainless steel w/ polished bezel (34mm)

Material:

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Smooth

Winding crown:

Waterproof screw-down crown

Crystal:

Acrylic crystal

Movement:

Automatic 1520 movement

Water resistance

10 ATM

Power reserve:

40 hours

Bracelet:

Stainless steel Jubilee w/ Fliplock clasp

Clasp:

Fold clasp

Dial:

Silver Index w/ Tritium hands and lume plots

First Impressions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

Construction and Wearability

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

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

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

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

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

Timekeeping

Rolex Air King 5500 Review 1520 Movement

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

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

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

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

Pricing

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

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

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

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

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

Should You Get the Rolex Air King 5500?

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

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

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

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

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

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41: Which Datejust is Right for You?

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41

Few luxury timepieces can claim the same level of history and prestige as the Rolex Datejust. The Datejust is widely known to be Rolex’s flagship dress watch and is one of the most iconic models in the Swiss watchmaker’s collection.

Debuted in 1945, the Rolex Datejust is the first-ever automatic chronometer that features a date window. Over the years, despite the various design and mechanical changes, the Rolex Datejust has retained its signature look.

When it comes to the Datejust, people have one common question: the Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41, which is better? If you have this predicament, I say that it’s a good problem to have. Let’s find out what’s the difference between the Rolex Datejust 36 and Rolex Datejust 41.

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41: Specs Comparison

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41

Before we get to the meat of this Rolex head-to-head, let’s first check out the specs and features of these two Datejust models.

Model:Rolex Datejust 36Rolex Datejust 41
Reference #:126234126300
Model case:Oyster, 36 mm, Oystersteel and white goldOyster, 41 mm, Oystersteel
Dial color:BlackBlack
Oyster architecture:Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crownMonobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Material:White Rolesor – combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct white goldOystersteel
Bezel:FlutedSmooth
Winding crown:Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness systemScrew-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal:Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the dateScratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water Resistance:100 meters / 330 feet100 meters / 330 feet
Movement:Perpetual, mechanical, self-windingPerpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Caliber:3235, Manufacture Rolex3235, Manufacture Rolex
Functions:Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time settingCentre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator:Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbersParamagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Power reserve:70 hours70 hours
Bracelet:OystersteelOystersteel
Clasp:Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension linkFolding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

Rolex Datejust 36 Review

For this head-to-head review, we’ll be referencing the Rolex Datejust 36 Ref. 126234 which is an update to the classic Rolex Datejust reference 16234. This is the new 2019 model which comes in two versions: the black dial model and the mother-of-pearl configuration with diamond hour markers.

Design

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

When it comes to the Datejust 36, Rolex hasn’t messed with its success formula. Ever since its debut, the Datejust 36 has only seen subtle improvements with each iteration. With that said, the design of the Datejust 36 is still wonderfully classic.

The crux of the Datejust 36’s design is its Coke-bottle shape which pretty much didn’t change over the years. This quintessential design enables the Datejust 36 to fit any wrist, suits, or occasion.

For the 2019 version, the Oystersteel case features a more streamlined profile that reminds me of luxurious sailboats. The toned contours give the watch a more professional but at the same time sporty look. I love how the case lines look sharp and defined.

As for the dial, the Ref. 126234 has received a bit of makeover. The railroad track has been replaced with the simplistic index markers. This change has opened up some space in the dial which I like. Another noteworthy change is that the hour hands can almost touch the hour indices.

At 12 o’clock, you can find the iconic five-pointed coronet that’s is white-gold finished, like the rest of the hands and indices. However, the coronet looks rounder and gentler while the hands look a bit chunkier like a Kit-Kat bar. Legibility has always been excellent with the Rolex Datejust 36 and that’s further reinforced with the empirical Cyclops lens that magnifies the date aperture.

Construction and Wearability

The Rolex Datejust 36 successfully married functionality and luxury. The signature fluted bezel is not just there for looks but it was originally used for screwing the bezel onto the case, protecting it from water. The fluting in this version is now less pronounced but its waterproofness is still intact.

The bracelet is now a 5-piece link Jubilee that’s a bit of a throwback to the original design. The three center links are polished while the outer links are satin-finished and polished edges.

While I’m not a big fan of this elaborate bracelet design, the addition of more links provides better comfort – something that I can’t argue with. The Jubilee bracelet comes with the 5 mm Easylink extension which makes adjusting a breeze.

Due to its size, the Datejust 36 is essentially a unisex watch. However, as expected, the size might be too small for people with larger wrists. In this regard, you’re better off with the Datejust 41.

