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Panerai Homage Watches

Our Top 5 Panerai Homage Watches

There are a multitude of exquisite Italian watches on the market, the Panerai being undoubtedly one of the must-haves. It has a long pedigree, dating from the 18th century - 1860, bringing a perfect fusion of Italian design and Swiss technology.

The two Panerai homage watches we’re covering below are the Panerai Luminor and the Panerai Radiomir. Both classics with a rich and interesting history with the Italian army. 

Not sure how to tell the difference between the Luminor & Radiomir? This video from Time + Tide should help:


Why Panerai homage watches are so popular

Many of us love luxury watches. They add style, make a statement and allow us to admire their mechanical beauty.

Even if we can’t afford them - we still like to learn about them in the hope that one day we’ll have the funds to purchase them. Until then, we may have to rely on homage watches to satisfy our desire to build out our watch collection.

Enter Panerai homage watches.

I understand homage watches are not for everyone. I really do. Some will argue that there is no substitute for the original. Period. Others will argue that so long as the homage watch is sufficiently different from the original, that is ok. Others are fine wearing a watch that is as close to the original as possible.

Wherever you sit on this spectrum, it is not for me to sensor you. I think the watches below cover every type of homage watch buyer.

With that out of the way, here are my picks for the top 5 watches that pay homage to Panerai.

4.5

Best Choice

Parnis Marina Militaire - Panerai Luminor Homage

The Parnis Marina Militare features a distinctive crown guard - revered by collectors.

  • 44mm 
  • Automatic movement
  • Crown guard

The Parnis Marina Militare 44mm is your first choice if you’re after a homage watch that takes many design cues from the original Panerai Luminor.

The oversized crown guard in particular is something that many Luminor fans are instantly drawn to. It has a classic look that distinguishes it from similar watches, whilst its price makes it an affordable choice for the masses.

Parnis has maintained reinforced mineral glass on the dial, something that matches Panerai's style from every angle. The stainless-steel body with matte finish offers the finesse that many watches at this price-point lack. Moreover, the Italian leather strap holds the two ends of the dial firmly, also making it hard for the band to come off easily.

Lack of wide-scale marketing and a limited collection are a few of the reasons why Parnis is still an underrated brand. However, collectors are slowly understanding their value as a homage watch manufacturer.

The Parnis Marina Militare Panerai homage features a 44mm case, similar in design to the Luminor, accurate timing, and date function. It comes with Japanese Seiko original quartz movement.

Grab this watch if you want the iconic features of a Luminor at a price that you can afford. 

Pros

  • Automatic movement
  • Iconic design 
  • Stainless steel

Cons

  • 30m water resistance could be better

Specifications

  • Movement: Automatic 
  • Crystal: Tempered mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 44mm
  • Band material: Leather
  • Water resistance: 30m (100ft)

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Parnis Marina Militare

4.0

Best Value

Megir Low Fly Chrono - Panerai Luminor Homage

Casio's Duro packs many Submariner features into a mind-boggling price.

  • Very affordable
  • 200m water resistance
  • Quartz movement

Do you like watches with matte-finish dials? If so, the Megir Low Fly Chrono, economically priced at around US$40, may serve you well. It's also one of the most lightweight in this list, helping to nail form & function requirements. 

The genuine Nubuck leather strap adds an understated look, which keeps focus on the face and crown guard. Which is really what you want from a Panerai Luminor homage.

The Megir Low Fly Chrono features the iconic clasp-type crown guard. You can adjust the date and time of this watch by opening the guard. It has a simple, elegant face that is a little angular but with some nice contrast.

Those who tend to hit their watches on the sides of furniture and fixtures may find good protection with this watch. This is the ultimate tribute to Panerai watches as they also have a similar clasp style crown guard. Plus, the Megir makes use of Hardlex mineral glass to protect the face. The glass looks crystal-clear from all angles. 

Megir has also paid attention to the size of this watch's diameter. Unlike other larger, chunky models, the 44mm size is a good size for many wannabe owners. 

Pros

  • Super affordable
  • Chronograph
  • Crown guard

Cons

  • Lume could be better

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese quartz
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 44 mm
  • Band material: Leather
  • Water resistance: 30m (100 ft)

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Megir Low Fly Chrono

Peugeot Sport 2056BK - Panerai Luminor Homage

A black Luminor homage complete with crown guards and sunray brown dial. 

  • Seiko quartz movement
  • Iconic, retro design
  • Crown guards

The 2056BK from Peugeot watches is another Luminor inspired watch worth considering if you're after the iconic Panerai inspired crown guard.

Cars and watches have a great history together. But, don't confuse this watchmaker with the French car manufacturer by the same name. They are not related. 

That is not to say the Peugeot Sport 2056BK would look out of place on a wrist driving through the French Riveria. It absolutely has that iconic, classic look.

The dark, stainless steel and matte finish work very well together, all the while giving subtle nods to the Panerai Luminor. The adjustable, soft calfskin leather strap is simple, but more than adequate. 

This model comes with free battery replacement and also has the backing of a lifetime warranty. That means you shouldn't need to spend much more on this watch once you've added it to your collection. And at an affordable price, this represents great long-term value. 

Pros

  • Seiko quartz movement
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Free battery replacement
  • Iconic crown guard

Cons

  • 10m water resistance is limiting

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese quartz 
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Metal
  • Case size: 44mm
  • Band material: Calf leather
  • Water resistance: 10m (33ft)

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Peugeot Sport 2056BK

So & Co Soho - Panerai Luminor Homage

SO & CO's Panerai homage delivers simple elegance at an affordable price. 

