Wasn't trying to troll on the board, and I'm not overly bitter either. You're right maybe I do place too high of expectations on my watches. I'm still sort of new to the watch game. I have two rolex and one panerai - so i'm not much of a collector - and i've only had them for ten years. All mechanical devices will fail - I just thought 4 months was a bit quick. I have no experience with Laco, I thought when you put your brand on something you sanctioned it. BMW's don't make every single part in their car, however they brand it and stand by it. Laco did the same, they repaired the watch with no fuss what-so-ever. The issue that came up was a customer service one - the misunderstanding or misidentification of the papers FedEx needed. The smaller issue being - do I end up paying over half what the watch costs just to get it back again - or donate it to customs (throw good money behind bad).
As someone new to the Laco brand I couldn't help but do some math - mechanical failure within 4 months, customer service foul up - so I made my post 'nothing but trouble' because of course in my opinion that's true. I've had nothing but trouble with this watch. ;) I wasn't saying Laco sucks, I wasn't saying that all their watches are crap, I was conveying my experience. Sorry if it came across as harsh. It was a beautiful piece, and lots of good conversations about it.
I also don't believe I said U-Boat had better timekeeping ability than Rolex... I LOVE Rolex, mine are tanks and they get daily use. However I think anyone who owns one will agree they are not the most accurate time-piece. If I leave mine alone for 6 months I pretty much know I've lost 5-10 min... My friends and I joke about Rolex giving you the 'approximate time'... Instead I was questioning why it seems (on this and other boards) that U-Boat doesn't seem to get much respect? I'm very close to picking up the 53mm and I guess I was just fishing for some quick input about it. There aren't that many 53mm+ watches out there at the moment.
On a slightly less flattering note (and I'm sure i'll get beat up for this) - the Buhr is a BIG frigging watch, it DOES attract notice, I can honestly say that I'm shallow enough to wish it cost more - when you're wearing a watch that big it's making a bold statement. Peers will either think: 1. it's vintage 2. it's valuable - when in fact it's neither vintage or valuable, it's just big, I sometimes feel embarrassed to talk about it as i 'feel' like it's just two steps up from a G-shock - ha. There are swiss army watches that cost as much - doh!. I didn't buy a vintage one cause i knew it wouldn't stand up to my lifestyle. Up until now I assumed that if a manufacturer came out with a 6k+ watch it would be better made (better parts) than a sub 1k watch.. However after reading Janne's post about the JLC - who knows. There aren't many accessories guys can wear to tell a bit about themselves. So I totally understand why some friends like all gold Daytona's and such.. I mean, I LOVE the style of the watch and would been very glad to have a version that was higher quality even if it were higher price. Nothing feels quite as bad as watching your new watch stop working...