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Battle of the Titans – ROLEX versus OMEGA

The undisputable king of watches and the eternal number two: Rolex versus Omega. Apple versus Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz versus BMW, and so on. A popular topic of discussions on on-line watch communities, social media and in the pub. Do you feel sympathy for the brand that shows technical innovation, landed on the Moon and relatively friendly…

The undisputable king of watches and the eternal number two: Rolex versus Omega. Apple versus Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz versus BMW, and so on. A popular topic of discussions on on-line watch communities, social media and in the pub. Do you feel sympathy for the brand that shows technical innovation, landed on the Moon and relatively friendly priced or is your heart with the most famous Swiss watch brand that has been seen on the wrist of many movie stars, singers, pilots and equals liquidity?

It is a discussion without an end, but nevertheless a thankful subject for many watch enthusiasts. Let’s have a look at some of the Rolex and OMEGA models and how they compare.

 

Datejust versus Seamaster Aqua Terra

The Datejust was the first automatic watch with a date. It is perhaps the most iconic Rolex to many people out there. Available in stainless steel and Rolesor (bi-color) models. Some of the lady Datejust models are also available in full gold.

For a long time, Omega carried the Constellation as their flagship model and competitor to the Datejust. But we think that the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M is a much better competitor. Packed with innovations such as the anti-magnetic in-house developed movement, lovely design such as the teak-design dial and a water resistance up to 150 meters.

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Seamaster Planet Ocean versus Submariner

Omega’s Seamaster Planet Ocean collection is big and there many variations available (chronograph, three-hands version, GMT) including an all-black model (Deepblack) soon. The Submariner comes in less variations, date or no-date and in a couple of materials. Where the Omega has an advance with its anti-magnetic movement and fresh look & feel, the Submariner has the Easy-link bracelet for quick adjustment and the iconic look. You can’t go wrong with any of these and ultimately is a matter of taste.

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Day-Date versus Globemaster

The Day-Date is the watch for Presidents. At least it used to be in the past. This watch, with a day and date indicator and a stunning bracelet only comes in precious metals. The Rolex Day-Date comes in yellow, white and red gold as well as in platinum. Of course, you can also find some iced models if you are into that sort of thing. Omega introduced the Globemaster only last year, as part of their Constellation collection. It is the flagship model for their dress watches and the first to be METAS certified. It lacks a bracelet in precious metal, but there is a limited edition platinum version with enamel medallion on the caseback. It doesn’t feature a day indicator, but there is an annual calendar version.

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Speedmaster versus Daytona

Two of the most iconic chronographs. Is there a hands-down winner? No. The Daytona came to life in 1963 and became one of the most sought-after watches, but only since the 1990s. Before that, there was little to no interest. The Speedmaster came to life in 1957 and was on the wrist of astronauts when they set foot on the Moon. The basic – but the most iconic – model is still around for approximately 4000 Euro. The Daytona starts at +11.000 Euro retail price, if you can get one, that is. A better comparison would be the Daytona versus the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, pricewise. We let you decide.

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Cellini versus De Ville Trésor

Both are sophisticated watches that require a special sort of taste and refinement. Small and flat movements in a classic case on a leather strap. The Cellini comes, besides a time-only watch, also with a (pointer) date model and a second-time zone model. The Trésor only comes in a three-hand version with a date, but has more variation in dials and materials. Both watches start at around the same price. These are not watches for everyone, but definitely for those who want something different than the common sports watches of both brands.

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