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    newbie question: does lower end of line mean lower quality?

    I am looking at the IWC Mark VVI, the lowest end of the IWC line. I like the clean look and simplicity of the design, and it "just above" my price range. Does this watch compromise on quality by being at the low end, or is it the same quality with less features? I am new to the automatic mechanical world, so I don't want a watch with issues.

    Or, am I better off getting a "mid-range" Ball or "mid-low" Bell & Ross?

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    Re: newbie question: does lower end of line mean lower quality?

    The lowest priced authentic IWC will be better than pretty much any top-of-the-range BALL or B&R

    Buy what will bring you most smiles and butterflies to the stomach - it is highly personal and often has little to do with the reputation or price ;)
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    Re: newbie question: does lower end of line mean lower quality?

    Quote Originally Posted by tom_hanx View Post
    Buy what will bring you most smiles and butterflies to the stomach - it is highly personal and often has little to do with the reputation or price ;)
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    Re: newbie question: does lower end of line mean lower quality?

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    Re: newbie question: does lower end of line mean lower quality?

    Not all all..The Mark VVI is a great watch.
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    Not sure what you mean by issues, but quality isn't so cut and dry. Just because IWC costs more doesn't mean that Ball makes an inferior product. IWC just has a reputation for making more of its mechanical movements in-house. At the mid-range though, you are still getting a great product, despite this very common outsourcing. Keep in mind that generic or not, the parts are all Swiss, and they are still highly regarded. Ball is actually one of those brands that comes in under the radar of most of public, but the truly informed know that you are still getting a quality piece for the price.

    Each one has its own active forum here, you might consider asking the people in each what drew them to choose their watch. Also take the design into consideration--both have some great designs, although I would say IWC's are comparatively more iconic.

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    Re: newbie question: does lower end of line mean lower quality?

    It's hard to generalize, but I would expect even the most basic model of a premium brand like IWC to be a top quality piece.

    OTOH, I would be wary of a high-priced top-of-the-line model from a brand like Invicta [just to pick a random example].

    On the third hand, brands like Seiko show good quality even at their lower end, while their upper end stuff is nearly out of this world.

    I guess you'd have to approach it on a case by case basis...
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