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Importance of a Watch -“Looks can be deceiving by wearing a Watch”

Now before you go ahead and shout at me in the comment section let me clear the air first. This article is not for the watch geeks like us who can tell the name of the maker, model form 100 feet away at glance. This article is for the novice ones who are saying it only tells time why waste so much money. Watch geeks feel free to jump in with your ideas and thought in the comments. Now today our subjects of experiment are the Rolex Submariner and the Seiko 5 Sports SNZF17 or the Seiko Sea Urchin. Yes, I am comparing a 7,000-10,000 dollar watch with 140 dollar watch. The story behind picking these two particular watches are 1. At first glance they look quite similar and 2. Both have ocean centric names the Submariner and the Sea Urchin.

Let’s come to the main part if both watches look so similar then why is the price difference is so huge hence the title “Looks can be deceiving”. A commoner would say one is the Rolex and the other one’s a Seiko that’s why the huge price bump. But there are lots of tiny details which go way beyond the looks.  So let’s get started.

First, let’s get rid of the usual suspects, beginning with the cheap one the Seiko Sea Urchin is a 41mm men’s diver style automatic watch with a stainless-steel case and a black dial. Protecting the whole thing is a Hardlex crystal. Fancy name “Hardlex crystal” but it’s just an ordinary glass that has been heated and chemically treated to increase scratch and shatter resistance. A normal watch mineral is 5 on the Mohs scale of hardness but an Hardlex crystal has a score of 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. It’s only a point shy of sapphire and 2 points shy of a diamond which is the hardest mineral on the earth. Enough about the crystal the Seiko Sea urchin uses a 7s36 caliber self-winding mechanical movement that cannot be hacked or manually wound which is bummer. It ticks 6 times per second which gives the second hand a smoother movement than a quartz watch which ticks once per second. The Seiko Sea Urchin has a power reserve up to 41+ hours when fully wound and weighs in 5.29 ounces which is a bit lighter than it’s size. It also has water resistance up to 100 meters I know it’s mediocre for a diver style watch.

Now for the caviar of the watches let’s talk about the Rolex Submariner. There are “basically” two variants of the Submariner with date window and without a date window and you can also get it in gold what did you expect it is a Rolex we are talking about. Firstly, the Submariner is 40mm in diameter which is 1mm smaller than its competition. The Submariner uses bidirectional self-winding via perpetual rotor which means it’s an automatic. Surrounding the watch is beautiful, elegant oystersteel which is highly corrosion resistant and generally used in aerospace. Yes, they use steel from which rockets are made of and this is not the end on the bezel of the watch face they use unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated scratch resistance cerachrom insert in ceramic numerals and graduations coated in platinum. God that’s a lot of fancy words I’ve ever written in one sitting. Back to the specs, the Submariner has Pearl White and black dial for dial luminescent chromalight display meaning its glow in the dark watch. But that glow will melt your heart. It’s very calming elegance at the peak. The Submariner uses scratch resistance sapphire crystal as protecting it’s inside and also uses 3130 caliber manufactured by Rolex themselves which made it possible to tick 8 times per second for smoother second-hand movement. The Submariner has approximately 48 hours of battery life. It is water resistance nay waterproof up to 300 meters and weighing in 5.5 ounces.

It’s not only about the brand name which made the Rolex more expensive they also build it with elegance, class, care, by hand, and using their own materials which they mine themselves. Rolex control every aspect of their manufacturing process so that their customers can enjoy a truly beautiful product.

So both the 140 dollars Seiko and the 7000-10000 dollars (depending on your choice of premium metals and crystals) Rolex deserve their price tag and their popularity. Truly there is no competition both are classic timepieces in their own category.

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