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Patek Phillipe vs Breguet

They are people who simply appreciate fine watches, and then they are horology aficionados. The former would be thrilled to find a low-budget watch that is simple yet recognizable, but the latter are the ones who have a sophisticated appreciation for the craft, history, and horology that goes into the production of different watch brands.

It is these horology aficionados that know that a Patek Phillippe or Breguet on the wrist of a man goes beyond a status symbol to reflecting his appreciation for incredible quality and watch mechanics.

With Patek Philippe bringing on exceptionally well-crafted, and insanely complex watches, more and more debates on the watch internet universe have arisen comparing the brand to Breguet – the only timepiece on planet Earth that echoes the classic British and French pocket watches of the 18th century. Can there be the last brand standing at the end of this battle? Let’s find out!

Patek Phillippe vs Breguet: who’s the best?

Patek Philippe has become one of the world’s most well-established luxury brands, which is widely recognized as the luxury watch par excellence and at the same time offers collectors a great form of investment. Just as their famous tagline says, you never truly own a Patek Philippe, you just take care of it for the next generation.

Breguet on the other hand is famous for inventing the tourbillon around the end of the 18th century and was the first watch brand to feature the guilloché technique on its dials. Its founder Abraham-Louis Breguet is widely regarded as the best watchmaker of his time. 

If you are seeking which is the better option between them, we can’t make that decision for you. However, you will find the highlights of each brand alongside the pros and cons spelled out here. The truth is both Patek Philippe and Breguet compete in the same luxury segment, but they do not perform in the same way. 

They are in many respects complementary and that’s something you can notice once you compare watch brands like Blancpain vs Breguet vs Piaget timepieces. All three are among the oldest surviving watchmaking brands that started as manufacturers of watch movements even though their style is comparable. This article aims to provide an in-depth review of these top-of-the-line watch brands and we have simplified the information needed by comparing these brands in different sections.

Breguet

Breguet Lucerne

No true watch enthusiast can mention Breguet without evoking the Tourbillon, the Breguet overcoil, or the first watch with keyless winding immediately. Incontestably one of the oldest surviving watchmaking brands, Breguet has the richest watch brand in history.

It was founded in 1775 by Abraham-Louis Breguet and is credited with pioneering numerous watchmaking technologies such as the tourbillon (invented by Abraham Breguet in 1801), the world’s first self-winding watch called the Perpétuelle (invented in 1780), and the world’s first wristwatch, invented in 1810.

Abraham-Louis Breguet quickly rose to fame as his inventions gained recognition and became the top choice of European nobility while enriching the watchmaking world with revolutionary inventions such as the tourbillon, the Breguet overcoil, and the first functioning shock-protection system, the pare-chute.

Beyond these iconic innovations, Breguet also impacted the watch world by creating Breguet hands and numerals. After the death of Abraham Breguet in 1823, his son, Antoine-Louis Breguet took over the fast-growing company and maintained top-quality standards, so much so that a Breguet watch became a sure sign of wealth and success.

Breguet’s current catalog comprises a wide range of timepieces with classic designs. They include the Classique and Classique Complications collections (modeled after the company’s historical timepieces), the Tradition collection, the Reine de Naples and Héritage collections, and the Marine and Type XXI collections.

ProsCons
•Flawless craftsmanship with highly detailed and extremely well-made timepieces that come at a reasonable price point when compared to its competitors.•Not a great investment piece at the moment.
•Over 240 years of tradition•The high price point for entry-level watches
•Precise in-house calibers
•A mind-blowing amount of complications  such as a tourbillon, perpetual calendar, or minute repeater
•Refined and timeless style and design
•Highly operational movements that showcase an exceptional standard of horological art

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe Store

Patek Philippe, the ‘Rolls Royce Boat Tail’ of all watch brands was founded 183 years ago.

Just like Breguet, it is an old watch manufacturer with an uninterrupted watchmaking history. It was named after Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe who jointly founded it in Geneva and has remained one of the few independent Genevan watch manufacturers that are still family-owned. 

From iconic watches with tourbillons to some of the most complicated mechanical watches in the world, Phillipe is widely known to be one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers in the world that builds nearly every component for their watches themselves. 

Considered the ‘crowning piece of any watch collection’, Patek Philippe has a legacy for crafting some of the world’s most exquisite timepieces out of precious metals like gold or platinum. Although stainless steel editions exist, they are very few in Patek’s catalogs, making them a fantastic investment option. Its iconic collections include the classic Calatrava, the sporty Aquanaut and Nautilus lines, the feminine Twenty-4, and the outstanding complications and grand complications.

ProsCons
•Prestigious luxury timepieces•Long waiting lists and wait times. (The Patek Philippe Nautilus for instance has a waitlist of about 30 years!)
•Great investments option•Expensive
•Modern in-house calibers that ensure high precision
•Inventor of many important complications
•Longevity and timeless designs
•Expert craftsmanship
•Supreme and durable materials

Patek Philippe vs Breguet

Movements & Quality

Both Patek Phillippe and Breguet value quality and precision. They craft their watches with the highest quality materials which are designed to last a lifetime. Breguet uses in-house made High-frequency mechanical movements and it is not shocking to know that it was among the first watch brands to outfit movements with anti-magnetic silicon components since it has been making watches since 1839 with utmost care and precision. 

