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post #106 of 151
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
My guess is that you would buy a Patek Philippe watch for the same reasons people buy Rolex. I hope you can see the irony


Quite funny.

Mike
post #107 of 151
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Originally Posted by chucklehead View Post
both brands are pedestrian best
your grammar are pedestrian best opinions too
post #108 of 151
Both make a good quality midrange watch, the difference is Rolex is the Mercedes of watches whereas Omega is more akin to that of Audi or BMW....in the former the name brand trumps most everything else and many buy for that and the percieved status alone and will pay top dollar for it.

Combine that with a company that has its dealers in a vice grip from a price standpoint and you have a product that artificially holds its value well...just like debeers if Rolex were to let things loose as many other brands do chances are they wouldn't hold their value better than any other brand.

Personally I have owned a few Rolex pieces as well as Omega and honestly I am hard pressed to say the Rolex are any better, if anything I was always let down with the Rolex watches (company preaches perfection but I have yet to see it) whereas the Omegas I have owned were a welcome surprise, finish work that was head and shoulders above the Rolex watches, prices that were roughly half of what I paid for comparable Rolex pieces, and the Omega's were more comfortable.

My best memory was when I got my first Rolex, an A series datejust, back when they had the cheap end link covers, hollow bracelets, and the stamped sheetmetal clasp (much like the bracelet design on the current non date submariner)....my wife (gf at the time) was horribly upset that I had spent that much on a watch (I paid $2,600 for it), but what really got me was our first jaunt in my car while wearing the watch, just the vibration from the steering wheel made the whole thing rattle and clank about because of the bracelet...my wife was astonished that something at the time so expensive could sound like such a piece of junk, she went so far as to ask me if it was ok or if it was broken.

I sold it for an Explorer and then that was sold for a Sub Date, none of which were much better with regards to the bracelets and rattle...not to mention other quality issues I found.

But in contrast I have had an Aqua Terra for nearly a year now, the watch was perfect, the bracelet all solid, the polish and finish excellent. No rattles to speak of, putting the name brand aside this seems like a much higher quality item than any Rolex I have owned. But even having had a tangible experience such as this I find I am still a sucker for the Rolex name brand as people do notice it for better or worse.
post #109 of 151
Mercedes and BMW...no difference there, really.
post #110 of 151
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Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post
Mercedes and BMW...no difference there, really.

I would beg to differ, at least from my limited experiences....whenever a high end example of autos is given it seems as if everyone defaults to Merc, I can't count how many phrases have referenced the brand whereas BMW is held in high regard just not as referenced as often.

Also with Merc you have a larger spread between value and your dollar, where BMWs on average are a little more affordable and seen as overall "better" performing cars.
post #111 of 151
We can agree to disagree then.
post #112 of 151
Interesting how this thread became a discussion between Mercedes and BMW... If you go to a Mercedes dealer, they will say that BMW makes great cars and vice versa. Each company has a lot of respect for one another amongst dealerships. Their target audiences are different and those who purchase the respective vehicles are different.

Rolex makes great watches and so does Omega. Their pricing point is different and so will attract a different customer base. Rolex is the king of marketing when it comes to Swiss watches. Omega is pretty good but they can not really match Rolex's marketing.
post #113 of 151
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Interesting how this thread became a discussion between Mercedes and BMW... If you go to a Mercedes dealer, they will say that BMW makes great cars and vice versa. Each company has a lot of respect for one another amongst dealerships. Their target audiences are different and those who purchase the respective vehicles are different.

To some degree, I'm sure the bold is true, but I think it would be just as often true that they often have the same type of people buy the different cars and I've seen them both target the same audiences reasonably often. I think there are more similarities than you might realise, especially today (may not have always been that way, I fully realise).

Anyway, sorry to deviate this thread somewhat. Back to discussions on Rolex and Omegas.
post #114 of 151
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Originally Posted by Timeless Fashion View Post
Interesting how this thread became a discussion between Mercedes and BMW... If you go to a Mercedes dealer, they will say that BMW makes great cars and vice versa. Each company has a lot of respect for one another amongst dealerships. Their target audiences are different and those who purchase the respective vehicles are different.

