My watch quit today. It might only be a dead battery but I kinda doubt that, as I replaced the battery last year and batteries usually last three years or so. That's been my experience over the past 20+ years I've owned this watch, anyhoo. And I dearly love the thing... a garden variety Seiko Lassale... coz it's a beautiful piece of work:
I bought the watch about a year after I got out of the Air Force... seeking something simple and elegant... and the watch is all that and a bag o' chips. And they don't make 'em like this any longer, either.
Jean Lassale, a Swiss watch maker, sold his business to Seiko sometime in the late-70s or 80s (?). Seiko didn't sell their Seiko Lassale brand very long, and those Seiko watches sold new, at the time, for around the $400 to $500 mark. The Seiko Lassale's are Japanese-made and have a Japanese movement. Jean Lassale has since taken up his watch-making business again (I believe sometime after 2000, maybe 2003?). Those watches are "Jean Lassale", are Swiss-made and have a Swiss movement and retail for several thousand dollars. A recent quote I received from Jean Lassale in Geneva was almost $7,000. *gulp*
A used Seiko Lassale can be had at eBay for between $50 and $200, and there is usually a small but steady stream of them. It's worth checking out, because even the Seiko Lassales are beautiful and very, very thin.I didn't pay near that much for this watch, if memory serves. I'm not into bling yet I sure do love this watch. We've been through a lot together and it's been my constant companion for nearly 25 years (it looks it, too). The thought of replacing it with something similar pains me greatly.