Reading the Grand Seiko discussion lately has been very interesting. And I guess I will come out of the wood works... I am exactly the person Dino described, to a T. I love Grand Seiko, I think they are a great "value," I like their designs (well, some of them), I like what they stand for, and I think they are really very beautiful watches. But something has always held me back. First I got an Omega. Second, when I had a larger budget, I decided to go for a JLC. Third, when I had a larger budget, I once against opted for a JLC. At each of these steps, I really did consider the Snowflake. I asked about pricing, I looked into reviews, I oogled it. But at the end of the day, I chose Omega, and I chose JLC.
I may get a Grand Seiko one day, but I guess brand means more to me than I think it does! I have drooled over several models, but at the end of the day, I think I will be hard pressed to actually take the plunge. There will always be that voice in the back of my head that says "save for the Patek," or "you always wanted a Submariner, spring for that!" I think it will likely be a while until I am "at the place" where I am ready for a GS. In isolation, they are gorgeous watches, probably the best in their class. But in the grand scheme of things, it is much more difficult.