Rolex Explorer 2 Review: A True Utilitarian Rolex Timepiece

When you are looking for a watch that you can wear under the toughest conditions, you are probably not looking for a Rolex. However, if you are in the market for one of the toughest luxury watches available, today’s Rolex Explorer 2 review is for you.

After all, it’s a timepiece that’s designed for cave divers and spelunkers. Although not many of you will be using this watch for exploring dark caves, it’s still a watch that’s rich in history.

Among the Rolex collection, the Rolex Explorer II has always been some sort of oddity. It’s not as popular as the Submariner or Datejust but it’s still going strong even after 45 years of production.

With that said, let’s take an in-depth look at the Explorer II ref. 216570 a.k.a. the Polar.

Rolex Explorer 2 Review: At a Glance

The Rolex Explorer II is a relatively quirky offering that added plenty of character to the Swiss luxury brand’s stable. Before we go to a detailed Rolex Explorer II review, let’s first check out its key specs and features.

Model:

Rolex Explorer II

Reference no.

216570

Model case:

Oyster, 42 mm, Oystersteel

Oyster architecture:

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

Material:

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Fixed, 24-hour graduated

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system

Crystal:

Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water-resistance: Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

3187, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Functions:

Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. 24-hour display. Second time zone with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand. Instantaneous date. Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator:

Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Power reserve:

48 hours

Bracelet:

Oyster, flat three-piece links

Clasp:

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

Dial:

White, Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence

Certification:

Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

First Impression

Take note that the 216570 White Dial is the new and improved version of the Rolex Explorer II 16570. There are actually two dial versions of the 216570: white and black (pictured below). While I am a big fan of black dials, I went with the white dial since it somehow looks better than the black version.

My first impression is that the watch maintains most of the essence of classic Rolex timepieces but has been reworked to appeal to contemporary collectors. Perhaps the most obvious change is the 42mm case diameter. In comparison, the original Rolex Explorer 214270 was only 39mm.

It’s one of the largest models in the Rolex catalog.

Purists and traditionalists will surely prefer the smaller 39mm but as an outdoor tool watch, the size increase is more than welcome.

The white maxi dial is another standout with its boldness and superior legibility – perhaps it’s boldest among other Rolex sports watches. The glossy white dial has markers with black surrounds. It is an instantly striking dial with somehow more of the signature Rolex attention to detail.

The construction looks to be on-point and while I’m not too keen on wearing it to explore cave systems, it feels like it would serve me well even if I choose to. It looks and feels like a true tool watch and noticeably less luxurious.

The Polar White Dial

The Polar white dial is a masterclass in contrast. The Chromalight markers and hands sit perfectly against the white background, and the bright orange 24-hour GMT hand adds a perfect contrast to everything that’s going on.

In case you don’t know, the 24-hour hand enables the user to keep the time for two different time zones. In addition, it will also let you know if it’s day or night, very useful when you are down in a cave.

Rolex Explorer 2 Review Chromalight
Rolex Explorer II Chromalight

As mentioned, the Rolex Explorer II features top-notch legibility. After all, it’s a watch designed for very low-light environments or at night. Based on my tests, the proprietary Chromalight coating does a great job of providing long-lasting readability.

Plus, it looks amazing when the blue luminescent coating is activated.

The black surround around the oversized markers and stubby hands is another great detail that completes the overall look of the Explorer II. I have always been a fan of the Cyclops lens so it’s a nice cherry on top as far as the dial goes.

The Rolex Explorer 2 is bigger and bolder which is what you want for a heavy-duty tool watch.

The Robust Case

The Rolex Explorer II was first released back in 1971, and since then it has gone through numerous makeovers over the four decades. It was designed for extreme resistance and this is mainly due to its robust case.

Of course, there’s the 904L stainless steel that makes the case which measures 42mm in diameter and a thickness of 13mm. While I don’t have the largest wrist, the 42mm diameter is more preferable to me than the 39mm of the previous Explorer.

For reference, the Yacht-Master II is 43mm and the Sea-Dweller Deepsea is 44mm.

Just like with the previous generations of Explorer, the watch is fitted with Rolex’s signature twinlock screw-down crown. This adds a fair bit of waterproofness to the watch and should be able to handle a few splashes. Just make sure you don’t wear the Explorer II for diving.

In classic Rolex style, the watch features sapphire crystal on the front and a solid case back on the back. The 24-hour bezel is made with fixed stainless steel with a satin brush finish. However, the bezel is more prone to scratches. I would have loved it more if it instead had ceramic inserts like on the Rolex Submariner.

However, the brushed finish of the bezel does look great.

The Oystersteel Bracelet

The Explorer II uses the signature Oyster bracelet made in 904L steel with three links. Looking closely, you’ll see that the center links of the bracelet lack polish. This is, of course, a conscious design choice for a more “tool-like” look. However, the sides are polished which adds an interesting twist to the bracelet’s aesthetic.

As you might expect, the bracelet’s construction feels very solid and it comes with the Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink system. This enables the user to extend or shorten the last link by 5mm increments which is useful for achieving a great fit.

While the Glidelock fine-adjustment extension found on watches like the Submariner is the superior system, the Easylink is useful for adjusting the short and long positions. This allows you to easily adjust the bracelet in case of weather changes.

Timekeeping

Rolex Explorer 2 Review 3187 Movement
Explorer II’s 3187 Caliber Movement

Of course, you can’t have a Rolex Explorer 2 review without talking about the movement. With that said, the Explorer 2 is powered by the automatic in-house calibre 3187.

The movement features a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring with a 48-hour power reserve. For the price, I was expecting a better power reserve than 48 hours. Having to reset the watch after two days of not wearing it does get old pretty quick.

The blue Parachrom hairspring provides the much-needed resistance against magnetic fields. Plus, it adds a good deal of durability to the watch which is crucial for the type of environments the model is designed for. Even with extreme temperature changes, the Explorer II will remain ticking accurately.

The 3187 won’t blow anyone’s mind when it comes to aesthetic but that’s no big deal since you’re getting a robust solid steel caseback anyway.

Like with all Rolex Perpetual movements, the 3187 is a certified Swiss chronometer with -2/+2 sec/day precision performed after casing.

Pricing

The Explorer II 216570 Polar is about on the same price range as the Rolex Submariner. However, if you can get a pre-owned Explorer II, expect to pay a little more than a no-date Submariner and a little less than a date Submariner.

It’s no entry-level watch like the Rolex Air-King but it’s certainly an affordable option if you’re looking to get into the Rolex rabbit hole. Due to its not-so-massive popularity, you won’t find an Explorer II that sells for over the retail price. Basically, you can just walk up to a Rolex shop right now and later come out with the watch on hand.

This isn’t the case for other popular Rolex models like the aforementioned Submariner where the cost is driven up by demand.

As far as resale value goes, this luxury steel watch offers a rock-solid resale value. However, it’s not exactly a fly-off-the-shelves sale when compared to other popular Rolex models.

Should You Get the Rolex Explorer II?

To wrap up this Rolex Explorer 2 review, we put in the verdict if this watch is worth the investment or not.

The Explorer II is a somewhat a forgotten model that’s lost in the sea of Submariners, Day-Dates, and Daytonas. This is quite a shame especially when it’s one of the few unashamedly utilitarian Rolex timepieces.

