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I'm gonna make my pick; I realize few of us even consider these things any more - but which "brand" do you consider the most offensive?
I forgot all about Daniel Steiger. Haven't seen one of those in ages!NorthCountry wrote: ↑November 23rd 2020, 3:32pmI think Croton is dead. Someone please tell the Merm.
Stauer, even though I own one and only one, is the worst. Hell, lump in Daniel Stiger, yuck!
Aragon isn't what I'd hoped Liang was going to do post Google payday. If he ever comes to his senses and makes a reasonably sized good looking sports watch in the 36mm to 40mm range then maybe I'd entertain the idea of getting one.
Invicta: gets people into and interested in watches, is the kindest thing that I can say. We've tried to reach as many fanbois as we can to smarten'em up! Almost all, eventually, come around from their stupor. Except Bob, that motherfletcher will be buried in a yellow 6ft dive case.
Everything and more that I wanted to say, and said better than I could have.TemerityB wrote: ↑November 23rd 2020, 8:05pmExplaining the choices:
Invicta is evil. At best. If you don't know why, just type in the brand and go through the archives. The mouse prefers 'em. What more proof do you need? They have kiosks in malls - not stores, kiosks. They force their employees to wear those garish yellow T-shirts. Their fans consider the former WIT Robert to be a horological genius, mainly because he owns doubles of every watch these shysters have issued since 2009.
Croton tried to complete with the Invictas of the world at one point on TV, but now they just offer Ali Baba-style dollar watches with their name slapped on them. The Merm, sadly, isn't even trying any more.
Stuhrling Original/Akribos XXIV not only fall apart in the boxes they come in even after being unworn, but they are Lord God Kings of blatant design theft (amazingly, prices of these Chinese junk watches have more than doubled since they left the TV brigade). More pure crap with a faux fancy brand name and the provenance of a mail order catalog.
Stauer is more Chinese garbage sold with full-page newspaper ads so shockingly full of dripping BS; they proclaim the wares to somehow be as good as $10,000 Swiss watches and that you're the smart one for paying $59.99 for something just as good. Further proof that a huge percentage of the American population is comprised of born suckers. Not to mention cheapskates.
Swiss Legend watches actually ran, and they'd replace 'em if they went belly up, but their late period wares made SAN IIIs look like Speedmasters. And they employed Zeta male grifter to shill them - followed by, well, Wiley Lowe.
Thomas Earnshaw is now repped by the legendary coronavirus-denying Lowe on Slop - plus, you get a free prize in every box!
MVMT pisses me off no end. $10 watches selling for upwards of $150. There's just no excuse, and for the life of me I can't figure out why people buy these things. (Then again, guys buy those Manscaped shavers, which are essentially the same thing Wahl has been selling for ten bucks in drug stores since forever. Social media ads kill.)
Android/Aragon: We keep hearing about how okay Wing Liang is, but that doesn't excuse those clunky bracelets that pull more hair than The Fabulous Moolah, and straps so stiff they are ranked #19 on PornHub. The 50 cent quartz movements in some of those watches have to be seen to be believed. The hands wobble more than Chris Christie after two-for-one day at Jersey Mike's Subs.
Egard made that stupid William Shatner watch, then got cocky about it. The rest of their watches are unspeakably gaudy, tasteless, and oversized - and sold with such sleazy, out-of-touch hubris - that, gum by dern, these mokes might become the next Eyal Lalo.
There's an Invicta store at my local mall (Christiana Mall outside of Newark, DE).TemerityB wrote: ↑November 23rd 2020, 8:05pm
Invicta is evil. At best. If you don't know why, just type in the brand and go through the archives. The mouse prefers 'em. What more proof do you need? They have kiosks in malls - not stores, kiosks. They force their employees to wear those garish yellow T-shirts.
The last cruise ship I was on (remember those?) had a gift shop with so many Invictas I thought the ship was going to heel over and sink (and it almost did!)clunky bracelets that pull more hair than The Fabulous Moolah
I was talking to someone before the pandemic and out of the corner of my eye, I noticed he was wearing a typical Stauer - Roman numerals, clunky and tinny bracelet you could hear as the guy walked, dial that looked like it was coated in nail polish - and my brain got all fuzzy and I nearly laughed right out loud. I think he thought I was like really friendly, because the smile never left my face. Little did he know it was really stifled guffaws.
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