Affordable Rolex Daytona Homage Watches

The Rolex Daytona has been on most watch collectors radars since the 60s when it was first released. The stunning dial with easy to identify pushers and protected crown, along with the tachymeter bezel are all absolutely iconic. The problem is always that the price is iconic as well, at well over 10 thousand dollars.

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So, I set out to find the best homages, but super affordable and higher-end (but still very affordable) so that you can easily find the Rolex of your dreams without emptying your bank account. Let’s see the best Rolex Daytone homage on the market right now…

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Invicta Men's 9211 'Speedway Collection' Stainless Steel Watch
Great Homage
Invicta Speedway
  • Japanese Quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal
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SEIKO SSB031 Men's Chronograph Stainless Steel Case Watch
Seiko Chronograph
  • Seiko Quartz movement
  • Hardlex Mineral crystal
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Stuhrling Original Mens Sport Chronograph Watch - Stainless Steel Brushed Matte Bracelet, 891 Formula'i' Watches Collection (Black)
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Stuhrling Original Forumula I
  • Japanese quartz movement (from Seiko)
  • Krystern crystal
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Henry Jay Mens Stainless Steel Multifunction'Specialty Aquamaster' Watch with GMT-Day-Date and Tachymeter Display
Henry Jay Specialty Aquamaster
  • Henry Jay Specialty Quartz Movement
  • Scratch Resistant Mineral Crystal
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Tissot mens V8 Chrono Quartz Stainless Steel Casual Watch Grey T1064171104200
Tissot T-Spot V8
  • Swiss Quartz Movement
  • Anti Reflective Sapphire
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ORIENT Neo70's Panda Men's Watch WV0021UZ
ORIENT NEO 70's
  • Quartz Movement
  • Mineral crystal
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Men's Stainless Steel Edifice White Dial Tachymeter Chronograph
Casio Edifice
  • Quartz Movement
  • Mineral Crystal
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TAG Heuer Men's 'Formula 1' Swiss Quartz Stainless Steel Dress Watch, Color:Silver-Toned (Model: CAZ1011.BA0843)
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TAG Heuer Formula 1
  • Swiss Automatic Movement
  • Anti-reflective Sapphire crystal
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Zenith El Primero Chronograph Automatic Grey Dial Black Rubber Men's Watch 03228040091R576
Zenith El Primero Chronograph
  • Swiss Automatic movement with a 50 hour power reserve
  • Scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal
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Hamilton Lord Hamilton Black Dial Automatic Chronograph Mens Watch H32816131
Hamilton Lord Hamilton (H32816131)
  • Swiss Automatic movement
  • Scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal
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Great Homage

Invicta Speedway

Invicta Men's 9211 'Speedway Collection' Stainless Steel Watch

Models: 9211, 9212, 3644, 9223

If you are looking for a near perfect homage of the Rolex Daytona then the Invicta Speedway is all that and more. Even the name suggests car racing, just like the Daytona!

All the elements are there with the centered 3 sub-dials for the chronograph, the number bezel (units per hour) and the pointed tips on the hour markers. There are really only a few differences such as the date window (which the Daytona lacks) and the sub-dials are in a different position.

Oh, and one is over 15 thousand dollars, and the other is less than one hundred. Can you guess which is which?

Specifications

  • Japanese Quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal
  • Stainless steel strap with fold-over clasp & safety
  • Water resistant to 200m (660ft)
  • Case size: 39.5 x 13mm
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Seiko Chronograph

SEIKO SSB031 Men's Chronograph Stainless Steel Case Watch

Models: SSB031, SSB025, SSB033, SSB027

Seiko are always a great (and affordable chronograph) alternative to any watch you might be dreaming of, and the SSB chronographs are worthy contenders here.

With the tachymeter bezel, big push buttons for the 3-dial chronograph and the clear and legible dial are all signs of a Rolex Daytona. Of course, there are a few small differences like the ordering of the sub-dials, the colored second hand and the inclusion of a date window at 4-5 o’clock. But otherwise it is a real homage.

Specifications

  • Seiko Quartz movement
  • Hardlex Mineral crystal
  • Day window at 4-5 o'clock
  • Stainless steel strap with double push closure
  • Water resistant to 100m (330ft)
  • Case size: 44 x 11mm
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Stuhrling Original Forumula I

Stuhrling Original Mens Sport Chronograph Watch - Stainless Steel Brushed Matte Bracelet, 891 Formula'i' Watches Collection (Black)

Models: 891Z.01, 891Z.02, 891Z.03, 891Z.04

An American owned brand that was inspired by an old-school Swiss watchmaker (Max Stührling) Stuhrling makes watches on par with Seiko. With great attention to detail and affordable yet reliable watches, you almost can’t go wrong.

The Original Formula i model is very close to the Rolex Daytona in almost every detail. If you look at the tips of the hour markers and where the word “chronograph” is over the subdial, you will appreciate how much effort they have gone to.

All this with the affordable cost make this one of the best choices in this list.

Specifications

  • Japanese quartz movement (from Seiko)
  • Krystern crystal
  • Day window at 12 o'clock, date window at 3 o'clock (with cyclops lens)
  • Stainless steel bracelet with deployant clasp
  • Water resistant to 100m (330ft)
  • Case size: 42 x 12.2mm
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Henry Jay Specialty Aquamaster

Henry Jay Mens Stainless Steel Multifunction'Specialty Aquamaster' Watch with GMT-Day-Date and Tachymeter Display

The Henry Ray Aquamaster is another interesting homage, but with a few differences. The look in terms of colors is very much like one of the lesser worn Rolex Daytona Cosmographs you can find, but it does exist.

