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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

Normally, during the summer or Christmas sell, in the christ or manor, there are some watches on half price, including tissot, certina as well as victorinox.
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Ah but that shows a lack of understanding of the watch industry as the quartz revolution beckoned. The Swiss watch industry has always considered itself cutting edge, and what was more cutting edge at the time? In fact, the Swiss premium brands faced off to Seiko to be the first to develop quartz timepieces. An analogy would have been the first people to get iphones. Or DVD players. Or cassette players...the wheel...flint tools. Etc...
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If you are going to buy a watch over 1000CHF, normally, you can bid the price of 10% off in the store.
What, in Swiss jewellers? Pretty cool if true, though I haven't heard of anyone doing it.
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Old 25.08.2014, 15:20
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

Of course, some of the best watches made in Switzerland are not even made by the Swiss. Many have settled in the Neuchâtel Watch Valley area because of the quality label and the local expertise for collaborators. Like Stephen Forsey in La Chaux-de-Fonds (from St Albans UK) and also Kari Voutilainen (who is Finnish and has his worshop in his mansion in the village of Môtiers of Mauler 'champagne' and absinthe fame- and some are even made in the UK with all Swiss components but British expertise, like those of the great Peter Roberts from Canterbury.
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

LOL can anyone asking for a discount at any of the main watch shops please video it and post the results up on youtube

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Old 25.08.2014, 15:46
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LOL can anyone asking for a discount at any of the main watch shops please video it and post the results up on youtube

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Why? I actually asked in the Bucherer store if they would give a discount for cash (for a IWC watch in the 8-10k CHF range) and the answer was yes.
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Old 25.08.2014, 15:54
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

I am shocked nobody has yet offered the Rochefoucauld watches... Legendary in every sense of the word!



Now seriously -- this is nothing but a can of worms: the way OP phrased the question, there is NO WAY he can get anything smart in return. Except maybe the Tissot suggestion. Just mentioning Greubel&Forsey or Kari, DeBethune or similar brands in this thread is like serving Moet at OctoberFest...

If I were stuck in buying sub $300, I would consider either a vintage mechanical or a modern quartz (Tissot, Victorinox, Citizen, Seiko, Casio). Vintage mechanical must come from a trusted source -- lots of frankenwatches out there, lurking besides the outright fakes. Forgive me for judging so harshly, but considering how OP approaches the topic, perhaps best to stay safe with a quartz than be sorry for not having saved a year/two more before buying a proper watch.
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Re: Buying Swiss made watch from Switzerland

I got a Tissot from the Rhine falls shop and asked for a discount. It was listed for CHF420 and I got it for CHF340
SO yes... by all means even for a lesser priced watch discounts do work..
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What kind of silly question is that, asking if watches sold in big department stores or jewellers are "fake". I mean... really?

Either way, your best bet if you want a quality watch at that budget level would be a German company but Swiss made like from Steinhart... http://www.steinhartwatches.de/en/diver-watch.html

The Ocean 1 Black, Swiss Made divers watch is particularly great value at 330 EUR and looks very manly and elegant. It's a Rlex homage, but only watch snobs will notice or care... http://www.steinhartwatches.de/en/OCEAN-1-BLACK,14.html

300chf in Switzerland will get you nothing to really appreciate.
Thanks for the link, I have looked at the Steinhart site ever since you made that post. I finally bit the bullet & bought an Ocean 39 Premium 904 https://www.steinhartwatches.de/en/p...emium-904.html It's unbelievably accurate @0.0 seconds per day error after 1 week of testing. I have a 1973 Rolex that is +1.9 seconds per day so well within it's spec when new & even within Rolex's latest spec. The Steinhart is the clear winner, if accurate time keeping comes into the equation.
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Thanks for the link, I have looked at the Steinhart site ever since you made that post. I finally bit the bullet & bought an Ocean 39 Premium 904 https://www.steinhartwatches.de/en/p...emium-904.html It's unbelievably accurate @0.0 seconds per day error after 1 week of testing. I have a 1973 Rolex that is +1.9 seconds per day so well within it's spec when new & even within Rolex's latest spec. The Steinhart is the clear winner, if accurate time keeping comes into the equation.
Nice, made in la Chaux de Fonds

The manufacturer says +- 15 seconds a day. I guess staying at human comfortable temperatures helps a lot to precision https://www.sellita.ch/scripts/calib...SW200-1_39.pdf
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Thanks for the link, I have looked at the Steinhart site ever since you made that post. I finally bit the bullet & bought an Ocean 39 Premium 904 https://www.steinhartwatches.de/en/p...emium-904.html It's unbelievably accurate @0.0 seconds per day error after 1 week of testing. I have a 1973 Rolex that is +1.9 seconds per day so well within it's spec when new & even within Rolex's latest spec. The Steinhart is the clear winner, if accurate time keeping comes into the equation.



Is +/-1.9 seconds per day really that important ?


Watches are more of a jewellery item today, we all have super accurate phones now !
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Old 07.09.2021, 14:04
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Is +/-1.9 seconds per day really that important ?


Watches are more of a jewellery item today, we all have super accurate phones now !
And we live in Switzerland where phones are more expensive than jewelry mechanical watches. Not sure why a phone needs an 8 core processor at 3.1 GHz, I guess it's bling bling
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And we live in Switzerland where phones are more expensive than jewelry mechanical watches. Not sure why a phone needs an 8 core processor at 3.1 GHz, I guess it's bling bling


All depends which watch you chose to wear, mine tend to be far more expensive than any phone on the market, including the Vertu range
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Is +/-1.9 seconds per day really that important ?


Watches are more of a jewellery item today, we all have super accurate phones now !
1) Phones run out of battery, automatic watches don't.
2) A watch can be checked far more discreetly than a phone, especially in situations where it is not appropriate to have a phone or to be taking it out of your pocket.
3) Yes, the amount of seconds per day that it is out does add up over time if you wear the same watch daily and will result in inaccurate time.

There is no doubt that automatic watches are an unnecessary luxury item, but watches in principle as functional items, are far from redundant. Same with clocks, which are also still widely used.
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1) Phones run out of battery, automatic watches don't.
Yep, but if you have more than one watch, they generally wind down when not worn
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2) A watch can be checked far more discreetly than a phone, especially in situations where it is not appropriate to have a phone or to be taking it out of your pocket.
Mmmhh, that I'm really not sure about. There are many reasons to be checking your phone, but only one reason to be checking your watch!
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3) Yes, the amount of seconds per day that it is out does add up over time if you wear the same watch daily and will result in inaccurate time.
Lol, I'm happy if my watches show the time, give or take a few minutes either side!

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There is no doubt that automatic watches are an unnecessary luxury item, but watches in principle as functional items, are far from redundant. Same with clocks, which are also still widely used.
Agree. I also miss large legible clocks in cars
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2) A watch can be checked far more discreetly than a phone, especially in situations where it is not appropriate to have a phone or to be taking it out of your pocket.

You spoken with Joe Biden recently ?
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