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    Best looking mid level watch

    Hi all. I'm new to this forum and just got an Orient Blue Mako that I like a lot.

    I have a question for you veterans: Without getting into the question of subjective dollar value, what i'm curious to know is Which mid price watch (e.g. under $650-700 retail discounted price) do you believe to be so well built, designed, and finished that even an expert would easily think it fully comparable to a multi thousand dollar high end watch if no logo were displayed?

    I'm not denying that top brands have cachet, reputation, collectability etc. But if this mid priced watch were unknown and suddenly turned out to have been made by a top, top brand, everyone would just nod their heads and go, "Yes, I thought it was one of theirs" because there was nothing about the physical watch itself that gave away its plebeian origins.

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    Welcome~You'll discover many things about different brands in due time whether you ask someone or not, cheers!

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    Well but in my opinion, "But if this mid priced watch were unknown and suddenly turned out to have been made by a top, top brand, everyone would just nod their heads and go, "Yes, I thought it was one of theirs" because there was nothing about the physical watch itself that gave away its plebeian origins" this may or may not be true. Certainly the pictures look the same in some cases and even some of the feel when actually in your possesion, but many, not all, of the more upper tier of watches ($1000 - $3000)actually do FEEL better. It is subjective but as i said, my opinion, which in the big scheme of things means diddly! lol

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    Re: Best looking mid level watch

    Quote Originally Posted by coase View Post
    Hi all. I'm new to this forum and just got an Orient Blue Mako that I like a lot.

    I have a question for you veterans: Without getting into the question of subjective dollar value, what i'm curious to know is Which mid price watch (e.g. under $650-700 retail discounted price) do you believe to be so well built, designed, and finished that even an expert would easily think it fully comparable to a multi thousand dollar high end watch if no logo were displayed?

    I'm not denying that top brands have cachet, reputation, collectability etc. But if this mid priced watch were unknown and suddenly turned out to have been made by a top, top brand, everyone would just nod their heads and go, "Yes, I thought it was one of theirs" because there was nothing about the physical watch itself that gave away its plebeian origins.
    Interesting question. A sterile Scooby-Doo homage with a Swiss ETA from Davidsen pops into my mind.

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    “Best Looking” is very subjective and you’ll probably get as many answers as there are members who chime in on the issue. Maybe a different question is at what price point do diminishing returns set in as far as quality and construction?

    In most things, quality improves as you move up in price to a point where each additional dollar buys a smaller and smaller quality improvement. I think you might be asking, what brands give the most for your money in the price range you set? IMO it would be Hamilton. You are not supporting a huge advertizing budget with Hollywood stars getting paid to wear their watches.

    I am also of the opinion that the point of diminishing quality improvement falls in the $500 - $750 range. I should say that this opinion is formed without ever handling a watch that cost over $1,500 list price. It is just hard for me to imagine that a $10,000 watch is that much better constructed than one costing $750, but I am quite certain that a $750 watch is generally much much better constructed than a $100 watch.

    I am interested in what others think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaymay View Post
    “Best Looking” is very subjective and you’ll probably get as many answers as there are members who chime in on the issue. Maybe a different question is at what price point do diminishing returns set in as far as quality and construction?

    In most things, quality improves as you move up in price to a point where each additional dollar buys a smaller and smaller quality improvement. I think you might be asking, what brands give the most for your money in the price range you set? IMO it would be Hamilton. You are not supporting a huge advertizing budget with Hollywood stars getting paid to wear their watches.

    I am also of the opinion that the point of diminishing quality improvement falls in the $500 - $750 range. I should say that this opinion is formed without ever handling a watch that cost over $1,500 list price. It is just hard for me to imagine that a $10,000 watch is that much better constructed than one costing $750, but I am quite certain that a $750 watch is generally much much better constructed than a $100 watch.

    I am interested in what others think.
    I agree with most of this. At a certain point, probably around the $2k mark for me, you're just seeing a lot of marketing and price fixing at work. Not that watches above $2k are junk, obviously, but parts can only cost so much. If I had to guess, the very best deal can probably be had from one of the boutique brands, like maybe Benarus or something along this line. Usually, watches from companies like that are priced more in accordance with the parts cost because they don't have a name brand to ride on, so their swiss movement, ultra deep divers may be half or less of what a bigger brand would charge for the same "quality".

    However, the advertising thing is always over-played. I forget what the exact figure is but even Rolex, the king of advertising, spends something like a few % of their expenses on it. Equals out to be worth not even a hundred bucks on a watch that costs more than $5000.
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    I agree with your assessment on Hamilton, although I have seen Harrison Ford with a H-Watch draped over his hands. But, to me, they are very handy, beautiful watches.

    You make a GREAT point about the $500-$750 price range in comparison. I am looking to start my collection and that is the price range I will be in, but I dont want to go under because of the noticeable diminished quality.
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    Accutron. Great solid cases and among the best bracelets in the business.
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    Good point on the Accutrons. My VX-200 is a solid piece and I'll second your comment on the bracelet quality. If you are patient you can find great deals on them too.
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    ACCUTRON VX-200 (ETA 2824-2)
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    Mako (CEM65001B)
    LeSCOUT Datejust ($2 Auto)
    WENGER Swiss Military Quartz (TerraGraph - 79201), Swiss Military Quartz (Guard - 79145)
    TISSOT Ballade Chrono Quartz
    ROVEN DINO Commander Quartz (6010M)

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    Re: Best looking mid level watch

    Easy.

    Lum-tec Combat B3. Try and find something close to the price of $695 with this many features and looks this good.
    But like the others have said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ;)


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      * Double side anti-reflective coatings.
      * Threaded caseback.
      * 100 meter / 330 feet water resistance.
      * 1 year limited warranty.
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