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    Versatile Daily Wear Sports Watches: Alternatives to Rolex Submariner?

    So, we've been having a lively discussion about the appeal of Rolexes, and whether they're overpriced on another thread, and how there were comparable watches in terms of quality, robustness, and distinctiveness of the movement that could be had for less money.

    Anyhow, it's too late for me, since I've apparently drank the Kool-Aid and bought myself one of the new Rolex ceramic Submariner (No Date), but as a public service, I figured it might be interesting to see which specific alternatives people hand in mind that were sufficiently robust and versatile for daily wear.

    Some criteria which come to mind to focus the discussion:

    1. In the sub $10K price range new.

    2. 38mm-42mm in size.

    3. At least 100m in water resistance.

    4. Metal bracelet.

    5. Versatile - suitable for both a day at work (in a suit), and in a more casual setting.

    6. In-house or highly modified out-sourced movement, ideally with a free-sprung balance.

    To get things started, some obvious alternatives include the Glashutte Original Sports Evolution Chronograph or Panorama Date, Omega Planet Ocean 42mm, Omega Aqua Terra, and from Rolex, the Explorer I/II, and GMT IIC.

    I should note that I did consider all the options above, with the exception of the Glashutte Originals, and I have my reasons for going with the new Submariner No Date, which I would be happy to share once the discussions get rolling.
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    Re: Versatile Daily Wear Sports Watches: Alternatives to Rolex Submariner?

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    Re: Versatile Daily Wear Sports Watches: Alternatives to Rolex Submariner?

    Within Rolex I'd much much rather have an Explorer 1 or 2. Maybe something from JLC.
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    Re: Versatile Daily Wear Sports Watches: Alternatives to Rolex Submariner?

    This thread pertains to my interests. Am going through the same troubles as you right now for my first watch beyond a Seiko. This stuff is oddly addictive, and for no darn good reason.

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    Re: Versatile Daily Wear Sports Watches: Alternatives to Rolex Submariner?

    A few grand seikos in particular the divers.

    Seiko Marinemaster 300m also
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    Re: Versatile Daily Wear Sports Watches: Alternatives to Rolex Submariner?

    Something from the JLC sports line.
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    Re: Versatile Daily Wear Sports Watches: Alternatives to Rolex Submariner?

    Something from Sinn maybe? Way below your budget, but then you can afford one more, zhigh End piece too for more dressy/ casual occasions!

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    Re: Versatile Daily Wear Sports Watches: Alternatives to Rolex Submariner?

    Well I could go with Turdor Heritage Black Bay or Pelagos...

    Then there is Breitling Superocean Heritage 42mm.


    They are all much below the budget but I think they are great watches...

    By the way, Panerai has Luminor Marina Automatic models which are 40mm and Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic models which are 42mm.
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    Re: Versatile Daily Wear Sports Watches: Alternatives to Rolex Submariner?

    Quote Originally Posted by mleok View Post
    So, we've been having a lively discussion about the appeal of Rolexes, and whether they're overpriced on another thread, and how there were comparable watches in terms of quality, robustness, and distinctiveness of the movement that could be had for less money.

    Anyhow, it's too late for me, since I've apparently drank the Kool-Aid and bought myself one of the new Rolex ceramic Submariner (No Date), but as a public service, I figured it might be interesting to see which specific alternatives people hand in mind that were sufficiently robust and versatile for daily wear.

    Some criteria which come to mind to focus the discussion:

    1. In the sub $10K price range new.

    2. 38mm-42mm in size.

    3. At least 100m in water resistance.

    4. Metal bracelet.

    5. Versatile - suitable for both a day at work (in a suit), and in a more casual setting.

    6. In-house or highly modified out-sourced movement, ideally with a free-sprung balance.

    To get things started, some obvious alternatives include the Glashutte Original Sports Evolution Chronograph or Panorama Date, Omega Planet Ocean 42mm, Omega Aqua Terra, and from Rolex, the Explorer I/II, and GMT IIC.

    I should note that I did consider all the options above, with the exception of the Glashutte Originals, and I have my reasons for going with the new Submariner No Date, which I would be happy to share once the discussions get rolling.
    An odd thread indeed.
    You're obviously not a noob as indicated by your signature.
    You recently spent large money on a quality, all purpose, sports watch that will retain value (relatively) better than most brands.
    Now you want to second guess yourself with the opinions of strangers on the internet?
    I think you did fine but knock yourself out my friend.
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