I just want to share some considerations I was thinking about during the last few days.
-The birth of many Brands during the last 12-15 years, and the re-birth of many others after the chrisis mainly caused by japanese quartz "invasion" (I am referring to Europe since I don't know American market), led to a huge number of requests from those Brands to the items producers (I think the number of Brands available is similar to the the one available in the 60's - period of huge economic development).
-For sure, items producers are doing their best to satisfy their clients requests (never heard of companies not in the mood to earn money from their business) but we have to keep in mind that most of them, and the most experienced, mainly work with "historical" Brands on the market since very long time. Some of them, in particular, are OWNED by those "historical" Brands and make reasearch and developement for them because they can invest on innovative products).
-Cases producers, glasses producers, dials producers, hands producers... ... ... the Know-How is Swiss Made, or German Made (but german watchmaking industries, in the ex DDR, "came back to life" after 1990 so they had to rush to fill the gap: and they did it, as we can see now-a-days) and for sure thy are interested to support their economy, but we should also consider the fact that European market (outside those two Nations) is living a hard chrisis due the economic situation.
So... I think the current situation of items shortage (that led some companies to start using japanese self winding movements) can be conditioned by the previous sides listed.
Now, do your own consideration.
What I can say, is that I am glad I saw so many watch enthusiasts apply themselves and their skills in watchmaking and I wish them the best.
I am also glad I have the chance to buy good quality watches at prices not increased by a too long "commercial chain".
Last but not least, I can avoid the purchase of a watch standing in the sun (especially if it has a display caseback) on a shop-window for years waiting for a customer and then avoid 100 Euros for a overhaul 1 year later because oils are dry.
...and a lot of times, during those years, the same watch changes the price tag of +8/10% year after year!
P.S.: if I would buy not expensive watches even if I were rich! But maybe I could also have some expensive ones that I love!