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Which brand offers the highest value for money?

  • A.Lange & Söhne

    Votes: 4 1.4%
  • Audemars Piguet

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Baume & Mercier

    Votes: 7 2.4%
  • Bell & Ross

    Votes: 2 0.7%
  • Blancpain

    Votes: 3 1.0%
  • Breitling

    Votes: 5 1.7%
  • Chopard

    Votes: 3 1.0%
  • Frederique Constant

    Votes: 14 4.8%
  • Hamilton

    Votes: 38 13.1%
  • Hublot

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • IWC Schaffhausen

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Votes: 19 6.6%
  • Longines

    Votes: 39 13.5%
  • NOMOS Glashütte

    Votes: 36 12.5%
  • Omega

    Votes: 53 18.3%
  • Oris

    Votes: 55 19.0%
  • Panerai

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Patek Philippe

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Rolex

    Votes: 30 10.4%
  • Seiko

    Votes: 70 24.2%
  • Sinn

    Votes: 34 11.8%
  • TAG Heuer

    Votes: 3 1.0%
  • Tissot

    Votes: 20 6.9%
  • Vacheron Constantin

    Votes: 3 1.0%
  • Zenith

    Votes: 17 5.9%
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In your opinion, which brand offers the best bang for your buck? Which watchmaker still offers a lot of quality & performance relative to the prices charged? Where can you still get incredible deals? To clarify: for me "watch quality & performance" entails everything from materials, complications, to brand image, resell value and other value drivers.

For the indecisive, please pick up to three brands ... and let me know in the comments if I am missing any critical player! :)
 

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Christopher Ward would be my nomination as best “Bang for the buck” watch.

Check out a Trident Mk3 and see what I mean.
 

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Only one of my top 3 are on that list: Oris. The other being Christopher Ward (as mentioned by Clive) and Steinhart. I have 8 watches from those 3 brands so have put money where my mouth is. Quality and looks in all cases is punching beyond their weight and in total cost less than my most expensive watch.
 

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Vostok for mechanical, Technochas' Electronika series for digital quartz, Casio for analog quartz.

There may be less expensive for each category, but there's no better for the same price. The more something becomes a luxury item or a status symbol, the more difficult the value proposition is for me.

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Absolutely true... if you don't care too much about swiss precision, brand image and resell value, among other things. Pretty hard to sell a used Vostok without a massive discount. :)
 

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Depends on what kind of money you have to play around with.

Choose a luxury brand and model nearly guaranteed to appreciate, and it represents an outstanding value... if you can afford the entry fee.

Otherwise, Casio F-91w, FTW.
 

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Can't beat free, no service required, no battery change, and a power reserve well beyond what anyone needs. And you can't beat a few billions years of field testing.

 
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