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    Advice on buying a watch from relatively unknown independent watch brand?

    Does anybody have experience in buying a watch from a relatively unknown independent watchmaker or micro brand?
    I'm talking about brands such as Kikuchi Nakagawa, Parris daCosta Hayasima, David Lowinger, Sylvain Pinaud, Struthers Watchmakers etc. To my knowledge these brands haven't
    been in business for a long time which raises a couple of questions like price/value, resale ability, servicing, reliability etc. especially given their price range.
    I'm seriously considering buying a piece from one of these brands but the watch is in the 20k range so I'm a bit hesitant.
    Is there something I should be looking out for? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Is there something I should be looking out for? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    To my knowledge these brands haven't
    been in business for a long time which raises a couple of questions like price/value, resale ability, servicing, reliability etc. especially given their price range.
    You may have answered the question.

    Several WUS members enjoy lower priced micro brand watches where the risk is moderated by the dollars invested.

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    Re: Advice on buying a watch from relatively unknown independent watch brand?

    I don’t know that I’d be laying that sort of cash out on a brand with such an unknown pedigree.

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    Re: Advice on buying a watch from relatively unknown independent watch brand?

    if these are important to you; price/value, resale ability, servicing, reliability ... then, yeah ... I'd definitely give it a pass

    All well-known brand had to start somewhere, true, but at 20k from a relative new, unknown brand, I better be getting at least 17k value in gold from that watch

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    Re: Advice on buying a watch from relatively unknown independent watch brand?

    If the watch brand becomes famous, then there is resale value, and if the brand goes belly under, the resale value is zero. How good the watch is depends on movement, qc, etc. If the movement is a standard quality movement, an independent watchmaker can service the watch.


    If you like the design and never plan to sell the watch, then go for a new brand. If you plan to sell or flip the watch, avoid new brands.

    One caveat is the ultra high end microbrands, that are in the $xxxxx price range. They may have resale value but don't expect to make a profit.

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    Re: Advice on buying a watch from relatively unknown independent watch brand?

    Not how I would spend $20K on watches unless I already have a very extensive collection at that price point and beyond.


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    Re: Advice on buying a watch from relatively unknown independent watch brand?

    which watch are you looking at?

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    Omega "Skyfall" Aqua Terra 8500

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    Re: Advice on buying a watch from relatively unknown independent watch brand?

    If you have to ask...................

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    Re: Advice on buying a watch from relatively unknown independent watch brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiWomble View Post
    which watch are you looking at?

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    I'm looking at the Murakumo by Kikuchi Nakagawa and David Lowinger's series two.
    Two completely different pieces, both excites me.
    The Murakumo looks extremely well executed and I like its size and the 50's style, but the series two looks very unusual which I enjoy and I also like the fact that he makes the watch by hand.

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    Re: Advice on buying a watch from relatively unknown independent watch brand?

    Pics from the web...

    Murakumo by Kikuchi Nakagawa








    David Lowinger's series two




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