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Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

The motion in this piece is the hand-wound IWC caliber 94805, which defeats at a leisurely 2.5Hz and features 96 hours of power reserve. The movement can be admired through a sapphire display caseback and includes an inlaid insignia that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the brand.These two exceptionally complex special anniversary watches will be generated in extremely small numbers. IW504501) will be generated using a cost of $110,000. IW590202) is limited to just 15 pieces for a cost of $253,000. Founded in 1868, IWC prepares to celebrate its 150-year background in 2018 using five restricted models from different collections, along with also the IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” watch has become the most available among them. Aside from the “150 Years” in the names, all share the lacquered dial with printed numerals — all white except the Da Vinci Automatic you see here in blue. This is not simply a “small-seconds” version of last year’s three-hand Da Vinci Automatic (hands-on here), as it represents an in-house movement alternative using a fresh member of IWC’s 80000 family of movements.The Da Vinci has gone through quite a few redesigns since it was introduced in 1969, housing the initial Swiss quartz movement, the Beta 21. IWC reimagined the Da Vinci collection a year to re-introduce a round Da Vinci case silhouette with notable articulating lugs. One thing I can say for the new Da Vinci watches is that articulating lugs are often something that I appreciate, however — and maybe it’s just me — it feels like the dressy, restrained character of this round Da Vinci is already fairly well represented in IWC by the Portofino and Portugieser collections.

The lauded Rolex Submariner is one of the most popular luxury watches in the world. Easily the most popular steel-cased (or otherwise) luxury diving watch, the Rolex Submariner sets the bar in many ways when it comes to timepieces of its type, at its price point. aBlogtoWatch has reviewed the Rolex Submariner here, offered a long-term review of the Rolex Submariner No Date watch here, and even compared the Rolex Submariner to its “cousin” watch the Tudor Heritage Black Bay here. With that said, the Rolex Submariner isn’t for everyone, and a lot of people who already have a Rolex Submariner still like the genre of high-end steel sports diving watches and are interested in other watches like it.

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

Let me first say that Rolex as a brand, and the Rolex Submariner as a model, are among the most copied things out there. Not only is there a vast underworld of fake (which we very much recommend against) Rolex watches, there are lots of “lookalike” timepieces out there which merely seek to emulate the look and feel of a Rolex Submariner for the benefit of another brand. Those aren’t the types of watches I’ll be talking about in this list. Oh, and I’d also like to say that all of the watches included in this top 10 list are being currently produced at the time of this article’s writing – but it is possible to find other stuff out there that is no longer in production.

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

At 9 o’clock, you have the sub-dial that suggests the day, and now at 3 o’clock you’ve the sub-dials that reveal that the date and power reserve. At 6 o’clock, there is a month indicator and moon phase screen, and to the left of it around 8 o’clock you’ve the entire year indicator. Finally, there is the flying tourbillon that makes one rotation every minute at 12 o’clock. The motion inside is the self-winding Iwc Watches House Of Cards Replica grade 51950, which relies on the Caliber 51900 found in IWC’s other tourbillon watches like the Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde however with the ingenious 82-part endless calendar module developed by Kurt Klaus. This motion also contains IWC’s Pellaton winding system also contains a generous power book of 168 hours, or 7 days. It is visible through a sapphire display caseback and comes with a special commemorative 18k gold rotor.The additional tourbillon see that IWC has especially prepared for its 150th anniversary is the Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 decades.” This comes at a slightly larger 46mm wide Portugieser style case and is only available in platinum. Like the earlier Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 decades,” this view also has heat-treated blue hour and minute hands. This is an upgraded version of previous Constant-Force Tourbillon watches — Portugieser along with other models — coupled with the “perpetual moon phase display. At 1 o’clock there is a moon phase display that only has to be corrected by means of a day following 577.5 decades. Finally, we’ve got the highlight of the opinion, the large tourbillon with a constant-force mechanism that provides power in even impulses to the escapement. In theory, this should enhance the chronometric performance of the motion.