Timekeeping

Caliber 3235 Movement

The new Datejust 36 is powered by the caliber 3235 movement. As you might know, this new-gen movement offers an accuracy of -2 / +2 seconds a day deviation, meeting the official chronometer (COSC) standards.

This is perhaps the biggest novelty component of the new Rolex Datejust 36.

Also, the watch is equipped with Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers, adding a great deal of robustness to the movement. The 70-hour power reserve makes this watch a true powerhouse. Of course, there’s the perfectly cut date window that’s magnified by the Cyclops lens.

Not much can be said about the timekeeping quality. It’s accurate, reliable, and certainly top-of-the-line.

Rolex Datejust 41 Review

For this Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41 comparison, we will take a look at the Rolex Datejust 41 ref. 126300. We’ll go with this model because it’s very popular among collectors.

Design

Obviously, the key design element of the Datejust 41 is the “41” part which refers to the case size. Back then, many people were excited about the case update since Rolex will be bringing the Datejust to a modern case size. The Rolex Datejust II also came in 41mm case but the bulkier profile turned some people off.

For many people, the Datejust 41 is just the perfect size of the timeless classic.

The Oystersteel material looks iconic and elegant as usual. I actually prefer the steel version of the Datejust 41 just because it’s stylistically versatile and not to mention, lesser on the price tag as well.

All the familiar design elements that people enjoyed with the Datejust is here. The beautiful fluted bezel (originally a coin-style bezel) looks true to form. The hallmark Cyclops lens is still here and does a great job of magnifying the date window.

I’ve always been partial to dark dials, so the dark rhodium dial of this model

The good thing about the Datejust 41 is that it’s available in many different dial designs such as champagne, silver, blue, dark rhodium, and white.

Construction and Wearability

As with the Datejust 36, the 41 comes with the signature Oystersteel bracelet. This reference model also comes with a five-piece link metal Jubilee bracelet. Due to the added links, the bracelet feels softer and more comfortable.

You can find a concealed attachment system underneath the bezel which provides a more seamless look. As expected the signature folding Oysterclasp is here and has also received the Easylink 5 mm extension link treatment.

The 41mm size feels just right and sits nicely on the wrist. While it’s larger, the Datejust 41 features a slim profile and tapered lugs that allow superior comfort. The size is probably the biggest advantage of the Datejust 41 over the 36.

Timekeeping

Similar to the Datejust 36, the 41 model houses the Rolex Caliber 3235 – a movement that debuted back in 2015 with the Rolex Pearlmaster.

The in-house 3235 movement is the perfect timekeeping engine for a luxury watch such as this. Boasting 14 patents, this is one of the best movements by Rolex in terms of reliability and accuracy. The Chronergy escapement is a great addition that improves the movement’s efficiency. With a power reserve of 70 hours, you can stop wearing this watch for 3 days before it runs out of juice.

Like all Rolex models, the accuracy is rated at +2/-2 seconds a day and is Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified. The 3235 movement is not just an evolution of the well-known 3135 / 3136 movements. Rolex has made sure that it’s a proper upgrade with over 90% parts that are new.

With the Datejust 41, timekeeping accuracy and reliability are concerns that you can throw out the window.

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41: The Verdict

We wrap up our Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41 comparison with our verdict. Which Datejust model is better?

This one is a tough call because as you can see, both watches are essentially the same. Ultimately, your decision will boil down whether you prefer a 36mm or 41mm case size. If your wrist belongs in the larger end of the spectrum, the Datejust 41 is an easy choice. The Datejust 36 simply looks miniature on a larger wrist. Some people don’t mind the smaller size since it goes well with most office clothing and dress shirts.

Also, you can make a case for the 36 that the classic 3-hand and date dial looks better on a smaller watch. The design elements are simply spaced out better when looking at a smaller dial.

The Datejust 41 is a replacement for the Rolex Datejust II, so it’s basically Rolex’s way of correcting some things. True enough, the 41 did a lot of things right and it’s essentially the epitome of a “classic casual watch.”

Again, this all comes down if you prefer a 36mm or 41mm timepiece. Either, it’s hard to go wrong with either Datejust model.

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner: In-depth Comparison

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex submariner

Having looked at the durability, features, and design offered by both timepieces, the Rolex Submariner edge out on the Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner contest. First, it gives an accurate reading compared to the other. Also, it is elegant, durable, and has a higher resale value than the Seamaster 300.

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

If you plan to get an ideal dive watch on your wrist, then Rolex and Omega come as the two best options you should be thinking of.

Over the years, both watchmakers have offered products that have graced the collection of professional divers. As expected, these timepieces have features that can fit marine activities as well as casual use. So the question is which watch stands as the best between both models?

