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    What would you class a Bell & Ross watch as?

    I'm looking to buy a Bell & Ross BR 01 watch, and was curious as to what level most people would put the brand into?

    The only watch in my "collection" is a U-Boat A925 and despite costing me £1995, I doubt many people would class a U-Boat watch as a highend or even luxury brand, more a fashion watch.

    I've always get people commenting and admiring the watch, mainly due to the size of it and the matt silver finish, but they are always shocked when I tell them I paid near £2k for it since they've never even heard of the U-Boat.

    I wouldn't put a B&R in the same league as a Rollie or even a Ling, but would you put it into the same league as say an Omega, Tag, Rado?
    Or is a B&R like a U-Boat, more fashion orientated.

    One of the reasons why I'd like to know is to determine whether the watch would still be worth its money if I decide to sell it on say a couple of years later.
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    £1995?!...you really overpaid for a u-boat.

    i'd rate B & R roughly in the same league as the higher-end Tags. definitely not in the same league as Omega though.

    there are only a handful of brands that hold their value well and not B&R, nor Tag, nor Omega would fall in that category.

    Quote Originally Posted by londoner View Post
    I'm looking to buy a Bell & Ross BR 01 watch, and was curious as to what level most people would put the brand into?

    The only watch in my "collection" is a U-Boat A925 and despite costing me £1995, I doubt many people would class a U-Boat watch as a highend or even luxury brand, more a fashion watch.

    I've always get people commenting and admiring the watch, mainly due to the size of it and the matt silver finish, but they are always shocked when I tell them I paid near £2k for it since they've never even heard of the U-Boat.

    I wouldn't put a B&R in the same league as a Rollie or even a Ling, but would you put it into the same league as say an Omega, Tag, Rado?
    Or is a B&R like a U-Boat, more fashion orientated.

    One of the reasons why I'd like to know is to determine whether the watch would still be worth its money if I decide to sell it on say a couple of years later.

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    Re: What would you class a Bell & Ross watch as?

    I recently read that they outsource some of their movement development to BNB Concept along with others.

    This doesn't detract from them as a company. I just found it interesting. I assumed they were developing in-house.

    Their fit and finish might be equal to some of the companies you mentioned but I wouldn't put them in the same league as those because their don't have the history.

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    Yes, U-Boat's are very wellover-priced for what they are, base movements and no history imo.

    Mine features 925 graded silver casing, I guess that's why it was so much more than the average Boat.
    http://www.jurawatches.co.uk/U-Boat/...-Watch-(UB-305)

    Quote Originally Posted by Denizen View Post
    £1995?!...you really overpaid for a u-boat.

    i'd rate B & R roughly in the same league as the higher-end Tags. definitely not in the same league as Omega though.

    there are only a handful of brands that hold their value well and not B&R, nor Tag, nor Omega would fall in that category.

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    Well, all I can say is that the fit and finish from B&R are excellent. They might not have the history or decorated movements (pedestrian really) but the case design alone is worth the admission.
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    Re: What would you class a Bell & Ross watch as?

    They make some fantastic watches although I would sway towards the more classic designs. They are ,however, way too expensive for what you are getting.

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    Re: What would you class a Bell & Ross watch as?

    Fashion Watch. Wait .... overpriced, overhyped fashion watch.

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    Re: What would you class a Bell & Ross watch as?

    Quote Originally Posted by DMB View Post
    Fashion Watch. Wait .... overpriced, overhyped fashion watch.
    Exactly, completley overhyped.

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    Re: What would you class a Bell & Ross watch as?

    Quote Originally Posted by londoner View Post
    I'm looking to buy a Bell & Ross BR 01 watch, and was curious as to what level most people would put the brand into?
    Very expensive (aren't they all), slightly fashion-y, over-sized, design-led and featuring well set up but fairly basic ETA movements. Not all of what they make is large and square (check out the Vintage and Space watches).

    A lot of people don't like that they sell well because it upsets their view of what people really should buy if only they'd listen to people with superior knowledge .
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    Re: What would you class a Bell & Ross watch as?

    Quote Originally Posted by londoner View Post
    I'm looking to buy a Bell & Ross BR 01 watch, and was curious as to what level most people would put the brand into?

    The only watch in my "collection" is a U-Boat A925 and despite costing me £1995, I doubt many people would class a U-Boat watch as a highend or even luxury brand, more a fashion watch.

    I've always get people commenting and admiring the watch, mainly due to the size of it and the matt silver finish, but they are always shocked when I tell them I paid near £2k for it since they've never even heard of the U-Boat.

    I wouldn't put a B&R in the same league as a Rollie or even a Ling, but would you put it into the same league as say an Omega, Tag, Rado?
    Or is a B&R like a U-Boat, more fashion orientated.

    One of the reasons why I'd like to know is to determine whether the watch would still be worth its money if I decide to sell it on say a couple of years later.
    No, not worth the money. Yes, a fashion-"orientated" brand. Buy it if you like it, but don't expect much return on oversized wrist jewelry.

    Also, please never use the term "Ling" again.

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