z0phi3l, on 09 January 2013 - 20:26, said:
That's the problem with cheap watches, they never last, gotta pay for quality, or might as well buy a cheapo $5 digital watch off the street corner
BGM, on 09 January 2013 - 20:39, said:
yes was going to say.. are either of those two you mention even over £150?
@tim_s - Add another zero and try again
Sorry, I don't agree. Affordable watches do last. There are many sub £150 ($250) watches that are good. I'm speaking mainly about mechanical watches. (I put all quartz on the same page.) Many Seiko's/Citizen's come well under and up to that price range and I don't think anyone has a leg to stand on if they say they are crap and wont last. Seiko 5's come under £50 ($80). Orient is another affordable watch company. They have 'Swiss Made' affordable watches such as Swiss Legend. Fossil uses the exact same movement as well as several other brands such as Zodiac but, unlike Fossil and Swiss Legend, they charge several times more using the exact same movement. (The controversy surrounding the cl-888 movement is a story for another time, or just google it)
Bottom line, many affordable watches are not cheap toys that will break in a week, they will last. I'm not saying affordable watches are on par with watches that are hundreds if not thousands more, though sometimes they may be, the point is price is not always an indicator of better quality. When you go up the price scale it becomes more about fit and finish, how well is the movement decorated, whether it is decorated by hand, precious metals used, brand etc... and not a question of whether the watch will last that much longer. I think most times, people care only about the country of origin rather than the merits of the watch itself.