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September 16, 2013

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jonnybardo

We could collaborate on a watch-buying guide based upon our experiences.

I'm also reminded of something I learned on Watchlords, that in terms of value per dollar you get the best value with micro-brands, then Japanese brands (Seiko, Citizen, and Orient in particular), then Swiss and German brands. There's no clear formula, but a $700 micro-brand diver is similar quality to a Japanese watch a few hundred dollars more, which in turn is similar in quality to a Swiss/German watch twice or more the price.

This is why I'll probably never own a Rolex. For half the price you can get a better watch: The Seiko SBDB001 with spring drive. Among Swiss and German brands, Oris may represent best value - $1K - 1.5K for a high quality timepiece. Above that, you've got the Omega Seamaster, costing $2-3K, and still good value. But beyond that? You're mainly paying for name and heritage.

Micro-brands don't have the name or heritage, so some might balk at spending $500-1K on a no-name watch with questionable service. But you're also able to buy watches with cutting edge designs that look like Swiss/German watches priced 3-5x as much. The Viking Tempest is a good example of this.

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