To kick-off a possible new article series, I’d like to list my personal top 10 alternatives to the Rolex Submariner that still exist within the design, quality, and overall luxury pricing of the Rolex Submariner. Further, I’d like to focus on dive watches that share a few important things in common with the Rolex Submariner. Those things, for our purposes, are 1) available steel or titanium case construction with matching bracelet, 2) high-quality mechanical movement, 3) time-only display (date optional), 4) mostly (or entirely) monochromatic design with dark colored dial, and 5) a sporty design that can be feasibly be dressed up for a more elegant or formal look.

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

Nothing can absolutely replace the Rolex Submariner, and in many ways the Rolex Submariner is the best of its kind when blending price, features, and quality. Also, Rolex has some of its own “alternatives” to the Submariner which arguably include the Rolex GMT-Master II, Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000, and the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller. I won’t mention those below, but you should know about these more “deep-diving” watches that Rolex produces which are technically Submariner alternatives as well (even though they arguably look very similar).

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

Last, I would like to mention a few basic tech specs of the Rolex Submariner to keep in mind. The watch is 40mm wide in 904L steel, water-resistant to 300 meters, and has a wonderful matching bracelet that has a handy micro-adjust system for a more precise fit that can be adjusted on the fly. Rolex uses their own in-house-made movement which promise arguably class-leading performance, and the Rolex Submariner’s bezel is produced from ceramic. Current retail price for the steel Rolex Submariner 114060 “No Date” is $7,500, and the Rolex Submariner Date 116610 is $8,550.

The watch will be offered in a limited run of 250 pieces and can be obtained at just a small premium over the standard Ingenieur Chronograph Sport.Under the dial, this watch stocks exactly the same motion as the normal production IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport or the Portugieser Chronograph, which is the in-house Caliber 89361. An automatic chronograph equipped with 68 hours of power reserve, this motion offers flyback functionality, a feature that fits right in with all the motorsport racing motif since it’s utilized to time consecutive intervals of time such as race laps. Additionally, it has the special hour and minute totalizer (that we discussed at the above linked-to article) in 12 o’clock which is meant to make the chronograph studying more intuitive.The one gap between this IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary Of Mercedes-AMG” and another watches equipped with all the calibre 89361 is evident when you look at the case back. Like the original Ingenieur from 1955, the IWC Mercedes-AMG Ingenieur Chronograph Sport has a soft iron cage that will help make the watch anti-magnetic, although IWC does not offer tangible figures on how anti-magnetic it really is. In keeping with the motorsport and especially AMG theme, the rear of the soft iron cage has holes drilled into it at a radial formation to make it look like a brake disc. This is with regard to how every engine that is produced by AMG is constructed from scratch by one AMG mechanic. Personally, I struggle to find the advantage of engraving and drilling into the iron cage, and think a good case back with comparable engravings would have been sufficient. The AMG motif, however, is clear and loud.
Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

Strengths: 45mm wide and with an in-house movement, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique 5015 (aBlogtoWatch review here) collection has an available steel model with a matching bracelet and black dial that is thematically in the same category at the Rolex Submariner. It is expensive, but it is also well-made and beautiful.

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

How it compares: With a heritage similar to the Rolex Submariner in terms of origin and purpose, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms currently exists a bit higher on the price ladder than the Rolex Submariner, even though it arguably isn’t a “better” watch. The Fifty Fathoms does have an attractive curved sapphire crystal over the bezel (versus ceramic), and which you prefer is a matter of taste. Blancpain’s has a different look that some say is a bit more on the elegant versus “tool watch” side. The Blancpain is also the more original choice with a higher price premium and far fewer of them out there.