Getting the answer to such a question might be difficult as both timepieces provide accurate readings under most conditions. Also, they boast of designs and materials that will endure a prolonged use on land or at sea.

Luckily, we’ve carried out thorough research and put together in-depth analysis between Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner. We will also share their various downsides and advantages.

So what are you waiting for? Read on as we reveal to you an in-depth comparison on both timepieces. First, let’s start with the Omega Seamaster 300 review.

Head to Head Comparison 

Here is a side by side of the key specifications of Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner collection

 

  Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex submariner
Brand NameOmega Seamaster 300Rolex Submariner collection
Model212.30.36.20.01.002114060
Case Diameter41mm40mm
Case MaterialStainless steelStainless steel
Case thickness13mm13 mm
Band MaterialStainless steelStainless steel
ClaspPush Button Folding ClaspDeployment buckle
CrystalScratch Resistant Sapphire CrystalScratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
Dial ColorBlackBlack
Bezel MaterialBrushed Steel with Black Ceramic Fill

Satin finished steel numbers and indexes. Uni-Directional / Rotating

Polished Steel with a Highly Durable Black “Cerachrom” Bezel insert.
MovementSelf-Winding Automatic Co-Axial Chronometer Movement

Omega Caliber 2500 Movement

Co-Axial escapement

Self-Winding Automatic Movement

The Rolex Caliber 3130 is a Superlative Chronometer.

Power ReserveUp to 50 hours48 hours
Water Resistance300 Meters / 1000 Feet Water Resistant300 Meters / 1000 Feet Water Resistant

 

In-depth Comparison between Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

Omega Seamaster 300

 

This watch stands as one of the best dive watches in the market. It has impressive features that make it a worthy mention on Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner article.

Although both watchmakers offer times with accurate movements and sturdy build, some divers believe it’s easier to read the Seamaster in water. However, others feel that the Submariner has a larger power reserve than the Omega brand.

Before finding the winner in the new Omega Seamaster 300m vs Rolex submariner contests, let’s see what this classy dive watch has to offer.

Design

 

This watch has a size and looks that will fit activities on land and at sea. The reason is that this timepiece features a 41mm stainless steel case with a 21mm lugs on both sides. But when compared to the latest model, the older variant is smaller while having the same level of water resistance.

Another great feature of this brand is the use of luminous paint color on its outer part. However, the paint used on the Seamaster is not as effective as the type found on the Pro-series. Also, the green and blue colored lume cannot hold a charge for long periods.

Dive watches like the Seamaster 300 come with helium release valves on their cases. However, if you are a Pro-diver, there is no need to bother about this feature. You might enjoy more functionality with the automatic version, which is useful in a decompression chamber.

The new Seamaster 300 has a 10 o’clock crown which might look out of place. However, it makes the watch unique and easy to identify when placed beside similar watches from other brands.

Like its first models, the Seamaster 300 has horizontal wave patterns on its black ceramic dial. This style enables you to enjoy the neat laser etching on the dial. However, some versions from the brand collection did not include this feature in their design.

Build and Comfort

Omega Seamaster 300 review

Although the watch looks bulky with its stainless steel bracelet, it does not exert too much pressure on your wrist. Hence, it offers a degree of comfort than most bulky watches. Furthermore, a tapered helium release valve helps you differentiate between the older and the latest Seamaster 300M variants.

If you are looking for a luxury dive watch for smaller wrists, try getting this timepiece as it measures 48mm from lug to lug. Since it has a thickness of 13mm, it can fit perfectly into your cuff. Also, It’s elegant built will also complement your outfit for any occasion.

As mentioned earlier, the watch boasts of a sandblast ceramic dial that has a slightly grey look. Apart from housing the markers and hands, this laser-cut component gives the watch an attractive look.

Since the release of this timepiece, the latest versions of the Seamaster 300 have maintained the Speedmaster inspired bracelet. However, this part of the watch uses an updated micro-adjust clasp.

Overall, the bracelet is moderate in terms of comfort and look. If you want to enhance the look of the watch and feel of the Seamaster, swap the stainless steel for a rubber strap that promises comfort and elegance.

Movement and Functionality

Omega seamaster 300 review

Under this part of the Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex submariner 2019 comparison, Omega serves as the best option. The cause of this victory is its use of the co-axial escapement that comes with an 8800 caliber that can resist magnetism while offering a power reserve of at least 50 hours.