I love the big and bold display with a throwback design to the vintage Explorer. However, Rolex made some excellent updates that make it more appealing for fans of contemporary timepieces. It looks great, especially with the Polar white dial and offers legibility for days. In terms of comfort, the watch sits comfortably on my wrist so I have no complaints.

It’s also perhaps the toughest and most robust Rolex watch that I’ve owned. More than anything, it’s a tool watch and a great one at that.

The Rolex Explorer II is not the kind of watch that I would recommend for first-time Rolex buyers but it sure is an imposing addition to any luxury watch collection.

Rolex Air King Review: A Design Departure or a Fresh Take on a Classic?

One of the most common criticisms about Rolex is that their watches tend to look the same. To some extent, there’s a truth to this sentiment and it applies to both Rolex’s historical timepieces and contemporary models. However, Rolex’s meticulous consistency is what made it one of the largest luxury brands in the world.

Therefore, many people are caught off-guard when they see something as unorthodox as the Rolex Air King.

Today, we’ll take a long hard look at the Rolex Air King. The Air King is widely considered to be the Swiss luxury brand’s entry-level pilot watch but is it worth the entry-level price tag?

Let’s take a look.

Rolex Air King Review: At a Glance

As mentioned, the Air King is the least expensive model in the Rolex line. For this review, we’ll focus on the Rolex Air-King ref. 116900 model. But first, let’s see the key specs and features.

Model:

Rolex Air King

Reference no.

116900

Model case:

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel

Oyster architecture:

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

Material:

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Smooth

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system

Crystal:

Scratch-resistant sapphire

Crown:

Screw-locked, two gaskets
Water-resistance: Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, with a magnetic shield to protect the movement

Caliber:

3131, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Functions:

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

Oscillator:

Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Power reserve:

48 hours

Bracelet:

Oyster, flat three-piece links

Clasp:

Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

Dial:

Black, Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence

First Impression

Rolex Air King Review Featured

The Rolex Air King is perhaps the most confusing Rolex I’ve ever owned.

It’s worth noting that the original design of the Air King was very simple and in some ways, a very purist Rolex. I mean it has no date aperture, it comes with a water-resistant case, chronometer, and a screw-down crown. It had the most essential Rolex elements without the distractions.

However in 2016, Rolex released an Air King version (reference 116900) which was a significant departure from the original design.

If you are familiar with the old Air King design, you’ll find the new design to be quite extroverted. The rather unorthodox design is mainly seen on the dial. The new Air King’s dial is uncharacteristically colorful and is somewhat busy when compared to other iconic Rolex models such as the Submariner and Datejust.

I must admit that the 116900’s overall look takes a bit of getting used to. The old Air King’s popularity was mainly attributed to its simplicity and robustness. I have to say that Air King still has those qualities with an extra touch of personality.

However, as with any drastic changes to time-tested Rolex designs, to say that the latest Air King is polarizing to timepiece collectors would be a severe understatement.

The Polarizing Black Dial

It’s hard not to agree that most of the confusion about the Air King lies with its satin black dial. The new Air King retains the black dial but with some strange design elements introduced.

First off, the dial features applied, Arabic numeral markers with the familiar Rolex Explorer layout. The Arabic 3, 6 and 9’clock markers are fitted in polished white gold, and the 12 o’clock marker is an inverted triangle which is also fashioned in white gold. The rest of the dial’s layout takes a strange turn as the rest of the hour markers go from ‘5’ to ’55’, only interrupted by the Explorer layout.

While this is a layout that divided many fans, I personally like this design as it reminds me of a cockpit indicator. Some people may not like the layout but it certainly looks like a pilot watch for the most part. With that said, legibility is excellent with its bold and unapologetic dial. The addition of the Chromalight lume makes readability a non-issue even in dark environments.

Another noteworthy departure is that the Rolex name is printed in green font and the familiar Crown logo is printed in yellow. Above the 6 o’clock sits the stylized Air King text with the Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified text below. I have to admit that I was taken aback by the logo designs but they certainly grew on me.

Like it or not, this enigma of a dial is what gave the Air King its distinct identity.

The Milgauss Case

If you think the shape of the Air King’s case is familiar, it’s probably because it reminds you of the Rolex Milgauss case. Well, the Rolex Air King 116900 uses the same Milgauss case which means that the watch is protected from magnetic fields.

Both the case and the bracelet is made from the signature 904L grade stainless steel and boasts a stunning satin finish. However, it’s worth noting that the Milgauss’ bracelet features a PCL (polished center link) bracelet while the Air King is all satin.

The Air King case has a thickness of about 13mm which is roughly the same thickness as the Omega Speedmaster. While it might be a bit too thick for some people, the Air-King never felt bulky or unwieldy. It’s safe to assume that the thickness is due to the anti-magnetic shielding.

As you might expect from a Rolex timepiece, the Oyster bracelet and folding Oyster clasp provide the much-needed ease of use. The bracelet is noiselessly smooth and operates reliably. I have no issue with comfort as well and it’s like wearing silk instead of steel. It’s a fairly hefty watch but Rolex did a good job with weight distribution. The signature Easylink adjustable extension links go a long way to ensure an excellent fit.

It never felt that the Air King is weighing me down.

The Air-King Movement

Rolex Air King Review 3131 Movement

This isn’t a Rolex Air King Review without talking about the movement. With that said, the Air-King is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, the Caliber 3131. Again, this is the same exact movement used not just for the Rolex Milgauss but for the Rolex Explorer as well.

The movement operates at a frequency of 28.800 vph with a 48-hour power reserve. As mentioned, the movement is protected from electromagnetic fields. The inclusion of the blue paramagnetic Parachrom hairspring adds further magnetic protection and toughness to the watch. This pretty much ensures that the watch will be precise and reliable even when you’re on a flight.

Like with most Rolex models, the Air-King promises -2/+2 sec/day precision. The Caliber 3131 movement may not have the same fanfare as with the new Chronergy escapement, it’s a solid movement that offers good precision and some nice features.

Pricing

As I have mentioned earlier, the Rolex Air King is the brand’s less expensive model. It just edges out the updated 39mm Explorer in terms of affordability.

So is the Air King worth the entry-level asking price?

In my opinion, the Air King is as close as you can get to a proper Rolex sports watch. If you are looking for a darn good pilot watch with the signature Rolex polish, then this watch is more than worthy of its price tag. Would I go as far as recommending this for would-be first-time Rolex owners?

Well, that’s a bit of a tricky question.

While the old Air-King is considered a classic, the Air King 116900 looks nothing like the original design. For all extents and purposes, the Air-King is a handsome watch. However, it doesn’t really scream Rolex. I imagine that most people who are looking to own their first Rolex is aiming to buy into its heritage.

With its enigmatic design, the Air-King looks nothing like your classic Rolex. However, it does have the iconic Rolex polish and reliability.

In its current price point, the Air King is not worth the entry-level price if you’re looking to own a traditionally designed Rolex. On the other hand, those who are looking for a Rolex watch with plenty of personality, I highly recommend this watch – it’s practically a steal.

Should You Get the Rolex Air King?

We conclude this Rolex Air King review with our verdict.

