Many fine watches are made daily throughout the world. Today, battery operated watches have become extremely popular because of their simplicity combined with accuracy can be bought for as little as two or three dollars.
Of course, a great deal more can be spent depending on the metals involved, the bracelets and of course, the name behind the watch.
Two of the Best
They often say imitation is the best form of flattery and both famous brands, Omega and Rolex have constant appearances of knock-off watches that often look very much like the real thing.
Sometimes these may have names that at first glance appear to be Omega, but upon closer examination, we see that the brand on the face is really Omega, or something like that. With Rolex the same problem occurs daily and caveat emptor when buying any expensive watch.
When you consider the purchase of a quality watch such as an Omega or a Rolex, it is extremely important that you patronize a jeweler of standing in your area, one who has been there and will be there tomorrow.
Pre-Owned Omegas and Rolexes
As an aside, sometimes genuine Rolex and Omega watches turn up elsewhere for sale, used perhaps, but apparently not abused. These may be in antique stores, pawn shops and elsewhere, but again, it’s a matter of caveat emptor buyer beware!).
The “innards” may not even be the original watch at all, and after all, that, aside from the value of a casing is the heart and soul of a watch and watch and where years of skill and training have gone into perfecting each and every timepiece that comes from these factories.
Or somewhere along the line, a person may have taken a valuable watch to just some storefront bearing a “We repair watches” sign in the window.
The repair person may or may not be that well-educated or may be completely unscrupulous. Even if shopping for a used watch, it’s important that you look for a jeweler that certifies the integrity of the watch you may be considering.
Best in Show
But often the question arises: Which of all the watches is the best? In many ways this can very subjective subject since people’s tastes and ideas of quality differ vastly. You can spend many thousands of dollars on some watches, mostly depending on the workmanship as well as material. Some watchmakers take a year to assemble one watch.
But when it comes to two of the world’s most popular and really fine watches, Omega and Rolex, a few comparisons might be made.
Omega has a serious reputation behind the name. After all, how many watches have traveled to the moon and back? Did you know that Omega continues to make the watches our astronauts today wear and will be wearing for the rest of their lives?
Rolex and Omega, like many watches, have small phosphorescent dots or lines at the numbers. These are called lumes. They glow in the dark to aid you in telling time even when there is no moon to help out. Many claim that Omega’s lumes last longer and remain brighter than those on the Rolex.
Both brands make Chronometers (COSC). Many watches feature the name Chronograph, but there is distinct difference. A Chronograph simply means the watch, aside from the main dial, may have smaller dials, indicating days, dates, seconds, and other complications such as moon phases, etc. To some this is important.
A Chronometer however, is a watch that has undergone a series of tests in which it is placed in varying positions, in varying temperatures and generally speaking, placed under a good deal of stress to make sure that in all conditions and at all times, the watch maintains its integrity and keeps the same time as it would lying on a table. Naturally, a real Chronometer has to cost more money, but it can be money well spent.
- The winding systems are slightly different but deciding if one is better than the other would be quite difficult.
- Some would say that in comparison if Omega is 100% then Rolex would be 99%, while others would say exactly the opposite.
- The Omega has a great winding system. Some feel it’s the best, while Rolex features a Teflon coating on the wheels making them, according to the manufacturer, just a little smoother.
- Both watches may be said to be overbuilt, but that is a good thing. We want a sturdy durable watch that can take a little rough play.
- Most feel that comparable Rolexes and Omegas would cost about the same, that is to say from somewhere between $5,000 and $8,000.
- There are owners who swear that Omega makes a better in-house movement than Rolex, but Rolex lovers will say the opposite.
- Rolex has a reputation for remaining more conservative, sticking to the tried-and-true and the company insists it feels no need to fix what ain’t broken.
Omega on the other hand takes a more innovative approach, considering and trying new components and tooling, and therefore some feel that if and when your Omega ever needs service, it may prove to be just a bit more difficult that it would be for Rolex.
Rolex repair shops around the world have watchmakers who have been doing the same job in the same way for many years.
Both watches are equally recognizable and both tell an onlooker that you’re a person of good taste and distinction, so in the end, either choice could be a great choice and the right choice for you.