Well, unless mistaken, he is looking to buy a watch and not a brand. Branding is of course part of it but the watch itself is first and foremost. Buying something you don't like as much because of the name on it never made much sense to me.
With only 4 students in the class what are the odds??! That beautiful new IWC prep calendar gave you away! Agree on the class being a real eye opener. Very satisfying to get that movement beating away again upon reassembly!