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    Question Battle of the unknown brands!

    Do you like Autran & Viala's lineup, or that of M. Schneider & Co.?

    AUTRAN & VIALA Kollektion

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    Or, is it neither?
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    Re: Battle of the brands!

    I see conservatively styled (presumably) Asia-assembled German-branded watches for prices that don't seem wildly out of line (although doubtless available cheaper 'grey or on the bay'). What am I missing? I would (and have) gone Japanese at that price point, but if you really want an ETA and like the style, why not?

    I must say I can't see much excitement in the lineup, but I didn't see anything overtly offensive either!

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    Re: Battle of the brands!

    What battle?

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    Re: Battle of the brands!

    Good question ... guess I was bored when I started the thread

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    Re: Battle of the unknown brands!

    The Autran flieger looks alright.

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    Re: Battle of the brands!

    Autran & Viala is an Ickler company (famous for watch cases), Archimede and Limes are other companies owned by Ickler (and Defakto). Not sure about M. Schneider - the site claims that he was a watchmaker who wished to start his own company. I'm uncertain where they get their cases, dials, hands, etc. from, and whether the watches are assembled in Germany or elsewhere.

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    I see conservatively styled (presumably) Asia-assembled German-branded watches for prices that don't seem wildly out of line (although doubtless available cheaper 'grey or on the bay'). What am I missing? I would (and have) gone Japanese at that price point, but if you really want an ETA and like the style, why not?

    I must say I can't see much excitement in the lineup, but I didn't see anything overtly offensive either!
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    Re: Battle of the unknown brands!

    You and Dennis should have time to waste... every time you are bored, you produce some top class reading. I mean that.

    In all honesty, it is the first time I hear of these brands. Won't be surprised one little bit if this is the first time they are mentioned in WUS
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    Re: Battle of the unknown brands!

    I must say I like pretty much all of them, classic designs with good specs and decent movements

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    Re: Battle of the unknown brands!

    I like the MSC Manhattan and Autran Aviator, but not much else.
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    Re: Battle of the unknown brands!

    A&V at least has some interesting bits in their lineup. MSC's designs are boring and not particularly attractive. Plus they do a cheesy Submariner look-alike.

    I actually quite like the A&V "Nightflight" on the steel bracelet: Autran & Viala Nightflight
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