Patek Philippe began manufacturing self-winding movements in the year 1953 and since then has developed a number of high-performance mechanisms that form the basis of its beloved complicated movements. If you compare Patek Philippe vs Breguet’s movement finishing, Patek is in another league completely and would outpace Breguet, but not Breguet’s Tradition line.

Style & Design

Breguet timepieces all bear the pedigree of original design with a unique styling that stays ahead of Patek Philippe when it comes to the case, dial (especially guilloche), and hand finishing. But when it comes to dressing watches, Patek Phillippe’s Calatrava is the most iconic high-end dress watch.

 Both brands offer everything from timeless calendar watches with elaborate dials, to incredibly functional and visually pleasing timepieces that feature diamonds and fine engravings. Patek’s style approaches that of a classic luxury sports watch (such as the Patek Philippe Aquanaut) while the Breguet Classique and marine watch collections epitomize the watchmaking principles of precision, clarity, and elegance but not so much of flashy luxurious style. All in all both Brand’s timepieces feature dazzling aesthetics that will outlive several lifetimes.

Price

Patek Philippe crafts some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive timepieces but Breguet’s watches offer a better value when it comes down to horological content. The price point of a Patek Philippe watch compared to a Breguet watch is probably the largest difference that sets these two brands apart. 

In December 2020 eight of the world’s top ten most expensive watches ever sold at auctions were Patek Philippe watches. The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime (Ref. 6300A-010) currently holds the title of the most expensive watch/wristwatch ever sold at auction (US$31.19 million/31 million CHF) and models from the Complications and Grand Complications collections have prices ranging from 160,000 USD to several million USD.

 Breguet watches on the hand are highly affordable and have a much lower cost when compared to Patek Phillippe with Breguet’s entry-level watches selling from around $11,500.

Brand Popularity

It’s obvious that Breguet watches portray an exceptional standard of horological art that deserves to be identified and praised but this is not the case as it has become a bit eclipsed in fame by Patek. 

Brand popularity is where Patek Phillippe rules even though Breguet dominates when it comes to heritage and craftsmanship. Patek is a more well-known Swiss Watch brand with a second-to-none reputation for churning out elegant timepieces, but it was upon Breguet’s work that this was achieved.

 From the simple elegance of Calatrava to the iconic Nautilus, Patek Philippe watches are incredibly popular among collectors and have become one of the most desirable watches on the market today. Breguet may be as good as Patek Philippe but the latter has a more well-known brand and reputation. One thing shared by both brands however is that demand for their watches far exceeds the supply.

Accuracy

Even though both Breguet and Patek Philippe do not send their calibers to get a COSC certificate, they do their precision testing themselves by subjecting their watches to in-house inspections. Patek Philippe Seal guarantees an extreme rate accuracy with a tolerance of no more than -3/+2 seconds per day and has its timepieces checked (both the uncased movements and finished watches) in several phases during the manufacturing process. 

Breguet also imposes very strict requirements on the manual finissage of its movements to ensure top-notch accuracy. The Breguet Classique Chronometrie ref. 7727 for instance features a mechanical movement escapement that beats at a rate of 72,000 bph (beating most standard ETA movements that operate at 28,800 bph) ensuring an accuracy of approximately +1/-2 seconds per day.

Warranty

Even though both companies are prestigious watch brands, Patek Philippe and Breguet both seem to be lagging behind other top watch manufacturers like Rolex and Tudor when it comes to warranty. Rolex, Omega, Longines, and Tudor all offer a five-year warranty but Patek Philippe and Breguet both offer a warranty of only two years (24 months) from the original date of purchase.

Whilst the industry-standard warranty is actually two years, many watch companies have gone beyond that and now offer five years of warranty, some eight, and some even longer. Patek Philippe’s warranty even expires if interventions are performed by unauthorized third parties.

Resale value

Resale values for different watch brands are hardly static since it depends on many variables and as a result, it is difficult to predict the future. Breguet might not be as expensive initially, but it does not maintain value nearly as well as Patek Phillippe’s timepieces particularly since it began mass-producing its watches. 

Currently, Rolex and Patek Philippe are the two most notorious brands for holding resale value and according to data, Patek Philippe watches are the 4th best luxury watch to invest in. Not only do they hold their value over time, but their prices also appreciate, making them a perfect investment option. Thus, Patek Philippe’s resale value trumps that of Breguet, whether vintage or modern but this can change in the near future.

Which Has A Better Ranking Patek Philippe or Breguet?

According to a recent report by a brand evaluation agency known as Interbrand which publishes a list of the best Swiss brands in the world, Patek Philippe stands as the third most internationally recognized brand in the Swiss watch business. It also took the 15th position as the best Swiss brand in the world while Breguet’s position was 25.

A Morgan Stanley report in association with Swiss consultancy firm LuxeConsult estimates Patek Philippe’s sales at retail were around CHF 2.03 billion in 2021 making it the 6th most powerful brand in the industry. Breguet lags behind Patek Philippe in this regard too with its brand value being around 1 billion CHF and it is ranked the 18th most powerful Swiss Watch brand.

Comparing A Popular Patek Philippe Watch With A Popular Breguet Watch

Now that we have completed an in-depth comparison of Breguet to Patek Philippe, let us take a look at some models of both companies. 