  • Crown guards
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • 100m water resistance

The SO&CO New York Men's 5022.2 SoHo Day and Date Watch provides class, comfort, and performance - all what you'd expect to find in a Panerai Luminor. But, this comes in affordable package available to everyone. 

The stainless-steel case comes with polished round bezels and a black-matte dial. This watch also comes with the iconic crown guard, a clear giveaway that it is indeed a Luminor homage. The SO & CO label is engraved on the crown guard. 

With reliable and fuss-free Japanese quartz movement and a leather calfskin band that sit's comfortably on the wrist.

The 100m water resistance is a nice touch for a watch at this price-point. Many others in this list fail to provide the same level of resistance, giving it a solid edge in the water. 

Pros

  • Japanese quartz 
  • Crown guard
  • 100m water resistance

Cons

  • Leather band could be higher quality

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese quartz 
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 44mm
  • Band material: Leather
  • Water resistance: 100m (330ft)

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SO & CO SoHo

Spinnaker Hull California - Panerai Radiomir Homage

Classic Panerai Radiomir homage of the 1930s complete with California dial

  • Japanese automatic movement
  • California dial
  • 100m water resistance

The Spinnaker Hull with California dial is one of the few Panerai Radiomir homage watches you will find.

Whilst the Radiomir was the first watch produced by Panerai for the Italian Navy, it was surpassed in popularity during the 1990's after Sylvestor Stallone wore a Luminor in the hit movie Daylight. The distinctive Luminor design has remained the most popular Panerai ever since. This has limited the number of watch makers that are also producing Radiomir homage watches. 

Similar to the Radiomir, the Spinnaker Hull features a vintage cushion case. The Californian dial (mixture of Roman and Arabic indexes) is a great throwback to the earliest Radiomir's that were created during the 1930's for the Italian Navy. 

The self-winding Japanese automatic movement offers quality and precision without needing too much adjusting. The soft leather strap fits comfortably on the wrist, but it does need some wearing in to overcome initial stiffness. 

The Spinnaker Men's Hull California 42mm can resist up to 100 meters of water and the mineral crystal dial window provides crystal clear viewing.

The second hand is included in the main dial, rather than as a secondary seconds dial like the newer Radiomirs. I'm okay with small modifications like this as it's clear that Spinnaker has not tried to take every Radiomir feature. Rather they have taken inspiration from a classic Radiomir design and created a classy and elegant watch in it's own right. 

Pros

  • Vintage cushion case
  • California dial
  • 100m water resistance

Cons

  • Band can be stiff until worn in

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese automatc
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 42 mm
  • Band material: Leather
  • Water resistance: 100m (330ft)

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Spinnaker Hull California

Verdict - Which Penerai Look-Alike Should You Buy?

Priced at around $60, the Megir Low Fly offers a minimalist design that looks high-end. You can get a feel for how a $8,000 Panerai PAM 344 would look on your wrist, but for a few dollars. Making it an incredibly affordable Panerai alternative. 

For those on a slightly higher budget, we recommend the Parnis Marina Militare, which, while being genuinely affordable (approx $150), brings you about as close as you can get to the Luminor. 

Finally, those looking for a Radiomir homage and have a slightly higher budget, should consider a Spinnaker Hull California as a worthy addition to their watch collection.

What watch does Jerry Seinfeld wear

What Watch Does Jerry Seinfeld Wear?

Comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld likes to spend his considerable fortune on luxury cars and watches. 

This combo can be seen in every episode of his series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Where he pairs a fellow comedian with a car that suits their personality. I don't think he pairs his watches to the guest comedian, but a little part of me hopes that he does. 

Before getting into some of his more recent watches, let's backtrack a little to the glory days of Seinfeld. Jerry Seinfeld was, and remains, an avid Breitling fan-boy. His most popular watch during his sitcom days was a Breitling Chronomat with a bullet bracelet as seen below:

Jerry Seinfeld Breitling Chronomat

Images: NBC

I would argue that Jerry's Breitling Cronomat has stood the test of time and would still look fantastic if he wore it today. I can't say the same for his 90's mullet-esque hairstyle... 

Anyway, his love of Breitlings continued and can be best seen through his web-series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (CCGC), which is available on Netflix. It first aired on 2012 and has been building momentum ever since. 

I watch CCGC primarily because I enjoy learning how different comedians think. I'm also a fan of Jerry's comedy and enjoy his casual interviewing style. These keep me coming back for each new episode. But what keeps me engaged within each episode are the watches worn by Jerry (and his guests) and the cars.

Need a recap of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? Here's some highlights from the 2019 season to get you in the mood. You also get a sneak peak of several of Jerry's watches:

Jerry describes each car at the start of the episode, but not his watches. So, it's always fun to do some watch spotting throughout each episode and I've compiled some of these for you below. 

Jerry's Breitling Aerospace

Jerry sports a Breitling Aerospace in numerous episodes, including those with Ellen DeGeneres and Kevin Hart. Jerry's wearing a jacket so it's difficult to spot - especially when distracted by Ellen's Paul Newman Daytona

Images: Netflix

Jerry's super distinctive Breiting Aerospace is an analogue-digital watch known as a 'super quartz' because of its high accuracy. 

The pilot watch has many handy features such as a night vision goggle compatible backlight, 1/100s chronograph, countdown timer and secondary timezone. These are all operated via the crown by pushing, pulling, turning & turning fast.

In a way, the Aerospace take some practice and effort to master. Much like driving the manual 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser he chose for the episode with Ellen. 

Jerry introduces the Land Cruiser, "It's basic, it's classic, it's durable, it's user friendly."

