Affordable Rolex Day Date Homage Watches (Don't Break The Bank)

The Rolex Day Date (President) is one of those watches we all wish we could afford. Unfortunately, if you are anything like me, you will never have, or be able to spend that kind of money on a watch!

That is why finding the near perfect homage is your next best option. A watch that is very similar to the original Rolex, but still different enough to be unique. All at a fraction of the cost of a Rolex.

Let’s see some of the best homages the watch industry came up with…

Our Top Picks

Closest Homage
with Best Features

Orient Classic

ORIENT 'President' Classic Automatic Sapphire Watch EV0J003W

Most Affordable

Peugot Bedford

Peugeot 14K All Gold-Plated Day Date Roman Numeral Stainless Steel Big Face Fluted Bezel Luxury Watch 1029G

Swiss Made
Alternative

Hamilton Jazzmaster

Hamilton H32505141 Jazzmaster Blue Dial Stainless Steel Men's Watch

1. Orient Classic

Models: EV0J002C, EV0J003W, EV0J001G, EV0J002B

ORIENT 'President' Classic Automatic Sapphire Watch EV0J003W

The Orient Classic “President” is perhaps the closest and best homage to the Rolex Day Date in this list. Not only is “the look” almost spot on, the features are worth the money too.

Why do I say that? Because it comes with an automatic movement, sapphire glass and 100m water -resistance. Something most watches on this list (below $500) will not manage. Orient are well-known, like Seiko, for their affordable and reliable watches (like the Ray & Mako).

All the elements of the Rolex Day Date are also there with the jeweled hour markers, the undulating bezel, the 12 o’clock weekday and 3 o’clock date with cyclops lens. The only thing it is missing is the “swiss made”. But hey, for the price, it’s a bargain!

  • Specifications
  • Orient Automatic movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Day window at 12 o'clock, date window at 3 o'clock
  • Stainless steel strap with fold-over clasp
  • Water resistant to 100m (330ft)
  • Case size: 36 x 11mm
ORIENT 'President' Classic Automatic Sapphire Watch Two Tone Gold EV0J002C
ORIENT 'President' Classic Automatic Sapphire Watch EV0J003W
ORIENT 'President' Classic Automatic Sapphire Gold Watch EV0J001G
ORIENT 'President' Classic Automatic Sapphire Watch Two Tone Gold EV0J002B

2. Bulova Classic

Models: 96C127, 96C125, 98C60, 97C106

Bulova Men's 'Classic' Quartz Stainless Steel Casual Watch, Color:Silver-Toned (Model: 96C125)

Bulova make super-affordable watches that are also worthy of sitting on your wrist. Their classic collection features a whole ream of different watches, but these four are the closest to the Rolex Day Date you will find.

And with four different colors (see below), along with a two-tone or leather band, you also have quite a bit of choice. And, the similarities are quite extensive with the baton hands, rectangular hour markers and full weekday display.

Of course, being an affordable watch, they have had to make some compromises over the Rolex. After all, you can’t get a solid gold watch for 200 bucks. 

So, Bulova used a Quartz movement, a mineral crystal and offering only 30m of water resistance. However, many would not see these as problem because this watch is hardly going diving with you or out in the yard to do chores. So, for a great looking dress watch it certainly fits the bill

  • Specifications
  • Quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal
  • Day window at 12 o'clock, date window at 3 o'clock
  • Stainless steel strap with double push closure
  • Water resistant to 30m (100ft)
  • Case size: 39 x 10.3mm

3. Charles Hubert, Paris - Classic

Models: 3400-OH, 3400-OB, 3400-OY, 3401

Charles-Hubert, Paris Men's 3400-OH Classic Collection  Watch

Charles Hubert are another smaller manufacturer who make watches out of Paris. Their homage of the Rolex Day Date is in their classic collection and features 4 models – 3 gold plated, and one dual tone with a blue dial. You can see all 4 below.

