Rolex Daytona VS Omega Speedmaster

Which one of these chronograph watches is better for you?

When you're in the market for a chronograph (a watch with a stopwatch/timer function) you most probably have already checked out the Omega Speedmaster and the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. These are two of the most popular chronographs on the market from two very well respected Swiss watchmakers. Each has its own great history, merits, and unique features. While there is a significant price difference between these two watches, let's put all the money aside and just compare the watches themselves and let you decide which you think is better for your needs, the Omega Speedmaster or the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. For your convenience, you can examine any of these collections in a new window by clicking on the buttons below otherwise proceed with the comparison. 

               

Omega Speedmaster

One of the wonderful things about the Omega Speedmaster is the use of the new standard by Omega; the Co-Axial Escapement. This offers greater precision, stability, and durability. The Co-Axial escapement has less friction and reduces the need for lubricants which allows for a longer amount of time between routine service and maintenance. Another proprietary feature is the Si 14  balance spring, a silicon balance spring. The Si14 shows higher resistance to outside influences and shock. As a result, it enhances the performance of the chronometer. 

In terms of accuracy, the Omega Speedmaster falls short when compared to the Rolex Daytona with its Superlative Chronometer designation indicating accuracy of at least -2/+2 seconds per day, impressively more accurate than the Speedmaster's standard COSC certified chronometer designation which is only accurate to -4/+6 seconds per day. Then again, that's what an extra $12,000 would get you. There are certain Omega watches that have a Master Chronometer designation which means that after passing the COSC certification they then go through another testing Institute called METAS. When completing the METAS testing the watch receives a designation of Master Chronometer which indicates an accuracy of 0 to +5 seconds per day.

At the moment, the only Speedmasters with METAS certified Master Chronometer designations are the Speedmaster Moonphase Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 44.25mm series and the Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer Chronograph 44.25mm series. At the time of writing this article, these two are the only series in the Speedmaster collection that received this prestigious horological designation.

PROS

Legibility
More legible under dark conditions
Style Options
The Speedmaster is a large collection with many different style options
Price
You can buy a Speedmaster for about one-third of the price of a Rolex Daytona

CONS

Brand Prestige
The Omega brand is not as prestigious as Rolex
Resale Value
The Omega brand generally has a lower resale value
Accuracy & Precision
The movement is not as accurate as a Superlative Chronometer

 

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

In terms of prestige, the Rolex brand is bar none, the most recognizable watch brand out there with almost 100% brand recognition worldwide, while Omega watches, is slightly behind at 70%. You probably also noticed a substantial price difference between these two watches but make sure to note that a Rolex will almost always have a higher resell value. Of course, the watch itself would really determine how much money you would get when selling it. In some cases, they may even appreciate in value. To some, resale value is a really important factor, to others, there are more important things. For example, some like iconic watches and value that the Omega Speedmaster (albeit not this particular model) is tied to the moon landing since the first watch on the moon was a "Speedy". 

In terms of accuracy, the Rolex Daytona takes the cake with its Superlative Chronometer designation indicating accuracy of at least -2/+2 seconds per day, impressively more accurate than a standard COSC certified chronometer designation which is accurate to -4/+6 seconds per day.

PROS

Resale Value
Rolex watches generally has a higher resale value than Omega but it always depends on the watch
Brand Prestige
They also have a slightly more internationally recognizable brand than Omega
Precision & Accuracy
A Rolex Superlative Chronometer designation means you have a more accurate movement

CONS

Style Options
Not as many style options
Price Tag
Higher price tag 

 

You need to ask yourself a few things: Which features do you value most? Which of these two watches do you identify with? What's more important to you when making a choice between these two watches?

Side-By-Side Comparison of the Rolex Daytona VS the Omega Speedmaster

 
Brand: Omega Omega Rolex Rolex
Series: Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial Chronograph 40mm Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph 41.5mm Cosmograph Daytona Platinum Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel
Model #: 326.30.40.50.03.001 331.50.42.51.02.002 116506LN Ice Blue Baguette Index 116500LN White
Size: Men's Men's Men's Men's
Case Material: Stainless Steel 18kt Rose Gold Platinum Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Blue & Black Silver Blue White
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel 18kt Rose Gold Platinum Stainless Steel
Clasp Type: Push Button Folding Clasp Push Button Folding Clasp Folding Clasp With Safety Latch Deployant Buckle
Movement: Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Bezel: Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Crystal: Anti-Reflective Scratch Resistant Sapphire Anti-Reflective Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Case Back: Solid Transparent Solid Solid
Water Resistance: 100m/330ft 100m/330ft 100m/330ft 100m/330ft
Case Diameter: 40mm 41.5mm 40mm 40mm
Complications: Chronograph Chronograph Chronograph Chronograph
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