Rolex Datejust vs. Submariner: Comparing Apples and Oranges

Today, we’re going to have another head-to-head between two of the widely-considered best timepieces in Rolex’s stable.

It’s the Rolex Datejust vs. Submariner.

The Datejust is a long-standing, self-winding waterproof chronometer watch that is designed to display the date in a 3 o’clock window. Its design is classic and elegant and makes a strong, yet subtle statement.

On the other hand, we have the Submariner, which is definitely a classic piece and a timeless timekeeping icon.

If you are stuck choosing between the Datejust and Submariner, I have to say that it’s a good problem to have.

One is widely regarded as the perfect dress timepiece while the other is the quintessential dive watch. If you have to ask me, I prefer the Rolex Submariner. It’s one of my favorite watches ever for its classic design and reliability. However, if you really want to compare these two Rolexes, you’ll find that it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

Let’s take a closer look.

Rolex Datejust Review

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For this head-to-head, we’re going to focus on the popular Rolex Datejust 41. Let’s first take a look at the key specifications of this Rolex model:

ModelRolex Datejust 41
Model caseOyster, 41 mm, Oystersteel and white gold
Oyster architecture Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Diameter41 mm
MaterialWhite Rolesor
BezelFluted
Winding CrownScrew-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
CrystalScratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water-resistanceWaterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet
MovementPerpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Calibre3235
Precision-2/+2 sec/day, after casing
FunctionsCentre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
OscillatorParamagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
WindingBidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Power reserveApprox. 70 hours
BraceletOyster, five-piece links
Bracelet materialOystersteel
ClaspFolding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
DialDark rhodium
DetailsHighly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence
CertificationSuperlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Design

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The Rolex Datejust 41 features design elements that made the Rolex brand an iconic name. The fluted bezel, Oyster bracelet, and the Cyclops magnifying lens above the date window are all here and share the same elements with other Rolex models.

One of the most striking elements of the Datejust is the blue dial. When I first saw the blue rhodium dial, it was love at first sight. The color of the dial makes the Datejust a very versatile men’s dress watch. Along with the fluted bezel, you got yourself a watch that’s oozing with elegance. It’s worth noting that the Datejust 41 is also available in a smooth bezel.

For the most part, I love the form factor of the Datejust 41. In my opinion, it just features a much better shape and proportions than the previous iteration of the model. I was never a fan of the previous versions of the Datejust because they look quite small in my wrist. The 41mm-wide size has vastly improved the Datejust over the Rolex Datejust II.

Compared to the Datejust II, the 41 looks a bit slimmer with a larger dial aperture and complemented with a thinner bezel. It’s also worth noting that the hour markers are a bit thinner.

The date on the Datejust 41 is displayed in a window at 3 o’clock which changes instantly at midnight in a few thousandths of a second. The Cyclops lens on the crystal makes it easy to read the date because of the magnification.

Construction and Wearability

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My Rolex Datejust 41 comes with the signature Oystersteel bracelet which is just the way I like it. The piece is also available in Jubilee. Both models feature the new concealed attachment system underneath the bracelet. This enables the bracelet to connect easily to the case. The Datejust 41 uses the same folding Oysterclasp for closing the bracelet.

Adjustability is also never a problem due to the patented Easylink rapid extension system, which allows you to adjust the bracelet length by up to 5mm. This is such a good system for those hot summer days when you need to roll up your sleeves.

In terms of durability, the watch is made from Rolesor material which is essentially a combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct white gold. So when it comes to toughness, I don’t think there’s anything to be worried about when it comes to Rolexes. The crystal is made from scratch-resistant sapphire and the watch is waterproof up to 100 meters.

Timekeeping

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The Datejust 41 is equipped with the new-gen 3235 Movement. This self-winding mechanical movement boasts about 14 patents including the new Chronergy escapement. This escapement system helps with combining high energy efficiency and dependability. Precision is -2/+2 sec/day after casing which is pretty much standard Rolex precision.

