The Seiko Galante may be whopping expensive at $12,000 usd.
BUT I finally did find people who have beaten me to buy one...yes.
They rather own a SEIKO Galante than a Calatrava (used), or a JLC or a Panerai...caveat: these are celebrities...like Irin Gan here.
So I am guessing that they can afford to buy what they REALLY want.
Micheal Schumacher wanted a Rolf Diavolo 75, and he bought one.
That's people who endorese the watch, and not the other way around, when we use the watch to endorse our status.
For me, it is 50/50...there are many times that I still show off that I can afford this/that watch...but less so today.
Now, I find that it has an effect on the market when I am shown wearing a specific watch, and the sales go up..thank GOD.
That said..I discovered to my surprise that the Galante's have MOP dials!!!!
And they do not use gold plate, but solid gold.
That's great news, and a step up, many steps up, for SEIKO.