Gucci watches

Gucci watches

Author
Discussion

polo54

Original Poster:

355 posts

142 months

Wednesday 3rd April 2013
quotequote all
I've just bought this:




http://www.thewatchgallery.co.uk/shop/gucci-g-clas...

Opinions? It's apparently Swiss made so it should hopefully be half decent! Would appreciate your opinions (whether they are good or bad!).

Caruso

7,009 posts

206 months

Wednesday 3rd April 2013
quotequote all
You tend to find with fashion brand watches you are paying for the name rather than the watch.

However, I like the fact that the date background is the same colour as the face. It's a small detail that so many watch makers get wrong IMO.

polo54

Original Poster:

355 posts

142 months

Wednesday 3rd April 2013
quotequote all
Caruso said:
You tend to find with fashion brand watches you are paying for the name rather than the watch.

However, I like the fact that the date background is the same colour as the face. It's a small detail that so many watch makers get wrong IMO.
You're not the first person that I've heard say that about fashion watches. I only paid £595 for it from Beaverbrooks, don't really think it's worth £775.

Pardon my ignorance but if you're not paying for the brand, what else makes expensive watches so valuable? Build quality? Accuracy with timing? Materials used?

jonny70

1,236 posts

108 months

Wednesday 3rd April 2013
quotequote all
polo54 said:
You're not the first person that I've heard say that about fashion watches. I only paid £595 for it from Beaverbrooks, don't really think it's worth £775.

Pardon my ignorance but if you're not paying for the brand, what else makes expensive watches so valuable? Build quality? Accuracy with timing? Materials used?
My wife has a Gucci watch , its Swiss made and of decent quality for £500 , you wouldn't go wrong with it. Omega/Tag?/reilting etc are all fashion watches nowadays anyways .

Caruso

7,009 posts

206 months

Wednesday 3rd April 2013
quotequote all
polo54 said:
You're not the first person that I've heard say that about fashion watches. I only paid £595 for it from Beaverbrooks, don't really think it's worth £775.

Pardon my ignorance but if you're not paying for the brand, what else makes expensive watches so valuable? Build quality? Accuracy with timing? Materials used?
Certainly not accuracy with timing!

It's an interesting question because the watch brand does play a big part. An awful lot of Swiss made big name brands (Omega, Tag, Bell & Ross etc) use the same ETA mechanical movements made by part of the Swatch group, but they still charge thousands for them when you can get the same movement in a £300 watch made by a lesser brand. So for these you are paying for the name and the quality of the case.

The really top watch brands make their own movements in house, and you are paying for quality of the movement as well as the case and the name.

The fashion brands you are typically paying for the name and the materials (if it contains gold and or diamonds), but the movements are typically nothing special.

If I were to oversimplify, it goes like this:
Lower Tier Watch Brands = You pay for the case and the movement (some serious bargains here)
Fashion Brand = You pay for the name (and the materials if precious)
Mid Tier Watch Brands = You pay for the name and the case
Top Tier Watch Brands = You pay for the name and the movement and the case

Tanguero

4,534 posts

151 months

Thursday 4th April 2013
quotequote all
The movement in that watch (ETA955.412), all be it Swiss, retails for £32.75 + VAT
IF you feel that the Gucci name and case adds £500 worth of value then you have a bargain.
If not, not.

jshell

9,387 posts

155 months

Thursday 4th April 2013
quotequote all
Wife bought me a Gucci watch, a few days out of warranty the bracelet came apart at one of the non-adjustable links. Took it back and they told me to feck off as it was out of warranty. Felt a decent piece, apart from the bracelet snapping...

michael gould

5,690 posts

191 months

Thursday 4th April 2013
quotequote all
Tanguero said:
The movement in that watch (ETA955.412), all be it Swiss, retails for £32.75 + VAT
IF you feel that the Gucci name and case adds £500 worth of value then you have a bargain.
If not, not.

at £500 you gave

the government £83.30
The retailer £150.00
The distributer £50.00
Gucci £140.00
The watch cost £80.00

