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How does Bell & Ross compare to Tag and Omega and the likes?

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I (thought) I decided on a Tag Carrera day/date but stumbled across a BR 126 Original (stunning watch!)

Now, I am back to the drawing board and also include BR into the short list.

My question, not knowing much about BR, how does BR compare to Tag's and Omegas and the like in terms of:

a) quality
b) future depreciation in case I want to upgrade/swatch watches
c) reputation as a luxury watch maker

Any thoughts are highly welcome.

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I own a Tag and an Omega. IMO both are great watches. The Tag is a 2000 Classic quartz chrono. Not horologically significant, but great-looking, built like a tank, extremely accurate. My Omega is a Seamaster GMT, the 1128 pre-coaxial movement (I'm happy about that), the "Great White." Fantastic watch. It's seen me through a couple of war-zone assignments and keeps fabulous time, well-within COSC specs after ten years.
Whether Tag is a "fashion watch" is debatable, I suppose, but I can accept that. It's a solid, attractive dive watch, and if a non-WIS says "hey, a Tag," that's okay.
Omega may be straying marketing-wise, but I can't help but appreciate the heritage of the brand. That it is well-respected by the WISerati is a bonus for a shallow fellow like me.
I like the looks of B&R a lot. I think they're very cool uber-tool watches, and I rarely see one in the wild. The fact that they're driven by stock ETAs, doesn't bother me, the 2824 is a classic engine with it's own time-tested appeal.
However, that all being said, I can't justify spending the money on a B&R. If I had 3 or 4k to spend on a watch, I'd go a different direction, Fortis or Glycine, and get the hat trick: looks, movement, and history.
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