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    Ever consider starting over....with nothing but micro-brands?

    I’ll try to keep this relatively short. The bottom line is that every now and then I find myself with a hankerin’ to scrap everything...then rebuild with nothing but micro-brands.

    So....I’m just wondering if anyone’s ever considered/done it?

    And just for kicks (and for anyone who wants to play along); if you were intent on putting together a small collection of micro-brand only watches, what would ya’ buy?

    If you absolutely couldn’t do it, or you know you’d never be completely satisfied by a “micro-brand only” collection....why not? What would you be missing? Is it the overall quality, or maybe the “luxury” component? Perhaps it’s the history and craftsmanship, or the status and exclusivity? Perhaps it’s just a combination of all those things?

    Like I said, it’s just an idea I’ve been toying with of late. At the moment, if I were to do it I’d probably be looking at something like this as a 6-piece foundation. I’m not sold on all of them, but I’m starting to think there’s enough variety and quality out there that I might be ok giving it a shot (pics all swiped at random):

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    Re: Ever consider starting over....with nothing but micro-brands?

    If I "started over" it would have little to do with micro or any other sized brands--I would simply buy one great watch, leave it at that--and return to the way of life I led before getting into watch collecting/hoarding/coveting that is the fashion here.

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    Re: Ever consider starting over....with nothing but micro-brands?

    Never. While micro bands can be attractive, there is almost always a watch of similar style from an established brand that I much like better.

    And IMO any collection where im not buying the watch I like the most is doomed to failure.
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    Re: Ever consider starting over....with nothing but micro-brands?

    I have flirted with that idea in the past.

    In fact, with all the consolidating that I have done over the last couple of months, I have nearly re-started all over again, but not with micro-brands.
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    My Micros include Xezo, Denissov, Makara, Air Blue, Deep Blue, Android, Aragon, Some Jewelry Store Brands. Now they are all lovely and Quality is beyond the price point yet in no way on par with the Mido, Hamilton, Zodiac, Tissot, Zeno, Edox, Accutron of my collection. I’m a affordable collector and even in the affordable tier the Swiss Standard delivers above the Micros in the details.
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    Re: Ever consider starting over....with nothing but micro-brands?

    I have a couple of Steinharts which I adore and, although the quality is good, I don't really have faith that they'll still be working in 20 years time. Will my sons be able to wear them in 30 years when I'm no longer around? Maybe I'm just paranoid? For me, micros are a subset of my collection; they could never be the only thing in my collection. My dad's old seikos and breitlings still get worn, and can be easily sent away for service or repair if something did break on them. Will that be the case for my Steinharts?
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    Re: Ever consider starting over....with nothing but micro-brands?

    Couldn't do it.

    The history of a watch/company is part of the appeal to me, so I'd be left feeling a little unfulfilled with a micro only collection.

    Whilst micros generally offer better bang for your buck, for me, this is a hobby of the heart, not the head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timefleas View Post
    If I "started over" it would have little to do with micro or any other sized brands--I would simply buy one great watch, leave it at that--and return to the way of life I led before getting into watch collecting/hoarding/coveting that is the fashion here.
    Exactly. And it’s never too late to do precisely that. Personally I wouldn’t consider a single micro-brand or a collection of such. I simply don’t understand their appeal. Timefleas doesn’t mince words when it comes to his thoughts on wristwatches. I share those thoughts pretty much as well.
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    Re: Ever consider starting over....with nothing but micro-brands?

    I have to agree with zaratsu, the history is a big part of the appeal for me. If I could know which microbramds might still be around in 50 years, then maybe it would be possible.
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    Re: Ever consider starting over....with nothing but micro-brands?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peteworrall View Post
    I have a couple of Steinharts which I adore and, although the quality is good, I don't really have faith that they'll still be working in 20 years time. Will my sons be able to wear them in 30 years when I'm no longer around? Maybe I'm just paranoid? For me, micros are a subset of my collection; they could never be the only thing in my collection. My dad's old seikos and breitlings still get worn, and can be easily sent away for service or repair if something did break on them. Will that be the case for my Steinharts?
    Not sure what you think is wrong w the Steinharts? Most have good ETA movements in them that should last a lifetime.....


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