Again, the homage is quite near with the baton hands and rectangle hour markers. The day and date windows are also in the correct places, with the cyclops lens on the date.

It is also quite a small watch at 36mm, but this is not unusual for dress watches which should be small and slim, to fit comfortably under a shirt.

The rest of the specifications (below) are the usual suspects for these watches: quartz, stainless steel, 30m waterproof etc.

  • Specifications
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal
  • Day window at 12 o'clock, date window at 3 o'clock (with cyclops lens)
  • Stainless steel bracelet with fold-over clasp
  • Water resistant to 30m (100ft)
  • Case size: 36 x 11mm
Charles-Hubert, Paris Men's 3400-OH Classic Collection  Watch
Charles-Hubert, Paris Men's 3400-OB Classic Collection  Watch
Charles-Hubert, Paris Men's 3400-OY Classic Collection  Watch
Charles-Hubert, Paris Men's 3401 Classic Collection Two-Tone Stainless Steel Watch

4. Peugot - The Bedford

Models: 1029G, 1029BK, 1029WT, 1029S

Peugeot Men's ' Quartz Metal and Stainless Steel Dress Watch, Color Silver-Toned (Model: 1029S)

Peugot are more of a brand you would associate with French cars, but there is actually a different company with the same name that makes affordable watches.

One of the watches they have set their sites on as an inspiration is the Rolex Day Date. And in some ways they have come closer to it than the Bulova above. The undulating bezel, along with the cylops lens on the date window are all classic Rolex features. The Roman numerals marking the hours is on a lot of Day Date 40 models.

This watch also comes in 4 distinct colors, 3 gold-toned with various dial colors and a stainless steel with silver face. All of them offer classic style to the watch lover.

Peugots are even cheaper than the Bulovas above, but lack water resistance and to me look a little cheaper in terms of finish. 

  • Specifications
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal
  • Day window at 12 o'clock, date window at 3 o'clock (with cyclops lens)
  • Stainless steel bracelet with fold-over clasp
  • Water resistant to 30m (100ft)
  • Case size: 40 x 9mm
Peugeot Men's '14K All Plated Day Date Roman Numeral Big Black Face Fluted Bezel Luxury' Quartz Metal and Stainless Steel Dress Watch, Color:Gold-Toned (Model: 1029BK)
Peugeot 14K All Gold-Plated Day Date Roman Numeral Stainless Steel Big Face Fluted Bezel Luxury Watch 1029G
Peugeot Men's '14K All Plated Day Date Roman Numeral Big White Face Fluted Bezel Luxury' Quartz Metal and Stainless Steel Dress Watch, Color:Gold-Toned (Model: 1029WT)
Peugeot Men's ' Quartz Metal and Stainless Steel Dress Watch, Color Silver-Toned (Model: 1029S)

5. Rotary Men's Havana

Rotary GB02660-05 Mens Havana Watch

A surprisingly unknown Swiss watchmaker, Rotary is yet another boutique brand out of the Jura mountains in Switzerland.

This Rolex homage is yet another that is very close to the original yet very very affordable. The case, day and date functions and the overall look are a great match, but of course there are some variations in the hour markers and hands to the original Day Date. Not a bad thing in my opinion as I like my homages to be similar, not copies.

One other thing to keep in mind with this watch is that although the brand is Swiss, it is not “Swiss Made” which means they do not meet the Swiss government standard of 60% made in Switzerland. Which is not to say none of this watch is, it just does not meet those criteria.

  • Specifications
  • Quartz Movement
  • Scratch resistant triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stainless steel bracelet
  • Uni-directional bezel
  • Case size: 38 x 13mm
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)

6. Claude Bernard 83014

Claude Bernard Gents-Wristwatch Sophisticated Classics Date Weekday Analog Automatic 83014 3M BUIN1

One of the more niche watch makers out of Switzerland, Claude Bernard, based in Les Genevez, are proud to be Swiss Made.

