Rolex vs. Omega is an age-old debate that has seemingly raged since time immemorial in the horological community. However, the watches in question have always been the Rolex Submariner vying against the Omega Seamaster, or the Rolex Daytona vs. the Omega Speedmaster. And while the arguments for and against these aforementioned watches could go on forever, the chaps over at Watchfinder & Co. have posited a new and exciting point of contention among the two legacy watchmakers: Yacht-Master vs. Seamaster.
More specifically the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 Ref. 226659 has been pitted against one of Omega’s most recent additions to its famed dive watch — the Omega Seamaster Professional Diver 300M 43.5 MM ref. 220.127.116.11.01.001.
It’s a pretty tough comparison. On the one hand, the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 was the belle of the ball upon its unveiling at Baselworld 2019 … and it’s easy to understand why — replete with its unique 42mm, solid 18k white gold case with matt Cerachrom bezel and Oysterflex bracelet, the “yachty” is seriously hot property. However, the new Seamaster Professional Diver 300M 43.5mm is nothing short of mesmerising, thanks to its unique blend of ceramic case, grade 5 titanium bezel with black ceramic insert and white enamel diving scale and laser-engraved, brushed ceramic dial.
If you’ve got the time, this excellent video is definitely worth a watch — the macro footage on offer is truly exceptional. Enjoy.