Japanese microbrands

Hi fellow watch enthusiasts!

I will be travelling to Japan on holiday in a while, and want to commemorate the occasion with a special watch. I am really into special dials, so of course, a grand Seiko (slga009 please…) would be the prime candidate, but I am not sure I want to spend that amount of money. The most expensive watch in my current 10 piece collection is 700 dollars, so it would be the most expensive watch by far. I can afford it, sure, but I am not sure I want to. And most of my current watches are microbrands, which for me wondering, are there any good microbrands in Japan which would be worthwhile to check out? A quick google search pointed me to campanolo and kurono, but maybe someone here has a good suggestion?

Thanks!

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Check out Minase. They produce 500 watches a year. Prices seem to be on par with Grand Seiko.

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Hyacuchie is a brand that I like, forgive me if I spelled it wrong. Very reasonably priced and nicely constructed

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Campanola isn’t a micro brand, it’s Citizen’s high end brand. They still make great watches, of course.

Enjoy the trip!

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I'm going to be a bad influence and just say get the Grand Seiko if it's not going to break the bank. It'll be a wonderful memory getting a GS in Japan (maybe visiting the Seiko museum, going to one or more of the flagship boutiques etc.) . . . and you might be able to find some deals in the used shops as well. If you only spend that kind of money on a watch once and like Japanese watches you can't do much better.

BUT if you're set on a microbrand there's also https://www.kuoe-en.com

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AshKetchup

I second this if you can find some in used shops. The actual boutique isn't really for selling watches as you can only do that through their online limited sales windows. The only watches available are their Aoyama laquer dials.

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All of the above and I'll like to add Knot watches 🪢and Mirco. Naoya Hida is also fun to check out but very limited and expensive.

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Super, thanks! I’ll let you know what I end up with!

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Seveadon

All of the above and I'll like to add Knot watches 🪢and Mirco. Naoya Hida is also fun to check out but very limited and expensive.

And the Naoya Hida's require an application . . . and it's not guaranteed you'll be approved. That's how in demand they are.

Yes, I applied and nothing but crickets . . . was I prepared to pay 20k plus had they said yes? Who knows, but I was interested enough to get beyond the first hurdle.

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