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Watches for mortals

Can anyone advise what would be a good place to look at some reasonably priced watches, not the Omegas and Urwerks? More like Seikos and Tissots.

Back in Canada we'd go to a jewelry/watch shop in a nearby mall and they would have a decent cross-section of different styles and manufacturers. Tried looking here (Lausanne) and I am hang hard time understanding who could be carrying a good selection of mid-range watches. Been to Manors and a smaller watch shop in Leman centre, but that's not it.

Any general pointers, concrete shop names, etc. - would greatly appreciate any help.

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I could halp you if you tell us where you live, because your status says Canada.... And you already know where to get them there.
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Nil, I am currently in Lausanne area. Be leaving back in a bit, hence it says Canada in profile.
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Post price range and let hilarity ensue let people help you
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300 CHF, give or take. I am not looking for a watch recommendation, I am looking for a place that has a good selection in the price range. And it's for a gift, so try and keep it impersonal if possible
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If you're looking for a good deal then you won't find it in a store here, seriously. Between Tissot and Seiko, for the same money you get more watch with Seiko.

Clearly the best is to buy over the Net, but if you are returning to Canada soon and want to see watches in real life before buying I'd just wait and buy there if I were you.
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300 CHF, give or take. I am not looking for a watch recommendation, I am looking for a place that has a good selection in the price range. And it's for a gift, so try and keep it impersonal if possible

any swatch shop?
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Swatch is no go unless their shops carry non-Swatch inventory. Do they?
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Swatch is no go unless their shops carry non-Swatch inventory. Do they?
No.
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As Mud said, for the price range you are better of in the Webz or Canada.
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Any general pointers, concrete shop names, etc. - would greatly appreciate any help.
You won't find a watch in a concrete shop.....they only sell concrete.....
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Swatch is no go unless their shops carry non-Swatch inventory. Do they?

well as most cheaper swiss watches use swatch movements you may as well cut out the middleman, for your price range you can get a really nice swatch, or a really low end crappy sekio etc
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Swatch is no go unless their shops carry non-Swatch inventory. Do they?
This shop carries a broad selection of obtainable Swiss watches.

http://www.christ-swiss.ch/en/watches

Mind you, for the same money, you'll get a far superior Citizen/Seiko..but if you're just after the "Swiss made" tag, then that's the shop to go to.
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well as most cheaper swiss watches use swatch movements you may as well cut out the middleman, for your price range you can get a really nice swatch, or a really low end crappy sekio etc
Nothing personal, but you have it pretty much all wrong.

Swatch watches are made/sold by a member company of the Swatch Group. The Swatch Group owns ETA, the largest maker of movements in Switzerland (actually, probably the world, although Citizen and Seiko are up there too).

ETA movements are used in a lot of low-range Swiss watches, most mid-range Swiss watches, and nearly all high end Swiss watches. (Some manufacturers finish the movements themselves and give them their own model number.)

Seiko make watches at a huge range of price points, from about $50 for a basic quartz model to many thousand dollars for the Grand Seiko range. None of these are crappy, and at their price points they can put Swiss Made watches to shame in terms of finish and accuracy.

I own Swiss, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian watches. All of their watch industries produce excellent and fascinating timepieces, although the finish on a $50 Vostok does not compare with that on a CHF 5k Omega.

Now, to answer the OP's question: Lausanne is low on watch dealers, but if you hop a train to Geneva, in about 35 minutes you will be within a kilometre of about a hundred watch dealers with prices from CHF 20 and up.

Victorinox shops also carry their line of watches, which are impressively well made and competitive in value.

It's always worth checking out Manor and Globus wherever you are, they have a wide range and frequently mark down older stock to move it out of the vitrine. Stuff on "solde" can often be bought at online prices, but with the advantage of a signed dealer's guarantee.
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Victorinox shops also carry their line of watches, which are impressively well made and competitive in value.
that is true.. Im happy with mine... HOwever, I did not buy it in CH.

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Re: Watches for mortals

If you have the time and nerves, you can get 50% cheaper brand new unopened full warranty stamped cards watch from ricardo.ch. 300 won't buy you anything from Tissot (maybe a SS bracelet) but on ricardo sometimes for 300 you can get a decent automatic.

