I wanted some place that covers all
entry level watches (expression courtesy of Ronald Held that mailed me this suggestion today), not only Japanese watches for example.
I did not market the forum yet. Ernie Romers from WatchUSeek.com was so friendly to list it on its Watch Links page. So Hank, you did a great job finding it.
I am not trying to make this a commercial project - it will be a real hobbyist's project. Watches are my passion since I am 12 years old and I am a watch enthusiast since 33 years;-). I never earned any money from watches and I do not really intend to change that, I am afraid, the passion could turn into routine and extinguish.
Hank and All please, I am struggling with the name of the forum, I do not really like that rather negative connotation of "poor". I chose it in the first place, since our history teacher (that was at college) always told us, if you want to wake interest, you have to provocate. But now I feel, that "Entry Level Watch Forum" or as Ronald put it "Entry Level Watches for Collectors" or something in that direction sounds more positive.
Also maybe the 1'000 USD limit might be interpreted as too stringent. What I really want is a place to share enthusiasm for rather inexpensive watches that offer great value.
Maybe another example illustrates better what I mean: if you buy an expensive wine, you just go for a bottle of Chateau Margaux, Lynch-Bages etc. and you sure will have a great wine, but also a stiff price tag. You might be able to find a bottle of wine of a comparable quality for a lot less money from a less famous country from a less famous producer.
In Jiddish those finds are called "mezziaes", the French called "une trouvaille". English is only my second language, I guess you would call it a "bargain" or a "great deal".
Just following the line of thought: How does "Bargain Watch Forum" sound to native English speakers?
Let us find those great deals in horology together, without looting our bank accounts