Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner [Comparison Review]

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner

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

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

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

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner: At a Glance

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

Model:

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Rolex Submariner

Reference #:

m79230n-0009

114060

Model case:

41 mm steel case with polished and satin finish

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel

Dial:

Black with pink index, domed

Black

Material:

Steel

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Steel unidirectional rotatable bezel with disc in matt black anodised aluminium

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

Winding crown:

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

Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system

Crystal:

Domed sapphire crystal

Scratch-resistant sapphire

Water Resistance:

200 m (660 ft)

300 meters / 1,000 feet

Movement:

Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

Manufacture Calibre MT5602 (COSC)

3130, Manufacture Rolex

Functions:

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

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

Oscillator:

Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring

Power reserve:

70 hours

48 hours

Bracelet:

Steel riveted bracelet / Aged leather / Fabric strap

Oystersteel

Clasp:

Folding buckle and safety clasp

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner: The Comparison

Size and Design

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner

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

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

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner

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

Build Quality and Construction

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner

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

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

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner

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

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

Movement and Timekeeping

Rolex 3130 Movement

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

Tudor Caliber MT5602

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

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

Comfort and Wearability

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

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner

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

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

Pricing

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

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

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

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner: The Verdict

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner

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

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

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

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

Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer

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

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

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

Read more below for my actual review.

Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer: At a Glance

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

Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer

Tudor Heritage Ranger

Rolex Explorer

Reference:

79910

214270

Materials:

Stainless Steel

Oystersteel (stainless steel)

Size:

41 mm

39 mm

Dial:

Matte black with painted indexes

Gloss black with white gold applied indexes

Luminescence:

Super-LumiNova

Chromalight

Bracelet:

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

Oyster bracelet with Easylink 5mm comfort extension link

Crystal:

Dome sapphire

Flat sapphire

Movement:

Automatic ETA-based Tudor Cal. 2824

Automatic in-house Rolex Cal. 3132

Power reserve:

38 hours

48 hours

Water resistance:

150 meters

100 meters

Style and Design

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

Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer

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

Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer

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

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

Sizing

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

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

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

Construction

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

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

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

Wearability

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

Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer

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

Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer

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

Timekeeping

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

Rolex 3132 Movement

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

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

Pricing

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

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

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

Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer: The Verdict

Which timepiece should you go for?

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

Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer

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

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

Best Tudor Watch

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

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

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

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

Best Tudor Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

Tudor Pelagos LHD

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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tudor 1926 Automatic

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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tudor Divers Black Bay Bronze

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

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Tudor Fastrider Black Shield

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

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Tudor Heritage Ranger

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

★ ★ ★ ★

Tudor Glamour Day & Date

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

★ ★ ★ ★

Best Tudor Watch

1. Tudor Pelagos LHD

Best Tudor Watch

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

Does The Submariner Proud

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

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

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

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

2. Tudor 1926 Automatic

Best Tudor Watch

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

Takes You Back to 1926

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

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

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

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

3. Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Best Tudor Watch

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

All You Need from a Dive Watch and More

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

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

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

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

4. Tudor Fastrider Black Shield

Best Tudor Watch

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

All-Black Excellence

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

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

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

5. Tudor Heritage Ranger

Best Tudor Watch

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

Tough and Honest Timepiece

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

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

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

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

6. Tudor Glamour Day & Date

Best Tudor Watch

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

Dressier Tudor for Formal Events

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

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

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

Tudor’s Best Are Looking Good

Best Tudor Watch

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

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

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

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

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

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review: At a Glance

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review

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

Model:

Rolex Submariner Date

Reference no.