The movement is also certified by COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) and has received the Rolex certification after casing. Nothing much can be said here except it’s Rolex, so expect state-of-the-line accurate timekeeping.

Rolex Submariner Review

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For this section, we will focus on the Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060. First, let’s take a look at some of the key specs of this iconic watch:

ModelRolex Submariner Ref. 114060
Model caseOyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Oyster architecture Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Diameter40 mm
MaterialOystersteel
BezelUnidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel
Winding CrownScrew-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
CrystalScratch-resistant sapphire
Water-resistanceWaterproof to 300 metres / 1,000 feet
MovementPerpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Calibre3130
Precision-2/+2 sec/day, after casing
FunctionsCentre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
OscillatorParamagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
WindingBidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Power reserveApprox. 48 hours
BraceletOyster, flat three-piece links
Bracelet materialOystersteel
ClaspFolding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system
DialBlack
DetailsHighly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence
CertificationSuperlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Design

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The Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060 has gone through several design changes.

First, the 40mm stainless steel case features a slightly different shape. The overall shape is rather square-ish with thicker lugs. This makes the watch looks more imposing. I have always liked this design as it looks more robust and tougher-looking.

The unidirectional bezel is equipped with a ceramic bezel insert. If anyone can recall, previous Submariner models had aluminum inserts. The new bezel looks shinier, especially under certain lighting conditions. The new bezel is much more scratch-resistant and the engraving really adds to the depth and texture of the watch.

The Submariner features the iconic black dial which makes it an excellent watch for all occasions. The indices are now larger and laced with Chromalight illumination. All of the markers are lined with an 18K white gold frame which adds to its overall sleekness. Legibility is top-notch which is a must if somehow you want to use it as a dive watch.

In terms of looks, you can’t go wrong with the Submariner.

Construction and Wearability

Being a dive watch, the Submariner is waterproof to 300 meters or 1,000 feet. The winding crown is outfitted with the Rolex signature TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system.

The middle case is made from super high-quality 904L corrosive resistant steel. What I enjoy about the Submariner’s stainless steel case is that it’s highly polishable which means that it gets more beautiful as the years go by.

The bracelet is fitted with the solid-link OYSTER bracelet in 904L steel. It’s also worth noting that it comes with the new OYSTERLOCK safety clasp and glidelock extension system. This allows you to adjust the length of the bracelet in 2 mm increments up to 20 mm – without needing any tools. This makes the watch highly adjustable for achieving the best comfort.

Timekeeping

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The Submariner Ref. 114060 is powered by Rolex’s Calibre 3130 – a self-winding movement that is about as basic as you can get when it comes to timekeeping. The movement features a 48-hour power reserve and it is also Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified.

Compared to the previous versions, the movement has gone through some changes as well. Perhaps the most obvious one is its oscillator which is now fitted with Blue Parachrom hairspring. This makes the movement less vulnerable to magnetic forces and shocks.

The 3130 is not really mindblowingly spectacular but that’s fine since it’s meant to be a tool watch. However, it’s hard not to be impressed with the movement when it comes to robustness and reliability. Mine is still in tip-top shape despite the occasional knocks and rough treatment.

The Verdict

So which timepiece wins this head to head?

Well, this one is a tough call. If I can have my way, I will get both since they are both excellent Rolexes. Both watches can be worn with just about anything, have excellent water resistance, and they both have a killer aesthetic. The prices of both watches are quite comparable as well.

However, we know that’s not exactly a cheap option so if you have to choose one, I will recommend the Submariner.

The Submariner is not very flashy, which makes it more ideal for everyday wear. The Datejust brings the “bling” into the table and is more appropriate for formal and dressy events. If a date feature is an absolute must-have for you, then the Datejust becomes a no-brainer.

Again, it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

Wrapping Up

Both the Datejust and Submariner are top-notch high-end watches. I say, go to your local AD and give these watches a try. It’s probably the only way for you to tell for sure.

