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Join Date: Feb 2006
Sportbike: 955i Speed Triple, 100AE Road King, AP1 Honda S2000
Years Riding: 1/3rd of my life.
How you found us: Cave Johnson
Gonna piss some people off here,
Movado and Tag both use horse shit for internals, you're paying out the ass for a name. They are pretty though, so you at least look nice while overpaying.
If you're looking at the $850 mark, save your money or buy something cheaper. It's like a guy who has $2000 to spend on a bike, you have two choices, something very small (GS500e) or something that's garbage (older FZR), but if he can spend $3000, he can buy a nice shape F3 or ZX-6R (great bikes that still aren't crazy expensive).
If you want a decent watch for $300-$500, Citizen is the way to go, fantastic pieces that will last for ever and look damn sharp doing it. If you can save a couple more pennies, for $1,500-$2k, you can get some really fantastic watches.
Omega makes a number of beautiful watches (I own one myself) from $1,300+. These pieces are leaps and bounds above the quality of Tag/Movado.
Corum makes a number of very interesting pieces as well, the Bubble is a crazy looking piece that is starting at $1,200, again much better than Tag/Movado.
Baume & Mercier makes a few pieces (nice looking dress pieces) that fit into that price range. B&M is a FANTASTIC name in timepieces, highly recommended.
And saving the best for last, Maurice LaCroix has some of the prettiest timepieces I have ever seen for the $1,200-$2k price range. Just beautiful watches that are incredibly well crafted (I've owned a few for years with not one problem). If you are going to buy a Maurice LaCroix, buy a fully mechanical, not an automatic, they have only been making an auto for the past decade and it is NOT as good of a movement as their mechanical (wound) piece.
Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions, I hope this helps and sorry to hate on the Tag/Movado lines, I just get sick of seeing guidos at the bars showing off their movados thinking they're badass when no one notices the piece of metal art on my wrist.
EDIT: forgot to mention, Raymond Weil does make fantastic watches that fit into the $400-800 catagory, you won't be sorry there but they're not as exotic as the others I have mentioned.
Last edited by SmartDrug; 12-26-2007 at 02:47 AM.