A lot of watchdiscussions on fora end in a “brand x” vs “brand y” debate, like this one here. Nothing wrong with it, but quite useless if you ask me. What’s the point, in most cases it doesn’t proof a thing in the discussion and everyone is biased. If you are in for buying a new timepiece and having your final decision based on a watchcomparison, then don’t buy it. Only buy a watch if you really like it! And ofcourse, in most cases there is a budget involved for only one watch, so a watchcomparison may come in handy, but just buy the watch you like most within your budget.

I didn’t care to read the comparison between the Omega Speedmaster Professional vs the Breitling in the WatchTime magazine of August. It probably will annoy me because the Speedmaster Pro has my preference and I can forecast what they don’t like about it. And these things are probably exactly those things I don’t care about with this watch. Every watch is different and stuff I like about the Speedmaster Pro, the hesalite plastic crystal, the lack of date, the handwinding each two days, the lack of waterresistancy are just the way I want it to be. It belongs to this very watch. I am no Breitling fan, but I am sure the same goes for Breitling owners who read the article.

Another example: What’s the use of comparing a Rolex Daytona to a Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow? Both are great chronographs, both are completely different in price for several reasons… If people make this comparison to make sure they have a ‘just as good chronograph’ as the Daytona and paid 30% of the Daytona-price for it, they are right again. So what? If someone has the money and likes the Daytona no matter what, he or she will get it anyway. If you are really determined to get a certain watch (and you should be, if serious money is involved for you), comparisons should be useless!

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Robert-Jan Broer, born in 1977, watch collector and author on watches for over a decade. Founder of Fratello Watches in 2004.
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  • John B. Holbrook, II

    It’s really simple RJ – some people find comparsions of tremendous value. Other don’t. When two watches have extremely similar style and function, but are at two different price points, then comparisons are natural. Comparisons like the Omega Seamaster and the Rolex Submariner, or yes, the Broad Arrow and the Daytona.

    John

  • Robert-Jan

    Thanks for you comment John. You are right ofcourse, but for me, that is no issue. When I really want to have a Zenith for all kinds of reasons, I don’t care if the IWC Portugieser comes out better. I am in love with a watch, or not…

  • neatlittlefellow

    try switching the words watches with women (or men, depending on your taste) and the whole thing can be put in the right perspective 🙂

  • Robert-Jan

    hahaha, you are right Neatlittlefellow! I wanted to make the link to cars, but women (or men, depending on taste) is much better.

  • JalleS

    Interesting thoughts. I belive that you have a point. Judging from myself, I read comparisations to confirm my own opions and since so much in watch design is about feeling and “spirit” and less about “performance” there isn’t so much a comparisation can add beside me getting upset since the author doesn’t agree with me.
    And finally, you’ve got a good-looking weblogg here. I won’t try to compare it with others;-)

  • Gerard Nijenbrinks

    It is very much like JalleS writes. A lot of reviews, comparisions and even watch ads are read to get a confirmation of your own choice. For this reason they exist, not to tell which watch is better.

    By the way, you will hardly find any test or comparision ending in a blank ‘this watch is much better than that watch’. It always ends up in a list of pro’s and contra’s for each watch.

  • John Holbrook

    I think Gerad brings up a key point. To me, a good review, comparative or otherwise, has an objective component, an opinion based component. It presents the facts, then offers the authors own interpretation of the facts, which leaves room for different interpretation.

    If you compare, for example, the Rolex Explorer to the Omega Aqua Terra, you can report the differences in the water resistance of the two watches – 150m for the AT, vs. 100m for the Explorer. These are the facts. But people will place different values on these specifications. To some, 50m more water resistance will be an indication that the AT is a more robust time piece and are likely to factor it into their decision making. Others won’t care because whichever watch they choose won’t be subjected to a depth greater than that of the kitchen sink.

    In the end, after all the specifications are compared, the author can provide his own interpretation, based on his own values. But that’s not to say that the opinion of the author is to be taken as gospel. There should always be room for differing interpretations and values.

    John

  • John Holbrook

    I’ll also add that comparing the value of a person, man or woman, to the value of an object is, well….no comparison. 🙂

  • neatlittlefellow

    you are right JB, but i didn’t do that, i merely said that you couldn’t compare persons to one another.
    Everybody has it’s good and bad, you either like or love someone, respect someone for what they are or you don’t.
    For me it’s the same with watches, I either love them, respect them for what they are or dislike them.
    For the record, i don’t collect women 🙂