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Ranking Watch Brands Based on Quality, Hits, History, Street Cred, and Value
Recently, Watchfinder ranked 12 watch brands based on certain criteria, such as quality, hits, history, street cred, and value. However, some brands were left out, so they decided to add them to their ranking. In this article, we will look at some of the top watch brands and where they belong in the ranking.
Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest watch brands, with a history that dates back 260 years. The brand is known for its impeccable watchmaking and has made the most complicated pocket watch of all time, which had 57 complications to celebrate the 260th anniversary of the brand. However, despite its impressive history and quality, Vacheron Constantin is a bit under the radar in terms of street cred. Its catalog is a little messy, and there aren’t too many hits that Watchfinder could think of.
However, Vacheron Constantin has one watch that stands out in terms of value, the Vacheron 156. While it is expensive at around ten thousand pounds, it is a great entry-level watch for those looking to get into the world of prestigious watch brands. Despite its impressive history and quality, it is not as well-known as brands like Patek Philippe or Rolex. Therefore, Watchfinder decided to place it above JLC and below Patek Philippe in the ranking.
Breguet is another old watch brand, known for inventing the tourbillon and the first automatic watch proof. However, despite its impressive history and quality, Watchfinder found that Breguet’s catalog is a little messy and lacks hits that people can associate with the brand. Its timepieces are very ornate and classical looking, making them more suitable for formal events.
While Breguet scores high on quality and history, it barely tickles the chart when it comes to street cred and value. Watchfinder decided to place it below Tudor in the ranking due to its lack of street cred and hits.
Seiko is a Japanese watch brand known for its value for money and quality. Its watches are sturdy and sporty, making them suitable for everyday wear. Seiko’s watches have nicknames like tuna can, Samurai, and Army, indicating that they have hits that people can associate with the brand.
Despite its lack of luxury compared to other high-end watch brands, Seiko scores high on quality, hits, and value. Watchfinder decided to place it at the top of the ranking, above Rolex, due to its significant influence on the watch industry and affordability.
Grand Seiko is the sister brand of Seiko and has all the qualities of Seiko plus one. While it is not as accessible as Seiko, due to its higher price point, Grand Seiko still offers good value for its quality. Its snowflake watch is a poster child for the brand, and it has hits that people can associate with it.
Despite its impressive qualities, Watchfinder decided to place Grand Seiko below Patek Philippe in the ranking due to its higher price point.
In conclusion, Watchfinder has ranked some of the top watch brands based on quality, hits, history, street cred, and value. While some brands like Vacheron Constantin and Breguet have impressive histories and quality, they lack hits and street cred. On the other hand, brands like Seiko and Grand Seiko have great value for their quality and have hits that people can associate with them. Ultimately, each watch buyer has their own preferences and priorities when it comes to purchasing a watch, and this ranking is just a guide to help them make informed decisions.