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 Posted: Wed Nov 30th, 2016 05:51 pm
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apparently Breitling is considering selling!crap.gif

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-29/swiss-watchmaker-breitling-said-to-be-considering-a-sale

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Seems like just a couple of years ago watches were making a comeback now that story says they are in a slump again, I don't know what to believe, I'm going to play it safe and go buy a Seiko (swiss watch making rolls over in it's grave and groans) dog smile.gif

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OldeCrow wrote: Seems like just a couple of years ago watches were making a comeback now that story says they are in a slump again, I don't know what to believe, I'm going to play it safe and go buy a Seiko (swiss watch making rolls over in it's grave and groans) dog smile.gif
Swiss watchmaking is in a huge slump right now,they may have priced themselves out of the average mans market...even Swatch is selling eta movements again to 3rd parties...the quartz revolution all over again!
My next major purchase may be a Grand SeikoThumbsUp02.gif

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You know they had a system that worked, it wasn't broke, didn't need much fixing.
They over consolidated thinking they could just squeeze some competition out but it really created twice as much competition in areas they didn't have any before now they really have priced themselves out of business and there is enough competition in movement and parts manufacturing that they couldn't take it back if they wanted too.

I ranted about European watch houses driving nails into their own coffins a decade ago, they are so focused on trying to preserve some nonexistent idealized version of watchmaking they can't see how to adapt and stay relevant in an evolving world market.

It's ironic the success of Chinese watch manufacturing is that it is modeled after the old European system where there were specialist companies that make the component parts and a watch house assembles them.

Seiko and Citizen have never had to deal with much of that nonsense They have consistently been able to see market trends and follow them pretty successfully. Seiko Even Ramping up production of unbranded movements and Citizen with a new automatic caliber just in time for the Swiss to stop supplying. It's like they don't even have to try...subtlelaugh.gif

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 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2016 10:12 pm
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I hear you Chris!
...I would love to own this GS!ThumbsUp02.gif

http://www.seikowatches.com/press_release/2016/RLS1609_01/index.html

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they really are spectacular! That LE model is perfect! I really love that classic GS case shape!

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