A Three-Watch-Collection for the Price of a Rolex

A Three-Watch-Collection for the Price of a Rolex



For many people the ultimate watch goal, the so-called ‘grail watch’, is the Rolex Submariner. One does not have to wonder why - it is one of the most iconic watches in the world. It was one of the first dive watches and has been worn by the likes of Steve McQueen and James Bond. It is expertly built and every single design element is well thought out.

Mr. McQueen sporting his Submariner reference 5512

Mr. McQueen sporting his Submariner reference 5512

The subdued design of the Submariner makes it a real chameleon. That thing can be worn from the office to the beach. It goes just as well with shorts and a t-shirt as it does with an oxford shirt and chinos.

It is a true everyday watch, and could very well be the only watch you need. 

But not everyone wants to have just one watch. Many people, me included, might grow bored of wearing the same watch every day. 

The retail price for a brand-new Rolex Submariner Date in steel is 8050€. That is more than enough money to build a solid three watch collection. 

My ethos for collecting is that you should have a watch for all possible occasions. The perfect concise collection for me would have three watches – a dress watch, a casual watch, and a beater that you can bang around carelessly. 

So let's dive in and see what I would get instead of a Submariner. 

The Dress Watch

My choice for the dress watch is the Nomos Minimatik. It comes in at 2840 euros.

The case of the Nomos is very fitting for a dress watch. It measures 35.5 millimeters across and 8.86mm thick. The whole case is also polished and glimmers in the light nicely. 

The playful use of colour separates the Minimatik from traditional dress watches

The playful use of colour separates the Minimatik from traditional dress watches

However, the dial of the watch really differs from your typical dress watch. Everything on the dial is a little bit quirky and fun. The font of the numerals, the use of color, and the shape of the hands all make up for a great simplistic design that separates itself from other dress watches. 

The caliber DUW-3001 is nothing short of amazing

The caliber DUW-3001 is nothing short of amazing

It comes on a beautiful black Shell Cordovan leather strap. It is very minimalistic and complements the watch really well. 

The Casual Watch

The second pick for my collection would be the Sinn 903 St B E on a steel bracelet. You might think that this watch looks a lot like the Breitling Navitimer, and you would not be wrong - they are pretty much identical. Breitling actually sold the rights to the Navitimer to Sinn, and since then Sinn have produced their version of this iconic design. 

One could argue that the Sinn is the better watch out of the two. It boasts a solid 100-meter water resistance, compared to the 30 meters of the Breitling. The Sinn also retails at less than half the price, at 3050 euros. Not a bad deal at all, eh?


The Beater Watch

The perfect option for a beater is a watch that can take, well, a beating. It shouldn’t mind getting knocked around a bit or being submerged in water. Therefore, a diver’s watch is an ideal choice.

My pick is the Oris Aquis. Its design is simple, making it suitable for most situations. The movement powering this watch is the Sellita SW-200, which you can take a look at through the sapphire case back. It is perhaps not the most technically advanced nor beautiful movement out there, but it does its job well. And isn't that exactly what you want from a beater watch after all? 

The Oris Aquis will get you through the rough and tumble

The Oris Aquis will get you through the rough and tumble


The integrated bracelet design might put some people off, but I like it. The bracelet is very well constructed and fits the overall look of the watch. The lack of lugs makes the watch wear remarkably smaller than the stated 43mm. That makes us skinny-wristed guys very happy. 

The Verdict

I tried to make this collection as versatile as possible. There dials are all different color, the sizes vary a lot, and the designs and functions the watches have could not be much more different. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.

The price of these watches total at €7,670, which is considerably less than a new Submariner. You’ll have a couple hundred euros to spend on some nice straps to make your new collection even more versatile. You can dress all of these watches up or down with a simple change of a strap.

To me this is the way to go. This collection is much more versatile, personal and exciting than just the basic Rolex.

What do you think? Comment down below.

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