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    Oris Artelier Skeleton or other? £1.5k / $2k

    First post, be gentle.

    I've done quite a bit of searching around the forum, which ultimately led me to register and put this question to you all.

    I've had my eye on the Oris Artelier Skeleton for about a year or so now, but it is quite a significant amount of money to me, and I've been searching for watches that fall anywhere between it and chinese (e.g. Seagull) equivalents. I've seen that the Epos 3390SK is well recommended on these forums, and I've also seen a limited edition Rotary ETA 2824 (pictures below). I hold my hands up to being a complete newbie to automatic watches, so what I would like to know is the following:

    1. What is the perceived difference in quality between the watches. Is there a difference, or is it just brand?
    2. Should I just go for the "look" of the watch, or is there more to it than that?
    3. I'm based in the UK and the Oris is readily available - the other watches mentioned I have no clue how to source
    4. Is it worth paying more for a swiss movement?
    5. Which would you choose and why?
    6. Would you recommend a different watch?

    Many thanks.

    Oris Artelier Skeleton - Price (UK) £1,480

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    Rotary ETA 2824 Limited Edition - Price ???

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    (the Rotary was recently posted FS on WUS - sold $135)
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    Im a big fan of that Oris so yep I'd buy one without a second thought. Im a fan of all things Swiss and I will always lean toward a Swiss watch over any else. oris are a reputable brand making very nice watches so I wouldn't hesitate buying one.
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    Re: Oris Artelier Skeleton or other? £1.5k / $2k

    Of these three, Epos without much of a though.

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    Re: Oris Artelier Skeleton or other? £1.5k / $2k

    I really like the Oris.
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    Re: Oris Artelier Skeleton or other? £1.5k / $2k

    I kinda like the Epos more, though skeletons aren't my thing. Many would argue that Japanese company Seiko makes just as good of a movement as nearly any Swiss brand. As for sourcing the watches, the Internet is a great source. As for recommending a different watch, I'd say look at the Oris Artlier Complication, Oris Artix Complication, Longines Conquest None are skeletons though. Good luck mate!
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    Re: Oris Artelier Skeleton or other? £1.5k / $2k

    Well you can get Epos for much cheaper buying from internet, even lower than 900£ I think. And Epos has many skeleton models, that is not the only one.

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    Re: Oris Artelier Skeleton or other? £1.5k / $2k

    Quote Originally Posted by opt View Post
    Well you can get Epos for much cheaper buying from internet, even lower than 900£ I think. And Epos has many skeleton models, that is not the only one.

    Hmm... just checked the EPOS website and they don't have an authorised dealer in the UK. To be honest, I probably wouldn't buy without seeing one in person and thats probably going to be quite hard in the UK.

    Maybe I'm over thinking this, but given the rotary is a swiss ETA movement, why is there such a large differential in price compared to the Oris?

    Thanks for your replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikhailit View Post
    Hmm... just checked the EPOS website and they don't have an authorised dealer in the UK. To be honest, I probably wouldn't buy without seeing one in person and thats probably going to be quite hard in the UK.

    Maybe I'm over thinking this, but given the rotary is a swiss ETA movement, why is there such a large differential in price compared to the Oris?

    Thanks for your replies.
    The Rotary will be a Chinese movement at that price.

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    Re: Oris Artelier Skeleton or other? £1.5k / $2k

    Of the ones shown, I like the look of the Oris more except I'm not convinced about how legible the silver hands will be against that backdrop.

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    Re: Oris Artelier Skeleton or other? £1.5k / $2k

    Well that Rotary was used limited edition with Swiss ETA movement. But Rotary is not considered anymore to be a prestigeus Swiss brand as their watches have novadays cheap Chinese quartz movements and some rare limited editions only are Swiss made today. So they don't have anymore the reputation and brand to make more expensive watches novadays. That's why that Rotary was selling so cheap. I was trying to buy it too but the seller didn't want to sell it outside US. I think the older Rotary Swiss models and vintage watches have fairly good reputation... I guess.

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