Do you want a watch with refined state-of-the-art in-house movements or do you want a watch with a  prestigious and luxurious status brought? Grand Seiko and Rolex are two of the most expensive watch brands, and many people have trouble deciding which one is better. So keep reading to learn more about these two watch brands!


At the young age of 24, Hans Wilsdorf had a vision for the Rolex Company, founded in 1905. Hans Wilsdorf wanted to prove to the global watchmaking industry and watch connoisseurs that his watches were elegant in style and promised reliability. Wilsdorf equipped his models with innovative movements, which were manufactured by a Switzerland Bienne-based watchmaking company.


On the other hand, Grand Seiko made its debut in 1960. The Japanese brand had a determination to excel in all segments of watchmaking craftsmanship. Since its debut, the brand has shown ever-improving mechanical skills in watchmaking, winning awards in Geneva and the Grand Seiko calibers, becoming some of the world’s best watch movements.


One can buy a Grand Seiko watch, with as little as $5,300. Grand Seiko also has mid-ranged luxurious models like the Grand Seiko Snowflake, which costs around $5,000. The top-end models from Grand Seiko have higher price tags, like the Grand Seiko Spring Drive priced around $9,300 and a more costly Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36,000 Professional 600m Diver’s priced at around $12,000.

Compared to the Japanese brand, Rolex has more expensive watches. Most of the models from Rolex cost double or triple the price of top-end Grand Seiko models. The most expensive Rolex watch retails at close to $30,000. In the 1960s, Rolex became a status symbol, when the Grand Seiko sub-line was just born.

The two luxurious brands stand out in their own way. It narrows down to what you prefer as a consumer. You can be inclined to the refined state of the art in-house movements presented by Grand Seiko or you can like prestigious and luxurious status brought about by owning a timepiece like the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona.


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