The Microbrand Store

Sales by Dealer or Vendors only
User avatar
The Microbrand Store
Posts: 41
Joined: September 5th 2018, 11:11pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by The Microbrand Store » March 24th 2019, 9:39am

foghorn wrote:The 42 mm version of the Moana Pacific. With the STP movement. The 44's are way to big.


I like the Moana Pacific Waterman - a nice clean looking design.
More drawn myself to the Rangi and Papa with all that lovely scroll work!
http://the.microbrand.store
A carefully curated list of microbrand watches,
with discount pricing and free shipping.
User avatar
The Microbrand Store
Posts: 41
Joined: September 5th 2018, 11:11pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by The Microbrand Store » April 9th 2019, 10:34am

Falstaff wrote:What sort of incentive are you offering the Watchlords?


We have a number of discount code offers that we prefer not to publish publicly but are happy to share privately from time to time. If you signed up for our newsletter at https://microbrand.store/pages/newsletter-sign-up, we shared some hefty discounts with our subscribers just a few days ago that are good through the 22nd for our spring sale.

Above and beyond that, if you ping us on Facebook Messenger via the store at https://m.me/microbrand.store and mention you're a forum member here, and let us know the watch you're considering, we can often offer a private discount. We can't always as some models won't have a margin we can play with but we can on most of our stock. Even better if you want to ping us re any bargains we can recommend as we have a few watches we can potentially sell at cost sometimes. Nothing wrong with them and they do sell, but sometimes we look to clear certain inventory faster so we can reinvest in something else. Feel free to ask about some of the discount codes too if you like.

Discounts aside, we have a few items we don't list in the store that we usually sell privately to collectors. For example I have one or two models with serial # 000 or 001. Not sure if they'll interest folks here but if so, again, you just need to ask. We are always happy to chat about our watches.
http://the.microbrand.store
A carefully curated list of microbrand watches,
with discount pricing and free shipping.
User avatar
Falstaff
Watchlord WIS
Posts: 8081
Joined: August 31st 2010, 10:00pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by Falstaff » April 9th 2019, 11:17am

The Microbrand Store wrote:
Falstaff wrote:What sort of incentive are you offering the Watchlords?


We have a number of discount code offers that we prefer not to publish publicly but are happy to share privately from time to time. If you signed up for our newsletter at https://microbrand.store/pages/newsletter-sign-up, we shared some hefty discounts with our subscribers just a few days ago that are good through the 22nd for our spring sale.

Above and beyond that, if you ping us on Facebook Messenger via the store at https://m.me/microbrand.store and mention you're a forum member here, and let us know the watch you're considering, we can often offer a private discount. We can't always as some models won't have a margin we can play with but we can on most of our stock. Even better if you want to ping us re any bargains we can recommend as we have a few watches we can potentially sell at cost sometimes. Nothing wrong with them and they do sell, but sometimes we look to clear certain inventory faster so we can reinvest in something else. Feel free to ask about some of the discount codes too if you like.

Discounts aside, we have a few items we don't list in the store that we usually sell privately to collectors. For example I have one or two models with serial # 000 or 001. Not sure if they'll interest folks here but if so, again, you just need to ask. We are always happy to chat about our watches.



Very good. We'll certainly be mindful.
"Open the pod bay doors, Hal." "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."
User avatar
The Microbrand Store
Posts: 41
Joined: September 5th 2018, 11:11pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by The Microbrand Store » April 10th 2019, 3:01pm

Have shared a few codes privately with [Mr?] Falstaff as we usually prefer to post discount codes in private groups. However, we're kind of celebrating the arrival of our Decima Scyllas yesterday, as at one point it looked more likely that we wouldn't be getting them at all. (Was a very close-run affair, with the microbrand not paying the factory when they were supposed to and running silent, and another microbrand trying to swoop in pick up the timepieces. Eventually we ended up talking to the factory and getting involved.) So< not sure if they"d be everyone"s cup of tea but here"s a discount code good for a while that can be used with the Scyllas:
DECIMATE

More info on the Decima Scylla here:
https://microbrand.store/collections/de ... ch-company
http://the.microbrand.store
A carefully curated list of microbrand watches,
with discount pricing and free shipping.
User avatar
The Microbrand Store
Posts: 41
Joined: September 5th 2018, 11:11pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by The Microbrand Store » April 10th 2019, 6:25pm

codguy wrote:Stainless caseback on a bronze watch?


