Thank you for joining us today at Watch Your Style. My name is Eric. Today, we’re going to discuss a few of my favorite brands: AP and Rolex. First watch we have here is a Rolex 40mm Submariner in solid gold, 2003, which brings the aluminum insert blue on blue. Second watch we have is an AP Royal Oak Offshore, 42mm stainless steel safari on a bracelet.
So you’re looking to spend anywhere from 16 to 18 thousand dollars.
Which is going to be? Rolex vs AP. This is a topic that we can go on for hours, but to make it short and quick, it’s two different watches with two different
amounts of status level. Both in the same area of price range, but
both have a different impact on what you’re trying to do with the watch. Lets start with the Rolex. This is a classic Submariner, solid gold. Anywhere you go with this watch, they’re gonna notice you have a gold watch. Beautiful watch, this is good for if you wanna be on the boat or if you want to wear it on
a suit. You wanna go to a wedding and you wanna wear it in a suit. Fantastic watch. It’s always gonna have its
value if you buy it right. You’re always gonna have your money here. Second watch, stainless steel. This stainless steel AP is one of my favorite watches.
It’s not gold. It’s priced the same. People are wondering, “but how can a steel watch be the same price as a gold Rolex?” Well, let’s just talk about design. The AP is just the most expensive stainless steel watch other than a Patek or anything more fancier than that, but the design of it is very unique it’s more of an edgy watch. AP has undeniable quality. It’s a chronograph. The AP is a stainless steel, white face, Royal Oak Offshore on a bracelet. This is a very traditional design. Same thing, this can be a daily wearer. You can wear this daily. Same thing as the Rolex. You can wear in on a yacht, or you can just wear on a suit. Wear it for work, whatever you like. I guess it really just boils down to what type of style you’re trying to go to. You see, what happens is most people won’t spend this kind of money on an AP. They’d
rather go with the gold watch. The problem is once you have this watch for a little while, you get tired of it. You wanna go with something new, the next level.
That’s what happens, that’s how you end up spending that kind of money on this.
So for me personally, if I had to buy one and it was my first watch of this money,
I guess I would probably go with the gold Rolex just because you know if I’m gonna spend that kind of money, anything from 15 thousand and up, I mean I want some gold, you know. I wanna be able to make an impression for a while, but later on after you’ve had this
watch for a while, you kind of decide well you know maybe the gold watch isn’t what I want all the time. Maybe I wanna wear a watch that’s 15 thousand and up, but I don’t want
to be noticed so much and make so much noise. That is when this comes into play. You see, this is a watch that is over 15 thousand dollars, but most of the people are gonna walk by you and not even notice. Some idiots might even think it’s a Michael Kors or something, but
that’s fine because in the watch world, I mean you’re not really trying to impress the
guy that doesn’t know anything about watches. So this is more of an understated watch, same value as a gold Rolex, but more sophisticated more of a watch connoisseur, where as any idiot will probably walk in and can buy this. Not taking anything from this watch because this is a beautiful gold Sub, but you understand what I’m saying because some people just can’t fathom the idea that a gold Rolex and an AP stainless steel are the same price. That’s
where the versus comes in. You see, we get into the topic of if you could only buy one, which would it be? And I guess this is what I would choose. I would go with the AP because if I only had one, this is good for everything. I can dress it down. I can dress it up. My money is always there. AP is a solid investment. They’re always gonna be worth money. It’s not something that’s just going to lose
money the day after tomorrow. It’s not like a new brand that just came out.
We’ll talk about that some other day, about these new brands. But, you see the gold one you’re always forced to have a gold watch, which I guess for some people that’s what they want, but I just feel
that the stainless steel AP is more versatile because sometimes you can dress it up, you can dress it down, but the gold is that one factor that always just screams out the attention. AP is a total different brand than Rolex in
the sense that it’s just not so much of a traditional product. There’s a lot more Rolexes out there on the wild than you’ll see of APs.
Chances are that you’ll probably end up seeing a gold Sub before you see an AP Offshore, even though the gold Sub is rare, you see a lot more Presidents.
When it comes to Rolex, the gold Rolex that everybody thinks of is the President and I
think after that might come the Yachtmaster the one in gold.
There is a lot of them out there. Sub, not so much. However, the AP is a lot more rare. There is just not a lot out there,
AP is brand that brings a lot of tradition. It’s not a new brand. It’s not like let’s
say Hublot for example. That’s only been around since the eighties.
AP’s been around for a long time. It has a big brand tradition
and the quality is just impeccable. Let’s talk a little bit about the styling
it has. You know, it has this octagonal bezel design, which comes from the classic Royal Oak design from Gerald Genta.
Beautiful design. It has a combination of satin and polished edges
which kind of just makes it pop and gives it a lot of character.
To me, it’s just a watch with a lot of character. Very understated, beautiful.
Now, one thing I don’t like about the AP Offshore is that it’s very scratch prone. It’s not a
good watch for the first time wearer. It’s something you need to have some practice to
wear this watch. The gold Sub, beautiful, look at that.
Gold Sub, blue dial, blue bezel. I mean, how could you say no to this?
You know, if I had to choose between one, it will be really hard
just because they both have their own things to offer.
When it comes to investment, these are both safe investments.
If you buy them at a second hand watch, chances are if you buy them at a good price
and you keep the watch in a good condition, you’ll always have your money there the day
you are ready to do a trade-in or something. AP holds just like Rolex, sometimes maybe even
better. You know, it is the next level after Rolex.
After you’ve had several Rolexes in your collection and you’re tired of Rolex,
AP is the next level before Patek and from that point on, they just get crazier.
You know you’re pretty much wearing a house on your wrist.
But AP is the next level after Rolex and I would definitely go with the Offshore.
OK so that’s my conclusion with Rolex vs AP. I think overall they’re both solid choices.
You cannot make a wrong decision here. They both hold their value well and overall
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