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    Forum's Viewpoint On Designer Watches

    I just started getting into watches and love this forum.
    How does the forum in general view designer watches like Emporio Armani, Nautica, Kenneth Cole, etc. How well made are they compared to Seiko, Citizen, etc. How respected are they among WIS? Bang for the buck size would you be better off with a comparably priced Seiko?
    Just wondering to me it seems like most of their designs are fancier or shall I say gaudy than the Japanese brands like Orient, Citizen,etc and I'm not into that. But some designs seem pretty subdued also which is more what I look for in a watch. Just wondering the overall quality and they are viewed.

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    Why would you pay "x" amount for a Fossil with Michael Kors name on it, when you can get a comparable Fossil with the same movement for "x - 50%"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgdipietro View Post
    Why would you pay "x" amount for a Fossil with Michael Kors name on it, when you can get a comparable Fossil with the same movement for "x - 50%"?
    Entire reason I am making this post to see the quality of these watches, to find out what they are all about and how they are made if they are worth it.

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    The quality is usually sub-par for whatever the MSRP is.

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    Re: Forum's Viewpoint On Designer Watches

    you almost had me.... nope, not gonna fall for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toothbras View Post
    you almost had me.... nope, not gonna fall for it
    I'm lost? How did I almost have you?

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    you almost had me.... nope, not gonna fall for it

    I get suckered in every time.

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    Re: Forum's Viewpoint On Designer Watches

    Generally speaking, I think you will find an opinion on here that they are more akin to fashion jewelry than quality watches. Some of the fashion brands however, Calvin Klein for instance, do offer some watches with respected movements. The vast majority, not so much.
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    Re: Forum's Viewpoint On Designer Watches

    A buddy of mine owns a goldsmith shop where they do battery changes. He has shown me some of the movements from these fashion brands, they are literally $8.00 to $10.00 movements.
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    Re: Forum's Viewpoint On Designer Watches

    Look, you'll get a lot of snarky answers on this forum because we get questions like this all of the time (and worse) so be ready for moans and groans but this is actually a fun community if you like watches.

    As to your question, most fashion watches are manufactured by Fossil which isn't necessarily a bad watch but when you put a designer name on it then they become inflated on pricing. What you're buying is usually a quartz movement (battery) which can be as cheap as $10 and an entry level quality case with a design. As far as good, from purely a production standpoint, they fall below the comparably priced models from watch companies like seiko, orient et all. You'll notice that this forum has a bias for mechanical watches over quartz so you'll likely hear people advocate for buying an auto instead of a quartz but really they aren't any better, just different.

    As far as design that's entirely subjective. Go with what you like, there's an entire fashion watch forum of you dig them.
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