Re: Bell & Ross
- From: "Jack Denver" <nunuvyer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 20:36:45 -0400
"John S." <hjsjms@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:24ae88fc-0cfa-4644-8323-ca322ac5deaa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
On Jun 6, 1:22 pm, "Jack Denver" <nunuv...@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"John S." <hjs...@xxxxxx> wrote in message
If precision is truly the key need then a mechanical watch, especially
one of their models with a tourbillon would be close to the bottom of
the list. Precise operation has been synonymous with quartz movements
and not with mechanical movements for the past 40 years. Bell & Ross
are silent about the origin of their movements which lead me to
believe they may be of chinese origin.
I don't know about 100% of their movements, but I have seen a great many
B&R watches that clearly have Swiss ETA/Valjoux movements and are marked
"Swiss Made". There may be others in the collection that aren't - I don't
know the brand all that well.
But point me to a picture of a watch that you think has a Chinese movement
and I'll give you my opinion - I think I'm familiar enough with the main
calibers that I can usually tell what's Swiss and what's Chinese. Although
it is getting much harder with the Chinese now making direct copies of some
The handwind movement used in the tourbillon.
This one is very clearly marked as Swiss Made so they would have to be breaking the law if it wasn't. I suppose it is possible that they are lying but I have no reason to suspect that they are.
These list at $131,000 so they could well afford to pay Swiss labor rates:
I think it borders on slander to say that this is a Chinese movement unless you have some proof. I would never buy this watch personally but I am very careful before I say something that might damage other people's livelihoods with wild accusations and zero proof.
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