Creating Dive Watches for your "own brand"
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    Creating Dive Watches for your "own brand"

    Having looked at and purchased lots of watches over the years and the influx of homages appearing in recent times I decided to check out Alibaba for dive watches. Now regardless of your search parameters Alibaba throws up other related items just in case something else piques your interest, but after 10 pages of results it was an eye-opener to see what the Chinese are churning out. This is where you order watches wholesale in large quantities. There were even more search results to follow, but I had seen enough and there were at least a half dozen "Tuna" replicas in those first 10 pages. If you place a large enough order they will put your brand name and logo on the watches you order and even provide a range of internal components with mix and match. A case in point is this titanium bodied dive watch and the list of variations that you can request. Note the unit prices, dependant on the volume of course and then consider what such watches sell for.
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...3f422vZQbsO%22
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    Interestingly they seem to make larger mark-ups on the bottom end watches and less on the high end versions, for example a 6 dollar plastic sports watch may sell for 25 dollars retail, but a 150 dollar dive watch may sell for about 300 dollars retail.

    This is the list of Tunas copied from those 10 search result pages, one of which looks to be doubled up.:
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...21641ed2pY6v2n
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...40671bf2ypUVxJ
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...6cc77f7ftKbE0w
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...6cc77f7ftKbE0w
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...6cc77f7ftKbE0w
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...67095e39j7wJvf
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...67095e39j7wJvf
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...40671bf2ypUVxJ

    Brands like Merkur and Sharkey no doubt dip into the same parts bucket.

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    Here are the specs for the titanium dive watch.
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    I never bothered to sort out the Rolex Submariner replicas, but every Chinese brand seems to have them in a range of dial colours, many identical bar the branding on the dial and the "depth rating" which of course is just part of its name. For example "Heavy duty dive watch" may be just a name, not a specification. Not surprising as most are under 50 dollars, or even less.

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    Speaking of the Merkur watches check this out https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...69e147edfvqpoR
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    Note the tiny "M" on the second hand which is found on the Merkur V2 watches.
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    It's crazy. Check out the description for this Seiko MM300-styled watch.

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    Re: Creating Dive Watches for your "own brand"

    The real fun for me is finding the ones with highbeat movements at low prices.









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    Re: Creating Dive Watches for your "own brand"

    I bought exactly one Parnis. It was utter garbage. The winding rotor was loose and making a grinding sound. I had to open it up to tighten things up and saw fingerprints on parts of the movement including the bridge and rotor. And the bracelet was terrible too. Loose with a clasp that was finicky. Seems like you've had better luck.
    On the other hand, the Proxima and San Martino have been pure pleasure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    The real fun for me is finding the ones with highbeat movements at low prices.









    Is this a combination of Tudor midcase style with Sub dial ?

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    Just finish building this. All vintage parts. Movement is an AS1906 automatic, circa 1970s. Still need to age and lume the hands.







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    Re: Creating Dive Watches for your "own brand"

    Other Chinese dive watches ready for a logo if you order enough of them.
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