Absolutely. That or titanium is the norm, with 316L stainless steel being the most typical.
I wouldn't be too happy if it were bronze since bronze can leave green marks on skin, and can cause irritation or worse if left in contact for too long.
http://the.microbrand.store
A carefully curated list of microbrand watches,
with discount pricing and free shipping.
User avatar
foghorn
Founding Member & Master of Time
Posts: 20237
Joined: December 18th 2009, 11:00pm
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by foghorn » April 10th 2019, 6:26pm

The Microbrand Store wrote:
codguy wrote:Stainless caseback on a bronze watch?


Absolutely. That or titanium is the norm, with 316L stainless steel being the most typical.
I wouldn't be too happy if it were bronze since bronze can leave green marks on skin, and you don't want copper chloride to stay in continuous contact with your skin.


It was an inside joke here.
Image
User avatar
Hawk
ASSHAT
Posts: 10165
Joined: October 8th 2010, 10:00pm
Facebook ID: 0
Location: Orlando, FL
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by Hawk » April 10th 2019, 8:00pm

Microbrand store has survived the WL gauntlet once before. I'd almost buy one (indeed did almost buy one back when shipping to Washington state was a problem - that's been fixed).

But I'm old and there's two fads I don't like: in mainstream product it's "red gold" and in microbrands there's too damn much bronze all of a sudden. Both red gold and bronze can get off my lawn. Gold is yellow for fuck's sake and bronze belongs on a ship's propeller, headstones or statues. With the exception of the propeller I grew up thinking that bronze could be differentiated from brass by virtue of the pigeon shit likely to accumulate thereon.
Image
User avatar
The Microbrand Store
Posts: 41
Joined: September 5th 2018, 11:11pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by The Microbrand Store » April 10th 2019, 9:09pm

Hawk wrote:in microbrands there's too damn much bronze all of a sudden.


That was very much a trend last year and my collection has overdosed on bronze and brass so have to agree with you there.
This year one of the in-thing seems to be titanium or "Damascus" steel.
http://the.microbrand.store
A carefully curated list of microbrand watches,
with discount pricing and free shipping.
User avatar
svaglic (Online)
ASSHAT & Master of Time
Posts: 4941
Joined: November 30th 2010, 11:00pm
Facebook ID: 0
Location: California
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by svaglic » April 10th 2019, 9:47pm

Some decent looking stuff, but everything I like is all too big for me. I’ll only go 42mm if it’s a lugless dive watch or a homage vintage Radiomir with wire lugs.
That’s why I have a hard time with micro’s. Most are too big. The ones that go 40mm are successful, but most want to be in the 42-44mm range competing with each other.
You can have brains or you can have beauty, but you can’t have all three.
User avatar
The Microbrand Store
Posts: 41
Joined: September 5th 2018, 11:11pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by The Microbrand Store » April 11th 2019, 3:53am

svaglic wrote:Some decent looking stuff, but everything I like is all too big for me. I’ll only go 42mm if it’s a lugless dive watch or a homage vintage Radiomir with wire lugs.
That’s why I have a hard time with micro’s. Most are too big. The ones that go 40mm are successful, but most want to be in the 42-44mm range competing with each other.


Curious if you might like the Direnzo DRZ_02 then? 41mm rather than 40mm, but the IMHO key is more the lug-to-lug length rather than diameter which is more than a general guide and on those it's only 48mm, with very short lug ends. It also happens to be a pet favorite of mine (just the green or blue if you see any of the videos) as I think the styling on those is very modern but very well done. Basically that's a microbrand that's come up with some unique design language, and it doesn't hurt if folks like to get something somewhat uncommon: The production run on those is 400 pieces for all colors combined. Def. not everyone's cup of tea but I'm keeping a green one of those to replace a Seiko Alpinist that I decided to let go. (38mm-ish just feels too small for me.) The Alpinist (SARB017) has a very similar soft sunburst green.
http://the.microbrand.store
A carefully curated list of microbrand watches,
with discount pricing and free shipping.
User avatar
foghorn
Founding Member & Master of Time
Posts: 20237
Joined: December 18th 2009, 11:00pm
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by foghorn » April 11th 2019, 5:55am

Problem with the Direnzos is the case style. The "cushion" type cases add a lot of real estate. They wear more like a square watch. I have a Zodiac Sea Dragon that advertises as 39 mm, which it is from 9-3. But because of the extra real estate of the cushion case it wears more like a 44mm.
Image
User avatar
The Microbrand Store
Posts: 41
Joined: September 5th 2018, 11:11pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by The Microbrand Store » April 11th 2019, 7:44am

Good point re cushion case.

