Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby TemerityB » February 5th 2016, 9:21pm

conjurer wrote:I don't think I'd lump Kobold, Steinhart and CW in the microbrand list; I think of micros as one-or-two man operations, which may or may not use their own cases, bracelets, etc. Of course, to each his own.


That's what I think when the term is used, too. I'm with a bunch of you guys - cripes, if they're using Miyotas or Seikos inside, I'd rather buy a Citizen or Seiko. Then there's the "who gonna fix this" question - if some micro goes belly up in two years, I reckon i could get stuck with a Kickstarter-funded failed experiment.
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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby SaoGage » February 6th 2016, 8:55am

It's all in how you define microbrand. I'm not saying my view of it is the accurate view, but in my opinion Steinhart, Kobold, CW, and even Damasko would be considered micro brands. When I think of micro brand, I think of a relatively small company with mostly online distribution as opposed to having ADs and brick and mortar sales locations.
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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby four of diamonds » February 6th 2016, 5:28pm

Been happy with Bernhardt, especially because Fred Amos stands behind his product. Generally won't spend my money on a micro watch. Most use generic movements, so the movement can be serviced by anyone. Biggest concern is that case parts won't be available for repairs down the road. My watchmaker tells me that many end up in the trash when brought in for a case repair.
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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby Racer-X » February 6th 2016, 5:40pm

I have never had the kind of service Fred from Bernhardt has provided me over years. The Anchor is still one of my favorite watches.
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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby iwasbanned » February 6th 2016, 9:56pm

Here's my take, take it for what it's worth, which is nothing.

I've owned a few micros, Halios and Aegir had nice offerings. I still have the Bluering, and as a matter of fact, might now be the watch I've had the longest. Most micros to me are pretty close to being fashion watches. I think Halios and definitely Aegir avoid this by not being basically designs picked from a catalogue. The Helson was a solid watch, but didn't really offer anything beyond that. Doxa is tricky, I think their main sales avenue is the web, so maybe a micro though they are owned by Walcha? I like the design of the Doxa, but the bracelet just felt and looked cheap. I'll have to try one of the new beads of rice bracelet sometime.

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Then the next level up are independent/boutique brands which are low production similar to micros and sell online and might have an AD or two. They fill a niche. The Kobold is from a few years ago and is a solid great looking watch in my opinion. I think in general Kobold makes some good looking watches, but their QC and customer support has gone down the drain, so I stay away. Maybe Sinn and Damasko belong in this group, but I'm not so sure. Damasko in particular has an in house movement, but then again, so does Steinhart, or so they claim.

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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby tiktok » February 6th 2016, 11:02pm

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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby AJC » February 7th 2016, 1:52pm

Fuck Eddie P, but I like my only micro... even if it is technically a replica.

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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby svaglic » February 16th 2016, 4:38pm

http://www.karlskronawatch.com/products ... 4058603847
It's $325, but if you use your dive watch connection log in, you get a discount to $275.
Not bad, a plain and simple dive watch at a decent price. Too big for me at 43mm x 49mm, the height of 13.5mm isn't bad. Compared to big, chunky models that cost 3 times as much, this is decent.
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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby eddiea » February 16th 2016, 6:11pm

AJC wrote:Fuck Eddie P, but I like my only micro... even if it is technically a replica.

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Micro or, not? Precista rocks.......
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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby eddiea » February 16th 2016, 6:14pm

So the question is .....
How's Marathon fit in this frame??????
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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby koimaster » February 16th 2017, 10:14am

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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby AntFarm » February 16th 2017, 4:23pm

Only Micro I've owned was a Helson Blackbeard, I liked it flipped it and never went back. Though, I do like some of their designs. I like Precista too though I don't know a whole lot about them.
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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby jaw » February 16th 2017, 4:43pm

Halios for certain, is a micro I monitor, trust, and enjoy. Also happy with my latest and only Steinhart, but not ready to wholeheartedly endorse them.

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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby eddiea » February 16th 2017, 6:35pm

TACTICO/Crepas comes to mind as well
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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby bedlam » February 16th 2017, 6:52pm

Votes for Sinn, Damasko and Halios.

Honourable mentions for Crepas, Precista and Orange.
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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby Falstaff » February 16th 2017, 8:07pm

svaglic wrote:http://www.karlskronawatch.com/products/karlskrona-baltic-shield-precision-dive-watch?variant=14058603847
It's $325, but if you use your dive watch connection log in, you get a discount to $275.
Not bad, a plain and simple dive watch at a decent price. Too big for me at 43mm x 49mm, the height of 13.5mm isn't bad. Compared to big, chunky models that cost 3 times as much, this is decent.
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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby tiktok » February 16th 2017, 9:27pm

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Re: Which Micros Don't Fucking Suck?

Postby relaxer7 » February 17th 2017, 6:17am

Geckota are pretty good value and Aevig are well put together.
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