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Hi fellow members,

I need your help. I'm starting my watch collection. Can you name me 3 of your favourite watch brand that is in your collection and why you choose that brand.
I want brands that is worth collecting. Iconic brands in horology.
I've got Raymond Weil, Tag Heuer- because I'm a sports person(especially F1), Breitling- because I'm a pilot, and Omega- their Co-Axial Mov't. Oh one more, Invicta- gateway brand to auto mov't.

Name 3 of your favourite brands.........:cool1:
But no watches more than $10K.

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If you look across the entire line, Ball and Hamilton for sure, don't know who I would pick for #3, maybe Longines.

There are some others where I REALLY like a particular model, but then absolutely detest the rest of the lineup (*coughZenithcough*)
 

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Add in Baume et Mercier. They have been doing some great, traditional stuff across the line the past few years. I think you can throw some models from Glashutte Original onto that list, too. I own neither, but they are on my short-list. Brietling is most likely my next purchase though.
 

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If you look across the entire line, Ball and Hamilton for sure, don't know who I would pick for #3, maybe Longines.

There are some others where I REALLY like a particular model, but then absolutely detest the rest of the lineup (*coughZenithcough*)
I can see you're a Ball person. Is BMW link to Ball in anyway? How old is this Ball brand.
Yea, Zenith is another good old brand that I'll collect.
Add in Baume et Mercier. They have been doing some great, traditional stuff across the line the past few years. I think you can throw some models from Glashutte Original onto that list, too. I own neither, but they are on my short-list. Brietling is most likely my next purchase though.
GO is a another popular brand. But there is nothin in their lineup I fancy.:cool1:
I've got a open Raymond Weil Freelancer on my buy list similar to Baume n Mercier Classima Ex. Do you see Baume a better brand than RW?
when I purchased it was under 10K..:001_smile: but I see what you mean.. Arthur
Yea Patek is definitely a brand to collect. But it's all too expensive to buy. Can you get one under 10K in the used market?
I think Breitling and Rolex is in the same league. But I see Rolex watches as overpriced. I've got Breitling on my to buy list.
 

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GO is a another popular brand. But there is nothin in their lineup I fancy.:cool1:
I've got a open Raymond Weil Freelancer on my buy list similar to Baume n Mercier Classima Ex. Do you see Baume a better brand than RW?
I would have thought that one of GO's pilot-themed Navigator watches would be right up your alley.



I would say that they market to a similar clientele, but I favor Baume. Their new Clifton line oozes old-school class.


 
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I can see you're a Ball person. Is BMW link to Ball in anyway? How old is this Ball brand.
Ball just launched the "Ball for BMW" line of branded watches.

Ball goes back to the late 1800's in the USA. Webb C Ball was a jeweler in Cleveland that gained quite a reputation for repairing watches, and was one of the first to adopt "standard time". After a serious train accident, the railroads approached Ball to help them write the standards for RR timekeeping, which became the basis for COSC (albeit watered down for the Swiss). Ball's main business was actually the calibration of the various timepieces used by the conductors, the ones on the main lines had to be Ball certified, and (supposedly) this is where the phrase "on the Ball" came from.
 

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TAG Heuer for racing association and motor sport pieces including some awesome technology.

Bell & Ross for their philosophy: legible, functional under extreme conditions, high tech
Great young brand with great style.
Super cool

Panerai
The holy grail of watch collectors (with style).
Fantastic history. Instantly recognizable.
Gorgeous.

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How about something different?

Armand Nicolet

Maurice Lacroix--upper end watches use their in house movement

Frederique Constant-once again, higher end watches use in house movement

Revue Thommen/Grovana
Perrelet has some nice looking watches too. Never owned one and can't really call them a personal favorite, but they would seem to be an apropos fit into your list.
 

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I love the Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronograph Supersports!!



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