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Limited editions should be restricted to assure exclusivity but many watch companies use them as a gimmick to spur sales. Limited Editions most often are used to commemorate certain events or a particular special complication in a watch movement for example

IMHO, Eddie Platts of Timefactors in Sheffield, England is the master of limited edition series of watches. He recently produced a tribute to the various 50 fathoms watches of the 1950s. He made a series of 50 numbered watches with very high specifications. He also produced some variations of the watch but none were Limited Editions and none had the same dial. He has done other watches in similar fashion and all have been sellouts and many command premium prices if and when they show up for sale. If you haven't had a chance to see his watches, take a look at
Eddie Platts Home Page
and click on Precista, Speedbird and the Limited Edition Archive links. For those curious about a UK based but worldwide perspective on watches, look at the forum there. You can look but can't register and post for the time being


On the other hand, in the heyday of Poljot watches made at the Moscow watch factory they made many 'Limited Editions' of 999 watches of some of their popular models. Then they changed only the hands in the subdials and made another 'LE' of 999 watches. Changed hour and minute hands resulted in another 'LE' and on they went.

Ernst Benz made a 100 years of flight commemorative watch in 2003 with 100 watches in solid gold and 1,903 watches in stainless steel. IMO, this is another good example of a Limited Edition; it celebrates an event, accomplishment, etc. and used the year of the event as the limit on the number of watches in the series.

I personally see no rationale for a 1,000 or higher 'LE' other than to try to jack up sales volume and per-unit prices. Even watches with meteorite dials are becoming more commonplace. Check this site out for some really far out limited editions.
Romaine Jerome homepage Anybody for a limited edition of 2,012 watches with a case made from metal from the Titanic (sunk in 1912)? How about a watch that is made with moondust and steel from Apollo XI; 1,969 piece LE.

Bottom line: it doesn't matter what the other folks think about the watch in question, you are the one who has to be satisfied that it has some special meaning.

Last I heard, there were no 'investment grade watches' on the market so don't buy a watch with your retirement funds hoping to strike it rish.

 

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roloya - moved your post above to the other thread as you requested. Thanks! :)
 
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