Hi there I'm new to these forums, but not new to being obsessed about watches!
I scratched my itch for a higher end watch by purchasing an Omega SMP 300 in blue a couple of years ago.
Recently I've been wanting a new watch to wear more regularly on a daily basis, but didn't want to spend a fortune (or couldn't justify spending another fortune on a watch) so started looking on forums such as this.
Came across Tisell, Steinhart and Christopher Ward. They appealed because they weren't mainstream and they are not watches that many people will own or know about (unless you're really in to watches).
After quite a bit of research in the past couple of weeks I've purchased a Tisell vintage Submersible (it went up in price after I bought it, so seems like a good buy) and a Steinhart Ocean 39 in black. I absolutely love them both, as much as my Omega for different reasons. 1. value for money; 2. spec and 3. because they are little known brands outside my circle of friends and local stores. The Tisell is built like a tank, fits great and I love the sapphire dome (seems impossible to do it any harm!), the Steinhart 39 seems up a notch quality wise and is more 'dressy' and of course a love my Omega. The Tissel and Steinhart have gained a couple of seconds in 24 hours (so pretty accurate!) my Omega is still bang on.
Anyway, I'm contemplating buying a Tisell Marine Diver no date as it's different to my Submersible, a C Ward C60 auto (from the reduced price 'nearly new' section) or a Steinhart Premium Blue (although I'm concerned that I may be slightly too big, which is why I went for a 39mm O1). I would really like an Omega PO 39.5mm, but that's a long term venture!
In summary I'm leaning towards another Tisell simply because of the value for money element and the fact that it really does seem unique as a little known micro brand. I absolutely love the fit and feel of my Submersible. In fact I'd like to collect quite a few of them, but there are only so many watches I can wear (according to my wife!).
I know this topic has been done to death, but just wanted to get some thoughts. Or any other micro brand, affordable divers that people have come across outside of the usual suspects.
Finally it bothers me not about these watches being close to certain higher end brands, they're still quality watches and I'm happy with that.
Cheers in advance.