We wish to reinstate that there is no ‘better’ choice and none of our descriptions is presented in a bid to ‘sell’ one brand over another. It all comes down to your personal preference, as both Patek Philippe and Breguet are pretty similar in terms of quality and prestige.

The only main difference is found back in the name. Patek Philippe is known as a sign of wealth and success, whereas Breguet is often linked to vintage watches

Patek Philippe 5196R  vs Breguet Classique 7147 rose

Patek Philippe 5196R

Coming from the celebrated Calatrava line, Patek Philippe 5196R is recognized as one of the finest symbols of the Patek Philippe style and the very essence of the round wristwatch. One of the major reasons why this watch is so popular is because of its beautiful and elegant look. It epitomizes understated elegance and features an 18kt rose gold case of diameter 37mm and finely encapsulates the wrist with its brown alligator leather strap. 

What makes it stand out is the opaline dial that houses rose gold hands in addition to index hour markers. A close look at it will reveal that the minute markers are carved around the outer rim and a small seconds sub-dial is located above the 6 o’clock position.

Aside from a beautiful vintage look, this watch is powered by the 215 PS caliber and features a manual wind movement that ensures a gliding rotation of the hands with a 44-hour power reserve that ensures accuracy and better performance of the timepiece while increasing the lifespan of its battery at the same time. The price range is from 19,000USD to about 63,990USD.

Breguet Classique 7147 rose

Apart from the different movements and years of production, the Breguet Classique 7147 rose shares a lot of similarities with the Patek Philippe 5196R. It presents this 40mm watch in rose gold with a delicately fluted case band, sapphire-crystal case back and features a white “Grand Feu” enamel dial with Arabic numerals. 

Aside from a stunning aesthetic, it comes with a flawless finishing and a precise in-house caliber of the highest quality. Its offset and stepped-down small seconds sub-dial between 5 and 6 o’clock is also extremely functional and its self-winding movements are exquisitely decorated. It is comfortable on the wrist and the price range for a Breguet Classique 7147 rose is from 15,800USD to about 21,000USD

Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196RBreguet Classique 7147 rose
•Brand: Patek Philippe•Brand: Breguet
•Reference number: 5196R•Reference number: 7147BR/29/9WU
•Movement: Manual winding•Movement: Automatic
•Case material: Rose gold•Case Material: Red gold, Rose gold
•Bracelet material: Crocodile skin, Leather•Bracelet material: Crocodile skin, Leather
•Year of production: 2004, 2012•Year of production: 2019, 2021, 2022
•Gender: Men’s watch/Unisex•Gender: Men’s watch/Unisex
•Location: Austria; France; United States of America•Location: Germany; Japan; Switzerland; United Kingdom; United States of America
•Movement: Manual winding•Movement: Automatic self-winding movement
•Movement/Caliber: 215 PS•Movement/Caliber: 502.3 SD
•Case material: Rose gold•Case Material: Red gold, Rose gold
•Case diameter: 37.0 mm•Case dimensions: Diameter: 40.0 mm, Thickness: 5.4mm, Lug-to-Lug: 44mm, Lug width: 20mm.
•Water resistance: 3 ATM (30 meters/100feet)•Water resistance: 3 ATM (30 meters/100feet)
•Crystal: Sapphire crystal•Crystal: Sapphire crystal
•Dial: Grey, Silver•Dial: White
•Bracelet material: Crocodile skin, Leather•Bracelet material: Crocodile skin, Leather
•Bracelet color: Brown•Bracelet color: Brown
•Clasp material: Rose Gold•Clasp material: Rose Gold
•Power reserve: 44 hours•Power reserve: 45 hours
•Warranty: Two years•Warranty: Two years

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Breguet worth buying?

Yes. Breguet is a prestigious watch brand that has been in production since 1775 and many of Breguet’s watches provide tremendous value at an affordable price.

Is Patek Philippe the best watch in the world?

Patek Philippe is undoubtedly one of the world’s best watch manufacturers. It is one of the ‘Big Three’, or the holy trinity of watches (a designation that watch experts gave to the most prevalent luxurious watch brands in the world) in addition to Audemars Piguet, and Vacheron Constantin.

Omega vs Zenith

It’s an urge…every watch enthusiast has felt it, and every aficionado has had a taste of it; the desire to own an elegant timepiece that doesn’t only provide infinitesimally accurate timing but offers a fantastic investment opportunity along with the satisfaction of owning a piece of excellent craftsmanship.

But with a handful of luxury watches coming with different distinctions and qualities, help is often needed to determine the best watch for your satisfaction, especially when it is between two Swiss watches that are highly comparable. 

In this guide, we will reveal everything you need to know when choosing between Omega and Zenith watch brands. Why Omega and Zenith? Well because these brand’s artifacts are iconic among hundreds. Let’s delve in!

Omega’s history

About omega watches

Omega, the one brand that today can go head to head with the popularity of Rolex, was founded by Louis Brandt in 1848. It all began in a small Swiss village called La Chaux-de-Fonds when Louis, then 23 years old, established a workshop that he operated as La Generale Watch Co.

