Omega vs. Rolex

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  1. gdl203

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    Don't know the actual debate but a year or so the watch experts - and I mean those people that are really in the know about movements - said Omega is now far behind Rolex.
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    Hello,

    I'm convinced Rolexes are overpriced and overrated..


    Because they are. They are the status symbol for people who want to pretend they have money that says "look at me, I have money."
     


  3. slider07

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    I have both - an Omega Seamaster and a Rolex Sea-Dweller. Both are fantastic watches and both are priced about where they should be. The Rolex's fit and finish is better than the Omega.

    Whether something is over-or underpriced is entirely subjective. Rolex sell well and the secondary market is strong and the prices hold up well. Omega also has an active secondary market but the prices do not hold up as well.
     


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    Because they are. They are the status symbol for people who want to pretend they have money that says "look at me, I have money."

    I like to wear by sub when I am in a particular poor mood; nothing says 'fuck you' better than a rolex. my seamaster gmt is quite a bit more understated.
     


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    Where is Manouche?
     


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    Don't know the actual debate but a year or so the watch experts - and I mean those people that are really in the know about movements - said Omega is now far behind Rolex. Don't like the Rolex design though.

    I don't know about that. I've seen opposing views written by other experts. Like I said, even with experts, it ultimately comes down to individual opinion.
     


  7. benjamin831

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    Omega = Speedmaster Professional

    Rolex = Submariner No-Date

    Besides that, I wouldn't consider anything else in either of those brands...
     


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    Rolex makes its own movements. Omega typically does not. That's probably the biggest difference affecting price. Also Omega tends not to be using precious metals the same way Rolex does. Seems like most Omegas these days are in stainless steel. Consider too that Rolex seems to have a much tighter grip on its retail network and authorized repair shops. Definitely more exclusive. Omega is more available in malls across the USA. Without looking, I'll guess that the Rolex Sub retails new for more than double what the Omega Seamaster does. Worth it? I dunno. Both watches have their virtues. But compare the bracelets on the respective watches. The Omega bracelet wins. Hands down. It is simply better designed and better made. The clasp on that Rolex bracelet is stamped metal crap.
     


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    Rolex makes its own movements. Omega typically does not. That's probably the biggest difference affecting price. Also Omega tends not to be using precious metals the same way Rolex does. Seems like most Omegas these days are in stainless steel. Consider too that Rolex seems to have a much tighter grip on its retail network and authorized repair shops. Definitely more exclusive. Omega is more available in malls across the USA. Without looking, I'll guess that the Rolex Sub retails new for more than double what the Omega Seamaster does. Worth it? I dunno. Both watches have their virtues. But compare the bracelets on the respective watches. The Omega bracelet wins. Hands down. It is simply better designed and better made. The clasp on that Rolex bracelet is stamped metal crap.

    Well said. I agree, the Omega Seamaster bracelet (for example) is so comfortable and looks really nice. And the clasp is nigh on impossible to get off without pushing both buttons. Superb!
     


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    I personally favor Omega's subdued look to most Rolexes I see. It's true that Omega has its cheesy ones, but the Seamaster is a work of art as far as I'm concerned. It's just so pretty!
     


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    I think Omega is coming out, or has already, with their own movement and I hear that it is excellent.

    In terms of Rolex, I respectfully disagree with the Rolex Sub no date being the only option to consider. The regular Sub Date is the classic Rolex sports watch. The Sea Dweller, which does not have the cyclops but does have the date, is heavier and has a depth rating of 4000 feet (which I will never see a 1/10th of unless someone ties an anchor around my leg). Another new watch with a classic look is the GMT IIc - it has a ceramic bezel with larger numbers. Very nice.
     


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    both brands are:

    easy
    safe
    boring

    they are brands for people who know nothing of watchery

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    haha.... that's a good one

    I think Omega is coming out, or has already, with their own movement and I hear that it is excellent.

    In terms of Rolex, I respectfully disagree with the Rolex Sub no date being the only option to consider. The regular Sub Date is the classic Rolex sports watch. The Sea Dweller, which does not have the cyclops but does have the date, is heavier and has a depth rating of 4000 feet (which I will never see a 1/10th of unless someone ties an anchor around my leg). Another new watch with a classic look is the GMT IIc - it has a ceramic bezel with larger numbers. Very nice.
     


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    both brands are:

    easy
    safe
    boring

    they are brands for people who know nothing of watchery

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    Trying to stir the pot a little? If you honestly mean the above then I would say that you really have no idea what you are talking about. Certainly there are other more expensive brands - Patek, AP, JLC, Breguet, etc., that are incredible pieces of machinery but Rolex and Omega are worthy of respect in the watch world.
     


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    Trying to stir the pot a little? If you honestly mean the above then I would say that you really have no idea what you are talking about. Certainly there are other more expensive brands - Patek, AP, JLC, Breguet, etc., that are incredible pieces of machinery but Rolex and Omega are worthy of respect in the watch world.

    both brands are pedestrian best
     


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