To be quite honest, the Rolex Air-King Reference 116900 didn’t really make me excited at first. However, the more I look into it, the more endearing it gets. It’s a watch that’s all about risk-taking and needs to catch your attention. While we celebrate Rolex for the brand’s reliability and consistency, the Air King reminds us that it can still venture far from its comfort zone.

The Air King is also a fairly versatile piece that can cater to a wide range of needs. I have worn this watch from sportier activities to dressier events. It looks great, wears comfortably, and offers excellent reliability. Legibility is also on-point and remains true to the spirit of the best pilot watches.

The Air King is clearly targeted towards younger users who are turned off by the classicism of the Oyster or the omnipresence of the Submariner.

Many collectors have turned up their noses with the idiosyncrasies of the Air-King but I think its polarizing aspects are its greatest strength. This is a Rolex that dares to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Is the Air King too much of a departure from a classic? Or is it a fresh take on a classic? Regardless of what we think, you really can’t fault the Air King for being dull and boring.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm Review

Review of Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 mm

With the rise of luxury-grade smartwatches, some watch-wearing aficionados have left behind decades of quintessential quality for smartphone compatibility. You won’t see those digital watches on my wrist, however, because I remain committed to the enhanced reliability and industry-leading durability built into my Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36. Here’s my Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm review.

 

I fully recommend this watch, secure in the knowledge that Rolex has decades of innovation that have gone into this model, starting back in 1926 with the first-ever water-proof watch. Those innovations carry on today with a heightened sense of aesthetic refinement, as exemplified by its simplified glow-in-the-dark watch face.

I wouldn’t make such a strong recommendation on brand alone. Over the years, I’ve always done my research before investing in such a mainstay of luxury fashion. Now, I’m passing on my research for the outstanding Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 to you so that you can fully appreciate what it feels like to receive a watch recommendation from a consummate expert.

There may be many fish in the sea, but when it comes to luxury watches, take my word for it: there is only one Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36.

Customer Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm Review

 “A classic starter watch” – Hodinkee, a leading online high-quality watch publication

“…a benchmark to which many others in the watch industry are measured.” – Business Insider

“…the very essence of a Rolex watch.” – The Jewelry Editor

Pros

  • Every model in collection built with durable, proprietary Oystersteel
  • An exceptionally reliable winding mechanism, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute
  • Classic visual appeal mixed with modern innovations like glowing numerals
  • Waterproof up to 330 feet

Cons

  • Requires winding every two days (48 hours)
  • Lacks traditional Arabic numerals
  • Limited dial plate color selection palette

Enhanced Reliability

Even among luxury watches, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 places reliability at its core and works its essential functionality into every minute detail of the prime time-keeping mechanism. With a top-quality hairspring and an enhanced self-winding mechanism, I will gladly count on this watch when it comes to keeping precise time down to the second.

Its new and improved central time keeper is the reason for the model’s reliability. Equipped with a 3130 caliber self-winding mechanism, this Rolex Oyster is capable of keeping steady time well beyond the 48 hour power reserve if properly attended to.

Another key component to ensuring this model’s reliability is its Parachrom hairspring. This hairspring enhances the Perpetual 36’s ability to withstand shocks and significant temperature changes by serving as a kind of turtle shell for each precision cog within the timekeeper. This watch can handle all of those unexpected dangers and still ensure that you always have the time of day at hand (or at wrist, as the case may be).

Rolex’s long-standing commitment shines through at the heart of the Oyster Perpetual 36 as well, given that the 3130 caliber mechanism and Parachrom hairspring were developed and implemented in-house.

All of this tinkering in-house has paid off, with this model earning the COSC’s (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) “superlative chronometer” rating based upon its core functionality alone. The COSC hardly ever hands out this certification, so its presence on this model should stand as a testament to its reliability.

All of this attention to detail results in a precision rating of -2/+2 sec/day. By any measure, that is an exceptional amount of precision for a luxury watch. Among many other factors, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36’s enhanced reliability stands out as one of its top qualities.

Industry-leading Durability

As noted with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36’s newly reinforced hairspring mechanism, this watch is surprisingly durable beyond the bounds of most fragile luxury watches. In fact, it’s almost become the norm that a luxury watch wearer must always move with caution for fear of damaging their wrist-bound jewelry. This Rolex watch really gives you a chance to break from that normative trepidation.

 

While gold and silver are traditionally known as the precious metals, this Rolex Oyster might give watch experts reason to add a new specialized metal to that list. Using Rolex’s own proprietary steel alloy – Oystersteel – this model is able to provide a scratch-resistant, tarnish-resistant body that won’t take on dents and nicks.

Though other Rolex watches offer Oystersteel as a material component, only the Perpetual 36 has truly mastered its implementation. And speaking of implementation, Oystersteel’s metallic cousins have seen implementations in a variety of pursuits beyond luxury goods. Aerospace and chemical industries are just two fields that have appreciated this steel family’s long-term ability to remain maximally resilient.

As might be expected, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36’s steel alloy construction brings with it a weighty drawback. Compared to more diminutive luxury watches, this model adds some noticeable weight to your wrist.

But as Cara Barrett at Hodinkee points out, this watch is “heavy without weighing your arm down.” Essentially, this watch’s weight can be considered the optimal middle point between a burden and a presence-less Walmart watch – weighty, but just enough to remind you that you are wearing a fine product made of high-grade steel and crystal.

A Sight to See – Even in the Dark

As with so many Rolex watches before it, the Oyster Perpetual 36 is a sight to behold. This model in particular finds a great middle point between minimalism and wearable contrast. Though the dial plate color selection options are limited, those available create perfect visual harmony with the refined silver color of the watch’s Oystersteel body.

Speaking of the watch body, the Perpetual 36 features a classic oyster-style bracelet band that many watch owners have come to appreciate for its style and comfort. Each 3-piece link – known as an Oyesterclasp – in the bracelet is set together to allow them to move seamlessly, which empowers you to wear this watch for days without discomfort.

In contemporary terms, I’ve been tempted to move away from analog watches many times in order to find a modern watch that can be read while out on a dark night in the city. That’s why when I learned that the Oyster Perpetual 36 features glow-in-the-dark index numerals, I simply knew it would be a quick favorite.

This faint glow isn’t a distraction either, more comparable to the (formerly radioactive) glow seen on watches worn by World War II pilots. Even now, my friends and associates are amazed to see an analog luxury watch that glows in this manner. As such, I never leave home for an evening out without my Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 on my wrist.

Minimalist Indexes – A Concern?

One concern some watch shoppers often profess is a dislike for minimalist Roman numeral indexes, as used on this watch. I cannot help but agree with these concerns, as I – a life-long glasses wearer – need all the extra visibility I can get when it comes to checking my watch. In truth, I believe that the addition of Arabic numerals would be the only thing that improves this watch in my eyes.

Altogether, this Rolex watch preserves what is effective and sporty about its core brand while still creating a contemporary niche for itself, thanks to its standout innovations. If performance and durability alone don’t sell you on the Perpetual 36, then I really believe its aesthetic appeal will do so.

A Luxury Price Tag

Perhaps the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36’s only considerable drawback is its price. For those accustomed to shopping in the luxury market, this will come as no surprise. But because of all of the innovation, performance, and durability described above, this model runs a steep price tag.