The Aerospace also ticks most of those boxes, so I'd say he's done a good job of matching it to the Land Cruiser.

See, I told you there were some links between his car and watch selections! 

Jerry also wears his Breitling Aerospace in other episodes, including S5 E1 with Kevin Hart . 

I enjoy the ridiculousness of the goggles as Kevin and Jerry cruise around in the 1959 Porsche RSK Spyder. 

Jerry Seinfeld Breitling Aerospace - Kevin Hart

Images: Netflix

Jerry's Breitling Navitimers

Jerry's love affair with Breitling continues as he chooses the Navitimer for several episodes, including the one below with Will Ferrell.

Jerry Seinfeld Breitling Navitimer - Will Ferrell

Images: Netflix

Jerry's Navitimer in this episode features white dials at 12, 6 and 9. This departs from the more common 3, 6 & 9 format mostly associated with new Breitling Navitimers

Breitling still release a Navitimer with the 12, 6 & 9 dial layout that some prefer because it can appear more balanced. This is the Navitimer Chronograph 41. As the name suggests, it's also a little smaller than most Navitimers at 41mm, which some find more wearable than the larger 43 or 45 Navitimer models.

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute

The next Navitimer on Jerry's wrist is another Navitimer. This time it's a limited edition black steel Navitimer Cosmonaute. 

The idea behind the Cosmonaute is that allows calculations to be made by pilots (or astronauts such as Lt. Cmdr. Scott Carpenter) directly on their wrist.

Jerry Seinfeld Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute - Tina Fey (1)

Images: Netflix

How do you use the slide ruler on the Navitimer?

If you're not accustomed to how a slide ruler on the Navitimer works, they can look terribly complicated and even intimidating. 

It's actually quite easy to use once you know how. Check out this video for a 90 second explanation:

Breitling Navitimer Chronograph 41

The Chronograph 41 is a very wearable size for Breitling, while still making a statement with loads of functionality. 

  • Chronograph automatic movement
  • Built in slide rule
  • 41mm (ie wearable for most)

The Breitling Navitimer Chronograph 41 pays tribute to the original Navitimer 1 with it's vintage looks prominent circular slide rule on the perimiter. 

It mostly comes in stainless steel with several face color variations. But there is also a rose gold model that is considerably more expensive. 

The slide rule allows on-the-fly airbone calculations to be made such as fuel consumption, climbing times & converts miles into nautical miles or kilometers.

The 41mm watch size has proven popular with those like Jerry that are after a classic looking watch that is unlikely to ever make a calculation like fuel consumption. This wearable size means it avoids the criticims levelled at some other Brietlings for being too big. 

The movement is Breitling Calibre 13, based on the super reliable Valjoux/ETA 775. This external movement is different to other Navitimers, which has also required the sub dial layout to change to the less familiar 12, 6, 9 layout. But, I like this sub dial layout as it makes the watch look more well-rounded than some other Navitimers. 

Jerry clearly loves his Navitimers and it's easy to see why. They make a statement but are still very functional and have a great history (and story). 

Pros

  • Inspired by iconic 1952 design
  • Circular slide rule
  • Wearable 41mm size

Cons

  • Be good to have more than 30m water resistance

Specifications

  • Movement: Chronograph automatic
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Unidirectional 
  • Water resistance: 30m (100 ft)

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Breitling Navitimer Chronograph 41

Jerry's Heuer ‘Siffert’ Autavia

This vintage watch from Heuer really speaks to the car enthusiast in Jerry. Autavia's are very sought after by watch collectors as they are synonymous with F1 racing of the 60's and 70's. 

One of the most sought after from the 1960's is the 'Jo Siffert'. Jo was a Swiss motor racer who won two races as a privateer and died in competition in 1971 at the age of 35. 

Jerry confirmed his purchase of a Heuer 'Siffert' Autavia with this Instagram:

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You can see Jerry sporting his Heuer 'Siffert' Autavia in in this episode with comedy legend Jerry Lewis (S10 E12):

Jerry Seinfeld Heuer 'Siffert' Autavia - Jerry Lewis

Images: Netflix

Jerry's G-Shock Rangeman

In another rare break from his Breitlings, Jerry wears his G-Shock Rangeman in his episode with Zach Galifianakis (S10 E1). 

His car of choice in this episode is a 1972 VW Thing, complete with roll bars. So, maybe he decided he needed something super tough just in case he went head over ass. 

The Rangeman of choice is quite possibly a GPR-B1000, which comes with a GPS navigation system. 

Either way, you can be sure his G-Shock was built for whatever Zach Galifianakis was going to throw at him during the 'Between Two Ferns' bit they do to close out the episode. 

Jerry Seinfeld G-Shock Rangeman

Images: Netflix

Watches worn by guests in Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee are included below too. 

Ellen DeGeneres - Rolex Daytona 'Paul Newman' (S10 E3)

Guest Ellen DeGeneres who sported a super impressive Rolex Daytona 'Paul Newman' in season 10 episode 3:

Ellen - Rolex Daytona Paul Newman

Images: Netflix

We've previously covered Ellen's watches in more detail. She particularly loves her Rolexes and I would love to see her Rolex collection side-by-side with Jerry's Breitling collection. 

Kevin Hart - Rolex Sky Dweller (S5 E1)

Not to be outdone, Kevin Hart shows off his Rolex Sky Dweller.

Kevin Hart - Rolex Sky Dweller - Jerry Seinfeld

Images: Netflix

The Rolex Sky Dweller is one of the most complicated mechanical watches in Rolex's impressive line-up. The pilot watch allows Kevin to view two time zones simultaneously. This would come in very handy with his busy acting schedule. 

