If they met the definition of "Swiss Made" you can bet your last nickel it would be on the dial and they would be hyping that highly.I've heard about Daniel Mink's claims that his watches are made in Switzerland, but he does not put Swiss Made on the dial for ethical reasons. I question this kind of claim. Most knowledgeable watch buyers and collectors already understand that under present Swiss guidelines, Swiss Made allows for the incorporation of a certain percentage of imported parts in any Swiss made watch today. So if his watches qualify for the moniker, why not put it on the dial. Everyone else does. It is smart business. If his watches are not Swiss Made, why even bring it up.
The watches appear to be well made. Some of the styles do not appeal to me, but some do. However, I've never quite gotten past some of the sales rhetoric I've heard from the owner. If he is disembling on this point, what else would he disemble on? What about warranty service? How good is his company at honoring it, etc. Unfortunately for most of us, the only way to find out is when something about the watch goes badly.
The only reason why that comes to my mind is that D. Mink want to sell his watches at a Swiss Made price point. If so, then simply abide by the guidelines and do it. Otherwise, it appears as if he's trying to pull a fast one IMO. That alone turns me away from buying his products. Does anyone else feel this way about not only the Renato brand, but any other brand that seems to be doing things like this to sell their wares?