He started by gathering parts from local craftsmen and using them to develop key-wound precision pocket watches which he distributed to his major buyers in Italy and Scandinavia. Louis’s sons picked up where he left off after his death and after small-scale production for 37 years, La Generale Watch Co released its first mass-produced caliber movement, called Labrador. 

Following the success of Labrador, it quickly rose to fame by releasing the first minute-repeating timepiece in 1892 and the 19-line OMEGA Caliber in 1894. By 1903, La Generale Watch Co had become a world success after establishing a reputation for reliability and precision with over 200,000 watches produced annually.

It enlarged its distribution network rapidly – thanks to the global demand for its iconic watches – and spun off Omega Watch Co officially in 1903.

By 1932, Omega was world-renowned for unprecedented precision (The Omega chronometer could tell time more accurately than any other watch in circulation at that time) and became the official timekeeper of the Olympics with a global reach and increased market shares because along with its iconic timepieces, it adopted profound business ideas like premium pricing, tighter control of dealer pricing, and top-notch advertising, establishing its place in the watchmaking industry.

Zenith’s history

Zenith watch

Currently operating under the umbrella of the LVMH Group, Zenith is one of the oldest continuously operating watch brands today. It was first known as “Fabrique des Billodes” and was founded in 1865 by the visionary Georges Favre-Jacot in Le Locle in the canton of Neuchâtel. He began with the production of precision pocket watches and moved further to the production of board chronometers, table clocks, wristwatches, and precision pendulum clocks

Gradually, the production of marine chronometers began and this marked the beginning of the creation of mechanical marvels that challenged the foundations of traditional watchmaking, even leading to a Grand Prix award at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair, for its “Zenith ” movement. Subsequently, Georges Favre-Jacot renamed his watch company, (George Farve-Jacot & Co) “Zenith” in 1911 because he believed it represented the apex of precision.

Marking an enormous leap forward, Zenith began work on an automatic chronograph movement, “El Primero” which was launched in 1969 and unlocked the world of hundredth-of-a-second timing with the release of its Defy El Primero 21 ( a high frequency, low amplitude movement that is about ten times more accurate than a standard chronometer) and quickly took its place as one of the most innovative watchmakers in history. Today Zenith has developed over 600 movement variations and has an unrivaled record in the field of precision instruments with over 2, 000 chronometry awards.

What is Omega known for?

Short answer; pushing boundaries. Long answer;  from being the first watch brand to provide excellent resistance to magnetic fields,  (the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,000 gauss for instance used components that were made of non-ferrous materials, surpassing the standard use of a soft iron inner protection case to resist magnetic fields), to having the first most accurate timepiece produced on the planet (when it set an all-time precision record after undergoing six trials at the Geneva Observatory, making it the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games), Omega is known for its sporty chronographs, co-axial movements, and professional dive watches.

Over the century, It has risen to be one of the most respected luxury Swiss watch brands with a rich horological heritage, that continues to challenge the watch world today by creating some of the most expertly crafted timepieces ever. Recently, its catalog comprises four major collections, namely the Speedmaster ( AKA The Moonwatch), Seamaster, De Ville, and Constellation.

What is Zenith known for?

Short answer; classic designs and highly accurate movements. 

Long answer; outside of the vintage market, Zenith is renowned for providing a range of high-end, heritage-driven luxury watches in addition to the hyper-technical and fashionable modern Defy series. Their technological innovations have made Zenith a leading brand in the manufacture of high-frequency chronograph watches ( talk about its El Primero automatic chronograph) that even Rolex’s new Daytona could be powered by. ( a modified Zenith El Primero movement, “the Calibre 400” was the foundation of the new Rolex 4030 movement).

Zenith watches have rightly been referred to as the “beater watch” because they can endure punishment and maintain impressive accuracy at the same time. Zenith Defy collection for instance which began in 1969 features sporty, rugged watches with distinctive designs. It currently produces 32 different models for a total of five collections, namely; Academy, El Primero, Captain, Pilot, and Heritage.

Style

Style plays a key role when it comes to choosing between two highly comparable timepieces. Fortunately, both brands offer very stylish-yet-practical watches. From the timeless trend of stainless steel to watches with leather straps, the common denominator of both Swiss brands is their uncompromised style and horological excellence.

Omega’s Constellation watches range from hands-down elegant dress watches to robust dive watches while Zenith continues to release elegantly finished timepieces for every watch lover in numerous styles.

Accuracy and Precision

Omega’s historic passion for accuracy and precision began as far back as 1931, at the Geneva Observatory trials where it broke the record for precision in all six categories. It has built its reputation on revolutionary watch movements and kept its spot as one of the world’s most accurate timepieces that subjects both its watch movements and completed timepieces to Master Chronometer testing for at least ten days to get an unsurpassed precision.

Zenith on the other hand is known for its historically significant and high-precision chronograph watch movements. The world has watched it grow from the production of mechanical watches to watches that use a gyroscopic mechanism (the Christophe Colomb for example features a movement escapement in a Cardan suspension-style cage that always points up).

Quality and Craftsmanship

Both brands are committed to using materials that enhance the aesthetic appeal of their watches while also maximizing robustness and performance. Omega makes arguably the most accurate Swiss-made mechanical movements in the world with approximately 70% international brand recognition.