The other significant feature is the annual calendar, which only requires setting every year (to account for February's leap year) as opposed to every month. 

The Rolex Sky Dweller comes in white gold & stainless steel versions. I'm not sure which version Kevin wears, but if there's an actor that can afford the white gold version, it is the incredibly successful Kevin Hart. 

Barack Obama's FitBit Surge 

We've previously covered Barack Obama's watches here, but we did not include this FitBit in the list. 

This is one of my favorite episodes of CICGC because of Barack's candid nature and surprisingly good sense of humor for a president. 

This exchange between Jerry and a Secret Service agent is the best:

Jerry: "We're just going to run out for a quick coffee.

Secret Service: "I'm sorry, that's not possible" 

Jerry: "I do this little show called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. We'll be right back."

Secret Service: "You're a comedian with the president going nowhere. Back it up."

Obama FitBit Surge Seinfeld

Images: Netflix

I will try and update this list of guest comedians and their watches too. But if you have a particular guest you want me to cover, then please let me know if the comments below!


What watch does Marc Maron Wear

What Watch Does Marc Maron Wear?

Comedian Marc Maron has been spotted with several watches, but one in particular seems to be his daily go-to. 

Marc's now considered a comedy veteran by many peers. His career gained a lot of momentum during the golden years of late night talk shows in the 1990's and 2000's, with regular appearances on Letterman and Conan O'Brien. 

He actually holds the record for most appearances by a comedian on Late Night With Conan O'Brien - pretty impressive for a show known to be a comedian pressure cooker. 

Younger readers will be more familiar with his wildly successful podcast, WTF with Marc Maron

He's also appeared in numerous TV series, including receiving award nominations for Netflix's comedy series Glow. 

Here's a preview of his Netflix special, End Times Fun. You also get a sneak peek at his watch:

To top it off, he's also had smaller roles in cult classics such as Almost Famous and The Joker.  

I've been listening to Marc's podcast for a while now and after watching his Netflix special I thought it was well overdue that I covered his watches here. 

Marc Maron wears a Tag Heuer Link 

Marc Maron Tag Heuer Link

Images:Netflix, ABC & Dinner Party Download

Marc's daily wear appears to be his Tag Heuer Link. He confirmed he wears a Tag given to him by his mom with this tweet in 2014:

Tip of the cap to your mom, Mr Maron. We love her taste in watches, but are now intrigued by the shirts she gave you. I suspect there's a hint of hyperbole in there and perhaps you should cut your lovely mom some slack... 🙂 


He confirmed it was indeed a Tag Heuer Link, rated to 200m water resistance with this tweet in 2016 when asked by a fan:

So, he definitely wears a Tag Heuer Link, and from the various shots I've compiled, it appears to be a Tag Heuer WJ 1112

The rotating bezel, 200m water resistance and silver baton markers on a blue face do point towards the WJ1112 as the most likely candidate. 

Marc Maron Tag Link

Image: ABC

The Tag Heuer Link WJ 1112

Known for their distinctive 'S' shaped bracelet link, the Tag Heuer Link series has been a favorite with collectors ever since the first iteration was released in 1987. The widely regarded S/El, or 'Sport Elegance' defined what would be become the cornerstone of the new era Tag Heuer. The S/El would later be renamed the Link to emphasize the bracelet 'S' links. 

The 'Sport' refers to 6 features that would allow the watch to appeal to buyers that wanted to ensure their watch could also withstand the rigors of their daily schedules. These features are  screw down crown, 200m water resistance, double safety-clasp bracelets, luminous dials, sapphire crystals and unidirectional rotating bezels.

These features can still be found in modern day Links, including the WJ1112

Tag Heur Link WJ1112

The Tag Heuer Link WJ1112 lives up to its predecessors name, combining sport and elegance with its distinctive 'S' links.

  • Swiss quartz movement
  • 'S' style bracelet links
  • 200m water resistance

For the WJ1112, we like the brushed steel on both the case and the bracelet. With 200m water resistance, it's not afraid to get wet and is a good alternative to the Aquaracer if you want something a little smaller.

We recommend the Link if you're after a versatile watch that looks great in a suit, but still has enough durability and features (thanks to its sporty heritage) to satisfy more demanding conditions. 

The 40mm size doesn't look too bulky and the at 14.4 ounces gives it a solid heft without being overly clunky. The 10mm profile allows keeps it from being too wide like some divers.

The unidirectional bezel screams 'I can take it diving if I choose', which is backed up by the 200m water resistance for the occasional dive. 

If you're after an automatic, the WJ1112 is not for you. But, if you're after a reliable quartz without the fuss of winding, then it's definitely worth considering as your daily wearer. 

And, if a pessimist like Marc Maron has been happy with it for years, that's a good indicator that you will too!

Pros

  • Inspired by iconic 1987 design
  • Solid stainless steel case
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Quartz movement may put off some buyers

Specifications

  • Movement: Swiss quartz
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Unidirectional 
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)

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Tag Heuer Link WJ1112


Rolex Submariner Homage Watches

The 6 Best Rolex Submariner Homage Watches

Best Choice

Seiko 5 Sea Urchin - Submariner Homage

Seiko 5 Sea Urchin

Original

Rolex Submariner Watch

Rolex Submariner

Rolex has become a dominant and much-respected name not just for its watches, but for its more subtle brand of upscale culture. When you hear 'Rolex', you automatically think quality, luxury and wealth.

This powerful brand association has been created over time due to it's classic range of watches such as the Rolex Submariner. 

