Thank you for your
interest in Thomas Gref watches.
Although there are many watch brands currently available, I've always thought
that there is room for a uniquely-styled and affordable line of
mechanical watches. My view of the current market is that most
all affordable watches have uninteresting and generic styling.
If you want something unique, it usually costs thousands of
dollars. My feeling is that good design shouldn't cost that
much more, though I realize that a well thought-out design takes more
time (and therefore money) than a me-too design.
In addition to the
design/price issues, from my experience as a watchmaker, I realized
that many of the famous brands are using movements by the same
manufacturer (ETA). Omega, Breitling, Tag Heuer, Cartier, and
many other famous brands use movements made by ETA (you can confirm
this for yourself by getting one of the Wristwatch Annual books by
Peter Braun, or one of the other similar books at your local bookstore
or Amazon). I realized that I could use movements by the same
manufacturer and therefore offer similar quality and reliability as
the 'big' brands.
Most of my watches use an ETA
2824-2 Swiss-made automatic movement, which features 25 jewels, 28,800 BPH,
hack set, and quickset date. I get one of the best grades
of this movement, which has a rhodium finish (as opposed to nickel
which isn't as durable). These movements are highly decorated
with perlage on the main plates, and geneva stripes on the
rotor. Also, the design of the movement is nicely evolved, as
versions of this movement has been in production for about 30 years,
so it is definitely tried-and-true. Furthermore, repair parts
are readily available.
To learn more about this movement,
click here to see the 'Movement' page.
All Thomas Gref
watches are my own design and are made in Switzerland. I then
individually inspect and adjust each watch as needed.