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Any thoughts? I've seen advertisements for their 1779 skeleton (which I do like) for some time now in numerous magazines. At $100 it could be a decent buy. They also have a tourbilon at 2000 which isn't what I'd call cheap but I believe it is for a tourbilon correct?
 

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Pretty sure they're of Chinese origin, if that matters to you.
 
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Pretty sure they're of Chinese origin, if that matters to you.
Hi Tragic,

Stauer says they use classic automatic movements which makes me :think: ...... if they are chinese and I have no doubts about that I don´t know what classic means. Well.....and they are made for the collectors all over the world.:oops:
 

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I love my stauer, it has a Dixmont DG2803 movement in it. No problems here! and I"m a WIS:-d.
 

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My understanding is that they are produced in China with Swiss-manufactured machinery, often using Swiss designs for the movements. I also understand that quality control is sometimes a problem.

As for myself, I'm holding the line where it comes to Chinese watches. Ninety-nine percent of everything on store shelves these days is made in China. I don't want to give the watch market to the Chinese, as they've cornered the textile, clothing, electronics and steel markets.
 

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Hi Tragic,

Stauer says they use classic automatic movements which makes me :think: ...... if they are chinese and I have no doubts about that I don´t know what classic means. Well.....and they are made for the collectors all over the world.:oops:
First, Stauer says they make them for collectors. They also imply a Swiss connection. All of their ads imply an historical connection and the "value" of their watches. You can add one to your collection for a fraction of the cost. Stauer puts much money and effort into the ads.
Think of it this way: If someone sold a laptop for $29.99 would you be suspicious?A $2000 tourbillon is like this.
Stauer is a Chinese watch, though they go to great lengths to imply that they are Swiss made. For our $30 laptop, what if I told you that the chips were made with equipment designed in Silicon Valley? Would you wonder if they cut corners somehow? Maybe used inferior materials, skimped on QC, or something?
My first "nice" watch was a Stauer. Broken out of the box. Exchanged, and the next one's hands fell off two weeks later. Refunded.
In my inexperience, I assumed that any watch that cost 2 or 3 hundred dollars must be nice.
After a little research, I settled on Orient. Inexpensive automatic watches that are of high quality. There are of course other brands, like Seiko etc.
I would put a $300 Orient against any Stauer all day long. I would put a $100 Orient against any Stauer.

I apologize to Stauer enthusiasts. If you like your watch, and it works for you, then great. Enjoy them in good health. I freely admit they are a nice looking watch.

Oh, and Stauers customer service was fantastic. They cheerfully sent a new watch before receiving the first one back, and then cheerfully refunded my money.

And I think that "classic" in this context means literally "nothing special".
Like with everything else in their ads, it implies institutional history.
 
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