Beyond the Hype : 4 Rolex Submariner Alternative
This month, Rolex released their new Submariner, this is certainly a big event for the watch sector as the Submariner is always one of the most sort after modern sports watch.
The release included 4 submariners, the no date blind sub, the black dial sub with green bezel, the black dial sub with black bezel and finally the white gold deep blue sub.
Before it arrives your local dealer, we already heard that the price have went up tremendously above its retail price. So this week, we are NOT introducing the new Sub to all of you, we are picking out few modern submariner alternative that you should consider in the market.
1) Rolex Submariner 16800
What makes the best modern submariner alternative that the submariner itself. As a vintage watch lover, we recommend the vintage Rolex 16800 that definitely deserves your attention.
The vintage Rolex 16800 was made in the 80s with Rolex adopting sapphire crystal first time to their submariners. While the modern sub use Super Luminova for their dial lume, the vintage 16800 use tritium lume which over the time will develop into a creamy patina adding superior texture to the dial.
Over time, aluminum bezel insert will also develop into a deep grey colour which makes your watch look different every day in years to come.
Currently, Rolex 16800 is selling at around $12,000 significantly lower than the modern submariner depending on the actual condition. If you want a watch with its uniqueness, the Rolex 16800 is definitely a choice you should consider.
2) Omega Seamaster 300
Maybe you’re craving something modern but with a vintage vibe? The Seamaster 300 came back into the market back in 2014. The Seamaster 300 was designed to closely mimic the original reference CK2913 Seamaster from 1957. The modern variant is anything but dated on the inside, as it runs on the Master Chronometer 8806, with an anti-magnetic resistance of 15,000 gauss and COSC certification for accuracy.
3) Seiko Prospex SPB079
The Seiko Prospex line is packed with value-centric dive watches, but a recent favorite for us has to be the SPB079.
Loosely based on the vintage Seiko reference 6159, the SPB079 have sized up the model to a chunky yet comfortable 44mm stainless steel case with 200m of water resistance. Inside the watch runs the Seiko in-house movement caliber 6R15. The light blue bezel of the watch gives the watch a fadeaway ghost blue feeling to the watch that adds the hints of vintage to the overall feeling of the watch.
Retails at around $800, this Seiko is a watch that you can bump it against and still no need to worry about it.
4) Tudor Pelagos
Without the market's strong attention over the years because most people drove to Blackbay from Tudor. The Tudor Pelagos definitely deserves a spot on this list of Submariner alternatives. The Tudor Pelagos is a serious piece from Tudor that builds with heart. An in-house automatic caliber, titanium casing, 500m of water resistance, a helium escape valve, and one of the better micro-adjusting clasps on the market make the Pelagos a watch that worth your consideration over the modern submariner. If you are looking to find a serious diver's watch without the premium needed to pay for a submariner, the Tudor Pelagos is an attractive choice.
You can source a Pelagos from the market for less than $4,000, worth an investment as your weekend go-to watch.
Here you go! Our pick that you can consider beyond the hype of the new Rolex Submariner. Hope you enjoy the article, share with us what your choice of Submariner alternative.
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