Best value in Swiss watches?

I'm sure there are plenty of options out there but my choice would be Hamilton. I paid a little over $400 years ago. This watch does not cut corners. It has a mixture of polished and brushed on the case. Applied indices, and an exhibition case back. They also included a pretty nice leather strap with deployment clasp. While this isn't my main dress watch, it does quite well fitting in my casual dressy wear.

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Glycine, sure Invicta bought them but the Swiss not only said we鈥檙e not cutting quality control they upped their QC.

MatthewT

Glycine, sure Invicta bought them but the Swiss not only said we鈥檙e not cutting quality control they upped their QC.

I agree but I see them mostly make divers watches. Definitely a brand I would get.

Very nice Hami, elegant and dressy

I... don't know. Really depends on your definition of "value."

For example, my currently most cherished watch is a Horage (an independent brand). It has in-house movement with silicon hairspring and big date, titanium case (quite well finished), and a price tag of 3,500CHF. Is that good value? Personally, I would say yes, on the ground of the movement, the usability, the comfort, and so on. But if you don't care whether the movement is "special" or "inhouse," my statement of value makes exactly zero sense.

Or take Oris (full disclosure: I don't own one; I only handle then briefly at AD). These are significantly more expensive. But they are, in a sense, rather similar to Hamilton: generic movement in their designed cases. They command higher prices on the ground of their finishing and packaging of their watches. Obviously, Hamilton is anything but shabby. But Oris has more. Does that make a difference for you? Do you care? If you don't, clearly Oris isn't "good value." But if you do, Hamilton is inadequate and so not that good of a value.

This goes down the ladder. Some Swiss made "fashion watches" have capable movements (worth pointing out that quartz is more resilient and accurate than mechanical, and battery changes are cheaper than service of mechanical movement) and handsome design. If you don't care about movements and whatnot, well, a Hamilton is an overpriced watch with worse accuracy and fussy servicing requirements. I should know: my own wife throws that line at me on semi regular basis.

Back to your point. Is Hamilton "best value"? Well... what's valuable to you?

magice

I... don't know. Really depends on your definition of "value."

For example, my currently most cherished watch is a Horage (an independent brand). It has in-house movement with silicon hairspring and big date, titanium case (quite well finished), and a price tag of 3,500CHF. Is that good value? Personally, I would say yes, on the ground of the movement, the usability, the comfort, and so on. But if you don't care whether the movement is "special" or "inhouse," my statement of value makes exactly zero sense.

Or take Oris (full disclosure: I don't own one; I only handle then briefly at AD). These are significantly more expensive. But they are, in a sense, rather similar to Hamilton: generic movement in their designed cases. They command higher prices on the ground of their finishing and packaging of their watches. Obviously, Hamilton is anything but shabby. But Oris has more. Does that make a difference for you? Do you care? If you don't, clearly Oris isn't "good value." But if you do, Hamilton is inadequate and so not that good of a value.

This goes down the ladder. Some Swiss made "fashion watches" have capable movements (worth pointing out that quartz is more resilient and accurate than mechanical, and battery changes are cheaper than service of mechanical movement) and handsome design. If you don't care about movements and whatnot, well, a Hamilton is an overpriced watch with worse accuracy and fussy servicing requirements. I should know: my own wife throws that line at me on semi regular basis.

Back to your point. Is Hamilton "best value"? Well... what's valuable to you?

Great points! I'm gonna have a look at that horage brand.

Value is pretty subjective. I find Sinn watches to be fairly affordable still and have an excellent reputation.

BuckWylde

Value is pretty subjective. I find Sinn watches to be fairly affordable still and have an excellent reputation.

Yes! But are they Swiss made or German made? Either way totally awesome brand!

magice

I... don't know. Really depends on your definition of "value."

For example, my currently most cherished watch is a Horage (an independent brand). It has in-house movement with silicon hairspring and big date, titanium case (quite well finished), and a price tag of 3,500CHF. Is that good value? Personally, I would say yes, on the ground of the movement, the usability, the comfort, and so on. But if you don't care whether the movement is "special" or "inhouse," my statement of value makes exactly zero sense.

Or take Oris (full disclosure: I don't own one; I only handle then briefly at AD). These are significantly more expensive. But they are, in a sense, rather similar to Hamilton: generic movement in their designed cases. They command higher prices on the ground of their finishing and packaging of their watches. Obviously, Hamilton is anything but shabby. But Oris has more. Does that make a difference for you? Do you care? If you don't, clearly Oris isn't "good value." But if you do, Hamilton is inadequate and so not that good of a value.

This goes down the ladder. Some Swiss made "fashion watches" have capable movements (worth pointing out that quartz is more resilient and accurate than mechanical, and battery changes are cheaper than service of mechanical movement) and handsome design. If you don't care about movements and whatnot, well, a Hamilton is an overpriced watch with worse accuracy and fussy servicing requirements. I should know: my own wife throws that line at me on semi regular basis.

Back to your point. Is Hamilton "best value"? Well... what's valuable to you?

Cool watches! I like the lensman 2!

BuckWylde

Value is pretty subjective. I find Sinn watches to be fairly affordable still and have an excellent reputation.

To be fair, there is a term: "Glash眉tte effect." Effectively, German labor is cheaper than Swiss labor (even among rich countries of Europe, Switzerland is very expensive place), so German brands are able to put more labor intensive processes at competitive price.

Sinn, Glash眉tte Original, Nomos, and so one do bring excellent values to the table.

That said, OP said "best Swiss value," and Sinn isn't Swiss.

got_time_1

Yes! But are they Swiss made or German made? Either way totally awesome brand!

They are German. I didn鈥檛 read the OP post close enough.