The 7 Best Omega Seamaster Homage Watches
One of the most iconic watches after the Rolex Submariner, the Omega Seamaster is a watch that has been mimicked for decades.
Omega themselves have even taken the watch to almost ridiculous heights with so many different models, you are spoiled for choice. Literally!
Most of us have no hope of ever affording such a watch (at around the 3-4 thousand dollar mark) so in many ways we are lucky there are so many Omega Seamaster homages around. And many of them cost only a few hundred dollars! Sweet deal.
So, in this article I am going to show you the options you have if you want to own your very own Seamaster, albeit a homage.
Orient Ray II
If you look closely, you will see an almost overwhleming list of similarities between the Seamaster and the Orient Ray II.
The blue face and dial, with the bezel also in dark blue. The sliver hands and hour markers, complete with a nice dash of lume. Very similar lettering both in the logo and model/waterproof writing at 6 o’clock.
Where it strays a little is in the addition of a day as well as date, at 3 o’clock. And of course the specs (see below) which can never match the Seamaster. Although, with 200m water resistance, it’s still quite impressive as a dive watch.
Seiko is always a great option when you want quality at a reasonable price, and they also have some nice looking dive watches. The SKX family of watches is very much in the realm of the seamaster, although something completely blue they do not do.
This model, the SKX007K2 is very close to the black Omega Seamaster. And if you look at the image above, similar to the Ray II as well, albeit in black.
It also differs by having a day/date and not just a date (like the Seamaster) and slightly less elegant hands. And, the 200m water resistance is also impressive for the sub 200 dollar price tag.
Tudor Pelagos Blue Dial
The only truly expensive homage on this page is this Tudor. It is also in the 3-4 thousand range, and the quality it brings to the table shows.
The Pelagos is 100% Swiss made with a Titanium case, ceramic bezel, Sapphire crystal, 500m water resistance and a COSC certified in-house automatic movement.
There are of course slight differences to the Seamaster, such as the hands, the markers (both hour markers and on the bezel), but this watch is impressive. And it’s made in the same factory as Rolex.
Invicta Pro Diver Grand 9721
I have covered some Invicta models before on the blog and they are great budget level dive watches. The Pro Diver Grand is indeed another Seamaster lookalike, with the all blue (face and bezel) and simple dot/line hour markers.
The only major difference I can see is the background which is more patterned than the original Omega, and the undulations on the outside of the bezel.
The specs are also different, but we expected that right? And here they are…
Stuhrling Aquadiver Regatta
The Aquadiver Regatta is Stuhrling’s homage to the Omega Seamaster.
The bright blue dial and bezel are indeed striking, and almost as impressive as the original. There are a few deviations in this homage thou with roman numerals at 3,6,9 and 12 o’clock, no dots on the hour markers and a date window (a little too small in my opinion) at 4 o’clock.
The specs of the watch are quite impressive for the price though (at under $100) with Swiss quartz, 200m water resistance and a deployant clasp (often only seen on more expensive models).
Reginald Blue Dial
The Reginald is a decent homage to the Seamaster, although with the cyclops date window it is a little more like the Rolex Submariner. But they are close cousins anyway, we all know that.
This watch is one of the cheapest on the list, and being a Chinese watch I guess it makes sense. It has a Japanese quartz movement, all steel case and bracelet and can go down to 300m, which is quite impressive for the price (not sure I would want to actually test that though, especially since the specs say 40m and sometimes 3 bar – inconsistent).
The likeness to the Seamaster is there though, with the similar markers and minute train, and the bezel markers and roman numerals are some of the most similar of any watch in this list.
For the price, I would buy it anyway.
Getting a little further away from the original in terms of both looks and quality is the Sinobi 9721. Still quite a decent homage to the Seamaster, you will be amazed at how similar these watches are.
The gold may seem to be quite a step away from the other watches in this series, but Omega (as I said earlier) have so many variations – one does match this, albeit more in rose gold.
The date window is also there, although the recessed and curved look they have given it seems quite a bit cheaper than the Omega. And, it is only 30m water resistant (which means you can only get it wet while washing the dishes!)
But then again, for less than 50 bucks, who can complain.
Which Omega Seamaster Homage Should You Buy?
If you want to stick with quality watches and only pay a hundred or two, then the Seiko SKX007 is one of your best bets. The Invicta Pro Diver or Orient Ray II are two others I would also take a closer look at if I was buying it for someone else.
If you are after a super-top quality watch that is just an alternative to the Seamaster but no cheaper, the Tudor Pelagos is the way to go.
And the award for perhaps most similar and yet still insanely cheap goes to the Reginald. You just can’t beat less than 50 bucks!
But, in the end, it is a matter of taste and budget. All these watches are different in many ways, even though it may seem subtle at first. You just have to spend a little time looking and see which one you fall in love with!
Header Image Credit: Luke Price