Its timepieces are prestigious and of very high quality such that they can last through many generations. Zenith equally provides technically advanced high-quality watches with top-notch materials and craftsmanship.

Resale and Warranty

ALL Omega timepieces come with a 5-year warranty while Zenith offers a standard warranty duration of two years. In offering a five-year warranty, Omega comes ahead of Zenith establishing itself as a more high-quality and luxurious watch brand. The average resale value of a Zenith is lower than an Omega because Omega’s most popular models (The Speedmaster and Seamaster) are in high demand and often hold their value best on the secondhand market.

Which has a higher ranking?

Following reports published by the Swiss Watch Industry Federation and Morgan Stanley (An American investment company), Omega has a higher ranking than Zenith. From 2017 up until 2020, Omega has ranked number two in the top twenty watch brands with the larger market share. It only dropped to third place in 2021 with a 7.5% market share and an estimated turnover of CHF 2.2 billion, which is an exceptional performance for any Prestige brand.

Zenith did not feature in the top ten Swiss watch brands but turned up at number 18, which is still impressive.  Again, Omega came in third in the most searched watch brands on the internet with 8,076,000 hits based on annualized average monthly search volumes provided by Google’s Keyword Planner tool.

Speedmaster Pro Sapphire vs. Zenith El Primero

Omega has continually claimed the second spot worldwide in the watch model rankings because of its Seamaster and Speedmaster but the El Primero movement is undoubtedly Zenith’s most enduring legacy. Can these two top-class creators of chronometer watches go head-to-head against each other? Let’s take a closer look at two iconic timepieces from each collection.

Speedmaster Pro SapphireZenith El Primero (9004)
•Brand: Omega•Brand: Zenith
•Movement: OMEGAs mechanical caliber 1863•Movement: El Primero
•Power reserve: 48 hours•Power reserve: 50 hours
•Type: Manual-winding ( the famous manual-winding chronograph movement that was used on the Moon)•Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second.
•Features: Chronograph, Tachymeter, Small seconds•Features: 1/100th of a second Chronograph
•Bracelet material: Steel•Bracelet material: Titanium
•Case material: Steel•Case Material: Brushed Titanium
•Case Diameter: 42 mm, between lugs: 20 mm, and thickness: 13.5 mm•Case Diameter: 44 mm, between lugs: 22 mm, and thickness: 14.5 mm
•Crystal: Domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment inside.•Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
•Water resistance: 5 bar (50 meters / 167 feet)•Water resistance: 10 bar (100 meters / 334 feet)
•Product weight (Approx.): 161 g•Product weight (Approx.): 450 g

Speedmaster Pro Sapphire

ProsCons
•Features Sapphire crystal which is harder than hesalite.•More expensive to replace/restore.
•A future classic and modernized version of the Moonwatch.
•A highly collectible item that will never cease to remain valuable.
•A perfect blend of historical significance, timeless design, and luxury spec.
•Can be worn on any occasion

Zenith El Primero

ProsCons
•Steeped in history.•Minimal folding of links means it is not ideal for people with smaller wrists.
•Good quality timepieces.•Prone to scratches.
•Classic design that will stand the test of time.
•Versatile style
•Comes in 42mm to 44mm for all wrist sizes.

Omega Speedmaster 57 vs Zenith El Primero

Omega Speedmaster 57

OMEGA was the only watch brand to pass NASA’s rigorous tests (which involved putting the timepiece through extreme conditions like high temperatures, volatile fluctuations, high-pressure levels. etc) in the 1960s. Omega Speedmaster made its mark in history when it beat Rolex, Longines, and Hamilton watches to become the official robust and reliable timepiece of the Apollo program.

Subsequently,  Astronaut Wally Schirra wore Speedmaster (ref. CK2998) on his Mercury Sigma 7 Mission in 1962, making it the first OMEGA watch to enter space. OMEGA’s famous Speedmaster ’57 is a sub-collection of the Speedmaster family that was first introduced in 2013. While the Speedmaster 57 is sporty and elegant, it retains the traditional Speedmaster design.

The new features are two subdials, a date display, and the inclusion of a new manual-wind chronograph movement called the Omega caliber 9906. Omega further elevated the vintage spirit to a whole new level by packing this up with slimmer styling, extraordinary color, and a Co-Axial Master Chronometer engine – one of the very best automatic movements – certified as a Master Chronometer by METAS, and has twin mainspring barrels mounted in series to provide a 60-hour power reserve, in addition to Omega’s customary Arabesque Côtes de Genève decoration.

The Speedmaster 57 is representative of the original, timeless look of the Speedmaster line. When it comes to prices, Omega Speedmaster watches are more affordable than Zenith El Primero (and therefore more attainable) with the price ranging from $5,000 and going up to $8,000 on the higher-end models.

Zenith El Primero

“El Primero”, literally means  “the first” in Spanish. Zenith’s El Primero has been in production for  50 years now and has long been the most celebrated automatic movement on the market. It was the first automatic chronograph globally with the most precise chronograph in the world and made a name when it shocked the watch world by oscillating at a high-frequency movement that can measure 1/10th of a second (current top models can even time to 1/100th of a second). 

From the Chronomaster to the Defy and Pilot, Zenith’s El Primero collection boasts double tourbillon beats at 36,000 beats per minute, whereas the typical watch movement beats at 28,000, offering more accuracy. El Primero enjoys broad collector popularity and typically sells between $3,700 – $24, 500.