Rolex makes great watches and so does Omega. Their pricing point is different and so will attract a different customer base. Rolex is the king of marketing when it comes to Swiss watches. Omega is pretty good but they can not really match Rolex's marketing.

I'd agree with this wholeheartedly, well the bolded part that is....my experience with dealers of O and R is that they would each take the time to slander the other brand if I mentioned I was considering one or the other, the Omega dealers would cite Rolex as being overpriced while the Rolex dealers would state that Omega is a dime a dozen and have fun buying a watch you can get from a warehouse store. At least this is what I experienced, the most "honest" answers IMHO came from those who sold both, something which is getting rarer as dealerships seemingly are now being forced to choose which of the two to carry, at least here in Boston you cannot find a dealer that carrys Rolex and Omega any longer.

Omega lost alot of ground in the 80s compared to Rolex, but they are trying now to play catch up. I just saw a TV ad last night for the speedmaster that was pretty good, contrast that with Rolex who only advertises on TV during sponsored sporting events. I always wish I would see more Omega billboards come the holliday season like I do Rolex.

As for BMW and Merc, they do appeal to very different buyers, but my premise is that the lay person will more often than not default to Merc as a reference when talking about high end luxury cars because of the namesake, much like with watches most instinctively think Rolex, or photocopiers xerox.
post #115 of 151
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Originally Posted by Mathew J View Post
Both make a good quality midrange watch, the difference is Rolex is the Mercedes of watches whereas Omega is more akin to that of Audi or BMW....in the former the name brand trumps most everything else and many buy for that and the percieved status alone and will pay top dollar for it.

Combine that with a company that has its dealers in a vice grip from a price standpoint and you have a product that artificially holds its value well...just like debeers if Rolex were to let things loose as many other brands do chances are they wouldn't hold their value better than any other brand.

Personally I have owned a few Rolex pieces as well as Omega and honestly I am hard pressed to say the Rolex are any better, if anything I was always let down with the Rolex watches (company preaches perfection but I have yet to see it) whereas the Omegas I have owned were a welcome surprise, finish work that was head and shoulders above the Rolex watches, prices that were roughly half of what I paid for comparable Rolex pieces, and the Omega's were more comfortable.

My best memory was when I got my first Rolex, an A series datejust, back when they had the cheap end link covers, hollow bracelets, and the stamped sheetmetal clasp (much like the bracelet design on the current non date submariner)....my wife (gf at the time) was horribly upset that I had spent that much on a watch (I paid $2,600 for it), but what really got me was our first jaunt in my car while wearing the watch, just the vibration from the steering wheel made the whole thing rattle and clank about because of the bracelet...my wife was astonished that something at the time so expensive could sound like such a piece of junk, she went so far as to ask me if it was ok or if it was broken.

I sold it for an Explorer and then that was sold for a Sub Date, none of which were much better with regards to the bracelets and rattle...not to mention other quality issues I found.

But in contrast I have had an Aqua Terra for nearly a year now, the watch was perfect, the bracelet all solid, the polish and finish excellent. No rattles to speak of, putting the name brand aside this seems like a much higher quality item than any Rolex I have owned. But even having had a tangible experience such as this I find I am still a sucker for the Rolex name brand as people do notice it for better or worse.

hahahahahaha. I love these threads.
post #116 of 151
Lol, these "Omega vs Rolex" threads are hilarious. Not least because of the reasons people give in favour of one over the other (absolute nonsense)... Oh, and to the OP who would purchase a Patek over a Rolex, really? Have you heard the saying about apple and the other fruit, what's his name, Bill?
post #117 of 151
I just bought yet another IWC.


That's all I have to offer.
post #118 of 151
Has there ever been a thread discussing Rolex and Omega that didn't also include some twisted logic involving Mercedes and BMW?
post #119 of 151
Did anyone mention THE CLASP yet? Just checking...
post #120 of 151
Omega vs. Rolex
BMW vs. Mercedes Benz
Nikon vs. Canon
Alden vs. Allen Edmonds
Kiton vs. Brioni
Mont Blanc vs. Waterman
Asian girls vs. Russian girls

Ho, hum....

Twotone
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