1. So in short you think Rolex advertising is BS. So?
2. Consumers think Rolex is the best watch in the world, it is not an irrational assumption. It keeps good time, can be serviced quickly and cheaply (relatively), retains a high proportion of its value and is a status symbol. What more does an average consumer want?
3. Having hollow centre links does not make for a fragile watch. A Rolex sub with a hollow centre linked bracelet is STILL a tough watch that some profession divers use. That is not an "asinine assumption", that is a fact.
4. My statement about not making your own baseplate or bridges is an example of where the logic you use applied to another component. Your authoritative nitpicking does not make any sense.
Well Jon, I do apologise for arguing with "personal feelings and conjecture", since you obviously have a wealth of knowledge having worked in a watch and jewellery store. If only staff in all retail shops displayed your level of knowledge.
It's no wonder you no longer participate on any of the internet forums like Timezone or ThePurists. Hardly anyone can match your level of experience, since it's a fact that most people there are like me, with no industry knowledge at all, just many asinine assumptions accumulated over years of talking to industry, visiting manufactures, Basel fair and SIHH.
Originally Posted by imageWIS
What do you mean how is it untrue? It's an assembly line! And a mass-produced one at that. I mean, every watch is "˜hand-assembled' in one way or another, but there is a big difference between a Rolex and a Blancpain. One is made in a massive automated factory and the other is made in a large farmhouse. You really can't compare watches to airplanes.
Dude, of course its cutting corners if they mention how tough the sports watches (have you ever read Rolexes advertising, seen their promo videos, read their factory books?) are only to have them utilize center links that are hollow, whereas even much cheaper brands use solid center links. And of course they stretch...the reason they changed this is because the internet utilized peoples ability to research Rolexes corner cutting, and think twice about buy one.
Not making your own movements or plates is not cutting corners; you A) really don't get what I'm talking about, B) don't understand the whole issue regarding in-house / out-sourced movements / parts.
Most people think Rolex is high-horology. Sorry, that's what they think...same reason they think Mercedes is the end all to be all of cars. It's the name that sells. People will buy Rolex simply because it is a Rolex, and nothing else. And that's easily 75% or the Rolex-buying public. They simply think it's the best due to Rolexes misleading advertising and the general cache that follows the brand.
Nothing personal, but as someone who worked in the industry and had a great interest in horology as a hobby as well, I have a pretty good understanding of what I'm talking about, and coming in from left field to question that with not facts, but your own assumptions is asinine. This is why I don't normally get into watch discussions, because at the end of the day I am fighting fact and experience with personal feelings and conjecture.