Spanish/Portuguese c.1045's: What's your theory?
Hello, I have written to you before about this and I am going to be stubborn here,
Hello again Xxxxxx
you mention that the reason the Speedmaster Day Date with a 24 Hour hand with Spanish day was sold in more quantities in Spanish speaking countries is because the Spanish expatriates checked the time at home in those watches,
No, that is NOT what I said. Here is exactly what I said:"From what I have been able to puzzle out Omega sold a lot of these models in Latin American market as this is where the bracelets seem to be coming from... I've talked to dealers who have said that Omega sold a lot of these models to european ex-patriot's living in Latin America. Among the big selling points are that the 24-Hour dial would allow them to figure out what time it was at "home" by adding the time difference with their home country, and that Omega is a widely known and respected watchmaker around the world."
well, the Spanish expatriates flew Spain in 1936, at the time Franco reached power, those watches were made between 1970 and 1975 approximately, lets figure this persons had at the time at least 20 years old, maybe 30, this 30 years old person at Franco's death was 69 years old AND after 39 years of exile still had to have a watch to tell him what time it was in Spain?
If you look at the text I cut and pasted from my article, or look at the article itself, I do not mention ,,Spanish expatriates,, but rather "european ex-patriot's living in Latin America". There is a difference. I did not mention Spain or Franco by name. Nor did I say Spanish speaking countries in my article, I said Latin American market which means all Latin American countries (South of the Rio Grandé) including Portuguese speaking countries/regions, among them Brazil.
You mention watch dealers told you that, do you mean Spanish speaking and Latin American watch dealers? Watch dealers from Mexico and other so called Latin American countries?
No I mean dealers whom I talked to and I related the information I presented. The people I talked to, one was of Hebrew background (named Xxxxxxx), another had a Iberian sounding surname (Xxxxxxxx) and frankly since it's been five and a half years since I wrote this and I can't remember the names of the other people I talked to back back in the 1999 timeframe when I wrote that piece. This piece was written as a reply in a forum and predates any of my efforts to documenting what I've learned for the sake of documenting it.
Sorry but this is worth studying a little more,
Please feel free to!
I have asked in Guadalajara Home to 4 million Mexicans and Mexico's second largest city) to some at the time Omega Dealers about your explanation and they (2 of them, different stores) do remember the watches and also remember this watches being sold the great majority to Mexican Nationals not Spanish expatriates as you mention, please check again because I think your account is inaccurate,
I don't see any inaccuracies in my account at all.
thanks for the attention to this letter.
Personally, I have no idea why so many c.1045 examples I've witnessed (easily over 85%) have Spanish and Portuguese Day wheels installed and so few have French, German, English and Italian ones. There seems to be no logic in this distribution other than there was either an actual perceived market for these watches in Spanish/Portuguese speaking countries more so than other European (the aforementioned French, German, English, Italian) and North American markets.
So what is your theory as to why Omega flooded the Central American markets with these watches and apparently sold so few in Europe?