Originally Posted by chocsosa
Thanks guys for all the advice given. I am going with the B&M...it's a starter watch and by no means will I be putting it on the same level as a Cartier or an Omega. However from what I have researched and what I have seen here...give or take on average its a good starter watch into the mid-level luxury world which is what I am looking for. My budget is up to $1200 and the B&M fits the bill.. I will be keeping my eye on a couple of Hamilton watches that I see but I like the simple design of the watch, the decent movement's and the name which were my three parameter's. Thanks again all!
B&M is a fine watch, whether it is to be a "starter" or a keeper. Just please get yourself one of their automatics, $1200 for a quartz watch is...well...a bit overpriced. Would you get a similar quality movement in a Hamilton? Sure, but many people like B&M for a reason. Wear it in good health.
Also, do not give Cartier too much credit as a watch brand. While their Tank watch is a classic, they are more of a fashion brand than a watch brand as far as movements are concerned.
Originally Posted by papa kot
It is really hard to summarize this in a single thread without sounding like a jerk, but mid-range watches are interesting fish, as most of them target folks who do not know what they are buying. In other words, Baume and Mercier, Bell & Ross, Longines, Omega (well most of the Omegas) and other "mall" stuff, including Rolex, found across the United States are great honeypots designed by very clever marketing gurus. Those pros are well paid geniuses who blend well-crafted slogans, e.g. "The first watch on the moon," with sexy females to generate profit margins you can only dream about. Do this for a several decades in a row and you end up with population that associates brands with things they are not. See Exibit A: How Rolex went from a tool watch one could afford to a watch for tools who can afford it.
First, none of the brands you list are what most would consider "mall" brands. Mall brands are things like: Movado, Timex, Fossil, Bulova, etc. While I personally don't care for Bell & Ross, I wouldn't say you see them in malls either. Also, every watch brand has "marketing gurus", brands like Omega and Rolex simply have more active ones (or so it would appear). Their advertising is also typically more main stream. While I will admit there are tools who wear Rolex, not all Rolex wearers are tools. Yes, I own one (Milgauss), but my tool status can be the topic of another thread. Rolex (in my opinion) makes an excellent watch. Their movements are robust and well tested, their styling is classic and simply (most of the time), and they nearly all have 100M watch resistance. For most people, they serve as a good choice for those who only want a single "nice" watch. While Omega does seem to release a few too many special editions as of late, they also make a very reputable watch.