It all really depends on what you want. I wouldn't worry about not having a local service center for a particular brand...just have a backup watch to wear when you send it in for servicing every 5 years or so.Is it a bad idea to buy from these smaller companies? like the Louis Erards for example have 2 places in the US for service, places that are literally across the country. Are 2nd hand auto watches alright to check out Via Ebay?
I just want a nice automatic watch for more durable duties such as photography and such, preferably with a rubber strap.
Has anyone dealt with Watchseller before? They have the oris i want, new. Its about $175 less than a authorized dealer that i buy from, what do you guys think?watchseller has some nice atlantic, oris and other brands ard 500. Some are mint, others are used but in good condition. Good thing is they'll tell you how the watch does on the timing machine and the pictures are really good. They have a good rep and have been in business for a number of years.
Most brands (the non-japs and russians) actually use the same swiss movement (more often than not, 2824/36) at that price point. Any competent watchmaker can service them. So I guess the main thing to look out for is case, dial work and bracelet quality, as well as overall fit and finish.
All these, however, come secondary to design, which is most important imho, WIS or non-WIS. If it looks ugly to you, you won't buy rite?
I have different feelings about the seastar. It's such a solid watch and the bezel is definitely unique.I had a Tissot Sea Star and sold it because the bezel looked like a die-cast chrome Hot Wheel - really. Tissot's are good watches, but that particular model 'looks' cheap... it does have a sapphire crystal and all but looks should count for something.