Why Rolex Submariner Homage Watches are so Popular

Rolex Submariner watches are as impressive as they are expensive. Since launching in 1953, they have remained one of the most popular and distinctive wristwatches. Whilst the Submariner is undoubtably one of the premier luxury dive watches, given the price tag, most find them out of reach. 

It is still marketed to sports figures and athletes owing to its endurance to withstand the harsh environment of underwater diving with grace and style. The strong water-resistance, coupled with luminous hands and the helium release valve, make the Submariner as practical, durable and as comfortable as is possible underwater.

By combining the elegance and ruggedness of a timepiece designed for water with functionality and luxury, you have a watch that is widely worn above sea level too. You'll commonly see the Submariner being sported in boardrooms, airport lounges, and indeed, wherever successful executives are hanging out. 

But, we get it.

Not everyone is in a position to pay the steep price for a Rolex Submariner. Enter the Rolex Submariner homages. 

Here's our top 6 Rolex Submariner homages so you can still get the iconic look shaped by Rolex, at a price that you can afford.

5

Best Choice

Seiko 5 Sea Urchin - Submariner Homage

The Seiko 5 Sea Urchin is a very high-quality Submariner homage at a price for the masses.

  • Automatic movement
  • Hardlex crystal
  • 100m water resistance

The Seiko 5 Sea Urchin SNZF17 is our all-round favorite Submariner homage watch.

Part of the incredibly popular and affordable Seiko 5 series, the Sea Urchin is very well built featuring a stainless bracelet and a stainless case in an unblemished white matte finish.

With its luminous hands, unidirectional bezel, the design and material are both functional and elegant, with a striking resemblance to the Rolex Submariner.

The Seiko 5 SNZF17 is further complemented with Hardlex crystal for a robust build, which also adds a touch of class, making it a stylish and practical option..

On the performance front, packed with Seiko caliber 7S36 (Vollsmose) automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve, you know that you are in for a treat. The accuracy of the Sea Urchin is well regarded, meaning you won't need to be constantly recalibrating the time. 

At 42mm in diameter, it carries a good amount of weight without being clunky.

The 100 meters of water resistance may not be best in class, but it is certainly good enough for most of us. 

Overall, the Seiko 5 Sea Urchin provides a lot of what the Rolex Submariner is known for: quality, toughness and classic looks. But, it packs all of this in at a price that allows you to buy right now.  

Pros

  • Automatic movement
  • Understated and classic
  • Affordable & high quality

Cons

  • No screw down crown
  • 100m water resistance is good enough for most, but 200m would be nice.

Specifications

  • Movement: Automatic 
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 42mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Unidirectional
  • Water resistance: 100m (3300ft)

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Seiko 5 Sea Urchin SNZF17

4.5

Best Value

Casio Duro Submariner

Casio's Duro packs many Submariner features into a mind-boggling price.

  • Very affordable
  • 200m water resistance
  • Quartz movement

Designed to handle the rigors of the sea, the Casio Duro MDV106-1AV 200M bears a significant resemblance to the Submariner whilst still cutting a unique look that is distinctly Casio (ie no Mercedes hands). 

The watch comes with a set of simple 3 hands for time display with an additional date display at 3 o'clock. Unlike the Submariner, the date display has no magnification that may put off some buyers.

The second hand is red-tipped to make its viewing easier, but the relatively low lume can be difficult to read underwater. 

On the performance front, this watch uses a quartz-powered system with a battery life of up to 3 years. Many owners pride the accuracy of the Duro's quartz movement. 

The timepiece is also water-resistant up to 200 meters.

In a nutshell, it pays homage to the Submariner with exceptional design and robust, water-resistant capabilities. All at a very affordable price that makes it an easy decision to use as an everyday wear or occasional water use. 

And hey, if it's the watch of choice for Bill Gates given the income at his disposal, I'm happy to add it to my collection too. 

Pros

  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Affordable Submariner homage
  • Thin for a dive watch
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Quartz movement may put off some buyers
  • Lume on second hand could be better

Specifications

  • Movement: Quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 44 mm
  • Band material: Resin
  • Bezel: Unidirectional
  • Water resistance: 200m (660 ft)

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Casio Duro MDV106-1AV

Invicta Submariner Lookalike

A true Submariner lookalike at a fraction of the price. 

  • Japanese automatic movement
  • Designed to look like a Submariner
  • 200m water resistance

This Invicta 8926OB Pro Diver in stainless steel looks about as close to the Submariner as you can get. Every detail on this watch, down to the mercedes hand design, screams Submariner. 

With an ample 40mm stainless case, this timepiece features luminous hands and markers, a unidirectional bezel, and a magnified date window for easier viewing.

The stainless-steel link bracelet straps have a fold-over clasp and safety enclosure for secure strapping. 

The Invicta 8926OB Pro Diver  is powered by Japanese automatic watch movement designed for accurate timekeeping.

With water-resistance up to a depth of 200 meters (or 660 feet), it is appropriate for occasional water use.

Overall, the Invicta Pro Diver is suited for anyone wanting a true Submariner lookalike at a rock bottom price. 

Pros

  • Looks almost identical to a Submariner
  • Japanese automatic movement
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Bezel can be on the loose side
  • Bracelet can feel lightweight 

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese automatic 
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Unidirectional
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)

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Invicta Pro Diver 8926OB

Orient Ray II - Submariner

When bang for matters, the Orient Ray II delivers!

  • Affordable diver
  • Hackable automatic movement
  • 200m water resistance

This another timepiece that pays homage to the legendary Submariner.

