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Old 17 October 2019, 09:40 AM   #31
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Own both, and others, but I do understand how people are brand loyal to a point.
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Old 17 October 2019, 09:45 AM   #32
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I own both but gravitate to rolex when deciding what to wear (between the two)- both are great brands, Rolex just feels more special on my wrist.


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Old 17 October 2019, 10:04 AM   #33
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My regular AD said something interesting the other day. That we “watch people” split into two camps. Either Rolex or Omega.
He does have both dealerships. So no axe to grind!
I’ve bought half a dozen Rolex’s but never really looked at Omega.
I appreciate this site is Rolex bias but I’m interested in how many of you also have Omega’s?
Although this is a Rolex forum, I think a lot of us here are watch enthusiasts in general. I have both, and TBH, I think I nerd out more over Omega. I also fancy Casio, go figure.

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The two camp argument is played out.
Own them both and love them both. Omega is more enthusiast and less brand cachet oriented these days. Their horological history is significant and impressive.
These days Omega METAS movements and fit and finish is spectacular. I have owned both along the way but Omega has gravitated to a higher level recently in their METAS movements and watch construction. Their bracelets are now excelent with micro adjustment and their fit and finish is loupe worthy.

My most recent Omega acquisition this summer. This is their master chronometer planet ocean chronograph. The chronograph buttons can be pushed under the water and I have done so on many of dives so far. It is sub 1 second a week movement with or without the chronograph running and is using the superior dual barrel mainspring that regulates its power reserve more accurately thought out its entire range. Ceramic rotor bearings, etc... If your into movements that excels in every category then the cal.9900 is the movement.

The Omega vs Rolex rivalry is mainly kept alive by uneducated fanboys of each brand.
It’s not Ferrari or Porsche? The correct answer is both in the garage.



Mr Mystro, I find myself liking your posts quite a lot.
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Old 17 October 2019, 10:15 AM   #34
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I’m wearing a Rolex at the moment, so there’s that.

But I so far prefer Omega it’s not even a contest.

When I see a Rolex on someone I’m thinking “okay, that guy might know watches. He might be an enthusiast. But he’s likely a douche bag that bought into the marketing”.

When I see an Omega on someone I’m thinking “okay, that guy might have gotten lucky. However, he’s probably a cool dude with a true appreciation for the watch”.
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Old 17 October 2019, 10:27 AM   #35
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Old 17 October 2019, 10:31 AM   #36
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I own both. Love both case styles of the omega and rolex. I find that my omega’s offer a more sportier look to my attire even though rolex can pull it all off anyways
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Old 17 October 2019, 10:35 AM   #37
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Old 17 October 2019, 11:02 PM   #38
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I have both and have always valued diversity in my collection. I have had breitlling, IWC, chopard, seiko, citizen, hamilton, etc. lately and largely due to the emphasis on wrist presence by Rolex, gravitate more to omega’s offerings now days.
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Old 18 October 2019, 01:08 AM   #39
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I think the re-sale market answers this question nicely!
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Old 18 October 2019, 08:11 AM   #40
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I have a Rolex GMT and a omega speedmaster professional (and a 1957 seamaster)


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Old 18 October 2019, 08:21 AM   #41
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I think the re-sale market answers this question nicely!
Or perhaps that indicates only that one brand has been far more astute than the other at branding.

The average person in the street thinks that Rolex is the epitome of the high end watch when in reality Rolex is arguably really the king of the tool watch category for the most part.
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Old 18 October 2019, 08:24 AM   #42
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Always keeping my eye open for my first Omega. Haven’t found it yet. Not a fan of skeleton hands, not a fan of that He release valve at 10:00 and think the moon watch is too delicate. So I’m still looking. Not actively, but keeping an open mind. I am interested in the world time that will be hitting dealers soon. I think it’s a 43, which should fit me nicely. We’ll see.
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Old 18 October 2019, 08:47 AM   #43
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Old 18 October 2019, 04:34 PM   #44
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I have both. I love Rolex watches and they feel special but so does omega. I have the Apollo 8 ceramic and it’s like nothing Rolex would ever do and the finishing on the ceramic is out of this world.

I tend not to worry too much about resale, but as watches I love both equally and there is certainly a place in anyone’s collection for both. I always think those that only do one brand potentially miss out on some fantastic pieces. Variety is what it’s about for me.
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Old 19 October 2019, 07:04 AM   #45
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The two camp argument is played out.
Own them both and love them both. Omega is more enthusiast and less brand cachet oriented these days. Their horological history is significant and impressive.
These days Omega METAS movements and fit and finish is spectacular. I have owned both along the way but Omega has gravitated to a higher level recently in their METAS movements and watch construction. Their bracelets are now excelent with micro adjustment and their fit and finish is loupe worthy.

