Microbrand Grand Seiko for $300 ?!?!

Just saw Gnomon's ad today for this Hitori Habuka 39 Ocean Blue for just under $300...I know it's only an Japanese NH35 and made in China, but I just could not resist...this was like catnip...

So what do all of you GS collectors think? 

Are you offended? Does this excite you?

And to those of you who want a GS but the budget doesn't allow...a good alternative to pacify the desire?

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I had to post this since there are so many on the Crunch who are GS fans.

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Here's the link:

https://www.gnomonwatches.com/search?q=habuki&type=product

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Honestly, this sort of stuff is great!  I love how modern manufacturing techniques take down the price of things.

No doubt if you're expecting exactly a grand seiko experience at 1/15 the price you're going to be disappointed, but there's such pleasure in cheap watches with great dials.

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Edge168n

Honestly, this sort of stuff is great!  I love how modern manufacturing techniques take down the price of things.

No doubt if you're expecting exactly a grand seiko experience at 1/15 the price you're going to be disappointed, but there's such pleasure in cheap watches with great dials.

there's such pleasure in cheap watches with great dials.

THIS THIS THIS!!!

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I've said this before, and I'll say it again...  if someone can make dials and indices sparkle as brightly as GS, but for less money, I'd do it in a heartbeat!

  • I got really excited when I learned that Bulova had a sweeping seconds movement technology, and then went to their site to check out their Precisionist line...  and, well, a picture is worth a thousand words...
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  • If the dial on this is genuinely as good as what GS does, then I'm down!!!  
  • Unfortunately, my experience thus far is that as good as the Chinese homages are, they still don't make dials that really compare - for example, they make a White Birch homage, which I bought...  it's very, very different

But, if someone is willing to test out this microbrand, and finds that it's just as good, I'm happy to sell my collection and start getting these instead!

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HotWatchChick69

I've said this before, and I'll say it again...  if someone can make dials and indices sparkle as brightly as GS, but for less money, I'd do it in a heartbeat!

  • I got really excited when I learned that Bulova had a sweeping seconds movement technology, and then went to their site to check out their Precisionist line...  and, well, a picture is worth a thousand words...
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  • If the dial on this is genuinely as good as what GS does, then I'm down!!!  
  • Unfortunately, my experience thus far is that as good as the Chinese homages are, they still don't make dials that really compare - for example, they make a White Birch homage, which I bought...  it's very, very different

But, if someone is willing to test out this microbrand, and finds that it's just as good, I'm happy to sell my collection and start getting these instead!

What the hell is that?  That watch could make a Navitimer owner dizzy. 4 sub dials really? Exposed hardware, just because AP did it.  That Precisionist is the first watch to make me consider an apple watch.

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HotWatchChick69

I've said this before, and I'll say it again...  if someone can make dials and indices sparkle as brightly as GS, but for less money, I'd do it in a heartbeat!

  • I got really excited when I learned that Bulova had a sweeping seconds movement technology, and then went to their site to check out their Precisionist line...  and, well, a picture is worth a thousand words...
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  • If the dial on this is genuinely as good as what GS does, then I'm down!!!  
  • Unfortunately, my experience thus far is that as good as the Chinese homages are, they still don't make dials that really compare - for example, they make a White Birch homage, which I bought...  it's very, very different

But, if someone is willing to test out this microbrand, and finds that it's just as good, I'm happy to sell my collection and start getting these instead!

God that Bulova is awful!

I'm sure somebody loves it, but it makes my head hurt just looking at it.

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HotWatchChick69

I've said this before, and I'll say it again...  if someone can make dials and indices sparkle as brightly as GS, but for less money, I'd do it in a heartbeat!

  • I got really excited when I learned that Bulova had a sweeping seconds movement technology, and then went to their site to check out their Precisionist line...  and, well, a picture is worth a thousand words...
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  • If the dial on this is genuinely as good as what GS does, then I'm down!!!  
  • Unfortunately, my experience thus far is that as good as the Chinese homages are, they still don't make dials that really compare - for example, they make a White Birch homage, which I bought...  it's very, very different

But, if someone is willing to test out this microbrand, and finds that it's just as good, I'm happy to sell my collection and start getting these instead!

I'll make sure to share a WRUW when the watch arrives. Not expecting too much for $300, but I can't resist experimenting every now and then to test the waters.

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Edge168n

Honestly, this sort of stuff is great!  I love how modern manufacturing techniques take down the price of things.

No doubt if you're expecting exactly a grand seiko experience at 1/15 the price you're going to be disappointed, but there's such pleasure in cheap watches with great dials.

Something is weird this is maybe the third or fourth thread I’m agreeing with you 🤔🤯😉

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Ichibunz

Something is weird this is maybe the third or fourth thread I’m agreeing with you 🤔🤯😉

You have great taste and, much like me, are also probably an excessively handsome man.  I'll bet you have fantastic hair as well ;)

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Edge168n

You have great taste and, much like me, are also probably an excessively handsome man.  I'll bet you have fantastic hair as well ;)

great minds think alike and also with great hair!  Indeed 🍻

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HotWatchChick69

I've said this before, and I'll say it again...  if someone can make dials and indices sparkle as brightly as GS, but for less money, I'd do it in a heartbeat!

  • I got really excited when I learned that Bulova had a sweeping seconds movement technology, and then went to their site to check out their Precisionist line...  and, well, a picture is worth a thousand words...
Image
  • If the dial on this is genuinely as good as what GS does, then I'm down!!!  
  • Unfortunately, my experience thus far is that as good as the Chinese homages are, they still don't make dials that really compare - for example, they make a White Birch homage, which I bought...  it's very, very different

But, if someone is willing to test out this microbrand, and finds that it's just as good, I'm happy to sell my collection and start getting these instead!

It would take several thousand words to describe that...thing.

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Velomax

What the hell is that?  That watch could make a Navitimer owner dizzy. 4 sub dials really? Exposed hardware, just because AP did it.  That Precisionist is the first watch to make me consider an apple watch.

There's actually a 5th sub-dial on the back.

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I'm down.  There's a lot more than looks that we love about watches, but if we're being honest, it's mostly looks.

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I'm diggin it!! The white sold out right away. Is Hitori watches the Gnomon house brand??

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Velomax

What the hell is that?  That watch could make a Navitimer owner dizzy. 4 sub dials really? Exposed hardware, just because AP did it.  That Precisionist is the first watch to make me consider an apple watch.

"SHOTS FIRED"

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MinnKonaMike

I'm diggin it!! The white sold out right away. Is Hitori watches the Gnomon house brand??

Best I can figure it's an in-house Gnomon brand - they say "independent" brand but nowhere else sold but Gnomon...so if it walks like a duck...