Final thoughts: is Omega better than Zenith?

Both Omega and Zenith excel in the production of high-quality movements in the history of mechanical watches. Depending on your needs, different answers can put this question to rest. If you see a watch primarily as an investment, then Omega is better than Zenith. 

When it comes to accuracy and precision, it can be tricky to put one ahead of another. Zenith is credited with the production of the very first chronograph caliber and is renowned for Its precise chronograph movements (especially the El Primero series that revitalized classical watchmaking and the Swiss watch industry with accuracy and precision that relied upon its column-wheel mechanism).

The El Primero is considered the  ‘raison d’être’ of Zenith and was even used by Rolex for the first version of the Daytona chronograph as did many other brands. Omega on the other hand is known to deliver precise and accurate chronometric watches that are certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute.

When it comes to ranking, Omega ranks higher compared to Zenith. Omega ranks at number two of the most recognizable Swiss watch brands while Zenith can be found at number 18. If classic styles, elegance, outstanding design, and high-quality materials are your specs, both brands offer the glamour and luxury appeal of Swiss watches.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Zenith watches worth the money?

Yes, Zenith watches offer great value with their highly precise chronographs and are worth every cent of the dollar they cost.

Is Zenith a respected watch brand?

Zenith stands out as one of the best-respected Swiss watch brands. They are renowned for their classic designs and highly accurate movements, the likes of which were regularly used by Rolex until they started making their own in 2000

Which holds value, Zenith, or Omega?

The value of watches depends on different factors like age, scarcity & growing demand, accessories, the material used, and condition. Omega watches have been known to hold their value considerably well in the world of luxury watches, better than Zenith timepieces.

Seiko vs Tissot

For a long time, Swiss watches have been counted as one of the top watches on the planet that evoke luxury, quality, and an unmatched history of craftsmanship, but with Japan bringing on watches that have become synonymous with toughness and style, advice is often sought after by design enthusiasts who need help when choosing between top brands like Seiko and Tissot

Wondering about what is special about Tissot and Seiko that put them head to head in this battle of the watches? Notable inventions!! So for the many people trying to decide which to go for between the Seiko and Tissot, this comparison will offer you information that will give you a clearer view and make your decision process easy.

Is Seiko better or Tissot

Both Tissot and Seiko are brands that are celebrated for their precision and provision of decent quality watches over the years.

It is not surprising that both of them produce watches that are tough enough and essential enough to be considered first-line gear and the passion for pushing boundaries in both brands has distinguished them as top-tier watchmakers today.

Movements & Quality

From old-school mechanical calibers to GPS-enabled solar-powered quartz units, both brands come through hundreds of years of innovations and quality developments. Seiko, which started as far back in 1891 as Seikosha, was established eleven years after its founder, Kintaro began the repairs of watches and clocks in Tokyo.

It began producing its first watch for scuba divers in 1965 and manufactured one of the first quartz watches with a chronograph complication. Since then, new calibers have continually been introduced so that the brand has grown rapidly and has now become a selection of iconic Japanese timepieces with a reputation for consistently creating good movements so much that it was dubbed  “the forerunner of the quartz revolution” because it presented Earth’s first quartz watch in 1969, called the Seiko Quartz Astron.

A  piece that was three times more accurate than the mechanical watches of its time and could keep accurate time to within one minute per year! However, some people still prefer mechanical watch movements (which have some advantages over quartz), and since Seiko always puts desires first, it never abandoned its mechanical watch movements.

Its 7S line is an iconic example of Seiko’s mechanical workhorse wristwatches and they’ve always had excellent quality. From the well-praised  7S26, to the famed 4R36, all of Seiko’s mechanical watches use a traditional mainspring and share profound design ideas, even though they are all a bit different. 

Tissot watches on the other hand – in a bid to retain its status as a high-end watch brand – has always used materials of the highest quality and movements powered by ETA (ETA is Switzerland’s biggest and leading movement maker and brands like Omega, Longines and IWC use this movement) or Swissmatic movements (this one has a power reserve of 70 hours and guaranteed accuracy of about +/-10 seconds a day). 

Tissot introduced the first mass-produced pocket watch as well as the first pocket watch with two time zones as far back as 1853 and went further to present an anti-magnetic watch around 1930. Apart from Tissot watches being crafted under strict conditions that ensure quality, It has worked hard to build a legacy of offering excellent-quality watches that are water resistant to a depth of up to 200 meters

Style & Design

Next to outstanding quality and impressive history of craftsmanship, Swiss-made watches also come with an outstanding style and elegance. There’s a reason behind Swiss’s exclusivity. While both Seiko and Tissot produce exceptional timepieces praised for their designs and accuracy, Seiko has a strong focus on Haute Horlogerie, grand complications, and elegant dress watches.

Think of the legendary Seiko 5 SNXS73 and the oblong, timeless SWR053P1. There are also the noble complications of grand Seiko titanium watches that feature complex additional functions like flat surfaces polished to a mirror finish, minute repeaters, and perpetual calendars. The exclusivity of Seiko is directly tied to the fact that creating these highly crafted timepieces takes a whole lot of time.

