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    What are the top quality watchmakers (other then Rolex)

    Hello,

    Rolex is known as being the best watch.

    I would love to know all the brands at par with Rolex if not better.

    All I know so far is Patek.

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    Oh $h1!! here we go again, I can feel it...
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    Re: What are the top quality watchmakers (other then Rolex)

    You've posted here 167 times. I'm not sure what to think about your ability to absorb information, if you're being serious.
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    Re: What are the top quality watchmakers (other then Rolex)

    I hear Mercedes benz makes the best cars in the world, too!

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    Re: What are the top quality watchmakers (other then Rolex)

    Even though its a simple question which can be mostly answered by reading around the forum, I'll leave this thread open for now since I think it has the potential to educate new members. Try to be nice, folks.

    laxexquis - with some exceptions, there are very few terrible watchmakers - most brands here have a very loyal following, so "ranking" them will surely lead to some friction, and for the most part there is a price point where you get more watch when you pay more, and then a price point where what one pays for is the brand name and recognition. Whether prestige is important is subjective and not the purpose of this thread so please refrain from taking this into a "Rolex vs Omega vs Tag" type of thread.
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    Lots of dive watches.

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    Re: What are the top quality watchmakers (other then Rolex)

    Quote Originally Posted by laxexquis View Post
    Hello,

    Rolex is known as being the best watch.

    I would love to know all the brands at par with Rolex if not better.

    All I know so far is Patek.

    Thanks
    John

    This one performs well beyond the standard of a Superlative Chronometer and it's a multiple rattaprante to boot

    Out of curiosity what measures or features do you feel make a Rolex, Patek or other the Best of Brands?


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    Re: What are the top quality watchmakers (other then Rolex)

    Quote Originally Posted by laxexquis View Post
    Hello,

    Rolex is known as being the best watch.

    I would love to know all the brands at par with Rolex if not better.

    All I know so far is Patek.

    Thanks
    John
    If you care to do some reading, here is your answer

    Through its distinctive Fine Watch products, the brand must demonstrate:

    Culture and expertise.
    A proven commitment and capacity to invest in research and development.
    A commitment to preserving, developing and transmitting this unique expertise, in particular by training young watchmakers.
    Legitimacy and heritage for traditional brands; personality and originality for contemporary brands.
    A specific DNA; the brand is acknowledged and respected by connoisseurs.
    A selective and qualified sales network.
    A highly competent and quality after-sales service.
    International communication in keeping with the values of Fine Watchmaking.
    An active contribution to the fight against counterfeits and servile copies.
    The Steering Committee has so far identified some 50 brands that meet with the above criteria. Of these, 29 support the Foundation in its work and contribute to its various cultural activities:

    A.Lange & Söhne, Alain Silberstein, Antoine Preziuso, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Blancpain, Bovet Fleurier, Boucheron, Breguet, Breitling, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Corum, Daniel Roth, De Bethune, De Grisogono, DeWitt, Eberhard&Co, Favre-Leuba, F.P.Journe Invenit et Fecit, Franck Muller, Gérald Genta, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte Original, Greubel Forsey, Hautlence, Vianney Halter, Harry Winston Timepieces, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jaquet Droz, JeanRichard, Kari Voutilainen, La Montre Hermès, Léon Hatot, Longines, MB & F SA, H. Moser & cie, Montblanc, Omega, Panerai, Parmigiani, Patek Philippe, Perrelet, Piaget, Philippe Dufour, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Rolex, Speake Marin, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin, Union Glasshütte, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef and Arpels, Zenith
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    Re: What are the top quality watchmakers (other then Rolex)

    A.Lange & Söhne, Alain Silberstein, Antoine Preziuso, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Blancpain, Bovet Fleurier, Boucheron, Breguet, Breitling, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Corum, Daniel Roth, De Bethune, De Grisogono, DeWitt, Eberhard&Co, Favre-Leuba, F.P.Journe Invenit et Fecit, Franck Muller, Gérald Genta, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte Original, Greubel Forsey, Hautlence, Vianney Halter, Harry Winston Timepieces, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jaquet Droz, JeanRichard, Kari Voutilainen, La Montre Hermès, Léon Hatot, Longines, MB & F SA, H. Moser & cie, Montblanc, Omega, Panerai, Parmigiani, Patek Philippe, Perrelet, Piaget, Philippe Dufour, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Rolex, Speake Marin, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin, Union Glasshütte, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef and Arpels, Zenith
    That's a pretty damn good list right there.

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    Re: What are the top quality watchmakers (other then Rolex)

    A.Lange & Söhne, Alain Silberstein, Antoine Preziuso, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Blancpain, Bovet Fleurier, Boucheron, Breguet, Breitling, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Corum, Daniel Roth, De Bethune, De Grisogono, DeWitt, Eberhard&Co, Favre-Leuba, F.P.Journe Invenit et Fecit, Franck Muller, Gérald Genta, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte Original, Greubel Forsey, Hautlence, Vianney Halter, Harry Winston Timepieces, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jaquet Droz, JeanRichard, Kari Voutilainen, La Montre Hermès, Léon Hatot, Longines, MB & F SA, H. Moser & cie, Montblanc, Omega, Panerai, Parmigiani, Patek Philippe, Perrelet, Piaget, Philippe Dufour, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Rolex, Speake Marin, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin, Union Glasshütte, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef and Arpels, Zenith
    Exactly what I was looking for, thank YOU.

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    Re: What are the top quality watchmakers (other then Rolex)

    I agree, question answered.
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