On the other side of the coin, though, this watch represents a worthwhile investment that may never need to be replaced. In fact, with its long-term reliability and resistance to degradation taken into account, you’ll very likely pass this watch down one day, to a son, daughter, or grandchild.

Also, price need not always be a distraction. In fact, some observers may even consider it an attraction. I won’t lie, I have at least once bragged about how much I’ve paid for a watch simply to demonstrate how I am personally committed to owning fine goods. Though being a braggart is not necessary with the Oyster Perpetual 36, you’ll certainly have good cause to point it out to companions when you wear it.

If price is an issue for you, though, you should definitely consider shopping around for the best available price. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is carried widely by many watch dealers, as well as by some local jewelers. If you have a favorite dealer, you should definitely give them a call in order to find the best possible price point for this must-have watch.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm Review Bottom Line

In total, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 is a fantastically-built, fantastically-performing luxury watch that I fully recommend. While I don’t often go out of my way to profess my precise watch preferences online, I really do believe that this watch, in particular, is worth the cost and the time needed to procure it.

While I do have many watches in my collection, I don’t expect them to stay with me forever. More importantly, my children aren’t expecting to keep my collection when I’m gone. But I hope to impress upon them how well I expect this Rolex watch to last, perhaps enough for one of them to one day wear it proudly.

This is all to say, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 is a watch worth wearing, time and again. From its classic oyster shell band to its precision internal components, you will be glad to add this watch to your wardrobe. I hope this Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm review has helped you learn about this terrific watch.

Datejust Vs Day Date: A Tale of Two Top-Shelf Rolex Classics

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If you are an avid reader of the blog, you’ll know we all love our Rolexes here. The main problem with the Rolex brand is that they have so many stellar timepieces that choosing one can be a daunting task. Today, we have another Rolex head-to-head with the Rolex Datejust vs Day Date.

Many people are stuck between the Datejust and Day Date since the ownership experience are fairly similar. To compare, one is a very popular Rolex timepiece and widely considered a timeless classic while the other is a watch that’s pretty much the embodiment of prestige.

We get where you’re coming from if you say you’re stuck between these two luxury timepieces. Fortunately for you, we are here to help.

Rolex Datejust Vs Day Date: Specs Comparison

First, let’s check out the key specs of both Datejust and Day Date.

Model: Rolex Datejust 41 Rolex Day Date 40
Reference #: 126333 228238
Model case: Oyster, 41 mm, Oystersteel Oyster, 40 mm
Dial color: Champagne White
Oyster architecture: Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Material: Yellow Rolesor 18 ct yellow gold
Bezel: Fluted Fluted
Winding crown: Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water Resistance: 100 meters / 330 feet 100 meters / 330 feet
Movement: Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Caliber: 3235, Manufacture Rolex 3255, Manufacture Rolex
Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting Centre hour, minute and seconds hands Instantaneous day and date in apertures, unrestricted rapid-setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator: Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Power reserve: 70 hours 70 hours
Bracelet: Jubilee, five-piece links President, semi-circular three-piece links
Clasp: Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link Concealed folding Crownclasp

Rolex Day Date 40 Review

For this head-to-head review, we’ll be taking a look at the Rolex Day-Date 40 reference no. 228238. The Day Date 40 is also commonly referred to as the “Rolex President.” The series includes other variants like the Everose gold 228235, 18ct white gold 228239, and the smooth bezel 950 platinum 228206.

However, for this review, we’ll be focusing on the 18ct yellow gold reference 228238.

Design

The Rolex Day Date was designed to merge both the design elements of a prestige timepiece and a functional sports watch. Interestingly, the Day Date isn’t exactly a popular item for sports watch collectors but I have to say that it more than succeeds as a prestige status timepiece.

Rolex has definitely upped their dial game with the Day Date 40. The new Day Date sports an array of elaborate dials and sophisticated technology. We’ve managed to get our hands on the model with the white dial and it’s truly a thing of beauty.

The hour markers are fitted with 18 ct gold which prevents tarnishing. Instead of the traditional Roman numeral dial, the Day Date 40 features luminous block markers. I prefer Roman numeral dials but for some reason, I don’t mind the block markers here. Additionally, the hour and minutes hands are in matchstick style and are also luminous.

The laser-etching technique is on-point and the sunray finish provides the much-needed sophistication and delightful nostalgia.

As with the older Day Date models, you’ll find the day aperture at 12 o’clock and the date aperture at 3 o’clock. The date aperture features the signature Cyclops lens which I have always been a fan of. The dial is bold and very easy to read. All in all, the Day Date 40 dial is another showcase of Rolex’s extreme attention to detail.

Construction and Wearability

This is a prestige timepiece through and through, a fact that’s very well demonstrated by the Day Date 40’s case. The model we reviewed features a fluted bezel. Take note that only the gold versions come with fluted bezels. If I am not mistaken, the platinum model comes with a smooth bezel.

The watch features the iconic Oyster case with a monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown. This provides the watch with a respectable waterproof rating of 100 meters. The dial is protected with a scratch-resistant sapphire that offers superior scratch protection.

You can’t really talk about the Day Date without mentioning the “President” bracelet.

Launched in 1956, the President bracelet is a staple design element of the Day-Date. The bracelet is made from solid gold or platinum, and it’s characterized by three semi-circular links which do a great job of making the watch very comfortable. That’s right, the Day-Date 40 looks and feels like a true luxury watch.

The bracelet is now fitted with ceramic inserts inside the links which adds durability and suppleness. An interesting detail is the concealed attachment under the bezel which adds up to a seamless, flowing design. The concealed folding Crownclasp reveals the hinged Rolex crown – a very nice touch.

Timekeeping

Perhaps the biggest update to the Day Date line is the new in-house movement: the Calibre 3255.

Datejust Vs Day Date Caliber 3255

The 3255 Caliber is not something that I would call a pretty movement and that is perfectly fine. The movement doesn’t have knock-your-socks-off finishing effects (hidden by a screw-down caseback) but it’s built to be a high-performance timekeeping machine. The more I look into it, the more I think that it’s a triumph of industrial design.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad-looking movement at all. In fact, it sports a distinguished lean-and-mean look that I personally enjoy.

As you might have guessed, the 3255 Caliber is COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) certified. The -2 / +2 seconds per day precision is definitely here. The addition of the Parachrom Blue balance spring adds more durability to the movement.

Finally, the end result is a very efficient self-winding movement that’s more than capable of handling external forces. With a three-day power reserve, you have a very reliable timekeeping tool in your wrist.

Rolex Datejust 41 Review

For the other half of our Rolex Datejust Vs Day Date head-to-head, we are going in-depth with the super popular Rolex Datejust 41.

Design

Without a doubt, the Datejust is a long-standing classic within the Rolex stable. The Datejust has seen many updates over the years but its core design elements remain true to the original. Even with the release of the Datejust II, I found myself coming back to the original Datejust.

This is especially true when the Datejust 41 was released.

Undoubtedly, the Datejust 41 has all the makings of an iconic Rolex timepiece. You have the fluted bezel, the Cyclops lens, and the Oyster bracelet. We’ve got our hands on the reference 126333 model and I have to be honest that I am not the biggest fan of the champagne dial.

