Similar outside, different inside..
If you ask a watch seller he will certainly confirm you that when one is about to choose his first real watch he will feel indecisive between these two icons: Rolex Submariner (ref. 116610LN) and Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch (ref 318.104.22.168.01.005).
Be aware that at the end of the article we are not going to tell you which one is the best choice, rather we will give you more details and informations that will bring you to the best choice. After all, a watch is a question of personality.
The great debate: Omega Speedmaster or Rolex Submariner?
For those who are aspiring collectors, or simply for those who are seeking their first ‘entry’ watch, this appears to be an unanswered question. Some think that a comparison between the two would be rather summary, as the two watches have different purposes and functions, while others are still struggling to choose the one to purchase.
Finally there are those in the middle who see these great timepieces as identical and who simply don’t know which one to choose. The general opinion is that if you intend to become a watch collector you simply need to own both of them. But let’s meet them more closely!
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 322.214.171.124.01.005
Since its launch in 1957 the Speedmaster has stood out for his precision, readability and resistance. In 1968 the legendary caliber 321 was replaced by caliber 861, which in turn gave way to a better version, caliber 1861, with a high quality rhodium plating on the movement, until the even more improved caliber 1863, both hand wound. Today this watch has essentially the same manual movement of the timepieces worn by the NASA astronauts on the Moon
Many watch collectors decide to purchase the Speedmaster as their first watch because they are fascinated by its connection with the NASA and the Moon landing. The fact that it was the first watch worn on the Moon makes it a cult object of the American history which rightfully enters the Hall of Fame of iconic timepieces. Moreover, many watch collectors fell in love with the classic chronograph of the Sixties and they find it more interesting than the Submariner.
The Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph occupies a very important place in the history of space explorations: in fact it is the only one used in all NASA manned missions, from Gemini program to present International Space Station program. When Buzz Aldrin set foot on the lunar surface in 1969 he was wearing a Speedmaster Professional, the chronograph that thenceforth became known as the Moonwatch.
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€4.800 hesalite glass version, €5.600 sapphire glass version.
Collector box and Nato strap included.
ROLEX SUBMARINER 116610LN
The Oyster Perpetual Submariner is the ultimate diver watch and one of a kind. Presented in 1953, in the early days of water sports, it was the first watch water resistant to 100 meters. This memorable watch was further improved thanks to a number of technical innovations patented by Rolex that allowed its reliability and precision till 300 meters deep. Accustomed to the seabed, where it still remains a key instrument, the Submariner also conquered the mainland, becoming the ultimate action watch and an example of strength and elegance. The Submariner is available with or without the date indicator.
While a great number of collectors think that the Speedmaster is a classic watch, others believe that the Rolex Submariner is the most classic of the two, and those who are more oriented towards water as a physical element can surely profit more from a Submariner.
As the name suggests, the Submariner was meant for diving and it’s famous for its water resistance and its corrosion protection. But whenever watch enthusiasts are interested in this feature or not, and whenever they would use it for its water resistance or not, they cannot deny that this is an iconic watch too, worn by celebrities such as Sean Connery and Valentino Rossi.
The current reference has caliber 3135, an automatic mechanical movement entirely developed and produced by Rolex. As every Rolex Perpetual movement, 3135 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a title conferred to watches of best accuracy that have successfully passed COSC tests (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres). It contains the Parachrom spiral that guarantees a better shock and temperature changes resistance. Its architecture, the same in every movement of the Oyster collection, gives it a reliability second to none.
€7.900 version with date indicator, €6.950 without date indicator.
Just like the two watches, this question is timeless and will never find an answer. As already said, they are different watches, but they both have a lot of history behind, and by combining their excellent technical features with the emotions that arise while wearing them each of us will take his own right decision.