Enjoy the free coffee and the amazing experience of buying a lovely new watch!

Zeppelin Watch Review: Which Watches to Purchase?

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Today we are venturing back in time with a Zeppelin watches review. Before trips to the airport common, and the only things in the sky were birds. In 1900, the first Zeppelin was designed and ready for flight. The Zeppelin watches by POINTtec, represent this classic era, bringing a classic and simplistic design to the watch game.

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Although POINTtec is a relatively new watchmaker (1987), they focus on making watches that represent the era of the great Zeppelins. The timepieces by POINTtec are valued at a good price, use great materials for design, and create high-quality pieces. I definitely recommend owning at least one if you are into classic dress watches.

Zeppelin Hindenburg Z-129 Automatic

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The Hindenburg can be considered the face of the Zeppelin brand. This is a beautiful, simplistic timepiece, that truly feels like you are being transported back to 1900 when you are wearing it.

Ironically, this watch is named after the passenger-carrying Zeppelin, the Hindenburg. In 1937 the Hindenburg crashed and is forever remembered in history as the Hindenburg disaster. The reason behind the name of the watch is not because of the tragedy (at least I hope not), but after the beautiful design, retro style, and elegance that the Zeppelin Hindenburg represented.

Design

When you first glance at this watch, you are greeted with a large 40mm stainless steel case and a bright white dial. The large, retro-styled fonts jump out and give the watch its unique and classic look.

One thing I love about all Zeppelin watches, and the Hindenburg in particular, is how the case is designed. The frame of the case is double-domed, giving the watch a thicker look, that is more bold and desirable. Rather than a flat case that is found on many watches. POINTtec uses a hesalite crystal to cover the dial. Hesalite is a great material for a crystal because scratches can be wiped away and are very hard to come by. They are also cheaper to be replaced than sapphire crystals and are of higher quality than acrylic crystals.

The dark black, high-grade calfskin band is another great addition to this timepiece. It helps to maintain a classic dressy look when on the wrist and offers great comfort to those who wear it. This is a truly great material that is not always found on watches. Usually, you get a “genuine leather” which is typically a cocktail of low-quality materials that do NOT last. The Zeppelins’ calfskin leather band looks great, feels great, and compliments the watch well.

Durability

Zeppelin watches are great, durable watches that are sure to last. It is hard to describe the strong feel of the case without you actually feeling it in person. But the case surely is of great material and is meant to last. The watch can also take some minor exposure to water. Just DO NOT go swimming or take a shower in ANY Zeppelin watches. Now, I have no idea why you would want to, but in case you have a”wearing a watch in the pool fetish” I just want to let you know this is not the watch for you.

As I mentioned before, the hesalite crystal is an awesome durable crystal. Scratches are almost impossible to come by. If you do in fact get a scratch, it is easier to polish out than sapphire crystals, so your watch can stay looking brand new for years and years.

Lastly, do not forget the calfskin leather. You can feel the difference in the leather used on this watch and it shows through wear that it maintains a sleek and matte look. This material does not wear as easily as genuine leathers and should last a long time if worn with care.

Movement

I am actually impressed with the Hindenburg movement. And that is saying A LOT! You can say I am a movement geek, nerd, enthusiast, or any other adjective to describe someone who is oddly obsessed with something. I wouldn’t be surprised if I showed up on an episode of “My Strange Addictions”; Man In Love With Watch Movements…..

Back on topic. The movement on the Hindenburg is not in any way OUTSTANDING. However, it is pretty precise, especially for the price you pay.

The Hindenburg Zeppelin uses a Japanese, Caliber 9132, mechanic, self-winding, movement. Sounds pretty fancy, huh?

When reading reviews and customer feedback on all different websites, it seems that there is a general consensus that the movement works great! An interesting feature of the movement is that has somewhat of a loud rotor, which in my opinion, seems to fit the classic style. Do not expect this watch to be as accurate as a top-tier Rolex movement. If you enjoy the movement for what it is, I am sure you will be happy!