My most recent Omega acquisition this summer. This is their master chronometer planet ocean chronograph. The chronograph buttons can be pushed under the water and I have done so on many of dives so far. It is sub 1 second a week movement with or without the chronograph running and is using the superior dual barrel mainspring that regulates its power reserve more accurately thought out its entire range. Ceramic rotor bearings, etc... If your into movements that excels in every category then the cal.9900 is the movement.

The Omega vs Rolex rivalry is mainly kept alive by uneducated fanboys of each brand.
It’s not Ferrari or Porsche? The correct answer is both in the garage.



This is an awesome looking watch, love that orange. I have my eye on the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon. As you say, fit and finish are spectacular, and there’s something about that moon dust looking dial.
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Old 19 October 2019, 07:45 AM   #46
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I too have both, but really, come on brother!
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Old 19 October 2019, 12:25 PM   #47
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One big difference is you can walk into an AD today and easily buy a new Omega (... maybe even with a bit of a discount on the MSRP).

Try getting a new SS Rolex at an AD. Good luck.
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Old 20 October 2019, 03:54 PM   #48
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both have their own appeal
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Old 20 October 2019, 11:15 PM   #49
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The only thing that I think is objectively true is that Rolex watches in general hold their resale value much better. The way to avoid that is to buy Omega watches on the resale market. My Omegas were pre-owned. The Bond SMP had never been worn. Not everyone wants to buy a pre-owned watch, though.
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Old 21 October 2019, 08:14 AM   #50
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Currently both make outstanding watches. Both have made iconic watches as well. Take away the resale argument (which is dumb especially if you never plan on reselling) then it's even more obvious that both brands are tops. Buy & wear what you like. All else is nonsense.
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Old 21 October 2019, 08:55 AM   #51
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I think they are very similar in feel and fit, but I do like that Omega are more daring with their aesthetics and make more flamboyant colours and styles, but then Rolexes, by being more conservative, are generally better balanced.
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Old 21 October 2019, 09:08 AM   #52
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Currently both make outstanding watches. Both have made iconic watches as well. Take away the resale argument (which is dumb especially if you never plan on reselling) then it's even more obvious that both brands are tops. Buy & wear what you like. All else is nonsense.


Well said. Thanks for articulating it so succinctly.


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Old 21 October 2019, 09:28 AM   #53
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Old 21 October 2019, 08:22 PM   #54
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I have both.

Rolex = Jewelry
Omega = functional wearability


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Old 21 October 2019, 09:04 PM   #55
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I have both.

Speedmaster Pro aside, I prefer Rolex's offerings, think Omega technology is at least as good, quality is equivalent, and prefer Omega's image. That's my $0.02.
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I think they are very similar in feel and fit, but I do like that Omega are more daring with their aesthetics and make more flamboyant colours and styles, but then Rolexes, by being more conservative, are generally better balanced.
That’s pretty much where I always end up as well.

Both are great brands.
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Old 21 October 2019, 09:24 PM   #57
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Here's something that hasn't come up yet, maybe because as far as I can tell it only applies to one Omega watch right now, but it's still worth mentioning.

The new 42mm Seamaster Pro 300 is a great timekeeper (by all reports - I haven't bought one - yet) and a very attractive and wearable watch - at a price point (new) that's a really great value. I'd like to see more of that from Omega.
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Old 22 October 2019, 12:14 AM   #58
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Plus isn't Omega and Rolex seen on different tiers? Cannot scratch that Rolex itch by buying an Omega.


I think that's the perception Rolex wants people to have through their marketing and positioning. Omega is on par with Rolex.

Every time I try to buy a Rolex. Something else comes up.

1st time, I was after a Submariner and the 2500c Planet Ocean came up (let go later on due to defects with the movement)


2nd time the IWC Pilot 3717, my favourite all time chronograph


Two weeks ago, the submariner got pushed aside again for this


Never regretted my decision. The SS shortage made the decision easy time time around, but I still would have gone PO over sub in the end.


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I think the re-sale market answers this question nicely!


Fuelled by perception not just quality. Both have models that are of equal standing.

I see the SMP comparable to the submariner, the PO to the Seadweller
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Old 22 October 2019, 12:22 AM   #59
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I started out with the smp as my first ‘proper’ watch when money was tighter & it was a massive purchase for me at the time. Have said in past if fell on hard times - I’d be happy to just wear the smp as a lot of watch for the money

Same here. The SMP would be the watch I'd keep if I filed for bankruptcy
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Old 22 October 2019, 12:26 AM   #60
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Rolex v Omega

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The Omega vs Rolex rivalry is mainly kept alive by uneducated fanboys of each brand.
It’s not Ferrari or Porsche? The correct answer is both in the garage.


I recall us sporting our 2500's on the forums back in the day, looks like we both upgraded. Stunning watch!
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