I've had a passive interest in watches for most of my life, but I've taken more of an interest recently. I've owned a Victorinox and an Orvis manufactured by Wenger that both belonged to my grandfather. I've always thought they were especially neat because they are both Swiss made, and Swiss watches are said to be good quality...but I'm not really sure why.
I bought a Seiko SNK809, and noticed the back of the watch says "Movement Malaysia". This made me wonder, what is the correlation between the quality of a watch and the country in which it is made? Why is the country of the movement's manufacture so significant that we as consumers want to know about it? In most cases a quality product is connected with a specific company, but with watches it seems the quality is also connected to it's country of manufacture. As if there are some government laws specifying the quality of parts that go into the watches...
I'm probably over thinking it, but this just seems weird to me. It seems like it's just a "Made in Blank" label like we see on all products, but with watches it seems to hold prestige and I wonder why.
Can anyone explain this?