Ok, I really am not trying to start a flame thread or anything, but I am trying to understand how the culture of WUS values things and why (to better understand watches and maybe as I begin buying more expensive watches, avoid mistakes). So I have seen a number of threads lambasting UBOAT (and some other brands) as being overpriced. Now I am strictly talking cost/value here as aesthetics seems to open up a huge can of worms. I totally understand people not liking the way UBOATs look. That's fine. I hate Monet's paintings but recognize that for many they are brilliant. Anyway here is my question: (I chose these models based on the fact that I like them if there are others that illuminate or counter the argument please let me know)
A UBOAT Classico CAS 43mm retails for $3100 according to Ashford. ($1900 from them)
A Tag Heuer Link retails for $3600 according to Jomashop. ($2800 from them)
Both of these use the 7750 and similar materials (the link has applied indices, a more elaborate dial, and a bracelet which should increase its cost). Both are modified 7750s (I think. Tag calls it Caliber 16 but the shops call it a 7750) but I can't figure out the relative value of these modifications or the grade of the movement. UBOAT has an anecdotally much worse reputation for quality, but I also can't find any non-anecdotal information about relative failure rates, etc. But on this forum I have been called names for liking the UBOAT, while I see some, but much less vitriol directed towards Tag, particularly as a brand and rarely threads saying they are overpriced (at least not with the mocking that UBOATs get).
Anonimo's Militare line is also something that I like. Their Chrono retails for about $7000. It is a modded 2892 with a modified Dubois Depraz 2035 module. Otherwise it has similar specs to the above watches. $7000 US seems like a high retail (I have seen it for around $4000 gray market) for a stainless steel watch with out of house movements. Especially given that the Militare Vintage retails for about $4000 and has a modded Sellita 260 in it. But I don't see people accuse Anonimo of being over priced, even in recent this or that threads.
So where is this assessment of relative values coming from? I recognize that these are very different watches, some with applied markers and bracelets some with leather, each modded in their own way. I guess what I am wondering is, how do you go about comparing two watches for cost/value? Is there a way given what seems to be a relative sparsity of information to make such judgements? Are there centralized resources of information (besides forums)?