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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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In my opinion, I see Omega along with Breitling and Rolex as quality, (relatively) high end timepieces that are probably well known by the general public. I think each of those 3 have their "signature" look and generally have good reputations among the WIS.

TAG, on the other hand, I liken more to Raymond Weil, as an expensive fashion watch. With no other concrete evidence (beyond my opinion), I point to the fact that TAG has discontinued their only real, hardcore dive watch (and the only TAG that I really want), the Aquagraph.

As for Bell & Ross, I have owned several BR02's and just recently received another, with carbon case and Pro dial. I have never had a problem with any of my BR02's and the presentation is top notch. Also, the '02 I just got is currently running +2 seconds per day, so I don't think accuracy is lacking - the only automatic watch that I own that surpasses that mark is my chronometer-certified Breitling Steelfish, a watch that is well known for extraordinary accuracy.

The only knock I have against Bell & Ross, which is a bonus for you if you are looking for one, is that they don't hold their value well as compared to Omega or Breitling. I think their value on the secondary market is probably on par with TAG which is a minus to me as I consider Bell & Ross to be a superior product. I believe that Bell & Ross would do better, except that it is not a well known brand, even among the WIS.

Again, just my highly subjective opinion, FWIW. BTW, I have never had a problem with TAG, so my opinion is not based upon a bad experience with the watch or with service - I have just formed this opinion over years of buying/selling/trading watches in this range.
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