Originally Posted by Mortalcoil
Good point. The in thing at the moment is huge watches at 45mm and up, while Rolex has stood fast with 40mm.
eeh, they used to be 38. rolex is not immune from size creep. brietling is just more dynamic and able to meet the demands of the market faster.
the rummor was that Rolex uses a "house movement from someone else" in the datona, i dunno if its true. But the watches they make a million of a year are house movements.
i generally dont think particularly highly of the rolex movements. they are not really that spectacular in any way when compared to the offerings from omega, brietling, and tag heuer at half the price.
i would personally AVOID the house movement if its to be a daily wear watch. finding parts a few years down the road can be very tricky. while the outside appearance of rolex's has not changed in some time, the innards do. spares are available if you know where to look, but if you looked that hard they know they can name their price. there is a limit to how far back rolex will service and maintain a watch. once that day has passed, your watch is counting down. it is a long time, but worth mention.
for that matter, i would avoid the brietling too. tooooo big for my tastes, and the big watch craze may well die as quickly as it started.
if FORCED to pick between the 2 with no other watches to choose from, i would go for the rolex.
obviously a lot of very personal opinions are in here.
Originally Posted by tjkurita
If I were you I would get the Sea Dweller. If any watch company could be called more "gaudy" than Rolex it is Breitling. Breitling watches always seem so busy-looking to me. I prefer the simplicity of Rolex sports watches.
i REALLY think that depends on the watch.
rolex has their look, and they are locked into it. they CAN NOT CHANGE. no way. everyone knows them.
brietling makes some disgustingly gaudy watches (money dosnt buy taste, but you have a lot to give me...) but they still make clean and simple watch styles.