Rising prices have made life a little more difficult for watch collectors in recent years. This is due to, among other things, the reduced availability of models and greater demand. This is not just limited to sport steel models. But even though these and the slightly more elegant models are increasing in value and price, this is no cause for pessimism. In this article, we present some alternatives to the Rolex Datejust 41 that make compelling arguments, and not just in terms of price.
1. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
In any case, this Omega model, which can definitely keep up with the Rolex in terms of quality, should not be missing from this list. Omega has put together a total package with this watch that is second to none: Water resistance to 150 meters, power reserve of 60 hours and the trump card: a Metas certified Co-Axial movement, which is in no way inferior to that of the Rolex and also withstands magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. But also on the design side, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra does not let itself be lumpen.
The sapphire crystal caseback stylishly provides a glimpse into the workings of the automatic movement. The crowning touch is the dial, which is aesthetically inspired by the deck planks of yachts. In the sunburst versions, the horizontal lines also create great light shows that you won’t find on the Rolex with the simpler design. For watch fans, the Aqua Terra with its price-performance ratio is a real highlight. The all-rounder from Omega is available for a market price of around 4500 euros.
2. Omega Globemaster
Our next candidate also comes from the manufacturer Omega. If you were already impressed by the fluted white gold bezel of the Rolex Datejust, you will have a lot of fun with this model. The Globemaster reminds with its tastefully fluted bezel quite the Rolex counterpart. The not-so-familiar watch from the Constellation collection is probably the closest in design to the Datejust of all the watches in this article. While the similarity is undeniably there, a few details provide unique selling points that should be considered. On the Globemaster, both the case and the bracelet are completely satin-finished. Unlike the Rolex, the fluted bezel is also made of scratch-resistant hard metal rather than white gold. With its design, the Globemaster is somewhat more restrained than the Rolex, but the elegant design is highly suitable for everyday use with its scratch-resistant surfaces. In addition to the date window at 6 o’clock and the water resistance to 100 meters, there are also technical advantages such as the certified Metas movement, anti-magnetism and an open case back, which also looks good. You can get the Omega Globemaster from a budget of 5000 euros.
3. Cartier Santos
At first glance, the Cartier Santos on our list is perhaps a rather unconventional candidate for the title of “alternative to the Datejust”. Yet, it is precisely thanks to its idiosyncrasy that it is a more than adequate alternative. With its iconic, unique design, it can hold its own very well. Add to that a long history that stretches back to 1904 – long before the Datejust debuted on the market. With the Santos, Cartier has created a watch that can be used as both a sports watch and a dress watch.
The eye candy is provided by the rectangular case and the rounded corners in contrast. The dial features Roman numerals that combine modern and classic in design. Combined with the truly unique metal bracelet, the Cartier Santos has a high recognition value – not only among watch connoisseurs. You can get this icon for about 7,500 euros, but it’s admittedly worth it if you’re a fan of filigree wristwatches that nevertheless exude a rough, industrial charm that hints at their long history.