With Japanese automatic movement, the Orient Stainless-Steel Diving Watch has everything you will need in a timepiece if you need to get wet.

It has a 41mm case diameter with a mineral crystal dial window. 

The 120 click bezel makes a good addition for timing above water, but the small bezel teeth may limit its effectiveness underwater. 

Additionally, it comes with bold, luminous hour marks and the hands also provide strong lume for 8 hours. And with stainless steel straps, the watch can withstand harsh environments and knocks without breaking. 

The Orient Ray II Caliber F6922 is water-resistant up to 200 meters, making it suitable for leisure diving (but not professional diving). 

Overall, there is plenty to like in the Orient Ray II. We recommend it for those looking for an inexpensive, yet iconic design and value the extra accuracy that comes rom a watch with hackable, Japanese automatic movement. 

Pros

  • Japanese automatic 
  • Versatile
  • Hackable (ie manual winding)
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • No solid end links in bracelet

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese automatic 
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Unidirectional
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)

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Orient Ray II

Citizen Promaster - Diver

Citizen's diver with eco-drive means no more battery changes. Ever. 

  • Eco-Drive quartz movement
  • Elegant blue face
  • 200m water resistance

The Citizen BN0151-09L has taken inspiration from the Submariner, but Citizen has packed in enough unique design elements to prevent it from being an outright clone.  

It sports a 48mm stainless steel case and mineral dial window. With blue dials and a unidirectional bezel. The hands and hour markers provide solid lume for easy reading at  night and underwater.

On the performance front, this watch harnesses the power of light. Using Citizen's proprietary Eco-Drive technology, the Citizen Promaster BN0151-09L can use any light, whether artificial or natural, to power the timepiece. This eliminates the need to every replace the battery, making it one of the least maintenance prone watches you can find.

The timepiece is water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters (or 660 feet), making it a great choice for the occasional dive or other water spors. 

Overall, the Citizen Promaster BN0151-09L is for those that want a maintenance free watch that shares many similarities to a Submariner, but retains its own sense of style and dignity. 

Pros

  • Eco-drive movement
  • Deep blue face
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Day window can be hard to read

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 43 mm
  • Band material: Rubber
  • Bezell: Unidirectional
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)

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Citizen Promaster BN0151-09L

Stuhrling Depthmaster - Submariner lookalike

Great design and functionality at an affordable price for an everyday beater. 

  • Under $100
  • Easy to read underwater
  • 100m water resistance

While the above five watches are our top picks for your first Rolex Submariner homage watch, we have a bonus pick for your consideration. 

Not only does the Sturling Depthmaster take design cues from the Submariner line of Rolexes. it has been designed and optimized to function in the marine environment, just like a Submariner would. 

This watch has an analog dial driven by a Japanese Miyota quartz movement that is highly accurate. Like every other watch in this list, it has luminescent hands and indices. 

The watch is housed in a 40mm diameter case and has a triple row stainless steel link bracelet.

Unfortunately, the 100m water resistance is not as resistant as some of the other watches listed above, making it more suited for occasional water use only. 

While the diving capability is a letdown, it does compensate with considerably better pricing than higher resistance rated divers.

If you want a watch with similar functionality and performance qualities of a Rolex Submariner, this is still a great option. 

Not only are they affordable, but they also strike a balance between style and functionality.

Pros

  • Japanese quartz
  • Striking design
  • Unidirectional bezel

Cons

  • 100m water resistance may limit appeal for some 

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese quartz
  • Crystal: Krysterna Crystal
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 44mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Unidirectionall
  • Water resistance: 100m (330ft)

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Stuhrling Depthmaster 3950

Verdict - Which Rolex Submariner Look-Alike Should You Buy?

The Seiko 5 Sea Urchin is, in our opinion, the best timepiece for those seeking for an affordable Submariner alternative that provides great looks, ample diving features and can be worn in all environments.

Those on a more limited budget should consider the Casio Duro MDV106-1AV, which has many features found in the Submariner, but with Casio's distinctive style, quality of build and easy to read face.  

But, if you're after a watch that tries to match the Submariner design as closely as possible, the Invicta Pro Diver 8926OB is definitely worth closer inspection. 

As all of the divers included in this list are very affordable, you may not need to choose just one!

Mike Bloomberg Victorinox Swiss Watch

What Watch Does Michael Bloomberg Wear?

Former New York mayor, and presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg, wears a surprisingly modest watch. This is especially so given his vast wealth of $60 Billion (Forbes 2020 estimate).  

Mike Bloomberg gained in popularity as mayor of New York from 2002-2013 due to his largely analytical and data driven approach to creating policies around key education, transport, health and environmental initiatives. 

He entered the 2020 Democratic Primaries in November 2019 after previously renouncing any ambition to run for President in 2020. He decided to enter the race due to his dissatisfaction with the other nominees ability to compete with Donald Trump. 

Mike Bloomberg wears a Victorinox Swiss Army 24221

Mike Bloomberg Victorinox Swiss Army 24221

Images: Getty & Reuters

It's tempting to say that Mike has chosen to wear a moderately priced watch to increase his appeal to everyday Democrats, but he's been wearing the Victorinox 24221 well before he finally decided to run for President, so I don't believe this is the case. 


It seems that Mike is part of a greater trend amongst billionaires to choose watches based on personal preferences such as style and robustness over price and luxury. We've previously covered the watches of Bill Gates, who also opts for affordably priced timepieces.


