I am looking forward to purchasing a retirement present watch (in ten+ short years time) and I pondered this question. Should I buy a watch that is future proof - i.e. one from a company that I know will in all likelihood still exist in the future for service support of their watches. Or should I buy a watch from a newish manufactuer and hope they are still around to service the watch later in its life. Most manufactures are now focusing on in-house movements so if a watch manufacture goes under will parts for servicing the movement still be available? I know that past performance is no indicator of future existence.
To give you an example, should I focus on buying from a branch such as Jaegar-leCoultre, Vacheron Constantine and the like verses H. Moser & Cie or FP Journe?