Grand Seiko vs Rolex

Nov 21, 2020,08:31 AM

Hard to argue that both offer watches of high quality. Seiko probably has an edge in terms of case finishing and offers a great variety of dials. Bracelets are a big weakness and are not even close to Rolex's offerings. But how about movements? I only trust a watchmaker when it comes to such things mechanical, so how about those two?

What do you guys think?

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I think they are both great brand...

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 21st, 2020-08:41
Seiko’s spring drive are amazing. However for the more traditional mechanical movement I think Rolex new 32xx series are much better then least for now. I own both brand and they both bring joy of ownership!

No new mensRolex is now likely to be quartz..

 By: Ronald Held : November 21st, 2020-12:47
Much less speced to 5 s/y.

That is for sure!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 21st, 2020-13:05

I agree

 By: aperna : November 22nd, 2020-13:34

I own two recent ltd ed GS (one high beat and one spring drive) and three modern Rolex pieces. All are SS sport or sport type watches. There are pluses and minuses to each when

 By: InDebtButOnTime : November 21st, 2020-09:43
compared but I do not think my Hulk, Air King or Milgaus are superior overall to the GS I own. The bracelets on the GS are of very high quality. Where they lose out to the Rolex bracelets is thier lack of quick adjustability for a perfect fit. The value r... 

I can’t seem to find where Rolex bracelets are superior...

 By: Pour le Mérite : November 21st, 2020-12:49
The clasp is more technologically advanced but that’s it. Personally I even don’t like quick adjustment clasps – too big and bulky, they disturb the overall appeal. In terms of quality Grand Seiko is superior in every aspect. Dials are even superior to Pa... 

GS bracelets always felt flimsy to me, removing links is a pain, most problematically they look cheap.

 By: als1678 : November 21st, 2020-13:57
Maybe you are right and it is more about the aesthetics. On the quality of the dials it is hard to argue, indeed exceptional. But why do you think that GS movements are superior? Watching the Speake Martin deconstructions that's far from the obvious to me... 

Regarding movements I don't judge them as it's very hard to do objectively. I can judge the finishing but not the technological supremacy.

 By: Pour le Mérite : November 22nd, 2020-01:02
Rolex did a good in the past but in the last decade I think others have caught up and most are equal in terms of reliability now.