I actually try real hard to have no two of the same exact movement, not sure why it's just how my brain works
You and i are alike. I have the same rationale about acquiring a new complication too.I wouldn't buy a watch that wasn't appealling to me, even if it had a good movement. Also, I wouldn't buy an appealling watch with a movement below my standards. An ideal purchase for me would be a movement that has complications not already in my collection.
For me, it's a confluence of the 'clone factor' and the fact that they are thoroughly dull. ETA/Sellita movements are the watch equivalent of a 3-cylinder diesel engine. I used to own one in a FC Moonphase, but I sold it partially because I could never shake the feeling that the movement was an industrial assembly line product rather than something special.A few here avoid the SW200s - is it because the clone factor? Or just too common? I will have one in a Stowa Flieger sport model.
Not either/or (as a dichotomy), so I collect both.
I just love watches that fits within my budget ) but i think I prefer movment
Primarily: I'm all about the calibre. Nothing else matters.
Invest in open hearts, and if you want to go all out a Tourbillion is the way to invest for a good show.Design first, movement second. As much as I admire movements, strangely enough, I end up wearing my watches with closed casebacks more often. I’ve bought watches in the past just for the movement and usually end up selling them. Too bad you can’t wear them upside down!
This is nothing, I've seen 20k watches on hodinkee from Japan with cheap Seiko and sellita movements. Payment goes for the dial, case, and other materials (not precious metals) to attain up to 50K as well. Nomos and Rolex from experience are solid movement manufacturers. I like their calibres and overall watches the most.You and i are alike. I have the same rationale about acquiring a new complication too.
If i'm spending say something above a high enough price point like over 4k, the movement had better be decent and interesting. I dislike highly priced pieces from companies that are essentially ETA or sellita clones that have been revamped or whatever. The value proposition just tanks for me in these cases no matter how hard i try to justify. It's hard to stomach paying significantly high prices for essentially what is an ETA or sellita base movement.
Which is why I prefer Blancpain apart from Nomos and Rolex. They have a heritage like none when it comes to the overall watch. Fifty shades Bathyscaphe Moonphase with a perpetual Calendar is a killer. It comes with all the above plus an integrated chronograph as well of you want an extra complication on top. 300 m wr is great overall. But I've heard reviews of the bezel (sapphire version) cracking easily with moderate dings.For me, it's a confluence of the 'clone factor' and the fact that they are thoroughly dull. ETA/Sellita movements are the watch equivalent of a 3-cylinder diesel engine. I used to own one in a FC Moonphase, but I sold it partially because I could never shake the feeling that the movement was an industrial assembly line product rather than something special.