It’s a little too old-school for my taste.

If you want a more timeless design, the Datejust 41 reference 126300 is a solid option. In addition, the great thing about the Datejust 41 collection is the wide variety of dials to choose from including champagne, black, dark rhodium, slate, silver, blue, and white.

The hands and hour markers are treated with Rolex’s Chromalight display that ensures excellent visibility during low lighting conditions. Of course, there’s the Cyclops lens that magnifies the date aperture. It’s not an essential feature for most people but it’s sure a welcome one.

Construction and Wearability

The signature Oystersteel bracelet that comes with the Datejust 41 is always a treat. Additonally, there are also models that come with the five-piece link metal Jubilee bracelet.

Like the Day Date 40, the Datejust 41 also features a concealed attachment system found underneath the bezel. Again, this gives the watch with a seamless look. In addition, the folding Oysterclasp gets the job done for closing and opening the bracelet.

Fortunately, adjusting the watch is a cinch using the patented Easylink rapid extension system which allows you to adjust the bracelet by up to 5mm increments. This is such a welcome feature during hotter temperatures and you need to roll up your sleeves.

Durability-wise, the watch is made from Rolesor material which combines the 18 ct white gold with Oystersteel. On top of that, the dial is protected with scratch-resistant sapphire. To sum up, you can expect legendary Rolex durability and reliability with the Datejust 41.

Timekeeping

Datejust Vs Day Date Caliber 3235

The Datejust 41 collection runs on the in-house movement, the Caliber 3235.

The movement boasts the Chronergy escapement for better efficiency. With a power reserve of 70 hours, I have to say that it’s a powerhouse of a movement. Overall, the 3235 movement is a fine caliber with distinct bridges and gold-plated covers.

Unfortunately, it remains invisible to would-be admirers.

As with all Rolex timepieces, the 3235 movement is COSC certified with -2/+2 sec/day precision and done after casing. The blue Parachrom hairspring breathes inside the caliber and is made from niobium-zirconium-oxygen alloy. In addition, this spring is responsible for providing incredible resilience to the movement and protects the watch from temperature fluctuations to shocks.

Rolex Datejust Vs Day Date: The Verdict

Datejust Vs Day Date Featured

This concludes our Day Date vs Datejust comparison. So what’s my verdict?

As you can see, the Datejust 41 and Day Date 40 are fairly similar in terms of specs and features. Ownership experience is about the same as well. However, there are some distinct differences between the two especially when it comes to the design.

Alternatively, you could just read the dial and see Datejust or Day-Date.

For starters, the Day-Date 40 is a legacy timepiece that’s unlike any other. The collection represents the success and accomplishment of Rolex for over six decades. If you are looking to splurge for a prestige watch, the Day-Date 40 is made for you. After all, it’s a watch that was worn by presidents.

On the other hand, the Datejust is the second most popular Rolex model, next to the trusty Rolex Submariner. First, the wide variety of designs and models offer better accessibility and flexibility. As far as accessibility goes, the asking price is a lot less when compared to the Day-Date. In conclusion, if you’re looking for the more affordable option or looking to own your very first Rolex, the Datejust 41 is a no-brainer choice.

Sea Dweller vs Submariner: A Rolex Luxury Dive Watch Skirmish

Sea Dweller vs Submariner

If you are in the market for the best dive watches, you have your work cut out for you. When it comes to diving watches, it’s hard to go wrong with a Rolex. However, even when you decide to go for a Rolex dive watch, you’re not out of the woods yet. Many people find themselves choosing between the Rolex Sea Dweller vs Submariner.

Today, we’re going to pit the legendary Rolex Submariner against its brother from another mother, the Rolex Sea Dweller.

Both Rolexes are exceptional timepieces that are designed for aquatic activities. If you’re asking which one I prefer, I have to give it to the Submariner. It’s a legendary dive watch for a reason and I can wear the Submariner in just about every possible occasion.

When you’re stuck between a Submariner and Sea Dweller, it’s really a good problem to have. Let’s dive right in, pun intended.

Rolex Sea Dweller Review

 

As of this writing, Rolex has already announced the Sea Dweller 126603 which is the shiny, new 2019 version – basically the “luxe” version of Rolex’s middle durability dive watch.

However, for this review, we’re going to take a look at the Rolex Sea Dweller reference 116600. The Sea Dweller is well considered a true diving tool for professional divers. After all, it’s a dive watch that can go a whopping 4,000 feet underwater.

Design

Between 2009 and 2014, Rolex didn’t release a 40mm version of the Sea Dweller. However, the Swiss luxury watch did release the 44mm Sea-Dweller Deep Sea which offered an insane water resistance rating of 12,800 feet. Despite the unmatched water resistance, many collectors felt that it’s too large at 44mm and yearned for a contemporary Sea Dweller that followed the original design.

Then the Sea Dweller 116600 came.

The Rolex Sea Dweller 116600 is 40mm in diameter and features a slight-domed crystal. Just like the original, the 116600 doesn’t have the “cyclops” feature that magnifies the date window at 3 o’clock. The watch also comes with a helium escape valve on the side of the case at 9 o’clock. This design feature helps with enhancing water resistance and expelling helium gas during a saturation dive.

The 116600 keeps up with Rolex’s modern lineup with the addition of Cerachrom bezel and a Gildelock clasp.

Just by the looks alone, it’s clear that the Sea Dweller shares many design elements with the Rolex Submariner. Although the basic design of the Sea Dweller is more than 60 years old, it still looks like a modern timepiece. One reason for this is the bezel. The ceramic insert is now more scratch-resistant when compared to the easily marred aluminum insert.

I have always been a fan of Submariner’s dial so it’s not surprising that the Sea Dweller’s dial is also a winner in my book. The matte finish dial is the stuff dreams are made of. Shame about the lack of magnifier for the date aperture.

Construction and Wearability

As mentioned, the Sea Dweller can handle depths to 4,000 feet essentially making it a tough timepiece for all sorts of conditions. Although many Rolex users are only willing to go as deep as the kitchen sink with their watches on, it’s still nice to know that you have such a heavy-duty watch.

The addition of the Rolex Oyster bracelet and Glidelock extension system are some of the most noteworthy upgrades to this iteration of the Sea Dweller. Adjustability becomes a non-issue since you can adjust the watch from 2mm for up to 20mm increments. Since this is a dive model, you can extend the bracelet up to 26mm to make way for dive suits.

As you might expect, the bracelet feels supple and comfortable on the wrist. The addition of the 904L steel protects the watch from corrosion. It also comes with a Triplock crown with five insulators for keeping moisture away.

With that said, the Sea Dweller is built like an absolute rock and probably one of the most durable watches I’ve owned.

Timekeeping

The Dweller is powered by Rolex’s venerable 3135 movement. It’s worth noting that it’s the same movement found in the 116610 Submariner Date. The movement features a power reserve of 48 hours and comes with a Parachrom hairspring and COSC certification.

On a side note, the newer Sea Dweller models (126603, 126600) have received a movement update with the inclusion of the 3235 movement.

As for the 3135 movement that comes with the Sea Dweller, it’s the most successful and widely-used movement by Rolex. It’s simply a robust, accurate, and reliable movement. The 3135 is a faultless movement and I have no problems with it.

