In the great plan of things, watch gatherers are an uncommon animal categories and, whatever amount of we love you, don’t address by far most of men with regards to observe needs. Most men will in general fall in the one-watch classification. With regards to putting resources into an all-rounder bound to endure forever (and a few), there are two competitors you can’t ignore. Very particular apparatus looks for explicit games will not glance directly in the office, and that super slight gold tuxedo watch will look pretty ludicrous during rugby training. It’s tied in with finding some kind of harmony, finding a watch that works taking all things together conditions and that will not allow you to down. For this Battle of the Luxury Daily Beaters we will pit two in number competitors. The three-hand-and-date Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m and the Rolex Datejust 41 are, in our eyes, adaptability in essence and offer an exceptionally fulfilling answer to the “one watch for all occasions” problem. Solidly coordinated in pretty much every angle, how about we investigate their essential measurements and check whether we can articulate a winner.
Editor’s Note: The photos of the Omega Aqua Terra were taken on Frank’s 18cm wrist and the Rolex Datejust on Brice’s 16.5cm wrist. So kindly mull over this when taking a gander at the pictures showing this article.
Case Size and Presence on the wrist
Both models have a contemporary 41mm measurement and both have tempered steel cases and metal arm bands. The instances of both the Aqua Terra and the Datejust are uncommonly all around got done with brushed and cleaned surfaces and the wristbands are completely coordinated into the case.
There are, nonetheless, recognizable contrasts in regards to the tallness of the case; the Aqua Terra has a case thickness of 13.6mm while the Datejust is 11.8mm. That probably won’t appear to be a great deal on paper, however when seen in profile, you can truly value the distinction. The 2017 Datejust we have for this comparison profits by the new plan update and has a somewhat slimmer case, more tightened hauls and a more slender bezel. The profile of the Datejust is more slender, more ergonomic, quite more rich than previously and sits wonderfully on the wrist.
Despite the distinction on the off chance that stature, the two watches sit very well on most wrist sizes (Aqua Terra on a 18cm wrist, Datejust on a 16.5cm). The tightened carries of the Aqua Terra and the versatile end connections of the arm band permit the watch to sit flush against the wrist.
Another notable distinction is the white gold fluted bezel of the Datejust as opposed to the level cleaned steel bezel of the Aqua Terra. Inquisitively, the fluted bezel attracts the eye towards the focal point of the dial causing the watch to appear to be more compact and more modest than its 41mm would indicate.
The water-opposition of the Aqua Terra is 150m, and keeping in mind that the crown is in a bad way down, the caseback has a sapphire precious stone to see the development. The water-opposition of the Datejust is 100m and the strong caseback and crown are in a bad way down.
Conclusion: Although the two watches share a similar 41mm distance across, the case thickness of the Datejust is recognizably slimmer. The case completes are comparative yet the gold fluted bezel of the Datejust causes the watch to appear to be marginally more modest and more compact than the Aqua Terra. Water-obstruction is 50m higher in the Aqua Terra and for sure, the caseback offers a perspective on the development. The entirety of this gives a somewhat more refined profile to the Rolex, while the Omega feels a smidgen more casual.
The dark dial of the Aqua Terra is enhanced with the trademark teak decking of this assortment. The unpredictable decking adds interest and profundity to the dial and this dark model, specifically, comes across as more exquisite, exemplary and formal than a portion of its more beautiful counterparts.
The date window at 6 o’clock gets configuration signs from the vintage 1952 Seamaster Calendar that enlivened certain subtleties of this watch. The foundation shade of the date window coordinates the dark dial and the capacity mixes in cautiously with the dial. Applied three-sided records with Super-LumiNova and exemplary Broad Arrow hands with brilliant tips complete the image. Be that as it may, when the brilliantly cleaned rhodium-plated hands united on the dial, they were difficult to distinguish.
The blue dial of the Datejust offers excellent clarity consistently. The rectangular gold hour markers and the unpolished edged rod hands are treated with Rolex’s own iridescent material and transmit a durable blue shine. The date window at 3 o’clock, the capacity that the Datejust set up for life of horology, has a Cyclops amplifying lens.
Conclusion: Although the dials share comparable highlights, intelligibility is unrivaled on the Rolex Datejust. The dark decking of the Omega Aqua Terra makes this model come across as a somewhat dressier, more conventional model. The two watches highlight date windows, the Aqua Terra’s concealed at 6 o’clock, the Submariner in an unmistakable situation at 3 o’clock with a Cyclops lens.
Latest age in-house programmed Movements
Once once more, the two competitors profit by the most recent innovation of their separate companies and their programmed developments perform well past the commands of COSC-chronometer accreditation. The Omega Aqua Terra and the Rolex Datejust additionally come with a 5-year warranty.
