The recent thread "Deceived by Hamilton Thin-O-Matic" highlights one of my biggest hates about todays watch production, where I feel we buyers have been slowly duped into spending Thousands and Thousands of hard earned Dollars for increasingly cheaply made products.
Akit110 is showing us that a watch retailing for well under 1K USD can be superbly made and finished, with a good quality movement, plus a fantastic "3D" look dial. This means a quality paint, applied markers and the little print there is, this also of a superb quality.
Nicely shaped hands, faultlessly polished.
The dial on the Hamilton is of a quality we usually see only on watches costing several times what he paid,if we are lucky !
More and more manufacturers today are cutting down on the cost of the manufacturing of the dials by fitting dials that are printed only. Many of the brands doing this are in the upper mid and even High End sphere.
Jaeger leCoultre is one of them.
We are so called WIS, enthusiasts, or experts, yet we accept and buy these products with cheaply made parts without a second thought.
I have over the last few years read many write ups made by a happy owner, what an incredible quality the printed dial has, sharp print, etc etc.
I think we are being cheated. We accept all the price increases thrown at us, we accept watches where we are not sure where the parts are being manufactured, we accept dials that cost pennies to make, all this in a watch costing as much as a car.
What are your thoughts?