Owning a Rolex is the dream of many.
When you buy a Rolex, you are not just buying a watch ; you are sending a message.
Rolex watches, like it or not, are a symbol of luxury and success.
And you need to be very successful to afford them!
A typical Rolex is in excess of $5000.
But there are watches that look like Rolex, the same elegance and class, but for under a $1000!
And i managed to find 5 of them for you.
A pilot’s watch steeped in tradition, having been founded in 1914.
The first ever multi- time zone watch too.
Rugged yet sophisticated design.
The rotating bezel is a showstopper.
Huge variety of bases and colours.
Long military history having made its debut in the second world war.
Company now operates out of Canada
Popular with astronauts and pilots due to its extremely tough design.
Elegant no nonsense design will please the purists. Love the sword-like hands.
Extremely affordable for the quality and history.
No GMT hand though
Swiss engineering since 1860
This edition is a nod to Tag Heuer’s Formula one heyday of the 60s and 70s,
Stainless steel throughout with synthetic sapphire glass for superb scratch resistance
The revving engine-style bezel is a nice touch – although hard to find.
Luminous hands for night use is a useful feature
Certina DS action Watch
Probably the least rolex-like watch on our list! but i genuinely think it looks even better than a Rolex!
Eye-catching interface. Those increment markings on the bezel are gorgeous
Marketed as a diver’s watch with a 300m water resistance credentials.
Sapphire crystal glass for supreme scratch resistance
Seiko Prospex - Sumo
This automatic diver’s watch is last, but by no means least, on our list.
There are blue and black design options, but my favourite is the blue – simply stunning.
44mm in diameter so this is a big dominant watch
Luminous face – the hands have been treated with a special glowing substance for excellent low light visibility
200mm water resistance
So which of these watches is the most “Rolex-like”?
Well, that’s down to individual taste.
But we would go for the Glycine airman.
Your wrist will be a magnet for eyes.
Everything about it, from the crisp rotating bezel to the perfectly round case, oozes class.
And when people ask about it, you can sit back and tell them about it’s wonderful war-time history.
If that doesn’t impress them, nothing will!