Price: $14,500

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

It is designed to be a comparatively high-quantity-production automatic chronograph caliber using a 7750-like design but having a column wheel replacement the cam-actuation system being the most notable gap. Operating frequency stays 4Hz, and power reserve is 46 hours so other specs are quite near the famed workhorse chronograph caliber. Aesthetics-wise what’s new about it than the last year’s limited edition is that it currently has the enormous and always striking Iwc Pilot’s Watch Xvi Replica winding rotor with large cutouts and beveled borders as opposed to the somewhat underwhelming stamped bit that has been current on the 2016 models. Based on last year’s comparable models anticipate the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph’s price to start from approximately $7,200. The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport is a titanium-clad, 44mm-wide alternate to the above triple-register sporting a more complicated IWC Caliber 89361. It delivers a more impressive 68 hours of power reserve, a more advanced automatic winding system along with the more sophisticated display of chronograph minutes and hours on one sub-dial in 12 o’clock. A neat design detail is the lightning seconds hand at six o’clock, place as a reminder of the Ingenieur logo (and the central seconds of a Milgauss(possibly). Within this high-contrast, legible, but possibly not-so-sporty white and black, the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport will be a limited run of 500 bits — but we wouldn’t be amazed to see unique models come together sooner rather than later.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Strengths: Tudor is owned by the same people as Rolex (they are careful to say they are not owned by Rolex), so there is a lot of design and construction carry-over from “the crown” brand. Starting in 2016, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay (hands-on here) also has an in-house movement along with a handful of interesting design refinements. It is easily one of the best values around when comparing design, construction, and mechanics.

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

How it compares: The Tudor Black Bay is slightly larger than the 40mm Rolex Submariner with a 41mm-wide steel case, and it is a bit thicker as well. Perhaps the biggest “down-side” is its aluminum bezel insert material versus the Rolex Submariner’s more durable ceramic – though you do get more interesting color options in the Heritage Black Bay, such as burgundy red. Solid dial design was historically inspired by the Rolex Submariner, so the differences are only slight, though noticeable.

Price: $3,675

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

IWC fans that are paying attention to the calendar should know by now that 2018 marks the 150-year anniversary of the well-known brand from Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Founded in 1868 by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, Iwc Watches To Buy Replica would gradually and slowly, over its own one-and-a-half-century-long history, develop a reputation for engineered watches — that the firm’s Latin motto, “Probus Scafusia,” translates to “great craftsmanship from Schaffhausen.” To celebrate the 150-year anniversary of this new, IWC has only unveiled two high tech tourbillon watches which certainly exhibit the newest know-how in complex watchmaking. Meet with the newest IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” and the IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years.” The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” is important because it is the very first time IWC has combined a perpetual calendar with a tourbillon on the dial. The watch comes at a 45mm wide Portugieser-style case, which IWC fans will immediately recognize from its distinctive curved and short lugs as well as the chunky knurled crown. Sizable heat-treated leaf-shaped hour and minute hands and a straightforward railroad-style minutes monitor ensure time is easily read.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Strengths: Omega has spent decades refining and honing its Seamaster collection… which has actually resulted in a huge amount of variety. At the top of the ladder when it comes to fancy dive watches is the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, which combines the appeal of a serious diving tool with a good-looking lifestyle product. The Planet Ocean is just sober enough to not look showy, but it certainly has an impressive wrist presence and a lot of very attractive movements today.

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

How it compares: Comparing the Omega Planet Ocean to the Rolex Submariner really depends on the model since Omega makes not only different sizes, but different versions – and that applies even to just the three-hand automatic models (the image above shows the Planet Ocean Master Chronometer). There is no perfect 40mm-wide analog, but there are Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean models similar to the Rolex Submariner in terms of features and size. While Rolex still arguably wins when it comes to fit and finishing, Omega is clearly chasing Rolex when it comes to movement performance, dial and case construction, as well as overall popularity. It’s certainly worth a close look.

