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Things have been a bit heavy on Affordables over the last day or two. So let's lighten it up with a poll on which of the Big Four Japanese brands is the best. Define best any way you see fit.
 

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I own or have owned watches from all of them over the years, and eventually figured out that I was a Citizen guy for various reasons. So, Citizen.
 

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Obviously you can't go wrong with any of them. My watch box says Seiko, but a part of me thinks Citizen because I think Citizen plus Bulova is a tremendous combination that really can't be beat in the affordable realm in terms of both pedigree and innovation.
 

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All four need to work on their strategies and product lines. These brands all have resources that they aren't using to anywhere near their full potential.

Seiko is the clear winner, though, in the sheer breadth of compelling offerings.
 

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Seiko has the most choices, but I think that Orient has better bang for bucks among automatics. With quartz, Citizen and Casio are in the running. I love my Citizen Nh8350s.
 

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Seiko for WIS.

I’m sympathetic to the G-Shock argument, so maybe Casio for non-WIS.


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There seems to be a Seiko for everything, so I'd say they have that covered. I would say though that starting with the lower end, Citizens quality far exceeds that of Seiko. I haven't found many Casios that I really dig. I'm not saying they're not good, I'm not into them. Orient does make some nice, well made watches too, but I have to give the edge to Citizen here.
 

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I tried to vote but it says the poll is closed.

My vote would be Seiko based on history and the depth of their catalog and their divers. However, when it comes to quality on their affordable pieces, Citizen is king. Seiko still can’t seem to figure out their QC. Citizen all day on quartz and Casio got the digitals by a mile. Sorry but Orient is a distant 4th no matter how you shake it.
 
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