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In this blog post, we are going to be taking a closer look at five excellent alternatives to the Rolex Datejust. The Rolex Datejust continues to be one of the brand’s most perpetually popular watches, and between its price point and its ubiquity, many watch collectors believe it to be the standard-bearer of entry-level Rolex watches.
However, in more recent years, the watch has both become harder to find and increased in price, leading many collectors to seek out alternatives to the Rolex Datejust. With that in mind, here are some watches that we believe to be the best alternatives to the Rolex Datejust currently available on the market today.
It is important to note that this list has been placed in a random order, so the order should not be used as an indicator of the quality of each watch.
Grand Seiko SBGH277
In terms of alternatives to the Rolex Datejust, an excellent piece, to begin with, is the Grand Seiko SBGH277. With a price of around $7,800, it is considerably more affordable, and more accessible, than the Rolex Datejust.
The Grand Seiko SBGH277 has an elegant 40 mm case, which makes it a bit svelter than most wristwatches being produced today. This size differential is likely due to the fact that the design of the case was heavily inspired by the 44GS case from 1967, which was an era where those kinds of sizes were more common.
This watch is powered by the Caliber 9S85, which is an automatic movement that is produced in-house by Seiko.
Cartier Santos Large
The Rolex name carries a great deal of prestige with it, so for those looking for alternatives to the Rolex Datejust, one obstacle that they may encounter in trying to find an alternate watch that they feel is made by a brand that is as equally storied. In that instance, the Cartier Santos Large will likely be your best option.
The Cartier Santos Large very much displays the unique combination of elegance, style, and sophistication that Cartier has come to be well-known for over many years. Despite its name, the Cartier Santos Large that most people will find fits comfortably on their wrist is the 39.8 mm version, though it can be purchased in multiple sizes.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M
In terms of evaluating alternatives to the Rolex Datejust, it would be negligent to not mention the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M, which is crafted by one of Rolex’s most long-running, and highly respected, competitors. Omega has spent many years earning its sterling reputation in the horological community, and they have done so by continually producing excellent watches such as this one.
Though the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M comes in a variety of different sizes, the most common iteration is the 41 mm version. It is powered by the co-axial Caliber 8900 movement, which is also master chronometer-certified as well.
And considering that the watch retails for around $7,100 details, it is a considerably more amenable price point than the Datejust as well.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
It is truly a testament to how well Rolex watches are made that, in an article about finding alternatives to the Rolex Datejust, another Rolex watch can actually manage to make the list. In this case, we have selected the Rolex Oyster Perpetual as the fourth entry on our list.
From a design standpoint, the newest Oyster Perpetual is a bit more evenly proportioned than the Rolex Datejust. However, you may be better off with an older version of this watch, as they are not only priced at a more amenable point, but surprisingly, they can also be easier to find.
Omega Constellation Globemaster
The final watch on our list is the Omega Constellation Globemaster, which is an Omega timepiece that has unfortunately been overlooked in many corners for quite some time. The Omega Constellation Globemaster, while less ostentatious than some of Omega’s other watches, is actually one of the most finely crafted watches that the company has made in many years. It certainly should be taken into consideration by anyone who is actively looking for alternatives to the Rolex Datejust.
The Omega Constellation Globemaster comes in a 39 mm stainless steel case by default, with the option to choose between a striking dark blue or silver pie-pan dial. Those who are looking at this watch from a design standpoint would be unlikely to miss the fluted bezel, which would no doubt draw some comparisons to Rolex, especially where the Datejust is concerned.
It also has the caliber 8900, which means that this watch is once again certified as a master chronometer. And considering that it is priced very reasonably at around $8,900, this is certainly a watch that anyone who is looking for alternatives to the Rolex Datejust should have on their list.
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