Buying lesser known watch brand experience help !
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    Buying lesser known watch brand experience help !

    So I've been eyeing this Nivrel Coeur De La Sarre for a while but I've never heard of Nivrel (and probably wouldn't have care) before I saw this watch. It looks pretty and I've read review from this site about the brand and mostly seems giving them thumbs up, but I'm feeling a bit skeptical mainly because I don't think they sell many watch (their limited edition of 200 still available) and I probably will have problem to sell in the future (not that I'm looking to invest but its nice that it can be liquidified in case I need money). Any thoughts / opinion on should I buy this watch ? Anyone would share your experience buying a watch from brand you never know before ? Any alternative that looks similar to this model preferably no date and moderately priced (<1000$) ?

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    Interesting you posted this. I ordered this very model with the blue dial just a few weeks ago. It came in last week.

    It's quite nice. I do like it. The strap is comfortable (it's kind of half-gray half-brown) and the lume on the hands is good. The lume on the markers isn't as good, though.

    It's got a quality movement, but I haven't checked the accuracy.

    I wouldn't call it a dress watch, especially given the thickness of the strap, but it could be worn with business casual just fine. I've worn mine with khakis and a dress shirt and it looked nice, and it fit nicely under the cuffs.

    I do think it wears a little big for 42mm given the clean dial and thin bezel, but not unreasonably so. I'd probably be happier if it was 40mm, but it won't stop me from wearing it.

    Anyway, I like mine, and so does my WIS buddy at work, so two thumbs up!
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    Re: Buying lesser known watch brand experience help !

    If you sell in the future, you will lose your shirt for sure.
    My advice, watches are bad investments, buy the watch to wear forever...you already know this, and it's true.
    I got this great,hand engraved Epos, tried to sell it, can't get anything near it's value, it's a one of a kind...worthless! Good luck, whichever way you go.
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    Re: Buying lesser known watch brand experience help !

    Nivrel, I have three.
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    Re: Buying lesser known watch brand experience help !

    The biggest issue with the lesser know brands is as LBF mentioned is resell. Demand will be low and thus the price. Nivrel makes good watches and a good value IF you don't weight resell very high.

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    I've had 2 Nivrel watches and both were excellent for money paid. Solid ETA movements in a lot of their models. This Red 12 watch wore large for me at 42 mm diameter but it was great otherwise. Nivrel doesn't seem to be well known to WUS and doesn't get the respect it deserves . . .
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    Re: Buying lesser known watch brand experience help !

    Quote Originally Posted by little big feather View Post
    If you sell in the future, you will lose your shirt for sure.
    My advice, watches are bad investments, buy the watch to wear forever...you already know this, and it's true.
    I got this great,hand engraved Epos, tried to sell it, can't get anything near it's value, it's a one of a kind...worthless! Good luck, whichever way you go.
    hmmm ... good advice, I like this Nivrel but not really the watch I want to keep for a very long time, i guess I'm gonna save for a Grand Seiko instead ....
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    Re: Buying lesser known watch brand experience help !

    Quote Originally Posted by squirelrepublic View Post
    hmmm ... good advice, I like this Nivrel but not really the watch I want to keep for a very long time, i guess I'm gonna save for a Grand Seiko instead ....
    That's a really, really good idea....

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