The bezel and chronograph buttons are all on point, as are the position of the dials. However this watch does not have a standard hour/min/sec timer but instead uses the dials for day/day and GMT time. So, if these are more useful for you, then it’s also a great option.

Specifications

  • Henry Jay Specialty Quartz Movement
  • Scratch Resistant Mineral Crystal
  • Day/Date and GMT on the sub-dials
  • Stainless steel bracelet with fold-over clasp & safety
  • Water resistant to 100m (330ft)
  • Case size: 44 x 12mm
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Tissot T-Spot V8

Tissot mens V8 Chrono Quartz Stainless Steel Casual Watch Grey T1064171104200

(T1064171104200)

Unlike the majority of the homages on the affordable end of this list, this one from Tissot is actually Swiss Made. And, it is still only hundreds, not thousands of dollars.

The similarities to the Rolex Daytona are all there, but Tissot have not gone all out to copy it. They have Arabic numbers on various hour positions. There is a date window at 6 o’clock, and the hands are wide at the base, with a long T on the end of the second hand – quite different to the Daytona.

Nonetheless, this is a stunning and affordable alternative with Swiss Made features  sapphire glass.

Specifications

  • Swiss Quartz Movement
  • Anti Reflective Sapphire
  • Chronograph and date
  • Stainless steel bracelet with deployant & safety
  • Water resistant to 100m (330ft)
  • Case size: 42 x 11mm
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ORIENT NEO 70's

ORIENT Neo70's Panda Men's Watch WV0021UZ

Models: WV0041TX, WV0031UZ, WV0021UZ

It’s no surprise to see Orient on the homage list again. This time with a reasonable homage to the Rolex Daytona. They have veered a little from the original’s path, which is sometimes a good thing.

This watch has an inner minute train around the bezel instead of the Tachymeter option on the original. The crown also does not have the large protection lugs around it. And like most homages here, there is a date window at 4-5 o’clock too.

This is the classic “reverse panda” style of watch (see the eyes?) but there are a few others and some variations on the dial available from Orient too.

Specifications

  • Quartz Movement
  • Mineral crystal
  • Stainless steel bracelet
  • Date window at 4-5 o'clock
  • Case size: 42 x 11mm
  • Water resistance: 50m (165ft)
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Casio Edifice

Men's Stainless Steel Edifice White Dial Tachymeter Chronograph

Stretching the boundaries of what is truly a homage, this Casio Edifice model has many of the elements, but also strays quite a bit. The main difference is in the bezel and case itself, as you can see in the image here.

The rest of the features of the Rolex Daytona are there with the Tachymeter bezel, 3 sub-dial chronograph and protected crown.

To me, it is just a question of whether you like the unique look they have given this model.

Specifications

  • Quartz Movement
  • Mineral Crystal
  • Stainless steel bracelet with deployant clasp
  • Case size: 45 x 11mm
  • Water resistance: 100m (330ft)
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SWISS MADE ALTERNATIVE

TAG Heuer Formula 1

TAG Heuer Men's 'Formula 1' Swiss Quartz Stainless Steel Dress Watch, Color:Silver-Toned (Model: CAZ1011.BA0843)

TAG Heuer are another Swiss watch maker that are not on the cheap end of the scale, however compared to a Rolex they are certainly more affordable. And, given that they are a top-end manufacturer, you know you are getting a stunning watch.

The Formula 1 series from them has a few different models, but the ones above are very much inspired by the Daytona.. The Tachmetre bezel, the centered 3 dial chronometer and the otherwise clean dial are all hat tips to Rolex.

Of course, you also get some better than average specs with such a watch like an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, titanium bezel and 200m water resistance.

Specifications

  • Swiss Automatic Movement
  • Anti-reflective Sapphire crystal
  • Stainless steel bracelet, fold-over with safety
  • Titanium Bezel
  • Case size: 43 x 12mm
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)
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Zenith El Primero Chronograph

Zenith El Primero Chronograph Automatic Grey Dial Black Rubber Men's Watch 03228040091R576

Zenith are another top-end Swiss watch brand that many of you may not be familiar with. I see their ads all over the backs of magazines and at airports, but then hey, I live in Zurich, so maybe I am biased.

This watch is inline with the TAG Heuer in that it is also expensive, but a cheaper option than a Rolex. It has enough differences to the Daytona to make it interesting (including this 3 color sub-dial option) but is a very close approximation nonetheless.

 

Specifications

  • Swiss Automatic movement with a 50 hour power reserve
  • Scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal
  • Stainless steel bracelet
  • Case size: 45 x 14mm
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)
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Hamilton Lord Hamilton (H32816131)

Hamilton Lord Hamilton Black Dial Automatic Chronograph Mens Watch H32816131

Continuing with the slightly higher-end Swiss Made watches, this Hamilton Lord Hamilton is perhaps the least “homeage” of these 3 Swiss watches, but an option worth checking out nonetheless.

It has the Tachymeter bezel of course and the 3 sub-dial chronograph, however they are aligned vertically so that a day/date window can be placed at 3 o’clock. Not a bad idea in the end.

I love the black/silver style of this watch in every detail, including the sharp hour hands, less prominent pushers and rings on the sub-dials.

Specifications

  • Swiss Automatic movement
  • Scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal
  • Stainless steel bracelet
  • Case size: 47 x 15mm
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)
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