The Omega Aqua Terra 150m is fitted with type 8900 with Co-Axial escapement and autonomous METAS affirmation as a Master Chronometer (outperforms COSC-chronometry certificate with its ground-breaking protection from attractive fields of 15,000 gauss). Two fountainhead barrels give a 60-hour power hold and stable appropriation of force. Notwithstanding time and date works, the development has a stop-seconds and a time-region work that allows you to set the hour hand freely while traversing time regions. The machine-completed design incorporates angled edges and Geneva waves on the rotor and bridges.
The Rolex Datejust is furnished with the new age Rolex type 3235, a development intended to offer improved accuracy, stun and attractive field opposition, and an updated power hold of 70 hours. Covered by 14 licenses, type 3235 utilizations Chronergy escapement, paramagnetic amalgams and in-house elite lubricants. The development has procured ‘Standout Chronometer’ status, an in-house accreditation formulated by Rolex that outperforms exactness paces of the COSC two-fold.
Conclusion: Solid in-house developments in the two cases with against attractive properties and accuracy rates that outperform COSC-chronometry guidelines. Omega’s Caliber 8900 has a higher protection from attraction, offers the extra time-region usefulness and can be seen from the caseback. Rolex’s Caliber 3235 flaunts an exactness pace of – 2/+2 sec/day in the wake of packaging, likewise incorporates stop-seconds usefulness and has 10 hours more force hold than the Omega however is covered up under the strong caseback.
One of the star attractions of the most recent Datejust models was the renewed introduction of the 5-interface Jubilee wristband. This Datejust 41mm model is accessible with the dressier super-graceful Jubilee or the sportier 3-connect Oyster arm band we have here today. The completion of the arm band is totally top notch with smooth, adjusted edges and differentiating glossy silk brushed external connections and thicker splendidly cleaned focal connections. Completely incorporated into the case, the arm band has an ergonomic plan that adjusts impeccably to the wrist. Another element of the Oyster arm band is the collapsing Oysterclasp and the Easylink DIY 5mm comfort expansion link.
The Aqua Terra additionally comes with an assortment of tie alternatives, going from the arm band we have here to elastic, cowhide and forty or more NATO ties. Most likely motivated by the hyper-comfortable and tough Oyster arm band, the 3-interface wristband of the Aqua Terra is likewise all around got done with cleaned focal connections, brushed external connections and has versatile end interfaces that permit the watch to settle pleasantly on the wrist.
Conclusion: Two comfortable steel arm bands, one obvious antecedent. A favorable position of the Oyster wristband over the Aqua Terra is the DIY Easylink quick comfort expansion interface that needs no devices to adjust.
Price and availability
The Omega Aqua Terra 150m steel on steel model – ref. 220.127.116.11.01.001 – retails for EUR 5,400 and is broadly accessible. The retail cost of the Rolex Datejust 41 – ref. 126334 – is EUR 8,650. Contemplate that a Datejust 41 with level steel bezel and an Osyter arm band will retail for EUR 6,750.
When I visited a Rolex retailer here in Madrid, I was told there was a holding up rundown of roughly 9 months for the white metal rendition. There were, notwithstanding, a lot of pink and yellow gold Rolesor models on offer.
Conclusion: Two in number, similarly coordinated competitors with a value distinction of generally EUR 3,250 for the designs we have here, and EUR 1,350 without the fluted bezel. In the event that brand value is essential to you in your last decision, the value distinction won’t be an issue. On the off chance that brand value is certainly not an essential concern, and you like the style of the Aqua Terra, you are getting a great deal of watch for a reasonable, fair price.
This is an extreme one. As you can see from the comparisons above, the two competitors are unshakable applicants in this Battle of the Daily Beater, and both are all around coordinated on essentially every level plus or minus some minor contrasts. Quality is equivalent, mechanics are remarkable, execution outperforms COSC principles, completes are uncommon, both have a 5-year guarantee – however the look is different.
(Editor’s note: remember that the decision here depends on Rebecca’s own preferences.)
And when the battle reduces to looks, objectivity gets thrown out the window. Albeit the judicious side of me needs to accept the Aqua Terra and recognizes that it is perhaps the most attractive cost for a watch of these attributes, the enthusiastic piece of me needs the Datejust 41.
The Datejust is, in my eyes, the manifestation of the ideal daily watch. Decipherability is immaculate in any light conditions, the dial is straightforward and honest, and in the event that you will have a date window (and were the designer of this cool element), why not display it? I know there are a great many reasons why individuals scorn date windows, however I accept that in case you will have this usefulness it ought to be obvious and you ought to have the option to peruse it without going after your glasses! In spite of the fact that I was somewhat uncomfortable from the start about the fluted bezel, the more I looked, the more I cherished the manner in which it played with the light.
Powerful, energetic, versatile, utilitarian thus great looking… I’m enamored with the Datejust.
Which is your top choice? Also, why? We’d love to hear from you so kindly don’t hesitate to post your comments in the case below.