This isn't another "What is a Homage?" topics.
I haven't bought a new watch in a few years. Everything I had acquired over the previous two decades were well-known brands with solid reputations and history behind them. And all cost thousands of dollars each. The last was in 2007 when Sinn introduced the 757 UTC Chronograph here. But I had been looking at what Bill Yao has been doing for years and finally decided to get a MKII Milsub HRV a few weeks ago. What a nice watch. It's a 42mm ISO version of the 5517 Milsub. Great design, solid build, ETA 2893-2 adjusted by Bill. It's keeping time to +1 sec per day. I have been so impressed it has opened my eyes to other ISO offerings and some seem to be from fairly new companies as well as a few established brands.
I just ordered an Armida A2 500M PVD. I have my eyes on a Ginault Base Module 1, a Benarus Sea Snake, and a Helson Skindiver. All contain ETA movements. All are ISO designs derived from famous divers of the past. Rolex, Omega, Blancpain, JLC ... many out of production for years. I missed getting one of the last Watchco Omega SM300s. All are or were well under a grand.
One poster recently wrote that the Benarus Sea Snake's quality was on a par with $3000 watches.
Is this a new wave of ISO and Homage manufacture at this quality level, or have I just been in the dark? Combine these observations with modern design offerings from Dievas and Damasko among dozens of others and I ask 'Could this be a Golden Age of Value Watches?'