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Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby agong » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:04 am

I know this topic is probably so frequently discussed, and sometimes a taboo for some people. However I always find it slightly amusing for us who love watches!

There are hundreds of watch brand names, but here are a few that I thought of. Please add as you all will, and I know a lot of people may agree/disagree with me.

1. Patek, Audemers Piguet, Vacheron Constantin
2. JLC (Jaeger Le Coultre), A. Lange & Sohne, IWC (International Watch Company), Zenith, Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin, Panerai
3. Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Tudor, Hublot
4. Breitling, Chopard, Ebel, Sinn, Alpina, Frédérique Constant, U-Boat
5. Tag Heuer, Ball, Oris, Fortis, Mont Blanc,
6. Tissot, Hamilton, Glycine, Mido, Raymond Weil, Longines, Christopher Ward, High End fashion brands (LV, Dior,..)
7. Seiko, Orient, Citizen, Movado, ESQ by Movado, Victorinox, Wenger,
8. Invicta, Swatch, Timex, Bulova, Skagen, Philip Stein, G-shock (Special edition)
9. Fashion Watches (Kenneth Cole, CK, Burberry,...), Casio Edifice, others


What do you all think? :)
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby Aifo » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:39 am

agong wrote:I know this topic is probably so frequently discussed, and sometimes a taboo for some people. However I always find it slightly amusing for us who love watches!

There are hundreds of watch brand names, but here are a few that I thought of. Please add as you all will, and I know a lot of people may agree/disagree with me.

1. Patek, Audemers Piguet, Vacheron Constantin
2. JLC (Jaeger Le Coultre), A. Lange & Sohne, IWC (International Watch Company), Zenith, Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin, Panerai
3. Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Tudor, Hublot
4. Breitling, Chopard, Ebel, Sinn, Alpina, Frédérique Constant, U-Boat
5. Tag Heuer, Ball, Oris, Fortis, Mont Blanc,
6. Tissot, Hamilton, Glycine, Mido, Raymond Weil, Longines, Christopher Ward, High End fashion brands (LV, Dior,..)
7. Seiko, Orient, Citizen, Movado, ESQ by Movado, Victorinox, Wenger,
8. Invicta, Swatch, Timex, Bulova, Skagen, Philip Stein, G-shock (Special edition)
9. Fashion Watches (Kenneth Cole, CK, Burberry,...), Casio Edifice, others


What do you all think? :)


Breguet? Frank Muller? F.P. Journe? Girard Perregaux? Jaquet-Droz?

Maybe you also wish to consider to add to your list the "Glashutte" ? (E.g. GO, Union, Muhle, Nomos...)

Also some other obvious omissions like, Baume & Mercier/ Bell & Ross/ Bertolucci/ Chronoswiss/ Bremont/ Eberhard/ Maurice Lacroix/ Tutima?

I think its fun to rank your own favorite watchmakers, don't worry about what others may think because it will be your watch paid by the money coming out from your own wallet :lol: so it is valid which brand you consider more worth paying for.

My personal opinion on your list, I guess you should give Breitling, Chopard and Longines more credit 8)
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby Richard » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:52 am

agong wrote:I know this topic is probably so frequently discussed, and sometimes a taboo for some people. However I always find it slightly amusing for us who love watches!

There are hundreds of watch brand names, but here are a few that I thought of. Please add as you all will, and I know a lot of people may agree/disagree with me.

1. Patek, Audemers Piguet, Vacheron Constantin
2. JLC (Jaeger Le Coultre), A. Lange & Sohne, IWC (International Watch Company), Zenith, Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin, Panerai
3. Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Tudor, Hublot
4. Breitling, Chopard, Ebel, Sinn, Alpina, Frédérique Constant, U-Boat
5. Tag Heuer, Ball, Oris, Fortis, Mont Blanc,
6. Tissot, Hamilton, Glycine, Mido, Raymond Weil, Longines, Christopher Ward, High End fashion brands (LV, Dior,..)
7. Seiko, Orient, Citizen, Movado, ESQ by Movado, Victorinox, Wenger,
8. Invicta, Swatch, Timex, Bulova, Skagen, Philip Stein, G-shock (Special edition)
9. Fashion Watches (Kenneth Cole, CK, Burberry,...), Casio Edifice, others


What do you all think? :)


I think it's pretty useless. What watches are you compairing?
You list Seiko at number 7, is that based on the 5 series or Grand Seiko and/or Springdrives?