Tissot, on the other hand, is much more renowned for its iconically-designed sports and gear watches – think of the Tissot Chrono XL, the Tissot PRC 200, Tissot Seastar, and Tissot Quickster (among others). Though Tissot produces dress watches as well, a lot of Tissot’s most popular models are iconic sports watches, loved by thousands of wrist watch enthusiasts for combining luxury alongside durable, accurate, and efficient components that are built to last beyond a lifetime without sacrificing functionality.

All of Tissot’s watches offer a stylistic versatility that Seiko doesn’t offer, but to match this Seiko presents finely created watches, with added innovations and movements found in more expensive watches among other brands. We can add at this point that Seiko has its own sports watches, like the Seiko 5 Sports.

But at the end of it all, Seiko is more focused on exquisite, complicated dress watches, and its range has always included some gorgeous ones and Haute Horlogerie pieces, such as the SARB065, SARB066, and Presage SSA343J1, whereas Tissot has a much sharper eye for high-end sports watches. So we see that the two brands have entirely different expertise, making it a bit difficult to say that one is better than the other.

Detection of Water Permeability

The water resistance of most contemporary watches from top brands is guaranteed so you should know that scratch and water resistance are features typically offered by both brands. Tissot has for a long time, utilized a touch-control sapphire technology, and produces highly functional timepieces with top-notch features that come without sacrificing a sleek design.

Both brands have watches that withstand up to 100 meters of water and some of Tissot’s diving watches are always tested in a pressurized tank in other to ensure water resistance. Seiko on the other hand offers watches that can be used for swimming and other everyday activities at 10 (20)-BAR.

Watch Case & Band

Tissot and Seiko always offer a wide array of watch band styles. From metal to leather styles, both brands continually combine materials to produce a strained, modern appearance. As far as closure styles go, Tissot watches come with ornate clape or the usual buckles. Nylon and rubber band watches (like Tissot T-Race T115417A) are also great options for some of the brand’s sports and field watches.

Seiko watches also presents watches with stainless steel bracelets, leather straps, and rubber and silicone bands. Fabric and nylon belts are also made widely available by Seiko so that you get the perfect fit for all your needs.

Popularity and Pricing

While neither Seiko nor Tissot openly releases distribution or production data, industry statistics estimate that in 2021 Tissot was exporting more than two million watches a year while Seiko was producing around 35,000 watches.

Tissot has been tied to sport to a great degree since the 1930s making it reputable and popular amongst athletes and other users across more than 150 countries according to World Tempus, it ranked number six in the top ten Swiss watch brands right after the Patek Phillipe.

In 2013, Swiss-made automatic watches made an unparalleled achievement by pairing down 51 parts (as against one hundred parts by other brands) to produce an entirely automated movement, and it combined all these parts with a single screw rapidly increasing its popularity and recognition.

Seiko on the other hand continues to be a recognizable brand popular for its simplicity of form and its understated elegance and productivity, such that in the first half of 2022, It launched 155 new models across its different product categories. One striking thing about Seiko and Tissot is their affordability. Seiko’s timepieces cost between $180 and $7,000.

While Tissot watches can be gotten for around $200 for the most affordable ones. Tissot’s sports watches even run somewhere between $200 and $3,000 and even though Seiko’s grand watches are more expensive, that doesn’t make them any better, and going from a Seiko to a Tissot watch should not be considered a downgrade. For a depth comparison, we are going to look at a more detailed analysis of watches within both brands.

Tissot Gentleman vs Seiko Presage

While many of our reviews are more on the higher-end side of the timepiece industry, we know that not all our readers and other watch enthusiasts can afford a Cartier or a Rolex which is why we are featuring modestly priced watches here that offer great value for money.

Recently, both Tissot and Seiko stepped up their game to a higher bar by upgrading their competition mechanically speaking, with upgraded automatic movements, adding finer details, and doing something more to create a timepiece that drastically challenges the watch industry every time.

Both watch brands offer their unique innovations and strengths and are dedicated to perfection. Now you may be wondering if you can pit them against one another, and pick the better of the two but we don’t think so. Here’s why.

Tissot Gentleman

Tissot Gentleman

If you are on the lookout for a perfect companion for everyday usage that can offer precision, reliability, robustness, versatility, and timelessness, ( so that your watch would not go out of style within a couple of years), then look no further because the Tissot Gentleman is an ideal multi-purpose watch that is both ergonomic and elegant for any circumstance.

It is suitable for wearing in business environments and can be worn where conventional dress codes apply. It is no news that Tissot has a long tradition of churning out reliable, and finely finished highly affordable watches. It is a part of the swatch group, and despite the affordability, these watches utilize superior industrial tools and are made under quality standards.

This automatic watch is made in such a way as to be powered by the energy of the person wearing it (the wrist’s movement enables the mechanism to run). Gentleman Powermatic 80 movement boasts up to 80 hours of power reserve, which is sufficient to keep on telling time accurately after three days of inactivity. This one was crafted to outperform its competition, whose movements generally provide less than two days of power reserve.

Seiko Presage

Seiko Presage

Presage not only combines a Japanese aesthetic sense with traditional craftsmanship but raises the essentials of watch production to the level of art. No doubt, Seiko’s mechanical watchmaking skills are top-notch and offer Japanese beauty, quality, and long-lasting performance in a package that is affordable, durable, and convenient.