7.5"/19cm wrist here. Have to admit my sweet spot is 44mm-46mm, and I like to wear 42mm-47mm. I think as a result we probably have a bit of a skew in the store to mostly 42mm+ timepieces, since I end up picking what stock to carry. Am working on adding more options in the 40mm range, and we've been working on a custom watch for the store that'll be 38mm. We do have a few circular timepieces at 39mm like the ST19-based Mercer Lexington Bi-Compax chrono, but certainly need to add more.
http://the.microbrand.store
A carefully curated list of microbrand watches,
with discount pricing and free shipping.
User avatar
Falstaff
Watchlord WIS
Posts: 8081
Joined: August 31st 2010, 10:00pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by Falstaff » April 11th 2019, 8:10am

The Microbrand Store wrote:Good point re cushion case.

7.5"/19cm wrist here. Have to admit my sweet spot is 44mm-46mm, and I like to wear 42mm-47mm. I think as a result we probably have a bit of a skew in the store to mostly 42mm+ timepieces, since I end up picking what stock to carry. Am working on adding more options in the 40mm range, and we've been working on a custom watch for the store that'll be 38mm. We do have a few circular timepieces at 39mm like the ST19-based Mercer Lexington Bi-Compax chrono, but certainly need to add more.




I do like the looks of that Lexington.
"Open the pod bay doors, Hal." "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."
User avatar
svaglic (Online)
ASSHAT & Master of Time
Posts: 4941
Joined: November 30th 2010, 11:00pm
Facebook ID: 0
Location: California
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by svaglic » April 11th 2019, 8:13am

Try to get ladies watches that aren’t quartz, encrusted with gaudy fake diamonds and in stupid colors like Pink and other pastel colors, plus MOP dials. I think watch designers hate women so they make ugly cheap watches for us.
You can have brains or you can have beauty, but you can’t have all three.
User avatar
Falstaff
Watchlord WIS
Posts: 8081
Joined: August 31st 2010, 10:00pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by Falstaff » April 11th 2019, 9:26am

svaglic wrote:Try to get ladies watches that aren’t quartz, encrusted with gaudy fake diamonds and in stupid colors like Pink and other pastel colors, plus MOP dials. I think watch designers hate women so they make ugly cheap watches for us.



Terrific idea for a new watch co. - do a little designing, pull in some Kickstarter dollars (Shetimer?, Ladywatch? Estrogenic Watch Co.?) and you're the newest Geraldine Genta! You've got great taste in watches and know what you're looking for...just sayin'.
"Open the pod bay doors, Hal." "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."
User avatar
Hawk
ASSHAT
Posts: 10165
Joined: October 8th 2010, 10:00pm
Facebook ID: 0
Location: Orlando, FL
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by Hawk » April 11th 2019, 1:21pm

svaglic wrote:Try to get ladies watches that aren’t quartz, encrusted with gaudy fake diamonds and in stupid colors like Pink and other pastel colors, plus MOP dials. I think watch designers hate women so they make ugly cheap watches for us.


Men tend to avoid the trap of actually asking what a woman wants in a watch.

I did and as a consequence just bought the young lady an Apple Watch. Asking wasn't the hard part. The listening and acting accordingly part was a bitch though.
Image
User avatar
The Microbrand Store
Posts: 41
Joined: September 5th 2018, 11:11pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by The Microbrand Store » April 11th 2019, 4:11pm

Falstaff wrote:I do like the looks of that Lexington.


I prefer the back of that watch more than the front. Lovely to get exhibition case backs for an ST19. Lot of fun to play with it and watch what's going on.