They have dozens of variants in their Sophisticated Classics range and this one is a homage to the Day Date. It is less exact in terms of features than some of the models above, but if you are after a classic dress watch with only similar looks to the Rolex, this might be the one for you.

Being on the higher end of affordable, this is more of a watch-lovers watch, but comes with some of the features you expect from a true Swiss watchmaker – Swiss Made Automatic movement, Sapphire glass, tight-weave steel bracelet.

The only minor downside of this watch is its 42mm case, which might put some people off. Dress watches typically sit below 40mm.

  • Specifications
  • Swiss Quartz Movement
  • Scratch resistant triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stainless steel mesh bracelet
  • Uni-directional bezel
  • Case size: 42 x 11mm
  • Water resistance: 30m (100ft)

7. Casio Day Date

Casio #MTP1381D-1AV Men's Classic Stainless Steel 50M Day Date Black Dial Watch

Moving a little bit away from the original look of the Day Date is this Casio. It is still a very attractive watch with some nice homage features such as the simple hour markers and hands (as well as the 12 o’clock weekday).

Many of the other features a more in line with a standard dress watch with the simple flat brushed steel case and crown protectors. And the date window has been moved to 6 o’clock, which is the first of this variation we have seen (more below).

This is a very affordable option being a Casio, however that is not to say it is a waste of your money. Many a Casio will last you for years to come. They just won’t empty your wallet in the process.

  • Specifications
  • Quartz Movement
  • Mineral Crystal
  • Stainless steel bracelet with deployant clasp
  • Case size: 40 x 9mm
  • Water resistance: 50m (165ft)

8. TAG Heuer Link

TAG Heuer Men's WAT2011.BA0951 Link Silver Dial Watch

Another shift away from the classic Day Date look is the TAG Heuer Link. Being a top-notch Swiss brand though, and having a unique spin on the positioning of the day date, I had to mention this watch.

As you can see, the day/date combo is positioned both at 6 o’clock, one on top of the other. It’s a fun idea, and one you won’t see used a lot in the watch industry. Their stainless steel band also has a very unique look with the split down the centre, giving it a modern angle. The bezel has the hour numbers on it in arabic numerials, however the internal hour markers on the dial are more in line with the Rolex original.

Being a Tag Heuer, this watch is not cheap of course, but is far below the cost of the Rolex Day Date.

  • Specifications
  • Swiss Automatic Movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Stainless steel bracelet
  • Case size: 42 x 13mm
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)

9. Hamilton Jazzmaster

Hamilton H32505141 Jazzmaster Blue Dial Stainless Steel Men's Watch

The Hamilton Jazzmaster is a well-known watch in its own right. And they have also been influenced by their watchmaking brethren at Rolex over the years.

This version of the Jazzmaster with the weekday/date windows is similar to the Casio above with the weekday at 12 o’clock and the date window at 6 o’clock. The tapered hands and hour markers are classic dress watch features, along with the clean dial and case.

The Jazzmaster sits in the sub-1000 range, so is not cheap, but if you want a true Swiss made watch from a former US-owned brand, that is high-quality but not Rolex prices, this is a great choice!

  • Specifications
  • Swiss Automatic Movement
  • Stainless steel bracelet
  • Case size: 40 x 11.5mm
  • Water resistance: 50m (165ft)

Which Rolex Day Date Homage Should You Buy?

The closest to the original with the best features at a reasonable price is the Orient Classic. It looks just like the Rolex, but won’t cost you an arm and a leg. This is our favorite for sure.

If budget is your biggest concern I think it’s an easy decision. The Casio or the Peugot are your best bets. The Peugot being the closer to the original Rolex of course.

For the rest, it really comes down to taste and money. There are a lot of options that are close homages, and others that just have a taste of the Rolex. On top of that, there is a huge price range in all the watches, but most are a few hundred bucks or less.

It’s your choice!