Rolex Submariner Review

Going head-to-head with the Sea Dweller is the ever-popular dive watch Rolex Submariner. The Submariner is a classic dive watch through and through, and depending on what you choose to believe, it’s the original dive watch ever released.

However, I’m not about to go into this watch’s rich history. Many others have done it before me. For this timepiece highlight, we’ll go with the Rolex Submariner reference 114060.

Design

The Rolex Submariner 114060 is a watch that went through several redesigns. With just a couple of subtle changes, Rolex has created another watch that made a profound impact on the industry.

The design of the 114060 harkens back to the design of the original models. The lack of the date aperture can be a deal-breaker for some people but I personally like this design choice. This makes the Submariner very simple to operate and adds an iconic and classic design.

Plus, not everyone likes the cyclops magnifier found in the Submariner date.

The unidirectional bezel comes with a ceramic insert. In contrast, previous Submariner models are equipped with aluminum inserts. This is good because ceramic inserts tend to be more scratch-resistant than aluminum ones. The bezel engravings add a great deal of detail and texture to the watch.

Of course, you can’t talk about the Submariner without mentioning the iconic black dial. The Sub’s black dial is a personal favorite of mine and it’s all here in its full glory. All of the markers are fitted with an 18K white gold frame which looks stunning and oozing with elegance. Legibility is also on-point, thanks to the larger and Chromalight-infused indices.

Construction and Wearability

Everyone forgets that the Submariner is also a dive watch and can handle up to 300 meters or 1,000 feet depth rating. However, when it comes to water resistance rating, the Sea Dweller vs Submariner is a no-brainer since the former can go down to 4,000 feet.

It’s more like a casual dive watch than a dedicated diving tool.

The crown is fitted with the Triplock waterproofness system which prevents moisture from finding its way inside the case. The middle case is made from 904L corrosive resistant steel which is a standard fair for Rolex timepieces. Like a good wine, the stainless steel case becomes even more beautiful over time.

The solid-link Oyster bracelet is stellar as always and I have no complaints as far as comfort goes. The bracelet comes with the Oysterlock safety clasp and glidelock extension system which make adjusting a breeze. Since you can adjust the bracelet by 2mm increments without needing a specialized device, finding a great fit is all too easy.

Timekeeping

Rolex 3130 Movement

The Rolex Submariner 114060 is equipped with Rolex’s Calibre 3130. This self-winding movement is a straightforward, time-only timekeeping feature that’s purely functional but exquisitely designed. It features a 48-hour power reserve and it’s COSC certified.

It might be a rudimentary movement but it’s a timekeeping solution on which Rolex built its legendary reputation.

The 3130 movement won’t blow anyone’s mind but many collectors will surely appreciate its reliability and robustness. The Submariner will keep running despite the occasional bumps and knocks.

Side by Side Comparison

Here’s a side by side comparison of the Sea Dweller vs Submariner.

Model: Rolex Submariner Rolex Sea Dweller
Series: Submariner Collection Sea-Dweller 4000
Reference #: 114060 116600
Case Material: Oystersteel Oystersteel
Dial Color: Black Black
Bracelet/Strap: Oyster, flat three-piece links Oyster, flat three-piece links
Clasp Type: Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system
Movement: Self-Winding 3130, Manufacture Rolex Self-Winding 3135, Manufacture Rolex
Bezel: Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Water Resistance: 300 meters / 1,000 feet 4000 feet / 1220 meters
Case Diameter: 40 mm 40 mm
Case Thickness: 13 mm 14.8 mm

Sea Dweller vs Submariner: The Verdict

As you can see, the Sea Dweller and Submariner are obviously cut in the same cloth of superior Swiss craftsmanship. Both dive watches share a number of common features such as the Folding Oysterlock safety clasp, Triplock crown, 48-hour power reserve, and more.

However, there are also many key differences between the Sea Dweller 43 vs Submariner.

The Sea Dweller is like the Submariner but has been hitting the gym for quite some time. The former is a sportier and bulkier watch that focuses on pure utility. The 4,000 feet depth rating means that it’s the go-to piece for any serious divers. It’s a thicker piece than the Submariner but it has more elegant lugs. The Sea Dweller doesn’t have a mainstream appeal and that’s perfectly fine.

On the other hand, you have the Submariner which is possibly the most immediately identifiable timepiece ever made. The Submariner is available in many different sizes and models. Everything about the Submariner is just so well-done and it’s a highly-accessible watch. It’s no wonder that it’s the most popular introductory model to the Rolex brand. Plus, if budget is an issue, the Submariner is certainly the cheaper choice.

Choosing between the Sea Dweller vs Submariner is not the worst problem to have. This is one of those cases where it’s impossible to make the wrong choice. The choice depends on what you need from a luxury dive watch.

Rolex Datejust vs. Submariner: Comparing Apples and Oranges

Today, we’re going to have another head-to-head between two of the widely-considered best timepieces in Rolex’s stable.

It’s the Rolex Datejust vs. Submariner.

The Datejust is a long-standing, self-winding waterproof chronometer watch that is designed to display the date in a 3 o’clock window. Its design is classic and elegant and makes a strong, yet subtle statement.

On the other hand, we have the Submariner, which is definitely a classic piece and a timeless timekeeping icon.

If you are stuck choosing between the Datejust and Submariner, I have to say that it’s a good problem to have.

One is widely regarded as the perfect dress timepiece while the other is the quintessential dive watch. If you have to ask me, I prefer the Rolex Submariner. It’s one of my favorite watches ever for its classic design and reliability. However, if you really want to compare these two Rolexes, you’ll find that it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

Let’s take a closer look.

Rolex Datejust Review

For this head-to-head, we’re going to focus on the popular Rolex Datejust 41. Let’s first take a look at the key specifications of this Rolex model:

Model Rolex Datejust 41
Model case Oyster, 41 mm, Oystersteel and white gold
Oyster architecture Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Diameter 41 mm
Material White Rolesor
Bezel Fluted
Winding Crown Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water-resistance Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet
Movement Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Calibre 3235
Precision -2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Functions Centre 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 absorbers
Winding Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Power reserve Approx. 70 hours
Bracelet Oyster, five-piece links
Bracelet material Oystersteel
Clasp Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
Dial Dark rhodium
Details Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence
Certification Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Design

The Rolex Datejust 41 features design elements that made the Rolex brand an iconic name. The fluted bezel, Oyster bracelet, and the Cyclops magnifying lens above the date window are all here and share the same elements with other Rolex models.

One of the most striking elements of the Datejust is the blue dial. When I first saw the blue rhodium dial, it was love at first sight. The color of the dial makes the Datejust a very versatile men’s dress watch. Along with the fluted bezel, you got yourself a watch that’s oozing with elegance. It’s worth noting that the Datejust 41 is also available in a smooth bezel.

For the most part, I love the form factor of the Datejust 41. In my opinion, it just features a much better shape and proportions than the previous iteration of the model. I was never a fan of the previous versions of the Datejust because they look quite small in my wrist. The 41mm-wide size has vastly improved the Datejust over the Rolex Datejust II.

Compared to the Datejust II, the 41 looks a bit slimmer with a larger dial aperture and complemented with a thinner bezel. It’s also worth noting that the hour markers are a bit thinner.

