When it's out of my reach.
When it's out of my reach.
Omega Ω Seamaster co-axial Black Bond
Omega Ω Seamaster GMT 2234.50
Oris BC3 Advanced day Date
Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic
Longines Hydro Conquest L3.695.4
Omega Ω Seamaster Planet Ocean (sold)
Omega Ω Speedmaster 3750 (sold)
Breitling Yellow Seawolf (sold)
Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph (sold)
Bulova Precisionist (gave away)
Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic (sold)
Victorinox Swiss Army 17 Jewel (sold)
To me High end is a mix and match of the following features.
1)Movement: Developed in house, decorated to a certain degree, = to or > than cosc Accuracy, Complications the more the merrier. Innovations unique to a certain brand o model.
2)Materials: Top quality, exotic, precious metals, Precious stones (Im not a fan)
3)Fit and Finish: Have to be top notch compared to "lesser" watches.
4) Brand has to have some Heritage or Pedigree. not just a fancy name.
5) It must be either historic or on the cutting edge of innovation. think Vacheron Constantin and Richard Mille.
6)Price, you can argue with me on this one and be right. But High end and High priced seem go hand in hand.
Always difficult to generalize but most high-end watches will have this in common:High end watch companies (as opposed to watches) will have the added aspect of:
Finish: Superior level of finish and craftsmanship on movement, case, dial, hands and strap bracelet.
Volume: Typically made in low to medium volumes
Dealers: Tightly controlled distribution channel/dealer network
Materials: Majority of line-up is made from precious metals
The use of features such as in-house calbers, limited availability due to low manufacturing volumes, premium pricing and a limited retail network all reinforce the aura of exclusivity around the quality of the offering.
Oris Flight Timer R4118,Oris Carlos Coste 2007,Oris TT3,Rolex Submariner date,Rolex Milgauss GV,Rolex cosmograph Daytona,Rolex GMT Master II-C,Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A,A.Lange & Söhne Lange1,Breguet Le Reveil Du Tsar,Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time,Audemars Piguet ROO Safari,Omega SMP1164,Panerai 177,Panerai 88,Panerai 214,Panerai 233,Breitling Navitimer world,Tag Heuer aquaracer D/D, Tag Heuer Microtimer,Tag Heuer SLR 2007 L.E,Tag Heuer Carrera, Cartier Santos 100,Frederique Constant Austin Healey L.E,Maurice Lacroix Pontos,Maurice Lacroix MP Double Retrograde,Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL 2007 L.E,Tissot Moto GP 2007 L.E,JeanRichard Chronoscope J-051,JeanRichard Chronoscope 25030,JeanRichard Bressel 16012,Longines Lindbergh 47mm,Girard Perregaux Laureato Evo3,Jaeger-Le-Coultre Master World Geographic,IWC Classic Pilot Chrono,IWC 5001 Portuguese 7 Days,Baume & Mercier Hampton XL Magnum,Zenith Defy Classic Chrono Aero,Zenith Defy Extreme Chrono,Longines Legend Diver...etc
Here might be a way to change it up. Everybody go back to 1970 and lets see era correct high end watches from that year. Then re evaluate. Keep it clean, but keep it 1970. Im giveing all a 2 year pre and post exception. You have to know what caliber your watch has and its history/creator.
A watch is high-end when it is assembled with quality components that are skillfully put together by a trained and gifted watch-maker.
If you want just a staus symbol on your wrist, pay thousands extra for a recognized luxury brand printed on the dial.
"The World is insane. With tiny spots of sanity here and there. Not the other way around." ~ John Cleese.
I'll go back to 1970, so long as you don't make me remember my clothing or hairstyle...
A high-end watch back then was simply a gold watch made by a recognized brand. The one they gave you when you retired. Likely an Omega or a Patek Phillipe. My Dad wore an Omega and my Grandfather had a Patek.
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