You can catch several glimpses of Mike's watch in the South Carolina Democratic debate highlights video below. You can also spot watches of several of his opponents, including Bernie Sanders' Citizen Eco-Drive

Mike Bloomberg Watch Democratic Debate

The Victorinox Swiss Army 24221

Victorinox is a Swiss watch maker most recognised for their impressive army pocket knives. They've been making watches in Switzerland since 1989 and they are generally easy to recognize because of their distinctive cross emblem at 12 o'clock. 

Mike's model, the Swiss Army 24221 is generally harder to find these days as it is no longer in production by Victorinox. You can find similar variations such as the Victorinox 249087.

Victorinox Swiss Army Watch 249087

The 25th Anniversary Edition to the original Victorinox Swiss Army watch pays tribute with classic readability wrapped in a tough nylon package. 

  • Swiss quartz movement
  • Nato inspired nylon strap
  • Iconic Victorinox design

The Victorinox 249087 is a throwback to where Victorinox watches started. The classic design with the white cross and the red background is distinctly Victorinox. 

The tough nylon case compliments the simple design with easy to read hour and minute markers. 

At 43mm, this is a larger watch, but the nylon fibre case and nylon strap keep it from feeling heavy or chunky. 

Swiss quartz movement powers the three luminescent hands and the lume extends to the hour and minute markers allowing for easy reading during low light conditions. 

With 25 years of history preceding the 249087 Swiss Army watch, Victorinox have kept to their strengths of quality Swiss manufacturing that can withstand all types of terrain.

All at an affordable price for the average Joe, or indeed, Mike Bloomberg. 

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Clean, easy to read design
  • Swiss quality
  • 100m water resistance

Cons

  • Quartz movement may put off some buyers

Specifications

  • Movement: Swiss quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Nylon with aluminium bezel
  • Case size: 43mm
  • Band material: Nylon
  • Water resistance: 100m (330ft)

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Victorinox Swiss Army 249087

Bill Gates' Casio Duro

Bill Gates’ Casio Duro

One of our favorite tech tycoons turned philanthropists, Bill Gates, has an eye for value. For a man that could easily buy any luxury watch company, nevermind a few Rolexes, it's quite refreshing to see him continually sport quality watches that anyone can afford. 

Bill Gates' Casio Duro has made numerous public appearances. One such occasion was on the Stephen Colbert show whilst he and wife Melinda gave their views on taxing the wealthy. The Casio Duro Marlin MDV106-1AV can be seen throughout the interview. Watch below:

The Casio Duro Marlin 

We've previously covered other watches worn by Bill Gates, including his $10 Casio. Whilst the Casio Duro is slighly more expensive at around $50, few would argue that it's not an affordable watch that delivers great bang for buck. 

Bill Gates Casio Duro Colbert

Image: NBC

Bill Gates Casio Duro

A homage to the classic Submariner, there are few other watches that can deliver these features at this price. 

  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Unidirectional diver's bezel
  • 200m water resistance

The minimalist design of the Casio Duro MDV106-1AV has allowed this watch to maintain it's place as a popular, affordable alternative to more expensive dive watches

The 200m water resistance is a great feature at this price. Whilst I've no proof that Bill Gates has ever worn his Duro diving, I would be happy to take a bet that he's submerged it a few times at his Lake Washington house. 

The movement is Japanese quartz and comes a battery that lasts 3 years.

Other features are luminous markers and lume covered hands, making for impressive visibility at night and underwater. 

Like the Submariner, the Casio Duro features an easy to read day window at 3o'clock. 

All in all, for $50 there is very little to not like about this watch. If a man with the disposable income of Bill Gates is happy with it, that's good enough reason for me to add one to my everyday collection. 

Pros

  • Super affordable
  • Clean, minimalist design
  • Japanese quality
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Resin band is a little boring and sweats during summer

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese Quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 44mm
  • Band material: Resin
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)
  • Crown: Screw down
  • Bezel: Unidirectional diver’s 

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Casio Duro Marlin MDV106-1AV


Omega Seamaster Homage Watches

Our 6 Favorite Omega Seamaster Homage Watches

The Omega Seamaster, a timepiece owned by the few that can afford one, is the epitome of fine Swiss timepieces — with stunning engineering, exquisite Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship and a deep sense of secrecy.

Why Omega Seamaster Homages are a Popular Alternative

The Omega Seamaster collection features watches that are amongst the most recognizable in the world - and the most coveted by those in search of true Swiss workmanship and exclusivity.

However, the prices of many of the Seamaster variants can be astronomical - making these stylish and iconic watches beyond the reach of the majority of watch lovers, including professional and amateur divers, many of whom regard the Seamaster as the ultimate diving watch.

The prices for the classic Ploprof 1200M Seamasters can range from around $7,000 to $13,100, depending on the materials used. The entry-level Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M goes for around $4,000. But at the high end is the Seamaster 1948 'Co-Axial Small Seconds 38mm (Limited Edition),' which can fetch in the region of $42,000.

Clearly, many of those who are in search of Omega style might have to look elsewhere.

Fortunately, there are a number of watches that pay homage to the Seamaster - and sport a similar stylistic footprint. Here are some of the best.

5

Best Choice

Seiko SKX007 - Omega Seamaster Homage

Seiko has produced a very high-quality Seamaster homage at a price for the masses.

  • Automatic movement
  • Hardlex crystal
  • 200m water resistance

Seiko has built an enviable reputation for supplying high-quality timepieces at a reasonable price. Their range of dive watches is especially impressive.

Seiko doesn't manufacture Omega look-alikes with that classic blue face - but the blackface version looks very similar to the black-faced Omega Seamaster variants. 

