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    What does Heritage mean anyway?

    Not the actual dictionary definition. In watches, with every other watch company calling a model or two this or that heritage... What does the term even mean anymore and do you think its so over used that you shy away from such watches?


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    Re: What does Heritage mean anyway?

    I don't care what terms they use if I like the watch.
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    Re: What does Heritage mean anyway?

    Who cares?
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    Re: What does Heritage mean anyway?

    it means we have no new ideas so we will copy what we did 20 years ago
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    Re: What does Heritage mean anyway?

    There's real heritage, then there's bought heritage.

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    Re: What does Heritage mean anyway?

    Quote Originally Posted by brrrdn View Post
    There's real heritage, then there's bought heritage.
    Yup. If Tudor or Omega bring out a new version of a watch they made in the 60s and 70s and want to call it a Heritage model, I have no problem with that. Or if Rolex, PP, or Seiko talk about their long watchmaking heritage, that's fine (even if the company has undergone changes in ownership while in continuous existence).

    But if someone buys the rights to an old defunct manufacturer's name and slaps that name on new schlock made in China, the use of the word "heritage" is completely bogus -- e.g., Elgin, Waltham, Ingersoll.

    Here's a thread on the topic: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/watc...on-563313.html

    And an interesting NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/fa...obscurity.html
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    Re: What does Heritage mean anyway?

    A nod to the past is always welcome. As long as the company in question can bring something new to the table.
    Some car manufacturers are quite good at this.
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    Re: What does Heritage mean anyway?

    Something having historical significance, usually spoken with respect to watch manufacturers. For models, the terms iconic and heritage are used interchangeably.
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    Re: What does Heritage mean anyway?

    Longines Avigation pilot's watch(es)? Heritage. Zenith's Special Pilots? Heritage. Patek Philippe "Pilot's" watch? Marketing. A couple of prototypes for a certain late 30's German regime does not a pilot's watch "heritage" make, but since pilots watches are big sellers...
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    Re: What does Heritage mean anyway?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoppes-no9 View Post
    But if someone buys the rights to an old defunct manufacturer's name and slaps that name on new schlock made in China, the use of the word "heritage" is completely bogus -- e.g., Elgin, Waltham, Ingersoll.
    How do you feel about Montblac Heritage Collection == Minerva?
    Last edited by brrrdn; March 25th, 2016 at 01:55.

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