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    Any brand/type of watch you won't buy out of principle alone?

    Look, Rolexes are drop-dead gorgeous and all, but there's part of me that feels like I wouldn't buy one out of principle alone. Now my principles are entirely different than others, because my detraction from Rolex is how darn ubiquitous they are, and because with a brand that big you really are paying a chunk of change for their name and to perpetuate all their advertisements and endorsements. I'd rather have something slightly more unique, and where more of the dollars were going to the actual watch, or to the producer, versus some tennis or golf star.

    Let me be clear - I lust after bico GMTs, respect the Sub as an OG, and would rock a Daytona any day ... just not if I had to write the check for it

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    Re: Any brand/type of watch you won't buy out of principle alone?

    Just an estimate: +/- 100 including Invicta.
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    Re: Any brand/type of watch you won't buy out of principle alone?

    Tag Heuer (just never really liked them at all), Invicta, DW, MVMT, any and all "Fashion" watches...
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    Re: Any brand/type of watch you won't buy out of principle alone?

    I wouldn’t rule out any brand. I won’t buy homages though.


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    Re: Any brand/type of watch you won't buy out of principle alone?

    Invicta, Ginault, certain Steinharts or any other homage brand that looks exactly like a Rolex Sub but with a different name on the dial. I also won't buy an NTH due to the near 50% price hike in 2 years.

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    I feel the responses about not buying homages. I totally get what they're trying to do, and respect that the "look" is being made available at a more affordable price for people, but I'm not going to buy a Bulova space watch if I really want a Speedy, because every time I look down I'll be like, "yeah, that's nice, but...."
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    Re: Any brand/type of watch you won't buy out of principle alone?

    Omega.

    Around 2002 I decided I wanted a better-that-average chronograph to wear as a daily watch. My wife surprised me with the watch I had chosen: an Omega Broad Arrow. Twice while under warranty I had to send it back to Omega for repair. A third failure was on my dime, but I figured it was my daily companion so off to Omega it went. When it failed a fourth time, the estimate for repair was over $2,000, which included Omega's effort to restore it to like-new with a new bezel and dial and hands...

    I declined Omega's estimate and decided to let an independent watchmaker service it's mechanical faults. In the meantime I thought I would buy a basic Speedmaster Professional to have while the other was being repaired. Turned out to be a mistake. The new Speedmaster (purchased from an authorized dealer) didn't work right. I sent it to Nesbitt's in Seattle for repair. It went to them three times before they told me they wouldn't try again, and told me to send it to Omega in Secaucus, New Jersey. That soured me on Nesbitt's and I'll never use or recommend them to anyone. It took Omega "only" two tries to rectify the problem.

    Four trips for repair in seven years on the Broad Arrow, five trips for repair in a few months on the Speedmaster Pro. Once both were functional, I sold them as quickly as I could before they imploded.

    Fast forward a couple years, and I found myself looking at Omega again, this time at a Planet Ocean chronograph. I visited a boutique and examined the watch. The salesperson wound it up. I engaged the start/stop pusher, then the reset pusher and DOINK! The pusher popped out (but not off). "Is this right?" I asked. "Ah..." said the salesperson, "we'll need to adjust that."

    I looked to the ceiling and thanked the Universe for keeping me from buying another Omega. I haven't been tempted since. In all fairness, I know my experience is in the minority, and that many owners are delighted with their Omega watches. I just won't ever be one of them.

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    Re: Any brand/type of watch you won't buy out of principle alone?

    Undone. because of the preposterous name.
    or rolex. probably a jealousy boycott mainly, but i’m not paying into the AD ........ they require to get a watch. plus they’re generally ugly in my eye.


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    Re: Any brand/type of watch you won't buy out of principle alone?

    So far, I will not buy any watch brand that advertises itself in a YouTube ad.

    Most of the YouTube ad watches I have seen are full of claims and to be honest, very cheesy.

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    Re: Any brand/type of watch you won't buy out of principle alone?

    Any watch priced above my set budget.

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