Zeppelin Hindenburg Z-129 MOONPHASE

Another great watch from Zeppelin is the Hindenburg Moonphase.

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This watch has a very similar classic and retro design as the original Zeppelin Hindenburg, with a few noticeable differences.

Design

The first difference that stands out on the dial is the crescent moon, “moon phase” logo on the bottom of the dial. This unique feature looks very interesting and actually gives you the ability to track the moon phases after just setting it up ONCE!

Another great feature is the date function. Not only do you have numerical numbers for days in a month, but you also have the day of the week, Sunday- Saturday.

Other than those main differences, everything else is pretty much the same. A great double-domed, 40mm case. A large white dial with black hands and old-school numbers, a hesalite crystal, and of course the black calfskin leather band.

Durability

For the purpose of not repeating myself, the durability of this watch is identical to the original Hindenburg Other than a few differences in design, the overall make and structure are the same. Meaning, yes, it is very durable.

Movement

The inside of this watch differs from the original Hindenburg, sadly. Instead of an automatic, mechanical self-winding movement, this model uses a quartz movement. I do not care for quartz movements, to be honest, I prefer a watch to be automatic.

The Hindenburg Moonphase watch uses a Ronda 706B, quartz movement. This is known to be a better movement when it comes to quartz, but in my opinion (if you care) a quartz is a quartz.

One thing that many people do like about this movement is the alignment of the hands. The second-hand ticks around the dial VERY accurately. Meaning, the hand is dead on with the second and minute markers. When you look at the time you can feel confident at what number the hand is on. Many watches have hands that tick in the middle of each marker, which is not a big deal, but if you are paying for a watch I would think you would want everything to be PERFECT!

Zeppelin Flatline Power Reserve

This watch is sure to make your heart skip a beat…. It may even leave you flatlined.

Design

A 40mm stainless steel case, polished bezel, and a bold dark black anthracite dial are the features that bring this watch together. Overall, the design is quite simple but has a clean bold look to it that defines the meaning of a dress watch.

Small white numbers and tick marks roll around this beauty and add to the large look of the watch. This watch also features the black calfskin leather band, which pairs perfectly with this piece.

Durability

This watch is just as durable as the other two watches I reviewed. A mineral crystal that is easily replaceable and easy to polish off scratches. The leather calfskin strap is one of the highlights of the watch’s durability. The high-grade material lasts through many wears and does not fade and tear like cheaper genuine straps (I know, I already said that).

Movement

I’ll take an automatic over a quartz movement any day. Which is why I like the movement on the Flatline Power Reserve.  The movement on this watch is a 26 jewel Citizen automatic movement. Based on customer reviews it is a reliable movement that does not encounter any problems. The power reserve is just another interesting feature that lets you know when your watch needs a winding.

Power reserves are great additions to mechanical watches (especially movements that are not TOP QUALITY), so you know when your watch needs to be wound up. A big problem people encounter with mechanical movements is forgetting to wind up their watches, so the time is never accurate. With this movement and design, you know that the watch needs a winding so you can never have to worry about losing time (unless you are too lazy to wind your watch).

Why Buy Zeppelin Watches

Zeppelin does, in fact, make great watches at a VERY affordable price for those who love nice, minimalistic dress watches. All of the Zeppelin watches by POINTtec use great materials and unique designs on their builds. My favorite features are the quality calfskin bands, double-domed stainless steel cases, and the moon phase tracker on the Hindenburg MoonPhase watch.

When comparing Zeppelins’ to other dress watches, in my opinion, zeppelins’ prevail in most cases. The Zeppelin watch represents an age of classic design, innovation, and a whole different culture. Wearing these watches bring a style to your outfit that is different than many sports watches and modernized pieces that are mainstream nowadays.

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If minimalistic design and durability are important features when purchasing a watch then Zeppelin watches are for you. The price point is fantastic, the watches last and the watches function properly.