The ST19 I wear is a Marloe Lomond Chronoscope Vintage Coffee, also with a fantastic exhibition case back. It's slightly bigger (as am a 42mm+ guy.)
http://the.microbrand.store
A carefully curated list of microbrand watches,
with discount pricing and free shipping.
User avatar
The Microbrand Store
Posts: 41
Joined: September 5th 2018, 11:11pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by The Microbrand Store » April 11th 2019, 4:39pm

svaglic wrote:Try to get ladies watches that aren’t quartz, encrusted with gaudy fake diamonds and in stupid colors like Pink and other pastel colors, plus MOP dials. I think watch designers hate women so they make ugly cheap watches for us.


Fake Diamonds: I completely agree there, and hate gaudy, tasteless, loud, bling watches. Come to think of it a lot of watches with real diamonds fit that category too.

Quartz: Ah, this is where I disagree having studied the market. I want to give the women in my family nice mechanical timepieces. They all want quartz. The same is very true of market research where only a tiny fraction of women are into collecting mechanical watches and the vast, vast majority want a quartz where generally they don't need to set it so often or worry about winding it and it's lighter. Have you grabbed some of those recessed minuscule crowns on some ladies watches? I'd hate winding many of those too. So as a store, the niche we need to fill for ladies watches in particular is mostly quartz, but we have mechanical too. The only areas in the store that I see having quartz are ladies watches, and some chronos. For chronos, mecha-quartz can help make some affordable. Great example are our Straton Legeras: The same style of watch is available in both VK mecha-quartz, and the much more expensive ETA Valjoux 7750/7753.

Anyhow, back to mechanicals in ladies sizes, we're working on some 36mm or 38mm NH35A-based ladies watches. I prefer 38mm as that makes them unisex and our female market is only 8% or so. Not our brand, just a custom build project watch of 50 or less using a nice enamel acquired dial: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ELmdr8JOgaet-BEME3NxF9U26AtHAvgZ/view?usp=sharing

Mother-of-Pearl: Also have to disagree on this one but it may just come down to possibly that we have differences in personal taste. I love some MOP watches and they've been extremely popular and always sold out first (including men's watches like the Arcturus LC-1) vs the non-MOP dials.
http://the.microbrand.store
A carefully curated list of microbrand watches,
with discount pricing and free shipping.
User avatar
The Microbrand Store
Posts: 41
Joined: September 5th 2018, 11:11pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by The Microbrand Store » April 11th 2019, 4:48pm

Also re ladies watches, I was really happy to add Celeste to the store to head up the start of our ladies section and was wondering if you were seeing those and indirectly alluding to them? They do have mother-of-pearl, and are quartz (Rhonda) as discussed above, which sorry, do appeal more to most female shoppers.

I was happy to take on Celeste for several reasons. Female owned and run business (100% of the workforce) with the assembly and some of the manufacture in the USA. (Oregon.) Each dial is hand made by them and can take up to 12 hours with laser cutting and precisely fitting different materials together to make the composite images. e.g. The sailboat has white mother-of-pearl sails, brown mother-of-pearl sky, ablone sea, and wood hull. They even hand-make their own goatskin straps.

https://microbrand.store/collections/celeste-watch-co
http://the.microbrand.store
A carefully curated list of microbrand watches,
with discount pricing and free shipping.
User avatar
svaglic (Online)
ASSHAT & Master of Time
Posts: 4941
Joined: November 30th 2010, 11:00pm
Facebook ID: 0
Location: California
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by svaglic » April 11th 2019, 5:11pm

I looked at the Celeste and liked it until I saw it was quartz. I want a good movement too, not an afterthought. I have some good movements in vintage watches, that’s where I seem to find a nice variety. Not women’s vintage, men’s vintage, they are a great size.
You can have brains or you can have beauty, but you can’t have all three.
User avatar
Falstaff
Watchlord WIS
Posts: 8081
Joined: August 31st 2010, 10:00pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: The Microbrand Store

Post by Falstaff » April 11th 2019, 5:19pm

The Microbrand Store wrote:
Falstaff wrote:I do like the looks of that Lexington.


I prefer the back of that watch more than the front. Lovely to get exhibition case backs for an ST19. Lot of fun to play with it and watch what's going on.

The ST19 I wear is a Marloe Lomond Chronoscope Vintage Coffee, also with a fantastic exhibition case back. It's slightly bigger (as am a 42mm+ guy.)



I've got an X-back on my Seagull 1963 re-issue - same mov't, right?
"Open the pod bay doors, Hal." "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."
Post Reply

Return to “Dealer Sales”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest