Orient 2ER00001B vs. the Rolex Submariner: A Brand Duel

February 10th, 2010 Posted in Watch Comparisons | No Comments


We all know James Bond wasn’t wearing an Orient, but James Bond is also a fictional character, and we live in a real world. So it’s only fair to give a real comparison of these two aesthetically similar watches.

Today we’ll discuss:

The Orient 2ER00001B

The Orient 2ER00001B is part of Orient’s Diver Collection. It offers a simple design with many of the quality features of higher-end watches.

orient submariner

Let’s look at the good and the bad sides of this watch.

The Good

  • Approx. 40 hr Power Reserve
  • In-house movement
  • Stainless steel band and case
  • Rotating bezel
  • Date calender with magnifier
  • Screw down crown
  • $180 price tag

The Bad

  • Water resistance only 100m (swimming, snorkeling)
  • No automatic chronometer
  • Not worn by James Bond

Customers choose the 2ER00001B because it is, aesthetically, similar to the Rolex Submariner, and is a good quality time piece at a fraction of the cost. Sure, they’re very different watches beneath the surface; but depending on what you use your watch for, the 2ER00001B may be more valuable to you than the Submariner.

The Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is one of the classic Rolex watches. Customers have said that the Submariner is the “man’s watch” with its heavy, sturdy case and clean, simple appearance. Rolex Watches are considered status symbols, and few people can afford to enjoy their quality luxury.

rolex submariner

Here are the good and bad sides to the Submariner.

The Good

  • Approx. 50 hr Power Reserve
  • In-house movement
  • Stainless steel band and case
  • Automatic chronometer function
  • Date calendar with magnifier
  • Screw down crown
  • Sapphire crystal
  • 300m water resistance
  • The name

The Bad

  • Weak, lightweight band contrasts with the bulky case
  • $6,000 new

Customers have also noted that the Submariner is not for the everyday wearer. Like the Orient 2ER00001B, the Submariner is not the best choice for a suit and tie. However, it’s excellent for deep-sea diving or other outdoor and water activities.

It’s also bound to get you noticed, but perhaps too much notice for some.

If you have a cute dog or a tattoo, you probably get a lot of people saying things like, “Oh what a cute dog! Can all of my friends and I pet her? What’s her name? What breed is she? Where did you get her?” or “Oh Wow! Cool tattoo. What does it mean? Do you have any others? Will you show me them?”

A Rolex could lead to similarly irritating encounters or several 007 references, in which case you should brush up on the films and the world of Rolex, in general (or find a different watch).

The best watch for you

Though they have a similar appearance, the 2ER00001B and the Submariner attract different audiences; it’s important to consider which one is for you.

The 2ER00001B may be more attractive to people who like the look and quality of the Submariner, but who don’t have the extra cash to spend, don’t deep-sea dive or just find the extra features unnecessary.

orient sub 2

As with any Orient Watch, the 2ER00001B comes with a quality guarantee. The 2ER00001B would also be a good choice for people who are new to the watch world, and want to try out a few watches first. The price is right for anyone.

On the other hand, the Rolex Submariner is the choice for people who can afford it and who respect and appreciate the history of the big name. Some customers have noted that they just can’t handle wearing a Rolex because of its huge cultural image.

Whichever watch you choose, just be sure to buy real. Knock-off Rolex and Orient Watches are very common. Always buy from an authentic dealer, not a dealer in Chinatown.

So lastly, if you want a good quality, automatic watch, but you don’t have $6,000 to spend, don’t buy a fake Rolex, buy a real Orient.

Who will win this duel? Comment Below.

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