Why is Tag Heuer at number 5? Heuer I can understand, not TAG.

As I said, pretty useless to me.
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby agong » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:53 am

Aifo you're right! When reading the brands you missed out, I was like feeling bad for them! LOL! but yea, too many brands for us to remember. Just off hand quoting. Yea, most people put breitling as the same level as rolex and omega. =)
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby agong » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:59 am

Seiko is very subjective because they produce a very wide range of models. From the mass production watches, to luxury watches as well. Maybe ranked 5-8? Its interedsting because watch brand is so subjective. Only through forums and all that we know each other's perspective. But ultimately we should get what we like! =)
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby nathanclarinet » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:09 am

Have a search of the forum as a similar thread was in open discussion recently. Always a fun topic!
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby Wound-up » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:24 am

What about Gronefeld, Junghans, Piaget?
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby Kip » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:01 pm

Here is a link I posted some time that lists over 1100 brands.

Have some fun ranking all these! :?
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby sidders » Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:09 pm

Would put Panerai more 3 than 2
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby jack » Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:39 pm

It's not a bad scratch list really, agong, but there are so many others as has been pointed out. I can just see you kicking yourself :) . I think you'd have to set aside a weekend or two, to do a really good one to be honest. And even then, there would be some missing I dare say!

Especially the intermediate tiers like 5,6 and 7 (most interesting in many respects) - there are loads, some well known and others more obscure, which is partly what makes it so hard to get out of those tiers, so much good competition.

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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby 28800bph » Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:42 pm

If you are looking for more brands to round out the list, please add Stauer, Franklin Mint, Relic, and Rocawear. I'm tempted to join timezone and post a lengthy SOTC showcasing these classy gems.
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby paw3001 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:19 pm

Kip wrote:Here is a link I posted some time that lists over 1100 brands.

Have some fun ranking all these! :?


Blimey :shock: So many new watches to try Kip :lol:
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby Loddonite » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:28 pm

I think that we need some sort of graphic that shows brand's ranges - highest to lowest - brands would overlap. Seiko, as mentioned above, ranges from Grand down to Lorus, Tag have the Monaco and Carrera lines that stand out. Even CWL overlap some of the mid range brands at their top end.

But, just for fun and to get into the spirit of this hopefully pointless argument and shuffling the brands from the original post...

1. Patek, Vacheron Constantin
2. Audemers Piguet, JLC (Jaeger Le Coultre), A. Lange & Sohne, IWC (International Watch Company), Zenith, Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin.
3. Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Breitling, Grand Seiko.
4.Tudor, Chopard, Ebel, Sinn, Alpina, Frédérique Constant, Mont Blanc, Very High End fashion brands ( Panerai, Hublot), Seiko Ananta.
5. Ball, Oris, Fortis, Longines, Seiko.
6. Tissot, Hamilton, Glycine, Mido, Raymond Weil, Christopher Ward, Tag Heuer, High End fashion brands (LV, Dior, U-Boat..) Seiko.
7. Seiko, Orient, Citizen, Movado, ESQ by Movado, Victorinox, Wenger,
8. Invicta, Swatch, Timex, Bulova, Skagen, G-shock, Seiko.
9. Fashion Watches (Kenneth Cole, CK, Burberry, G-shock (Special edition)...), Casio Edifice, others

Philip Stein? Who they? Website has no watches for UK, just a brief flash of Ladies watches before telling me the UK collection is coming last month ?!
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby Kip » Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:28 am

paw3001 wrote:
Kip wrote:Here is a link I posted some time that lists over 1100 brands.

Have some fun ranking all these! :?


Blimey :shock: So many new watches to try Kip :lol:


Yup...this list should keep us very busy for a very long time. :lol:
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Re: Watch Brand Ranking / Tier

Postby Ailurophile » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:09 am

paw3001 wrote:
Kip wrote:Here is a link I posted some time that lists over 1100 brands.

Have some fun ranking all these! :?


Blimey :shock: So many new watches to try Kip :lol:



He's probably got one of each, by now.
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