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    Now that almost all the big-name watchmakers are housed under a few umbrella holding companies (e.g., Richemont, Swatch, LVMH), it's hard to worry about their survival. The likes of JLC, IWC, etc. are all supported by deep bankrolls (and it helps that the fashion brands like Chanel and Cartier can bring in cash to fund their development). There are still big independents, of course, like Patek and Rolex. But those guys also are very secure in their positions and are not going away anytime soon. If they were at any financial risk, I suspect that one of the conglomerates would quickly gobble them up and at least preserve the brand.

    So who are the watchmakers that you guys root for? In other words, who are the little guys who you want to see do well and keep making great watches for the next 50 years? I find myself very attracted to a handful of German makers, particularly Nomos and Dornbluth, who are making spectacular watches with their own movements for prices well under the expectation for fine mechanicals from bigger name brands. I like them so much that I actually worry about their continued success -- something I've never experienced about Omega or Tag Heuer. The finishing of a Dornbluth, just based on the images I've seen (never encountered one in real life) looks exquisite, and the details on the movement are breathtaking.

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    Likewise, I want to see Nomos & Dornbluth succeed. If I had the money & patience for the Dornbluth, I'd certainly like to buy one. Hard to resist a company that puts so much effort into such grand looking watches.
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    Dornblüth is definitely one of my favorites. I really like the 99.1 a lot. I hope Dirk has thought long and hard about his succession plan so his company remains operational for at least another generation. I've read some interviews when he's made it clear he wants to make great watches, enjoy his work and make enough money to live comfortably - not grow the business by leaps and bounds. Hats off to anyone with the ability to do just that.

    I also think RGM falls into this bucket Stateside. Their in-house movements and their guilloché dials are incredible. What an absolute wonder of a company in Pennsylvania. If Roland wants people to learn his business and continue the legacy, I'll sign up!
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    +1 on RGM. Going to their HQ next month when I'm back in PA to see the in-laws.

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    Among the little guys, I'm a big fan of Nomos.

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    +1 for Dornbluth and ESPECIALLY Nomos.

    I'm also rooting for Bremont to succeed- despite all of the flak they get I am a huge fan! :D
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    Stowa, for sure. But it seems like with their extensive backorder and wait time, they're doing just fine ;)

    G. Gerlach from the affordable forums seems to be a bunch of guys really comitted to producing a quality, well-designed watch that honors their country history.

    Seagull, despite being massive, I want to see do well on the international market.
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    Nomos and Sinn are two companies that I feel are very "honest" watch companies. Nice watches without too much nonsense. Sinn today reminds me somewhat of IWC 20 years ago.
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    I'm a fan of Frédérique-Constant. They make some really nice dress pieces, and in addition to their flagship brand they are the owners of Alpina, another fine brand from the past.
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