Hmmm, in germany they sell Adee Kaye as "high class designer watches from the USA" and do not mention any supposedly german heritage. Until that post I had never heard of them. Hamiltons on the other hand are rather standard for watch shops around there.
That's funny. Street prices for all AK watches here are well below $200.
Quote:Once upon a time there has been a "black list" of a German forum (not on WUS):
Jacques Cantani watches are very similar to AK, Rene Barton, Steinhausen, Aeromatic1912, Tauchmeister watches, mostly housing chinese movements and claiming to be "Made in Germany" (Read my post http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=1396 "Do you remember" here on the German Watches Forum).
Some watches are utilising swiss movements.
Mostly no reliable after sales service and nobody to talk or to mail to. Some customers complained problems in ordering spare parts.
Some movements and cases are - maybe - made by "millionsmart" or another chinese company.
Similar "brands" (just some):
Leutwyler & SÃ¶hne
Newton & sons
Roebelin & Graef
Reason for that blacklist was: All watches have in common that you hardly getÂ´em at a retailers shop (there are exceptions !!) but only on the internet (mostly: ebay). Most of them pretent to be high quality watches. Jacques Cantani watches are titled "Meisterwerke der Uhrmacherkunst" - Masterpieces of watchmaking" - but closer inspection proves they are not.
Other sellers on ebay sell top offers, dreamwatches, extremly rare (:-D) JCs.
According to offers I read some of these JC retail for 1200 Euro. Another fairy tale.
I usually call them "ebay-pop up-mushroom-brands" because they pop up like mushrooms.