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Re: Swiss watches (obsolete technology?)

Speaking of Rolex, how much are they in CH? A shop in my state wants around 8,000 USD for a stainless model.
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Old 01.11.2011, 08:22
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Speaking of Rolex, how much are they in CH? A shop in my state wants around 8,000 USD for a stainless model.
Can one actually buy a Rolex here in CH? It's a brand I don't recall ever seeing on display. Not that I've looked.
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Old 01.11.2011, 09:15
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Can one actually buy a Rolex here in CH?
Of Course.

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Not that I've looked.
That'd be it
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Didn't I just mention my more than 30 years old quartz watch has < 2seconds drift over a year? And that for less than 200 CHF.

As for DIY digital quartz clocks -- I built my first one in 1973, with nixie tube display and 74xx ICs. It still works, gaining about 25 seconds per year, without temperature compensation, mind you. And the system for setting the alarm time is much smarter than anything I've seen ever since. I should have applied for a patent.
Nixie tubes FTW .

There's at least one fellow who has made a nixie tube wristwatch. Not small, but not that big compared to some of the sci-fi wrist monsters of the last few years.



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As for DIY digital quartz clocks -- I built my first one in 1973, with nixie tube display and 74xx ICs. It still works, gaining about 25 seconds per year, without temperature compensation, mind you. And the system for setting the alarm time is much smarter than anything I've seen ever since. I should have applied for a patent.
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Of Course.
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That'd be it
I only asked because I have never seen anyone wearing one here. They are usual enough in London.

And when I say I haven't looked, I mean I haven't searched for them. But I don't see them in any of the several dozen Geneva jewellers that I pass in a typical week.
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A quartz watch will never replace a refined mechanical timepiece.
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I only asked because I have never seen anyone wearing one here.
I don't think the Swiss tend to be Rolex fans. A bit too gaudy.
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A quartz watch will never replace a refined mechanical timepiece.
Much as I love purely mechanical movements, there are many quartz watches which would count as refined electromechanical timepieces.

Just as the ability of an auto to run simply on the movement of the wearer's wrist is a mental delight, so is the ability of a Citizen Ecodrive to run forever on daylight, and to synch to atomic time wherever it is in the world.

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I don't think the Swiss tend to be Rolex fans. A bit too gaudy.
Probably for the same reason one doesn't see many Breitlings on Swiss wrists.

But Switzerland is fairly conservative/protectionist in its choice of watches. Buying a German, Russian, Chinese is near impossible, and only a few Japanese are available. (Casio and Citizen AFAICT.)

I still think that, rationally speaking, most people almost never need to wear a watch on their wrist. As for me, I can if I want to, so what the hell
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But Switzerland is fairly conservative/protectionist in its choice of watches. Buying a German, Russian, Chinese is near impossible, and only a few Japanese are available. (Casio and Citizen AFAICT.)
That's not true - I bought my Glashütte in Switzerland and you will find them as well as Lange on any Swiss high street easily. But only tourists buy them... Russian ones are on the cheaper side (I do have some Vostok somewhere), so probably not interesting for the CH market - let alone CN stuff.
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That's not true - I bought my Glashütte in Switzerland and you will find them as well as Lange on any Swiss high street easily. But only tourists buy them... Russian ones are on the cheaper side (I do have some Vostok somewhere), so probably not interesting for the CH market - let alone CN stuff.
Glashütte is owned by Swatch Group . Lange is a subsidiary of Richemont .
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Glashütte is owned by Swatch Group . Lange is a subsidiary of Richemont .
I know - but no Swiss would buy them anyway. I did actually even get comments on wearing a German watch... depending of the nationality of the other side would I either answer "only to piss off the locals" or "part of Swatch group. Buying and building up this really historic brand was one of the last genius plans of the late Mr Hayek..."
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Re: Swiss watches (obsolete technology?)

If you cannot afford Rolex, there are cheaper, but still very good and reliable Swiss watches like victorinox
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