The date on the Datejust 41 is displayed in a window at 3 o’clock which changes instantly at midnight in a few thousandths of a second. The Cyclops lens on the crystal makes it easy to read the date because of the magnification.

Construction and Wearability

rolexdatejust

My Rolex Datejust 41 comes with the signature Oystersteel bracelet which is just the way I like it. The piece is also available in Jubilee. Both models feature the new concealed attachment system underneath the bracelet. This enables the bracelet to connect easily to the case. The Datejust 41 uses the same folding Oysterclasp for closing the bracelet.

Adjustability is also never a problem due to the patented Easylink rapid extension system, which allows you to adjust the bracelet length by up to 5mm. This is such a good system for those hot summer days when you need to roll up your sleeves.

In terms of durability, the watch is made from Rolesor material which is essentially a combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct white gold. So when it comes to toughness, I don’t think there’s anything to be worried about when it comes to Rolexes. The crystal is made from scratch-resistant sapphire and the watch is waterproof up to 100 meters.

Timekeeping

rolex3235movement

The Datejust 41 is equipped with the new-gen 3235 Movement. This self-winding mechanical movement boasts about 14 patents including the new Chronergy escapement. This escapement system helps with combining high energy efficiency and dependability. Precision is -2/+2 sec/day after casing which is pretty much standard Rolex precision.

The movement is also certified by COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) and has received the Rolex certification after casing. Nothing much can be said here except it’s Rolex, so expect state-of-the-line accurate timekeeping.

Rolex Submariner Review

For this section, we will focus on the Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060. First, let’s take a look at some of the key specs of this iconic watch:

Model Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060
Model case Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Oyster architecture Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Diameter 40 mm
Material Oystersteel
Bezel Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel
Winding Crown Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal Scratch-resistant sapphire
Water-resistance Waterproof to 300 metres / 1,000 feet
Movement Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Calibre 3130
Precision -2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Functions Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Winding Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Power reserve Approx. 48 hours
Bracelet Oyster, flat three-piece links
Bracelet material Oystersteel
Clasp Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system
Dial Black
Details Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence
Certification Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Design

The Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060 has gone through several design changes.

First, the 40mm stainless steel case features a slightly different shape. The overall shape is rather square-ish with thicker lugs. This makes the watch looks more imposing. I have always liked this design as it looks more robust and tougher-looking.

The unidirectional bezel is equipped with a ceramic bezel insert. If anyone can recall, previous Submariner models had aluminum inserts. The new bezel looks shinier, especially under certain lighting conditions. The new bezel is much more scratch-resistant and the engraving really adds to the depth and texture of the watch.

The Submariner features the iconic black dial which makes it an excellent watch for all occasions. The indices are now larger and laced with Chromalight illumination. All of the markers are lined with an 18K white gold frame which adds to its overall sleekness. Legibility is top-notch which is a must if somehow you want to use it as a dive watch.

In terms of looks, you can’t go wrong with the Submariner.

Construction and Wearability

Being a dive watch, the Submariner is waterproof to 300 meters or 1,000 feet. The winding crown is outfitted with the Rolex signature TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system.

The middle case is made from super high-quality 904L corrosive resistant steel. What I enjoy about the Submariner’s stainless steel case is that it’s highly polishable which means that it gets more beautiful as the years go by.

The bracelet is fitted with the solid-link OYSTER bracelet in 904L steel. It’s also worth noting that it comes with the new OYSTERLOCK safety clasp and glidelock extension system. This allows you to adjust the length of the bracelet in 2 mm increments up to 20 mm – without needing any tools. This makes the watch highly adjustable for achieving the best comfort.

Timekeeping

rolexcalibre3130

The Submariner Ref. 114060 is powered by Rolex’s Calibre 3130 – a self-winding movement that is about as basic as you can get when it comes to timekeeping. The movement features a 48-hour power reserve and it is also Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified.

Compared to the previous versions, the movement has gone through some changes as well. Perhaps the most obvious one is its oscillator which is now fitted with Blue Parachrom hairspring. This makes the movement less vulnerable to magnetic forces and shocks.

The 3130 is not really mindblowingly spectacular but that’s fine since it’s meant to be a tool watch. However, it’s hard not to be impressed with the movement when it comes to robustness and reliability. Mine is still in tip-top shape despite the occasional knocks and rough treatment.

The Verdict

So which timepiece wins this head to head?

Well, this one is a tough call. If I can have my way, I will get both since they are both excellent Rolexes. Both watches can be worn with just about anything, have excellent water resistance, and they both have a killer aesthetic. The prices of both watches are quite comparable as well.

However, we know that’s not exactly a cheap option so if you have to choose one, I will recommend the Submariner.

The Submariner is not very flashy, which makes it more ideal for everyday wear. The Datejust brings the “bling” into the table and is more appropriate for formal and dressy events. If a date feature is an absolute must-have for you, then the Datejust becomes a no-brainer.

Again, it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

Wrapping Up

Both the Datejust and Submariner are top-notch high-end watches. I say, go to your local AD and give these watches a try. It’s probably the only way for you to tell for sure.

Enjoy the free coffee and the amazing experience of buying a lovely new watch!

Rolex vs. Movado Brand Review

movado vs rolex

When you hear someone say,”luxury watches,” what are the first brands that come to mind? Sorry to be the arrogant guy who answers for you, but I would say Rolex, Omega, Breitling and Hermes to name a few.  The name Movado is not usually considered in this list of luxury timepieces, and I agree that it should not be.

There was a time, however, long long ago, when Movado was a luxury brand. I can write an MLA formatted essay for my readers expressing my anger with the “new” style of Movado watches, but instead, I will be civil and give an honest review and compare the brand to a favorite of mine, Rolex. Long story short, I choose ANY Rolex over a Movado any time, day, location, state of mind etc… Rolex is one of those brands that dominate the realm of watches and craft amazing timepieces that make my statement sound. I will compare and contrast many top watches by each brand to give an honest and nonbias review (somewhat) of which brand is better. Hope you enjoy!

Dive Watches

Sports watches are a highly regarded market in the watch game. Particularly, dive watches. Rolex is known to create some of the worlds best dive watches, like the Sea Dweller and the famous Submariner.  Movado, is not as known for their dive watches, but they do create a couple, like the Series 800.

Rolex Submariner

A true beauty when it comes to dive watches, the Rolex Submariner is easily one of the top dive watches ever created. The design is classic and stylish, offering a flexible watch that can be worn in a business suit, or even a swimsuit.

Specs

Whether you opt for a vintage Submariner or one of the newer models, you are sure to be happy. For the sake of not confusing anyone with all different specs and designs, I will stick to one of the newest Submariner models, ref. 114060.

A beautiful oyster, stainless steel, 40mm case fits lovely with the bold, stainless steel bracelet. The scratch resistant crystal is a great addition and keeps the watch looking brand new.

A unidirectional, scratch resistant, ceramic bezel compliments the black dial to perfection.

A few factors that truly set this watch apart from many dive watches are the 300m water resistance and the fantastic 3130 swiss movements within each piece. The watch also has a long-lasting, blue luminescence, which definitely comes in handy if you are a professional diver.