The hands might be a bit chunkier than those on the Seamaster, and it does feature a day/date, unlike the Seamaster, which only has the date displayed, but this is a solid, well manufactured, and attractive choice.

It's water-resistant to 200m (660ft), features an automatic movement, and a 'Hardex' crystal window. At a price of around $300, this is our go to watch whenever someone asks for a recommendation for a more affordable Omega Seamaster. 

Pros

  • Automatic movement
  • Unique black-face design
  • Affordable & high quality
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • No blue faced variant
  • Day-Date instead of just day 

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese Automatic 
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 42mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 200m(660ft)

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SEIKO SKX 007

4.5

Best Value

Invicta Pro Diver 9094 - Omega Homage

Invicta's Seamaster homage is the closest you're going to find to the real deal for the price. 

  • Very affordable
  • 200m water resistance
  • Automatic movement

This watch is about as close to a Seamaster clone as can be without attracting the beady eyes of the Omega legal team.

There are, however, a few slight cosmetic differences. The bevel is more textured than that found on the Seamaster, and the face does have different patterning.

Like the Seamaster, it does feature dot hour markers and a date function at 3 O'clock. 

Like some other more expensive homages in this list, it is water resistant to 200 meters and features a uni-directional bezel and automatic movement.

To be expected for the price, many specs are lower than most of the Seamaster's.  

All in all, an attractive timepiece that can easily double up as a diving and dress watch. With some models priced at around $70 (online), you are going to struggle to find a better combination of value and sheer good looks.

Pros

  • Automatic movement
  • Affordable Seamaster homage
  • Date function at 3 o'clock
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Bracelet pins can be difficult to tighten
  • Crown can be stiff at first

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese Automatic 
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 40 mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 200m (1000ft)

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Invicta 9094 Pro Diver

4.5

Premium Choice

Tudor Pelagos Blue - Seamaster Homage

A luxury watch with a striking blue face and impressive features. 

  • Swiss automatic movement
  • 70 hrs power reserve
  • 500m water resistance

With this watch, we are starting to get into the more expensive echelons of Seamaster homage designs. At a whisker under $4,000, some buyers might start to think of going for the Seamaster itself.

But the specs are impressive. It's a high-quality Swiss creation like the Seamaster, featuring water resistance to 500 meters (1654ft) and the strap has a 'deployment clasp.' Like the Seamaster, the Pelagus also comes in titanium model (case and bracelet) - which we think adds to the sleek and elegant design. 

The window is sapphire crystal, and the automatic movement is COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) certified which means it comes with a number engraved on its movement and a certificate of authenticity. It's worth noting that this timepiece is manufactured in the same factory as Rolex watches. 

All in all, a very impressive piece of Swiss timepiece manufacturing - and highly attractive.

Pros

  • Swiss automatic movement
  • Striking blue face
  • 70 hrs power reserve
  • 500m water resistance

Cons

  • Most expensive in list

Specifications

  • Movement: Swiss automatic 
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: Titanium
  • Case size: 42mm
  • Band material: Titanium
  • Water resistance: 500m (1650ft)

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Tudor Pelagos Blue Dial

Orient Ray II - Seamaster

When bang for matters, the Orient Ray II delivers!

  • Affordable diver
  • Many similarities to the Seamaster
  • 200m water resistance

You'd have to look extremely closely at this watch to spot that it is not an Omega. It sports some very similar features, and the style is pure Omega. 

The similarities include the blue face and dial, which are classic Seamaster. The silver-colored hands, and the lettering are all very similar to the Omega classics too. 

The dive watch is water resistant up to 200 meters (around 660 feet) - it's not quite in the same class as some of the more advanced Seamaster's. 

But at a price point of around $150 (online) and featuring 22 jewel Japanese movement with a mineral crystal window, it is definitely worth a look.

Pros

  • Japanese automatic 
  • Versatile
  • Hackable (ie manual winding)
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • No solid end links in bracelet

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese automatic 
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)

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Orient Ray II

Stuhrling Aquadiver Regatta

When bang for matters, the Orient Ray II delivers!

  • Approx $100
  • Easy to read underwater
  • 200m water resistance

This watch boasts impressive specs for any timepiece of this quality that comes in around the $100 mark. 

The striking blue dial looks great, and the bright hour markers add to the appeal and easy readability underwater. 

Like the Seamaster, it has a date window (albeit slightly differently orientated). The addition of a 'deployment clasp' is a nice touch as this feature is usually only found on much more expensive timepieces. 

The movement is Swiss quartz, and it is more than capable in the water, being water-resistant to 200 meters.

Pros

  • Swiss quartz
  • Matte dish dial looks great
  • Deployment clasp
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Disoriented date function is a little hard to read

Specifications

  • Movement: Swiss quartz
  • Crystal: Synthetic sapphire
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 42mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)

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Stuhrling Aquadiver Regatta

Invicta Mens 3044 Grand Diver

Invicta's Grand Diver is a sturdy, larger dive watch with a heavy, classic feel.

  • Affordable
  • 300m water resistance
  • Japanese automatic movement

Stemming from Invicta's famous Grand Driver collection, this modern and elegant timepiece features a finely crafted Japanese automatic movement and a high quality of workmanship, at an affordable pricepoint. 

The 47 mm stainless steel case of the Invicta Grand Driver timepiece is further complemented by a stainless-steel band, making it a worthy companion for every function and style. 

Offering water resistance to a depth of 300 meters, the Grand Driver is accompanied by a five-year warranty from Invicta for your peace of mind.

Pros

  • Automatic movement
  • Great for larger wrists
  • Date function at 3 o'clock
  • 300m water resistance