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I live on the east coast of the U.S, as of now a little bit to the northern side, though I've resided on both sides of Mason-Dixon at various times.
One of my favorite watch brand (with watches of which I now own) is Tissot, though I'm not 100% happy with their recent focus on marketing the sporty quartz type watches as I believe their automatic watches with ETA and Valjoux movements are their stronger points. I am also a big fan of the Orient brand/company, in particular their Bambino line (with the domed crystal in the style of 1960s dress watches). But I am a sucker for watches from different countries - in my current collection there is Switzerland (Tissot & vintage Swatch), Japan (Orient & Seiko), China (Seagull movement, nameless brand) and Belarus (Luch). Aiming for future purchase from Russia (Vostok), France (Yonger et Bresson maybe?) and Germany (really want a Nomos when I get more budget) and finally United States (Weiss, RGM - I hope US watchmaking can be revived again hence the username). The high-end watch brands I'd like to own watches of but currently cannot afford are aforementioned Nomos and Tudor (which is basically Rolex just less pretentious).
My possibly controversial opinions (to lay it out there): I actually do not hate Invicta, but to me they are really not a "real" watch company - I only consider companies with in-house movements to be proper watchmakers (Swatch Group, Rolex, Seiko, Orient, Vostok). Invicta and other companies are just dressing up a movement (heart) with a skin and clothing, so an Invicta with a Sellita SW200 movement is no different from another Swiss watch with the same movement (though, Invicta styles can be uglier) *in heart* first, then my purchase decision would depend on things like bracelet, case size, case quality, etc. An Invicta with a Seiko movement to me IS a SEIKO watch first, and dressed in Invicta clothing second. A Tissot with Valjoux I consider to be a Valjoux watch with a Tissot name (but since Tissot is owned by Swatch Group it makes no difference anyways). To me, Invicta sometimes dresses up a Seiko movement rather well, sometimes not so well, same with what they do with SW200. These are not reason for hating.
I look forward to good discussions, and more importantly, for me to learn more about watches, horology, history, and all things related. I believe the content of my collection, and my opinions above, will likely evolve, tweak and even change completely throughout my time at the forum. Thanks y'all for letting me here!