For example

http://www.ricardo.ch/kaufen/uhren-u...v/an659713026/

Look at other auctions with no bids and if you like the watch offer less than what they are selling for, very often sellers accept.
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Nothing personal, but you have it pretty much all wrong.

ETA movements are used in a lot of low-range Swiss watches, most mid-range Swiss watches, and nearly all high end Swiss watches. (Some manufacturers finish the movements themselves and give them their own model number.)
Nearly all high end watches use something other than an ETA movement.
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As long as the watch isnt made from Gold or Platinum you should be able to get just about anything for less than CHF700..... I saw some very good brand name watchs in the KLM Duty Free magazine for less than CHF300, just last week. Your price should be fine. Dont think you will have to settle for Swatch.

Alternatively you could swing by Bangkok and get 10 watchs for 300 CHF
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Nothing personal, but you have it pretty much all wrong.

Swatch watches are made/sold by a member company of the Swatch Group. The Swatch Group owns ETA, the largest maker of movements in Switzerland (actually, probably the world, although Citizen and Seiko are up there too).

ETA movements are used in a lot of low-range Swiss watches, most mid-range Swiss watches, and nearly all high end Swiss watches. (Some manufacturers finish the movements themselves and give them their own model number.)

Seiko make watches at a huge range of price points, from about $50 for a basic quartz model to many thousand dollars for the Grand Seiko range. None of these are crappy, and at their price points they can put Swiss Made watches to shame in terms of finish and accuracy.

I own Swiss, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian watches. All of their watch industries produce excellent and fascinating timepieces, although the finish on a $50 Vostok does not compare with that on a CHF 5k Omega.

Now, to answer the OP's question: Lausanne is low on watch dealers, but if you hop a train to Geneva, in about 35 minutes you will be within a kilometre of about a hundred watch dealers with prices from CHF 20 and up.

Victorinox shops also carry their line of watches, which are impressively well made and competitive in value.

It's always worth checking out Manor and Globus wherever you are, they have a wide range and frequently mark down older stock to move it out of the vitrine. Stuff on "solde" can often be bought at online prices, but with the advantage of a signed dealer's guarantee.

and here we go again

ok a swatch is a member of the same company that makes most of the cheaper swiss movements, better??

I also own a selection of watches, and a cheap 50 sekio is just that, cheap whereas a decent seiko kinetic doesn't look or feel cheap (even if the capcitors live shorter then batteries) but are out of the op's budget

So before people start suggesting various wonderful makes and models, take the time to re-read his post and take note of the budget and FFS not mentioning omega's etc
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Nearly all high end watches use something other than an ETA movement.
Yes, indeed. Those non-ETA movements are hand assembled and finished in house by the manufacturers of those high end watches, with their own model numbers. Those original unfinished movements nearly all come from ETA, and of those most are 2824-2, 2896, and 7750.

There are still a few in house movements being made by the likes of Patek Phillipe and IWC, and Omega adds their co-axial system in house. But making new high precision movements from scratch is not economical, even for most high end brands.

And there are loads of watches that say Swiss Made on the dial (and are allowed to by the regulations) and have a Chinese made quartz movement inside.
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and here we go again

ok a swatch is a member of the same company that makes most of the cheaper swiss movements, better??

I also own a selection of watches, and a cheap 50 sekio is just that, cheap whereas a decent seiko kinetic doesn't look or feel cheap (even if the capcitors live shorter then batteries) but are out of the op's budget

So before people start suggesting various wonderful makes and models, take the time to re-read his post and take note of the budget and FFS not mentioning omega's etc
Better, yes. Exact would be to say that Swatch is a brand belonging to the same group that owns the company that manufactures nearly all the cheaper, midrange, and expensive Swiss movements.

Of course there is a get-what-you-pay-for rule, a 50 Seiko won't be finished as well as a 500 one.

I mentioned Omega in the context of the discussion, not as a recommendation. So to make up for it, I'll make another recommendation to the OP. Look for Tissots on sale. A friend of mine recently acquired a very simple and elegant Tissot at Manor for CHF 150.
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