Price: Starting at around 5,700 CHF

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

In 9 o’clock, you have the sub-dial that indicates the day, and now at 3 o’clock you’ve the sub-dials that show the date and power reserve. At 6 o’clock, there’s a month indicator and moon phase display, as well as the remaining at around 8 o’clock you have the year indicator. Ultimately, there is the flying tourbillon that makes one turning every second at 12 o’clock. The motion within is the self-winding IWC caliber 51950, which is based on the Caliber 51900 found in IWC’s additional tourbillon watches like the Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde however with the ingenious 82-part perpetual calendar module developed by Kurt Klaus. This motion also features IWC’s Pellaton winding system also contains a generous power reserve of 168 hours, or seven days. It’s observable via a sapphire display caseback and features a special commemorative 18k gold rotor.The additional tourbillon watch that IWC has especially prepared for its 150th anniversary would be your Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 decades.” This comes at a slightly larger 46mm wide Portugieser design situation and is only accessible platinum. Water resistance is a mere 30m, and the watch comes paired with a black alligator strap by Santoni.The Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” includes a white lacquered dial with large black Arabic numerals printed in the signature font of IWC’s Portugieser watches. Like the earlier Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years,” this view also offers heat-treated blue hour and minute hands. This is an updated version of past Constant-Force Tourbillon watches — Portugieser and other models — combined with the “perpetual moon phase display. “The Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” has a less busy dial. At 1 o’clock there is a moon phase display that only needs to be adjusted by means of a day after 577.5 decades. Ultimately, we’ve got the highlight of the watch, the large tourbillon featuring a constant-force mechanism that delivers power in even impulses into the escapement. In theory, this should improve the chronometric performance of the movement.

Bulgari Diagono Scuba

Strengths: The newest generation Bulgari Diagono Scuba (aBlogtoWatch review here) is the best Diagono diver watch made to date, offering an interesting Italian-theme to the idea of a Rolex Submariner alternative. Built on the Diagono family of watches, you see distinctive design elements such as the hinge-style lugs, bracelet, and dial design, which here is the cleanest we’ve ever seen it on a Diagono Scuba. It also happens to mix sportiness with elegance very well, just like the Rolex Submariner

Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner ABTW Editors' Lists

How it Compares: The 41mm-wide Diagono Scuba is about the same width as the Rolex Submariner, and they have similar thickness profiles as well. On the wrist, they have a very different feel, even though they attempt to serve the same purposes. Both are 300-meter-water-resistant divers and contain in-house movements. The Bulgari Diagono Scuba doesn’t have a ceramic bezel (it uses an all steel design) but is an admirable and lower-priced Rolex Submariner alternative with a more modern, designer twist to it.

It’s a little-known fact that prior to the Ingenieur premiered in 1955 IWC had generated some military pilot sequences with soft-iron cages so as to look after the movements from the more powerful magnetic fields within the ever-more developed and better-equipped cockpits of the 1940s. Ditching the pilot watch DNA the IWC Ingenieur was a handsome-looking dress watch made for – you guessed – engineers than pilots. The collection received its most noteworthy overhaul in 1976 when Gerald Genta redesigned it — but that’s another story.All this was to say that things are going back to basics in precisely the same way as we discovered using all the old-new Da Vinci (hands-on): the IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40mm, closest to the original one of the four new versions, offers a fantastic conservative dimension (most especially the exact same as a Rolex Submariner) having an “IWC caliber 35111” beating indoors. The 35111 is a foundation Sellita SW300 which in turn is a ETA 2892 clone, which will help explain some of the cost difference between the Ingenieur Automatic along with the Submariner. It runs in 4Hz and offers 42 hours of power reserve, making sure that it will not be a top choice for those looking for a more contemporary movement in this cost segment.The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph is basically the non-limited re-release of past season’s limited editions — references IW380802, IW380801, and IW380803 as noticed previously. They are a small 42mm wide, clad in stainless steel or 18k red gold and sport what’s an ample 120m depth score. Inside is what we’re advised to become an all-new motion called the IWC Caliber 69375.

Price: 6,400 CHF