Eta really has that much advantage?
You certainly know much more about the topic than I do, so I believe you when you say that Eta can produce quality at a price others can't match. Nonetheless, I find it remarkable that a company such as Sellita wouldn't be more competitive.
Also, what percentage of the cost of a watch is the movement, when that movement is an Eta 2824-2, for example? I'm not sure how many watches the world needs where the bulk of the price is a standard-grade 2824. For those USD 5,000 watches with higher grade (hopefully) 2824s, I'd like to think the margins were large enough for the companies to locate alternatives...perhaps I'm naive?
Perhaps Seagull could open a factory in Switzerland. With Swiss labor, I wonder what Seagull would charge for their 2824 clone? I've read technical reviews of it that say it really is comparable to lower grade Eta 2824s. Plus, Switzerland has a lot of immigrants and asylum seekers who could use the work, yes? I am, of course, kind of joking...
This is just my opinion, but I would like to see all of Swiss horologie move up-market...Qualite Fleurier or Geneva Seal level for all "Swiss Made," or, at the least, COSC (though I realize this doesn't imply craftsmanship beyond timekeeping ability).