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    Been hanging out at this forum for awhile, but joined up today. I'm going to get started on a watch collection and would like some opinions on brands to look at. I own a 1982 Heuer Professional (purchased new in Germany) and a Bell & Ross, and like brands that are a little less mainstream than Rolex, Omega, etc. Currently I'm looking at Ball, Bremont, and maybe a Panerai. I'd like opinions on these brands, as well as any other watches I should explore.

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    All three of those brands are well thought of by the people who own them. Two, Bremont and Panerai, have their own places on WUS (sub-fora?). Anyway, people like the brands. What type or style are you looking at? Pilot? Dive...?

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    Panerai have to be seen on the wrist and held in the hand to understand just how nicely made they are. I used to hate the look of them on the internet until I saw one in real life. And then I bought it!

    I've never had a Bremont in my hand or on my wrist so I'm not qualified to comment

    Ball do nothing for me.
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    Copperjohn, more interested in Pilot than Dive. I really like the clean look of the Bremont Solo white, nothing fancy just a clean design.

    GETS, I'm pretty skinny and have tried a Panerai 44mm on, and to me it looks a little bulky. I need to look at a PAM048, which is 40mm, when I have time. I have always liked Panerai and of the opinion they are also a clean design.

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    What's your budget? Would you prefer to spend more or less? Panerai are more expensive and Ball less so; plenty of other pilot brands out there - zenith etc.

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    i will prefer Panerai. really looks great.
    prices are similar to Bremont.

    ball tend to be much cheaper than the both.
    I like my money right where I can see it: strapped to my wrist.

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    Budget is from about $3000 to $6000, but to start probably on the lower end.

    rics21, noticed you sold your Ball and wondering if something better came along or you were not happy with it?

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    Never held a bremont before so I cannot comment on its quality

    As for Panerai,it's kinda like vegemite,either you like it or hate it,the price is quite expensive and some models have ETA movt,if you want smaller pam,I'd suggest you check 392 as an alternative to 48,It has P9000 in house movt (check the Pam subforum,there is a topic where poster asking for smaller models as well..)
    392 will cost you around 6500 us$ or slighly less when you go grey

    Ball,on the other hand offer better value for money and tritium vial,but the watch dial seemed more complicated in comparison with Pam

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    Panerai are great watches looking solid watches, but they are uncomplicated for the price you way for the rock solid, yet not particularly uncommon movements (just a few are in-house). Personally, I would consider buying one because I like the style, but I would realize in doing so it is not great value for money.

    Bremont is a brand on the rise in the eyes of many. Personally, Breomont's styles do not do anything for me. Also I think if spending this much money, one should get something of a heritage. Many would disagree on both counts.

    Ball also does little for me. Many of their styles are unique, bold, and eye catching. Many also look fairly odd in my view. The cost is lower than Bremont and Panerai, but enough to prevent me from feeling like you're getting value for money. They also lack an iconic timepiece that I could get excited about.

    If you can afford a Panerai, you really should also take a look at Jaeger LeCoultre. They have incredible looking timpieces and many think they represent the best value or among the best value for money out there.

    If JLC is a bit out of reach, as previously mentioned, have you considered Zenith? It is off the radar of most, yet the El Primero is a legendary movement. Zenith also has a wide variety of styles to capture your interest. They also can be found heavily discounted on the grey market (try Ashford).
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    All those brands are well regarded here. obviously my recommendation goes to Panerai, but if your looking at something piloty you may be interested in checking out IWC. They may be too mainstream for you, but it'll be a rare occurrence for a random person to be able to identify one on your wrist.
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