116613LB

Model case:

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel and yellow gold

Oyster architecture:

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

Material:

Yellow Rolesor – combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold

Bezel:

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

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system

Crystal:

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

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

3135, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Bracelet:

Oyster, flat three-piece links

Clasp:

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Dial:

Blue

Certification:

Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Functions:

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

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review

First Impressions

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

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

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

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

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

Design

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review

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

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

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

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review

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

Construction and Wearability

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

Timekeeping

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

 

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review 3135 Movement

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

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

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

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

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

Pricing

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner [Comparison Review]

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

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

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

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: At a Glance

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

Here are the specs for both watches:

Model: Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph Rolex Submariner
Reference #: 311.30.42.30.01.005 114060
Model case: Steel, 42 mm Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Dial color: Black Black
Material: Steel Oystersteel
Bezel: Fixed Tachymeter Scale Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum
Winding crown: Pull / Push crown Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crystal: Hesalite crystal Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water Resistance: 5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet) 300 meters / 1,000 feet
Movement: Manual winding Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Caliber: Caliber Omega 1861 3130, Manufacture Rolex
Functions: Chronograph, Hour, Tachymeter, Small Seconds Sub-Dial at 9 O’Clock Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator: Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Power reserve: 48 hours 48 hours
Bracelet: Silver-ton stainless steel Oystersteel
Clasp: Deployment Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Size Comparison

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner

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

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner

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

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

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

Design

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner

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

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

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

Bezel

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner

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

Bracelet / Strap

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

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner

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

Timekeeping

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

Rolex 3130 Movement
Rolex 3130 Movement

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

Omega 1861 Movement
Omega Speedmaster Professional

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

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

Pricing and Value

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

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

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

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

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: The Verdict

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

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

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

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

Rolex Air King 5500 Review: The Forgotten Vintage King

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

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

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

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

Rolex Air King 5500 Review: At a Glance

Rolex Air King 5500 Review

Model:

Rolex Air King

Reference no.

5500

Model case:

Stainless steel w/ polished bezel (34mm)

Material:

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Smooth

Winding crown:

Waterproof screw-down crown

Crystal:

Acrylic crystal

Movement:

Automatic 1520 movement

Water resistance

10 ATM

Power reserve:

40 hours

Bracelet:

Stainless steel Jubilee w/ Fliplock clasp

Clasp:

Fold clasp

Dial:

Silver Index w/ Tritium hands and lume plots

First Impressions

Rolex Air King 5500 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Design

Rolex Air King 5500 Review

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

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

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

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

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

Construction and Wearability

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

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

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

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

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

Timekeeping

Rolex Air King 5500 Review 1520 Movement

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

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

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

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

Pricing

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

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

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

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

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

Should You Get the Rolex Air King 5500?

Rolex Air King 5500 Review

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

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

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

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

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

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review: A Timeless Diving Tool

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

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

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

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

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review: At a Glance

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

Model:

Rolex Sea-Dweller

Reference no.

16600

Model case:

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

Oyster architecture:

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

Material:

Oystersteel

Bezel:

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

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system

Crystal:

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

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

3135, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Bracelet:

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet, original Rolex

Clasp:

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

Dial:

Black w/ luminous hands and hour markers

Certification:

Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Reviewing the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600

First Impression

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

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

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

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

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

Design

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

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

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

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

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

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

Construction and Wearability

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

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

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

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

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

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

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

Timekeeping

Rolex submariner review

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

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

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

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

Pricing

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

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

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

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

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

Should You Get the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600?

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

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

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

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

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

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

MVMT Watch Review: In-depth Review

MVMT Watch Review

In this comprehensive MVMT watch review, we looked at some of the popular watches of the company. But from the list of MVMT watches, we picked the Voyager as the overall best. The reason is that not only is it an elegant and minimalist watch, but it also has a high level of water resistance than others mentioned in this review. Also, it comes with a mesh stainless steel band, which makes the watch more attractive on the wrist.

MVMT Watch Review

 

If you have a strong attraction for high-quality luxury accessories that can enhance your personality, you should consider getting an MVMT watch.

MVMT watch is an American company based in Los Angeles. Also known as Movement watches, this crowdfunded fashion startup is committed to offering elegant and minimalistic timepieces at pocket-friendly prices. It was created to help people get flagship watches without splurging.

Another reason to look out for this company is its business model. Unlike other companies, MVMT company delivers their watches directly to your doorstep. With that said, you won’t have to deal with high prices imposed by retailers. Now let’s tell you more about its products on our MVMT watch review.