Value

Another thing to look out for in this model is its value in the market. Compared to the Submariner, this watch is a budget-friendly timepiece to have on your wrist. Generally, the Seamaster 300 is sold at a price under $5000, which is far lesser than the cost of its rival. Also, there are other similar models for less the price, so there is no need to splurge thousands of dollars on a practical dive watch.

Opinion and Drawbacks

It can even be seen as one of the best dive watches due to its low price and accurate timekeeping. However, it has offered less precision than the Rolex model.

Moreover, its AR coating scratches off easily as it is placed on the outer part of the crystal. Finally, if you put up your Seamaster for a resale, you might be offered a price lesser than its main value.

Rolex Submariner

 

This watch comes as a sturdy but handsome watch that fits any activity or outfit. Another reason to love this timepiece is its rich heritage. Indeed, the Rolex submariner design inspired most diver watch flooding the market.

Rolex submariner first model was launched in 1954. It has a great history, and up to date, it is one of the top timepieces in the watch game. Admittedly, this is also a vintage Submariner watch, which cost more than regular dive timepieces due to its features.

Design

Since its first model, watch lovers have seen various design upgrades of the Rolex Submariner. Although these are minor changes, the watch has become one of the flagship models in the top dive timepieces.

If you need a watch that shows dates, the older Rolex Submariner isn’t the best option, as this product does not have a date aperture. However, there are other versions of the Rolex Submariner that comes with a large date window.

Older versions worked with aluminum bezels but this model standout with its ceramic variant. Fortunately, the latter material can withstand knocks and scratches than its aluminum rival. You will also love the classy engravings on the watch that gives it an overall elegant look.

Apart from its rugged bezel, the watch has a dial that will interest any pro-diver. This bezel of the watch consists of 18k white gold markers that add to the unique look of this timepiece. Next, its indices contain Rolex traditional Chromalight that allows easy reading in the darkest conditions.

Build and Comfort

Rolex submariner review

The Submariner has a sturdy build that can withstand water pressure at a depth of up to 300m. For one, its crown is fitted with a Triplock waterproof system that keeps moisture from its inner parts. It even has a timeless steel case that can handle rust when exposed to seawater.

During a dive or causal use, there is no need to worry about this timepiece slipping from your wrist. The reason is that it has a sturdy Oyster bracelet that offers security with its safety clasp. Although this part of the watch is solid, it does not exert any pressure on your wrist.

Do you feel that this item might not fit on your wrist? , adjust the bracelet’s glide lock system (without taking it to a jeweler) by 2mmm to meet your sizing needs.

Movement and Functionality

Rolex submariner review

Anyone will love the flawless timekeeping offered by the Rolex Calibre 3130 automatic movement on this diving timepiece. Having tested it to the highest standards, it’s certain that the movement supports a 48-hour power reserve. Also, since it’s a self-winding watch, there’s no need to spend extra cash on battery.

There might be nothing too special about its movement, but the Rolex has used this feature to maintain its flagship status. You will also love this simple movement, as it will keep the watch running after a minor fall, bump, or a prolong use.

Value

Unlike the Omega Seamaster, the Rolex Submariner will look attractive after years of multiple wears. The reason is that its beautiful outer parts can cope with wear and tear as well as repeated falls under any condition. Overall, it comes with a hefty price tag than the Seamaster 300, which goes up in value as the years go by.

Opinion and Drawbacks

After looking at the features offered by the first timepiece on our Omega Seamaster 300m ceramic vs Rolex submariner review, you might want to go for this model. For one, it combines durability, elegance, accuracy, and value in a simple package. However, it has some issues that might make you want to go for the other option.

First, when compared to the Omega Seamaster, the watch has fewer style options, thereby making you stick to a particular look. Apart from its limited fashion, its hefty price tag can scare you from investing in this timepiece. However, if it meets your budget, it is an ideal device for diving and everyday use.

Final Recommendation on Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner review

After a close look at the Omega vs Rolex quality, it is obvious that both timepieces are worthy investments. After all, both watches are stylish, rugged, and accurate for as long as you wish.

Since you would like to know the winner in the Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner contest, choose the latter. I’d recommend the Rolex because it has a design that is simple but classic.

Unlike the Seamaster that has a flashy look, this watch shows elegance with fewer design elements. Moreover, it has a beautiful appearance that can complement your outfit.

As mentioned earlier, both luxury dive watches are ideal timepieces. Thus, your choice depends on either the occasion or the function. If you wish to mark an important event like a career move, stick with the Rolex while the Seamaster comes as the ultimate choice for divers because of its valve and movement features.

Finally, keep in mind that the Submariner comes with a hefty price tag. Hence, if it exceeds your budget, the Seamaster 300 comes as the best affordable option.