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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

Most high-end Swiss watches have a quartz movemenz these days, except Blancpain - none of their watches have a battery.
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Most high-end Swiss watches have a quartz movemenz these days
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

Funny thing is with all these "diver" watches is that a diver wouldnt use them
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

What about a Mondaine- official Swiss Railway watch and a real style icon.
Some of the models are exact replicas of the railway station clocks and so quite appealing. Under 300chf and I'm sure "Swiss made" printed/stamped somewhere..
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Most high-end Swiss watches have a quartz movemenz these days, except Blancpain - none of their watches have a battery.
Your talking about cheap low end watches. Mid range swiss watches 3-10k have mechanical mass produced movements. 10k-50k are mechanical movements but hand finished. 50k to 1.5 million + are high end hand made watches
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

One brand I always thought delivered good value-for-money in the OPs price range is Tissot:

http://www.tissot.ch/

Their collection ranges from about CHF200 to CHF1'000 depending on materials and complications in the watch, but you should be able to find something classic and Swiss-made that you'll enjoy for quite some time.
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

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It's a Rolex ripoff. All of these companies are quite capable of making original and nice-looking watches. In my experience of wearing Rolexes, people are always curious as to whether it's a real or a fake. It just sucks to have to keep telling them it's a fake.
Like I said most people who are not watch snobs wouldn't care about if it was a homage or not. It's a great looking and great quality watch based on a timeless design with ETA mechanical movement at a low price, and should be appreciated as such.

It's also not a "fake"... use the correct terminology and it may avoid confusion.
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One brand I always thought delivered good value-for-money in the OPs price range is Tissot:

http://www.tissot.ch/

Their collection ranges from about CHF200 to CHF1'000 depending on materials and complications in the watch, but you should be able to find something classic and Swiss-made that you'll enjoy for quite some time.
OP, for your budget you are much better off getting a Tissot than an unGoogleable brand from a tourist shop or department store.

If you weren't so stuck on the Swiss Made printing I would steer you toward Seiko, but that's just one grumpy watchmaker's opinion.
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

Go to Manor and look at Swiss Military brand.
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OP, for your budget you are much better off getting a Tissot than an unGoogleable brand from a tourist shop or department store.

If you weren't so stuck on the Swiss Made printing I would steer you toward Seiko, but that's just one grumpy watchmaker's opinion.
Yeah, if you want something Swiss then Seiko doesn't really, erm, suit.

Great watches though.
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Doesn't have "Swiss made" written on it though...which I am guessing is important to the OP when showing to his friends and family.
On the back there is a print :
Swiss Made-ETA MOVT, Water Resistant 3 ATM
All Titanium, Sapphire Glass
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

I bought a tissot T-touch T-race watch from Manor as a gift for someone.
Received original warranty card + box + manuals + receipts. chf. 495
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

I agree with Steinhart.. fantastic watch for the price.. steinhart.ch they also just rolled out a complete do over or make over and introduced some really nice new watches. just google the company and look them over. Of course there is Delma watches their watch goes down to 500 m, Steinhart I think is 300 m. Good luck there is so many good Swiss watches.
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

Saw this in the EasyJet magazine .. Really like the look and good price range. This one is a quartz movement but they also do automatic.

http://www.venuswatches.ch/001000035...a2-22b-r2.html

Like 99% of all swiss watches, they use an ETA movement for the automatics, made of course by the swatch company.


ETA has to be laughing all the way to the bank, their movements are used everywhere from top end Omega to chinese fake Rolex!
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Funny thing is with all these "diver" watches is that a diver wouldnt use them
I actually did! Once. Now it's dead.
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

I would call Rolex, Cartier, Piaget, Baume et Mercier et al high-end watches. Most of these, apart from the automatics, have quartz movements. My Baume and Mercier cost 10,000 CHF, and it has quartz movement. The Rolex OysterQuartz gives a little idea. When you get watches above 50,000 CHF, they are usually (though not always) pieces of jewellery encrusted with precious stones. You are paying more for the jewellery than the watch at this point.

A simple google search will confirm the above.
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It's also not a "fake"... use the correct terminology and it may avoid confusion.
It is a fake. A fake is something that purports to be what it is not. What it isn't is a forgery.

Nobody believes that Steinhart threw a load watch parts up in the air and this is how they landed. They set out to make a watch as close as possible to a Rolex which is designed to fool a casual observer (i.e. they're copying a Veblen good without the price to match).

This watch almost certainly had legal input into its design. Now, while lawyers have many qualities and uses in society (make hay while the sun shines, though - that profession is ripe for automation), they shouldn't be involved in designing watches.
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Most high-end Swiss watches have a quartz movemenz these days, except Blancpain - none of their watches have a battery.

"Most" is a bit of an exaggeration, it would be more fair to say that most high end swiss manufacturers also produce quartz watches.
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"Most" is a bit of an exaggeration, it would be more fair to say that most high end swiss manufacturers also produce quartz watches.

I don't think any high end 'manufactures' sell quartz watches. The definition of a 'manufacture' is a watch company that builds their own movements. The largest manufacture being Rolex. The daughter brand Tudor uses a bought in ETA movement, not a quartz.

The most movements are made by ETA, however they don't sell finished watches.
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I would call Rolex, Cartier, Piaget, Baume et Mercier et al high-end watches. Most of these, apart from the automatics, have quartz movements. My Baume and Mercier cost 10,000 CHF, and it has quartz movement. The Rolex OysterQuartz gives a little idea. When you get watches above 50,000 CHF, they are usually (though not always) pieces of jewellery encrusted with precious stones. You are paying more for the jewellery than the watch at this point.

A simple google search will confirm the above.
The Rolex Oysterquartz is no longer made! Rolex don't sell quartz movement watches today.

A simple google search will confirm that.

EDIT: My bad, they make one quartz movement model. A white gold diamond encrusted cellini (http://www.rolex.com/watches/cellini.html). The rest (~30 other models) are automatic or hand wound.

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