Similar out. Different inside.

If you ask a watch seller, they can certainly confirm it: when it comes to choosing the first real watch, indecision and doubt often fall between one of these two icons: the Rolex Submariner (ref. M 116610LN) e Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch(ref 311.30.42.30.01.005).

Let me be clear, at the end of the article we will not tell you which is the best choice, but we will give you more details and we will reveal some Curiosity that will make you take the best choice. Because ultimately, the clock is a matter of personality.

The great debate: Omega Speedmaster or Rolex Submariner?

For those who start collecting, or are simply looking for their own 'entry'watch appears to be one unanswered question. Some think that a comparison would be rather superficial, as the two watches have purposes but above all different functions; others are still struggling to choose which one to buy between the two.

Finally there are those in the middle, i.e. those who see both of these fantastic watches as the same and simply don't know which one to choose. The general opinion is that if you are planning on becoming a watch collector, then you simply need to own both. We just have to get to know them more closely.

OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 311.30.42.30.01.005

Since its launch in 1957, the Speedmaster has been able to stand out for its precision, readability and resistance. In 1968, the legendary caliber 321 was replaced by the caliber 861, which in turn found itself giving way to an improved version, the 1861, with a very high quality rhodium finish on the movement, up to the even more perfected 1863, both manually wound. Today, the watch features essentially the same hand-wound movement that powered the timepieces worn by NASA astronauts on the Moon.

The evolution of the Omega movement

Many watch collectors decide to buy it first Speedmaster fascinated by its connection to NASA and the moon landing. The fact that it was the first watch worn on the moon makes it a cult object in American history and makes it rightfully enter the "Hall of Fame" of timepieces. iconic. Additionally, many watch collectors have fallen in love with the classic 60s chronograph and find it a more interesting timepiece than the Submariner.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph occupies a unique place in the history of space exploration: it is in fact the only instrumentation to have been used in all the space missions of the NASA manned, from the Gemini program to the current program of the International Space Station. When Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in 1969, wearing one Speedmaster Professional, the chronograph that from that moment became known as the Moonwatch.

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€ 4.400 in the esalite glass version, € 5.200 in the sapphire glass version.

Collector's box and NATO strap included.

ROLEX SUBMARINER 116610LN

The Oyster Perpetual Submariner is the diving watch par excellence, an absolute reference of its kind. Presented in 1953, at the dawn of underwater sports, it was the first watch that was waterproof to a depth of 100 meters. This historic timepiece has been further refined thanks to a series of technical innovations patented by Rolex, thus guaranteeing reliability and precision up to 300 meters deep. Accustomed to the seabed, a universe in which it remains an indispensable instrument, the Submariner has also conquered the mainland, establishing itself as the action watch par excellence, an example of robustness and elegance. The Submariner is available with or without a date window.

While a large number of collectors claim that it Speedmaster is a classic watch, many others consider the Rolex Submariner as the more classic of the two and, those who are much more oriented and passionate aboutwater as a physical element, they definitely draw a advantage greater than owning a Submariner.

As the name suggests, the Submariner was designed for diving and is known for its brilliance water resistance and for corrosion protection. But fans of the sector, if they are not interested in this feature of the watch and want to use it for its water resistance or not, cannot deny that it is, too, an iconic watch, worn by myths the likes of Sean Connery e Valentino Rossi.

The current reference is animated by the caliber 3135, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all Rolex Perpetual movements, the 3135 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a title reserved for higher precision watches that have successfully passed the tests of the COSC (Suisse Official Control of Chronomètres). It includes a spiral Parachrom which guarantees better resistance to shocks and temperature variations. The architecture, which unites it with all the movements of the Oyster collection, gives it a reliability that is second to none.

€ 7.900 version with date, € 6.950 without date.

Like the two watches, this question is also “timeless” and will never be answered. They are different watches, we have repeated it several times, but with a lot of history behind them, combining the excellent technical characteristics to the emotions that are born by cuffing them, each of us will know how to make their own right decision.