Overall Review

The Submariner is a classic, that was released in 1953. Since then, Rolex continues to update the innovation and technology used in the Submariner and keeps the name going strong.

Movado Series 800 “Dive”

This is the closest when it comes to a dive watch for the Movado brand. The series 800 is definetly a good looking sports watch, but falls short when it comes to materials used.

Specs

With a 40mm stainless steel case, a durable sapphire crystal and up to 200m of water resistance; the Series 800 do seem like a great choice for a watch. And don’t take me the wrong way, this is not a bad watch. The design is classic and can be worn with anything. But this watch does not compete with the Submariner for a few reasons.

For one, the steel on this piece is nowhere near as polished and durable as the Submariner. The movement is a quartz on the Series 800, which I do not care for. Especially for a sports watch, where reliability is key. Although this watch is attractive and much cheaper than the Submariner, it is nowhere near as innovative and classic as the Submariner.

Rolex Submariner Movado Series 800 “Dive” 
Rolex Swiss 3130 Movement Swiss Quartz
Flat Sapphire Crystal Sapphire Crystal
Stainless steel Oyster Bracelet Stainless steel Bracelet
40mm Case 40mm Case
Unidirectional 60-minute Ceramic Bezel Unidirectional Aluminum Bezel
2.5 Magnifying Cyclops No Cyclops
Black dial w/ luminescent hands Black dial w/ luminescent hands
300m water resistance 200m water resistance

If you are not in the market for an “expensive” watch, the Rolex may not be a suitable choice, and you may opt for the Movado. But despite the price difference, the Submariner reigns supreme.

Luxury Watches

 

 

Now I will review the Muesum models by Movado and compare them to the classic Datejust timepieces by Rolex. This is not really the best comparison, but the closest when it comes to luxury desgins.

Rolex Datejust

The Datejust is a classic model by Rolex, that comes in many sizes colors and materials. Featured above is reference number 16233, a handsome and vintage watch to release from Rolex.

Specs

What really makes Datejusts great is their luxury design and high-quality materials. The 18k yellow gold bezel and the yellow gold and stainless steel jubilee bracelet give the watch a fancy and “expensive” look. In my opinion (not just because I own many Datejusts), Datejust watches are the most luxurious timepieces made by Rolex.

The case is a great size, 36mm. Today, watches are being made with larger faces, and some people prefer them. I, actually disagree, a smaller case means easier wear with dress clothes, it looks good on smaller wrists (like mine). A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is added for extra durability, as well as an expertly crafted, screw down crown. This is so water can not enter the dial. The dial on this piece is a dark black and just is a beautiful pairing.

And of course, the Datejust is equipped with a high-grade automatic, self-winding movement.  No matter how much Rolex perfects their movements each year, the older movements are still VERY accurate and are designed to perfection.

Movado Museum

This is a watch that had to be added to this review. The museum models by Movado are by far the best sellers.

I could not think of a watch by Movado to compare to the Datejust. So Museum is the closest that I could come up with. In NO way, does it compete with the Datejust.

Specs

At first glance, this is a very contemporary piece. In my opinion, it does not pull off the modern look as well as other similarly priced watches, like the Eone Bradley.

To truly review the Museum models by Movado, you can not compare them to Rolex. So within this subheading, I will give the overall pros and cons of Museum watches.

PROS
  • A sapphire crystal
  • 40mm case
  • Many choices to choose from (color wise)
  • Modern design (if you are into this type of look)
  • Moderate price

These qualities are some highlights of the Museum models. Many customer reviews that you can find on Amazon rate the museum watches well. These come from customers who do not want to spend much more on top quality Rolex’s. I do not disagree with this claim at all; but I do believe there are other CHEAPER and nicer watches out there that are more original and of better quality than Movado.

Cons
  • Swiss quartz movement ( this is a con to me, may not be to others)
  • Simplistic, boring design
  • Feels cheap when on the wrist, almost like a toy

If I can review the Museum model in one word, it would be overpriced. Although the model is “cheap” when compared to a Rolex, the quality still does not match the price. I say, spend more to get a higher quality that will last longer and keep you satisfied.

Overall

At the end of the day, when you are fishing for your wallet and ready to make an online purchase for a watch, opt for a Rolex. That is if you are choosing between a Rolex and a Movado.

If you are lucky enough to find a vintage Movado, then the choice is not as simple. The original watches by Movado were great and actually made of good quality and automatic movements. After the brand was sold, everything changed.

So unless you are truly in love with the design of Movado watches, I do not recommend them.

More affordable Rolex watches exist, like this Oyster Perpetual. You can also find deals on Amazon at times, where independent sellers are “getting rid” of their watches for insanely cheap prices!

You Decide

Now, do not let me be the ultimate decider in what watch you buy. I do undertand that some Rolex watches can be expensive, and therefore unattainable. If the design of Movado watches grabs your attention and looks great to you, GO AHEAD and buy one! There are plenty of happy customer reviews on Amazon that you can find. Many people even claim that the movements work fine and last for years! My review was strictly comparing the brand to Rolex, where, Movado simply does not compete.

Other Watches

There are definitely some other notable watches to mention by each brand. Since this is an overall review of each brand as a whole, I must add these other watches.

Rolex

Air King

The Air King is an excellent watch by Rolex that offers a simple, luxurious design with an extremely accurate movement.

Explorer

Rolex created the Explorer to offer a more affordable watch to those who want a Rolex. The design is just as simple as the air king, yet offers some great quality material.

GMT Master

GMT Master watches by Rolex look similar to Submariners but with added unique features. The watch feautred above is the, Batman model by Rolex. A true beauty.

Movado

SmartWatch

Probably the most interesting watch by Movado, the smartwatch. I saved this one for the end because it obviously cannot be compared to a Rolex. If you do opt to buy a Movado, I say get THE SMARTWATCH!  

Bold Thin

Why not add an ALL GOLD watch by Movado. You can always feel like you are in the song “All Gold Everything”   Definitely an interesting choice.

SE Pilot

Other than the Smartwatch, This would be another watch that I recommend by Movado. Although I still believe it is very overpriced, it has a pretty attractive design.

 

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!

Rolex Review: The Milgauss vs The Classic Submariner

Rolex Milgauss vs Submariner

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

 

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

Rolex Milgauss

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

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

A Unique Design

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

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

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

Great Size

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

Durability

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

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

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

The Special Feature

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

A Watch That Holds Value

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

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

Movement

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

The One and Only, Rolex Submariner

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

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

Design

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

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

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

When to Wear the Submariner

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

Durability

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

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

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

Value

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

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

Incredible Movement

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

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

The Winner: The Rolex Milgauss

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

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

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

Rolex Datejust Jubilee vs Oyster Watch Bracelet Face-off

rolex datejust jubilee vs oyster bracelet

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

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

Datejust Jubilee

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

Comfort

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

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

Design

I personally love the designs of Jubilee bracelets!

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

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

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

Durability

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

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

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

Value

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

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

Classic Oyster Bracelet

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

Comfort

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

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

Design

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

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

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

Durability

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

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

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

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

Value

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

Why I Chose The Jubilee

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

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

My Favorite Watches That Feature A Jubilee

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

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

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

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

Favorite Oyster Bracelet Models

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

Another classic, the Sea Dweller!

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

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