Short History of MVMT Watch

In 2013, Jake Kassan and Kramer Laplante launched the MVMT watch. This company was introduced as a way to rival older luxury watch brand with hefty prices. Surprisingly in this world of modern technology, these two strong-minded men were giving a spotlight by the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to build up their idea.

The first batch of watches from the brand came with great designs and budget-friendly prices. Due to the rise of social media, MVMT has become a popular brand for watch lovers across the world. It has even sold as much as 2 million watches since its inception.

Its co-founders are inspired by people who are driven to succeed. They create watches that are suited for adventurers, creators, and individuals who dare to break from their usual routine.

The MVMT watches sale has continued to increase every year due to impressive features they offer which can meet what older brands as to offer. Here are various reasons why we like the MVMT watches.

What We Like About MVMT Watches

Elegant and Minimalist Design

A fashion watch should look impressive in terms of design. After all, no one wants an accessory that has oversized displays and annoyingly large markers.

MVMT watches do not have this problem. Instead, they offer simple but stylish designs. Overall, every MVMT collection has numerous luxurious and classic watches that are attractive. So if you love minimalistic design, the MVMT watch is ideal for you.

Budget-Friendly Prices with High-End Features

Most high-quality watches cost at least $10,000. At such a price, owning a luxury watch might not be a great choice, especially if you are shopping on a budget.

But if you choose any of the models from the MVMT automatic watch review in online stores, it is certain you will get a quality timepiece for a fair price. This falls in line with the core principle of the MVMT brand, which aims to provide watches with incredible specs and reasonable prices.

Wide Range of Watches

If you need watches for any occasion or activity, MVMT has got you covered. You can select your preferred timepiece from seven male or nine female collections. Each collection promises a distinct style and you can select these watches in different colors and sizes.

An MVMT watch comes with bracelets that you can change quickly. This allows you to change the look of your watch without visiting a jeweler. Hence, it will be great to get an extra strap when buying an MVMT piece.

Apart from watches, MVMT has a high-quality selection of glasses for men and women. You can enhance your look by pairing the watches with such items.

Excellent Customer Service 

Everyone loves a company that provides excellent customer service. For this reason, you would like to buy a watch from MVMT.

The company has excellent customer support. If you don’t trust the MVMT watch review 2019 of numerous online stores and sites, you can get help from its customer service. They are always available at all times to answer your questions via email, live chat, or phone call.

Also, If you are not satisfied with your MVMT watch, you can send it back because they offer a free return policy. Under this rule, you can return the product within 60 days of the delivery to enjoy a free full refund or store credit.

You also get to enjoy a two-year guarantee on the timepieces from an MVMT collection. This means the company will handle any complaints that occur outside the 60 day return period.

Offers Good Shopping Experience

Most brands do not bother about what customers have to go through before buying their products. However, MVMT ensures that you have an excellent shopping experience, particularly when you order any of its items.

For instance, the accessories are delivered in exclusive black boxes with metallic red MVMT logos. Looking at this feature, you will know that you invested in an incredible item. Apart from the packaging, you will also love the overall value of the watch itself.

As mentioned earlier, you can purchase an extra strap for your MVMT watch. This purchase comes with a guide that helps you swap the original bracelet for your preferred option. Hence, you can change the bracelet yourself anytime without the help of any jeweler.

Free Delivery to Any Location 

Unlike most fashion watch brands, MVMT gives free shipping to numerous locations across the world. But if you want to enjoy this service, you will need to order goods worth $50 or above. Immediately your payment is confirmed, MVMT will approve and ship your purchase within 24 hours.

What We didn’t Like about MVMT Watches

Although MVMT watches are well designed, they come with various issues. However, these problems are not as bad as they seem.

Leather Straps

Most of its watches have straps that stain easily. One of such items is MVMT’s 40 series watches. After a short period of use, you will notice a few stains on its leather bands. Fortunately, you can handle this issue with leather polish.

Also, most MVMT watches strap, especially the leather types are not durable compared to other watch brands. Hence, it will be great if they offer high standard leather strap.