True to its form, the Seiko Presage offers one of the most iconical mechanical GMTs on the watch world’s market in its elegantly detailed Presage family. Let’s take a quick look at just how they fare against each other on a closer level.

Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium vs Seiko Sarb033

Tissot Gentleman Seiko Presage
Every product comes with a 2-year warrantyA two-year warranty applies to all products
Price ranges from US$549.99 to US$775.00Starting price is around $900
Renowned for its durability
and accuracy
Praised for its traditional craftsmanship that offers long-lasting performance
Focused on sports watchesFocused on dress/retro lines
Quite RenownedAlso very popular with a global reach
Usually ends up holding its valueCan also be used as an investment as
well because some models do increase in value
Made In SwitzerlandMade In Japan
Moderately optimized online storeProfoundly optimized online store
Founded In 1853Founded In 1913
80-hours power reserve50-hour power reserve
Movement: Swiss automaticSeiko caliber 4R35 automatic movement
Case & Crystal: Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective time coatingPractical modern look with a bit of retro vintage 1960s appearance.
Water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft)Water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m)
More exquisitely refined and luxuriously designed.Very robust and durable from the start to finish

Tissot Gentleman PM80 Silicium vs Seiko Presage SARX045

Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium

Product Specifications
Diameter41 mm
Thickness10 mm
Lug Width22 mm
StrapBlack leather with butterfly clasp
Watch CrystalSapphire crystal
DialBlack analog dial
HandsSlim index hands
MarkersIndex markers
StyleDress
MovementETA
AccuracyChronometer grade accuracy  +/- 5 seconds per day
Power Reserve80 hours
Water Resistance100 m
Other FeaturesDate display, exhibition case back

Pros:

  • Great balance of style, versatility, and affordability
  • Water resistance of up to 100m
  • The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating.
  • Available in green, black, blue, and silver colored dials which all feature a sunburst effect – how cool is that?
  • 3 Hz movement with up to 80 hours of power reserve.
  • Available either with a leather strap with a folding buckle or a steel bracelet.
  • Comes with a warranty of up to two years

Cons:

  • Difficult to service.

Seiko SARX045

Product Specifications
Diameter38mm
Lug width11mm
Thickness~45mm lug-to-lug
Watch CrystalSapphire
LumeIndices and hands
StrapStainless steel
StyleDress
MovementSeiko 6R15 with 23 jewel
Accuracy+25/-15 seconds per day
Power reserve50 hours
Water resistance100 meters

Pros:

  • A robust movement that offers hand-winding and hacking
  • Very affordable (can be gotten for around $500)
  • Versatile ( you can easily dress up and down with just a change in strap)
  • Dope Bracelet
  • Excellent value for money

Cons:

  • Discontinued

What Tissot and Seiko have in common

Both Tissot and Seiko are recognized worldwide for producing high-quality, precise watches. Each has a distinct look and feel with a long history in the watchmaking industry and has both performed impressively, achieving a high level of luxury by employing only the highest quality materials and following a strict design style.

From steel to luxurious leather, both models show off classic luxury in their designs. An automated winding is used by both Tissot and Seiko though Tissot surpasses Seiko with 80 hours of reserve power, the Seiko Presage watch has 40 hours of battery life which is still very impressive.

Tissot and Seiko both have fine quartz watches, so are both thin, but some Seiko models are solar-powered, and will not need a battery change. Lastly, both watches are perfect for everyday use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Tissot an entry-level luxury watch?

Tissot has watches coming in at under $500.  Some of Tissot’s most popular watch brands which are considered entry-level luxury watches include; the Tissot Chrono xl, Tissot Classic Dream, and Tissot Carson among others.

Do celebrities wear Tissot or Seiko watches?

Tissot timepieces have been spotted on the wrists of celebrities like Simon Pegg in the movie  Mission Impossible. Angelina Jolie was also wearing a Tissot in the film Mr. & Mrs. Smith and other prominent personalities have made public appearances with the Tissot watch on.

Seiko has also been worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger (in the movie The Predator) and Sigourney Weaver also had a Seiko Speedtimer 7A28-7000, in the movie Aliens. So yes, celebrities do wear Tissot and Seiko watches.

Is Tissot high quality?

Absolutely. Tissot is devoted to fine workmanship in its watchmaking, and all its timepieces are carefully-wrought with over 150 years of innovation. It comes with great longevity, precise running with profound resistance to magnetic fields, and has an impressive collection of dynamic sports watches, bold diver’s pieces, elegant dress models, trendy chronographs, and even features solar-powered watches.

Is Seiko considered a luxury brand?

Yes. Seiko is a luxury watch brand from Japan that has been known globally for precision, reliability and excellence for over 100 years now.

Is Tissot considered a luxury?

Tissot designs evoke luxury and craft its watches with scratch-resistance sapphire, precious stone glasses, and top-notch materials with a timeless style that could be from any era. For instance, Tissot’s PRX 40 205 was crafted to be a contemporary demonstration of a design from the late 1960s.

Which has better battery life, Tissot or Seiko?

Tissot has almost twice as long battery life as Seiko, making it a preferred option if power is what you need.

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