First Time Buyer Comparing...Rolex vs VC

Any help and comments appreciated...

I am looking to buy either a VC Royal Eagle, a Rolex Submariner or a Rolex Explorer II.

I am active and enjoy swimming, biking, etc.  The Rolex fits the bill in terms of durability and reliability.  How does the VC Royal Eagle compare?  I much prefer the Royal Eagle aesthetically.

My local Rolex dealer claims the mainenance on VC is expensive and painful since you have to send it back to Switzerland.

Any opinions on buying online?

the 2 brands are not playing in the same park. Rolex is known for its
12/30/2007 - 23:13

rugged, reliable and sturdy watches. If you want a watch for an active lifstyle I would go for the Rolex, probably the best brand in this specific market.

VC on the other hand is a prestegious high end brand, with an amazing history and products.

Your decision should be on exactly what you want: haute horology, prestige, a watch you will probably not see on everyones wrists and which will look good in any attire then go for the VC. If you want ruggedness and sports go for the Rolex.

Your AD being a Rolex dealer would of course not tell you to go buy a VC .

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not an obvious comparaison! As Alex stated if you want a
12/31/2007 - 12:45

sturdy sports watch go for the Rolex, if you want a more exclusive watch go for the VC. This doesn't mean that the Royal Eagle is not sturdy but I doubt it can take the same beating a Rolex can!!

Re: First Time Buyer Comparing...Rolex vs VC
12/31/2007 - 22:07

As someone who owns several Rolex watches and 2 VCs, I can say I would wear a Rolex to swim but not a VC.  Not because I don't think an Overseas could handle whatever a Rolex can, but at the price point most VCs start at I just would not feel comfortable wearing one to swim. 

My daily wearer and occasional swimming watch is a Rolex Explorer 2.  Its been a great watch with no issues for the past 6 years I've had it. 

My VC's are dress watches so I would not swim with them, but I don't think I'd feel comfortable wearing a Royal Eagle or any other chronograph swimming as I'd look at all pushers as potential weak spots that could compromise the water resistancy of the watch. 

If you are going to wear a watch swimming be sure to have it pressure tested regularly.

Best regards,


Massey-Ferguson vs Ferrari
01/01/2008 - 06:20

I would liken the Rolex to a sturdy tractor...reliable, well-built but a bit crude.  The VC is a Ferrari...beautiful of line and capable of high performance, but a demanding mistress .

I wouldn't use a Ferrari to plow a field nor a tractor to arrive at the opera.  However, I do plan to wear my Overseas to the summit of Aconcagua this month!

Re: Re: First Time Buyer Comparing...Rolex vs VC
01/01/2008 - 23:10

thanks very much.

Have you had any problems with the VCs.  Are they as reliable as other top brands or do they require frequent maintenance?

having owned many VCs and many other watches from other brands I can't
01/02/2008 - 12:12

say that VC's nees more servicing than others. You will just need to have your watch serviced about every 5 years (or longer if you don't wear it day in day out)

What is the most common cause for service?
01/02/2008 - 18:20

That brings an interesting point to mind, Alex.  Would you know what the service dept finds as the most common cause for attention when they receive a watch?  Are the lubricants drying out or has dirt and moisture intruded into the case?  I wonder because with watches on a winder, will they still require service every 4-5 years?  The winder mimics daily wear as far as lubrication is concerned, but keeps them much cleaner as far as dirt and moisture.

I think it really depends on the conditions the watch has been
01/02/2008 - 18:50

through but generally if the watch has had a queit office life the movement is relubricated, re adjusted and the water resistancy gaskets are changed.