MVMT Watch Build

On this section of the MVMT Watch Review, you will know more about the watch parts. Although most of their watches are more affordable, they are of premium quality.

MVMT Watch Straps 

MVMT Watch Review

MVMT watches boast of straps that are labeled “genuine leather.” Although watch enthusiast considers this material to be low grade, it’s more durable than bonded leather. It can withstand years of sweat and moisture. What is even better is that it also looks good as it gets older.

However, when you wear an MVMT “genuine leather watch,” its strap shows signs of wear and tear within a few months. It even becomes dirty within this period.

Fortunately, you can swap the existing one for a better strap of your choice. Overall, MVMT performs lowly in the watch strap departments.

MVMT Watch Case

MVMT Watch Review

As mentioned earlier, the MVMT watch brand has various collections of timepieces and with cases of varying quality. For instance, if you buy a 40 series watch, you will notice that it has a weak-looking case. With such material, it makes these timepieces look cheap and less durable than expected.

But you will enjoy a better case from its Revolver series. It has a stronger build case with impressive design. It even looks and feels like real metal, unlike its 40 series collection. Overall, the features of a Revolver case offer the watch a value that we find reasonable.

MVMT Watch Movement

 

MVMT watches use the Japanese Miyota quartz movement. This movement promises accurate timekeeping even if watch snobs consider it as low quality. But I have no issues with its quality since MVMT uses cheap materials to provide affordable watches.

MVMT Watch Glass 

As the case varies across the watch range, so does its crystal. A 40 series crystal offers a mineral crystal grade, but in reality, it has a plastic look. Based on this feature, I am not sure if this piece can handle repeated knocks for long.

But if you choose a Revolver watch, you are covered with its classic “dome” crystal. Although it is advertised as the same material as the 40 series, its crystal looks stronger. In summary, the Revolver might be one of the strongest watches on an MVMT watch review.

Best MVMT Watches

Surely, there are many MVMT timepieces available on the market. But we are going to reveal to you some of the best watches the company has produced to date.

MVMT Chrono Watches

MVMT Watch Review

Commonly known as one of the MVMT bestseller watches, the MVMT Chrono collection draws inspiration from the original watches worn by pioneer airmen and astronauts. This is a bold watch that promises elegance and minimalism.

A Watch for the Trendy Minimalist 

If you want a watch that suits every wrist size, you should consider a Gunmetal Sandstone Chrono watch. The reason is that it comes in either a 40mm or 45mm case. Since both models are built with gunmetal stainless steel, they can endure knocks and falls.

The watch boasts of a black dial with contrasting second and sub-dial hands. It even has a subtle date window between the four and five o’clock positions for easy reading. The timepiece also shows extra minimalism by using simple indices instead of large numbers.

It features a Japanese quartz technology that offers precise timekeeping. Furthermore, it allows the watch to have a friendly price tag while offering impressive features.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

With the Chrono watch collection, MVMT offers elegant fashion watches without adding unnecessary features. After all, it has a simple but stylish design.

However, MVMT Chrono watches have poor leather bracelets. After a short period, you will notice some stains (after multiple wears) on the strap of this particular watch.

MVMT NOVA Watches

MVMT Watch Review

 

The Nova watches is another interesting timepiece on our MVMT watch review. It is also one of the ideal recommendations for those looking for women’s timepiece from the company.

A Classic but Luxurious Women’s Watch

It has a 38mm stainless steel case that feels light on the wrist, thus making it a perfect fit to wear for long periods. This part of the watch also has an attractive bezel with crowns on top.

The simple dial has three sub-dials and three hands. Unlike other watches on this review, it does not have a date window, but you can tell the current day by reading one of the sub-dials.

As expected, this Chrono watch depends on a Japanese Miyota movement for its timekeeping. Although this movement is not high class, it provides a reasonable level of accuracy and precision.

It offers a water resistance of 50m. With that said, this timepiece can withstand raindrops and minor spills, but it is not advisable to use the MVMT Nova for diving or scuba diving.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

Few watches are as beautiful as the Nova Chrono. However, its band might be too small for some wrist sizes.

