I had the opportunity to share some fantastic Cigars, scotch and watches with Dan (Drickster), Bacari, and Gary (Gary123) last night. It was a great evening, and towards the end of the evening we got into a very passionate debate over what a "high-end" watch really is.
In my humble opinion, the term "high-end" is infinitely subjective and relative for every single person/WIS. It's far easier for us all to come to agreement about what the "highest end" watches are... one of a kind hand crafted, spectacular complication, over the top watches... or "Lowest-end"... those 99 cent pieces of junk you can order in bulk off of ebay.
So where do YOU draw the line for "high" end and why?
For me, the line begins somewhere around a Hamilton or Tissot with an ETA movement or better... the watch must be an original design, a high accuracy mechanical movement, and aesthetically beautiful. Price is largely irrelevant to me... but I think the market prices what I would consider high end somewhere in the $600+ range. I think if you were to lay all the watches manufactured in a given year and put such a watch in a percentile.. it would probably make the 95th-96th percentile.
Here's an example:
EDIT: Just to be CLEAR this is not a debate about what is or is not high end... I think arguing about it is stupid. I'm just curious as to where YOUR line is.