From my previous manufacturing experience, I know about 20% of the product cost usually goes to materials while 80% goes to other cost factors such as Manufacturing, R&D;, A&P;, Administrations, etc. I can’t estimate a particular unit cost unless I do an exercise taking it apart and getting quotes on those various parts. But I won’t go down that avenue.
Looking around the local shops here, I see popular brands like Underwood, Scatola, Buben & Zorweg and Orbita on display. Prices range from “expensive” to “very expensive” (I don’t intend to say the numbers here). There are also a number of china-made re-branded units selling too. One such unit looked pretty close to those that come from ERS. It’s sold in a mall at North Bridge Road, and remembering the bad review in one of the forums, and the excessive TPD it provides, I won’t bother highlighting anything about it.
Watch Forums usually have a Sales Corner where you can purchase one, relying on members recommendations. Such forums also have good information about various prices and where to buy them. It seems to me that there’s always a search for “cheap watch winders” amongst them.
Yes, I do believe there will be cheap watch winders. But how cheap is cheap? And how reliable are they? As the saying goes, “Cheap things are no good while Good things are not cheap”.
I’ve tried searching for Watch Winder complaints just for kicks and there actually was a website for “Complaints”. Amazon.com is another good source where many people leave their comments after buying a watch winder.
Lastly, if you think a Watch Winder is expensive, try making one yourself then.
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