MVMT Voyager Watches

MVMT Watch Review

 

The MVMT Voyager comes as an ideal accessory for the modern traveler. Looking at its specs, you will understand why this watch is seen as one of the most popular watches from MVMT.

Elegant but Functional Watch for the Modern Adventurer 

Although this timepiece is built for land use, it offers a suitable level of water resistance of 10 ATM. So you don’t need to pull it off when you go for a shower or swim. But you should know that it is not suitable for snorkeling or scuba diving.

At first glance, the MVMT is an attractive minimalistic piece. It has a 42mm black stainless steel case while sporting a brushed stainless steel mesh band of the same color. It also has a unidirectional bezel while three crowns line in the same position.

The watch runs on a Japanese Miyota Quartz movement. You will also love its black dial with two sub-dials and a date window on the 3 o’clock position.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

The MVMT Voyager is a suitable timepiece to wear to any casual outings because of its lightweight. Also, it has a high level of water resistance than some of the best MVMT watches available on the market. However, the timepiece is not as accurate as advertised.

Are MVMT Watches Worth Buying?

Are the timepieces in this MVMT watch review worthy investments? Well, only if you love affordable watches that are trendy and stylish. Furthermore, its elegant build will suit any occasion or outfit.

Its switchable straps will enhance your personality. With this feature, you have the luxury of making people think you have many watches. Overall, it’s the perfect accessory to use as a gift for yourself and loved ones.

However, the MVMT watch might not impress some watch enthusiasts. The reason is that many believe since they are produced in a huge mass, they might not last long as expected.

They also use low-quality movements that offer inaccurate timing. Hence, if you want a watch that will last for years and provide the highest level of timekeeping, you should consider the older flagship brands like the Invicta, Rolex, Longines or Bulova.

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

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41

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

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

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

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41: Specs Comparison

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41

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

Model: Rolex Datejust 36 Rolex Datejust 41
Reference #: 126234 126300
Model case: Oyster, 36 mm, Oystersteel and white gold Oyster, 41 mm, Oystersteel
Dial color: Black Black
Oyster architecture: Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Material: White Rolesor – combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct white gold Oystersteel
Bezel: Fluted Smooth
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 3235, 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 date with 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: Oystersteel Oystersteel
Clasp: Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

Rolex Datejust 36 Review

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41

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

Design

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

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

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

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

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

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

Construction and Wearability

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

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

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

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

Timekeeping

Caliber 3235 Movement

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

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

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

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

Rolex Datejust 41 Review

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41

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

Design

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41

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

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

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

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

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

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

Construction and Wearability

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

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

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

Timekeeping

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

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

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

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

Rolex Datejust 36 vs 41: The Verdict

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

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

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

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

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

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner: In-depth Comparison

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex submariner

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

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

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

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

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

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

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

Head to Head Comparison 

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

 

  Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex submariner
Brand Name Omega Seamaster 300 Rolex Submariner collection
Model 212.30.36.20.01.002 114060
Case Diameter 41mm 40mm
Case Material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Case thickness 13mm 13 mm
Band Material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Clasp Push Button Folding Clasp Deployment buckle
Crystal Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
Dial Color Black Black
Bezel Material Brushed Steel with Black Ceramic Fill

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

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

Omega Caliber 2500 Movement

Co-Axial escapement

Self-Winding Automatic Movement

The Rolex Caliber 3130 is a Superlative Chronometer.

Power Reserve Up to 50 hours 48 hours
Water Resistance 300 Meters / 1000 Feet Water Resistant 300 Meters / 1000 Feet Water Resistant

 

In-depth Comparison between Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

Omega Seamaster 300

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

 

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

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

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

Design

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

 

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

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

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

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

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

Build and Comfort

Omega Seamaster 300 review

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

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

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

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

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

Movement and Functionality

Omega seamaster 300 review

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

Value

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

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

Rolex Submariner

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

 

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

Build and Comfort

Rolex submariner review

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

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

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

Movement and Functionality

Rolex submariner review

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

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

Value

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

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

Final Recommendation on Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner review

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

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

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

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

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