The place was never a true horological site - I mean, look at the caliber of people running it - but when it first began, at least people could argue the merits of a brand; I know I posted a lot of anti-Invicta stuff and I never really got called on it. Now, people are being banned left and right for just agreeing with someone who is considered "negative," or for posting on other blogs. It also seemed to have a more open and breezy tone until Lalo's minion's "bought" the place.
Honestly, koi is the only person I've found online that has the right idea - good lord, this is watches were are talking about. Anytime a sponsor gets involved, stuff gets pushed under the rugs or transparently forgotten about or ignored. It's really no different than with newspapers and magazines, they can't help themselves. Find, say, The New York Post criticizing a FOX TV program. Oh, that's right, it'll never happen - they're the same company. Same with sports networks like YES in New York; when Yankees stars are, say, involved in steroid controversies, the announcers there always either neglect to mention what's going on or bury the lead so far it's comical. So as soon as Lalo's beady-eyed stare started appearing on the front page, WG became Invicta Or Die Site. now it's populated by kooks and a lot of simps, and you have people like Davis online with a straight face saying stuff like "Rolex is overrated." WGs yell, "yay, Michael." But then again, that's the audience IWG is trying to cultivate.
Jeez, this stuff gets easy to figure out once you really think about it - Rolex and Omega advertise at high end world sporting events, advertise in glossy magazines, and are sold only in fine stores. IWG stuff is sold primarily on a home shopping network where the audience apparently never refers to a book or newspaper. So? They attract customers who fall for every BS line by Skelton, Sommerstein, and Davis without researching anything at all - such as, sadly, those amazing MSRPs.
In other words, IWG has created their own customer base of pure suckers.
WatchGeeks will go down in watch forum history as the worst watch related site that existed. Trolls, threats, bannings, and owners and sponsors talking out of their collective asses to fleece people out of hard earned money. - Koimaster