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Old 07-31-2017, 08:39 PM   #1
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Why top Swiss watches cost what they do

https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/th...-watch-primer/

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Interesting read and while the Swiss corner the market, most A. Lange and Sone compete with Patek for both quality and price and Glashutte will compete with most Omega, Breitling, etc. Grand Seiko, while larger in size, give Rolex a run for refinement and finishing.

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how about old watches?
im clearing out some of mine and some of my fathers........
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I was an Assistant Instructor of Scuba diving starting around 1978 and continuing for around 4 years.

I noticed that there weren't many Dive watches that didn't become terrariums in short order.

The Seiko and Doxa were the 2 that were essentially bulletproof. Even the Rolex Submariners became terrariums from time to time.

I bought a Seiko automatic wind dive watch back in 1978 and I still wear it daily to this day. Had it cleaned and oiled 3 times over the years, but that's it.

Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
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seikos were issued to us in the SEAL teams 1990-97
i still got mine.
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my wife still has her fila that i got her for a wedding gift. she swims laps all the time, for 22 years now. no leaks.
not bad for a shoe company.
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Originally Posted by Flash View Post
I was an Assistant Instructor of Scuba diving starting around 1978 and continuing for around 4 years.

I noticed that there weren't many Dive watches that didn't become terrariums in short order.

The Seiko and Doxa were the 2 that were essentially bulletproof. Even the Rolex Submariners became terrariums from time to time.

I bought a Seiko automatic wind dive watch back in 1978 and I still wear it daily to this day. Had it cleaned and oiled 3 times over the years, but that's it.

Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

Got one I had in high school back in early 70s. Made the mistake of wearing it during the middle 70s underground building the Atlanta subway. After a bit, it started losing an hour/day. Called Seiko in LA and they quoted me an estimate equal to what a new one would cost, so it sits in my jewelry case along with my grandfathers Benrus automatic, another Seiko (battery) I got in '79
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Originally Posted by bobski View Post
how about old watches?
im clearing out some of mine and some of my fathers........
I prefer them. I have a JLC from the 60's, Rolex from 53, omega from 30's, wittnauer from the 30's, and a Zenith from the 60's. My wife has 2 14k white gold vintage watches from the 20's and 50's, longines and omega respectively. She wears hers when we go out and a citizen day to day. I wear all of mine in a loose rotation with my modern Rolexs, Omegas, Breitlings, Seikos, and Marathon.

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Originally Posted by Flash View Post
I was an Assistant Instructor of Scuba diving starting around 1978 and continuing for around 4 years.

I noticed that there weren't many Dive watches that didn't become terrariums in short order.

The Seiko and Doxa were the 2 that were essentially bulletproof. Even the Rolex Submariners became terrariums from time to time.

I bought a Seiko automatic wind dive watch back in 1978 and I still wear it daily to this day. Had it cleaned and oiled 3 times over the years, but that's it.

Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
Got one that seems to work great and 2 that have ended up like the one oneounce has, but zero issues with any of my 3 Rolexs or Marathon GSAR so far.

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Originally Posted by bobski View Post
seikos were issued to us in the SEAL teams 1990-97
i still got mine.
That's one I'd like to see

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