But its the same with most branded watches.....your buying the name not a decent time piece

polo54

Original Poster:

355 posts

142 months

Thursday 4th April 2013
quotequote all
michael gould said:

at £500 you gave

the government £83.30
The retailer £150.00
The distributer £50.00
Gucci £140.00
The watch cost £80.00

But its the same with most branded watches.....your buying the name not a decent time piece
So if I had spent £5,950 on a Rolex for example, would the proportionate breakdown you gave above still apply?

obob

4,193 posts

144 months

Thursday 4th April 2013
quotequote all
A Rolex has an in house movement so a little different. The Gucci watch has an ETA movement which can also be found in IWCs, Panerais etc. Although they are slightly modified. This is why I don't get why people keep saying 'fashion brands' are crap at watches. Most of the auto ones use the same movements as you get in watches that are anywhere up to 5k.

And a quartz is a quartz aa far as I know.

Lunablack

3,494 posts

112 months

Thursday 4th April 2013
quotequote all
polo54 said:
So if I had spent £5,950 on a Rolex for example, would the proportionate breakdown you gave above still apply?
£1190 government
£3700 to rolex
£1000 retailer
£60 quid materials

hehe

bod27

217 posts

163 months

Friday 5th April 2013
quotequote all
Bought my wife a Gucci watch in 1992 , its still going strong , the gold plating is a bit worn in places , but as its mainly stainless it dosnt show. I bought the matching gents version at the same time, don't know why as I have only worn it about 20 times, infact my wife has had the bracelet resized and wears it (seems to be the fashion now). Knowing what I now know about watches I wish I had bought myself a different brand , but my wife loves hers and now "mine"!

Adam B

17,315 posts

204 months

Saturday 6th April 2013
quotequote all
Not a fan sorry but if you are happy who cares

Face looks more like a ladies watch IMHO

M888SXY

312 posts

107 months

Sunday 7th April 2013
quotequote all
Amongst Rolex, Omega, Chanel, Precista and Citizen I have a Gucci 5500 5500 quartz triple date chronograph and it seems to be a good step up in quality from most of the £100-£200 quartz watches available, including Seiko and Citizen.

Miguel Alvarez

4,806 posts

120 months

Monday 8th April 2013
quotequote all
My dad has one from the 90's. Quite hard wearing and very classy looking. Gucci do make some nice watches. My mate has one that is really nice looking similar to your one OP but with a slate dial.

soad

30,550 posts

126 months

Monday 8th April 2013
quotequote all
It's simply a fashion watch. Had a couple of Armani watches in the past myself - they're fine for what they are. Although I wouldn't pay a full price for one.

Stu R

21,410 posts

165 months

Monday 8th April 2013
quotequote all
It's pretty inoffensive, if you're happy with it - good darts.

You'll always get a skewed opinion on a watch forum full of people that either want, or have significantly more expensive ways to do the same job.

michael gould

5,690 posts

191 months

Tuesday 9th April 2013
quotequote all
polo54 said:
michael gould said:

at £500 you gave

the government £83.30
The retailer £150.00
The distributer £50.00
Gucci £140.00
The watch cost £80.00

But its the same with most branded watches.....your buying the name not a decent time piece
So if I had spent £5,950 on a Rolex for example, would the proportionate breakdown you gave above still apply?
to a certain extent yes.......but at least Rolex has an in house movement and are known for making watches not shoes

polo54

Original Poster:

355 posts

142 months

Tuesday 9th April 2013
quotequote all
I've had a change of heart! I emailed Beaverbrooks today to see if I could change my order as the order status was still showing as processing.

Unfortunately, they've already sent it by special delivery today so I will be receiving it tomorrow and returning it straight away for this one:




I wasn't swayed at all by the comments on this forum, I just kept looking at the picture and thought it was a bit "bland".

I reckon the new one is better looking than the previous one, even though I'm guessing it's worth even less despite it costing even more.




GALLARDOGUY

8,160 posts

169 months

Tuesday 9th April 2013
quotequote all
Bi-metal is a bit gauche for my tastes.