Originally Posted by Reevolving
JAB suits are not comparable to Brioni suits
Honda is not comparable to a BMW.
However, a $5000 watch is much more comparable to a $100 Timex.
Agreed. JAB is not comparable to Brioni, Honda is not comparable to BMW and a $100 Timex is NOT comparable to a $5000 Rolex. It's just not true. As I said previously, if you don't see the VALUE in owning an expensive timepiece, that's OK. But saying they are inferior to or of lesser quality than a Timex is a dishonest statement.
Why are they inferior? They keep less accurate time than a Seiko. That's why.
This statement is pretty telling of your knowledge of watches. I think you are comparing a "$5000 Rolex" to a "$100 Timex" when what you really mean to compare are a "mechanical movement" and a "quartz movement." It's important to note the difference between accuracy and precision. It's easier to make a really precise quartz movement - one that's off by less than 1 second a day. Day after day this watch will lose or gain the exact same amount of time. That's precision. A mechanical watch, due to its moving parts, your movement, etc, is harder to make precise. It could be off 1 second one day, but 4 seconds the next. It all depends on the quality and condition of the movement. Sure, you're paying for the brand name with a watch like Rolex or Omega, but you're also paying for the quality of the movement and the skill of the watchmaker to make it more accurate than the $100 Seiko - which brings me to. . . .
Your $100 Seiko may be quartz, but I have several Seikos that are Automatic. Guess what? They're less accurate than my more expensive Automatics. Actually, Seiko has a line called "Spring Drive" that are several thousands of dollars and are mechanical. Those are VERY accurate AND precise.
You're obviously not interested in the above and, i'll say it again, nothing wrong with that. The problem is that I find it hard to believe that the $300 replica is anywhere near as accurate OR precise as my mechanical Seikos, etc. If you're implying that these replicas have quartz movements (and I highly doubt that. You said they couldn't tell the difference at Tourneau. If the watch was ticking - as a quartz does - rather than sweeping like a mechanical watch, they would have noticed without even opening the back), then what was the point again? At $300 you're paying for an untested $10 quartz movement housed in a stainless steel case.
They are overpriced, unreliable, and antiquated.
Overpriced? Maybe. You are, of course, paying for the name. You're also paying for the skill of the craftsmen who made it, the warranty, the value of any precious metals it may be made from, the quality of the leather band, and the expense of the tools needed to make and adjust these watches.
I'm really reminded of when I first became interested in my clothing and found this site. I couldn't understand why people spent so much money on shoes. Corrected grain? Who cares? My $30 Florsheim is made in Taiwan? So what, it looks great. Comfort? My feet don't hurt! Well guess what - the plastic leathery looking coating on my $30 Florsheims completely disintegrated walking for one day in the rain. I'm willing to bet that I'll still have my Allen Edmonds Cliftons and Park Avenues 5 or 10 years from now. I INVESTED in something that wasn't disposable. Laid out more money up front, but i'm sure i'll save money in the future.