Sunday Reader - November 1949 US Consumer Reports 'List of Best Watches'
Interesting retrospection: 70 years ago the Consumers Union of U.S. did a ranking of watch brands in terms of quality and somehow things do little change, at least at the top end of the spectrum.
'...Not surprisingly, Patek Philippe, Vacheron & Constantin, and
Audemars Piguet, were ranked first, second, and third, respectively. ...' Link to Bruce's article
1949 Consumer Reports guide to watch purchasing - with inkcuded scans of the article Link to timezone
The ranking back then:
1 Patek Philippe
2 Vacheron & Constantin
3 Audemars Piguet
C. H. Meylan Watch Co
Touchon & Co
International Watch Co
Cresarrow Watch Co
Hamilton Watch Co
Gruen Watch Co
The comment on PP, VC, AP:
... PP, VC, AP are, it is generally agreed, the world finest watches.
However, they have drawbacks. All three have hand-fittet parts. Replacement parts must also be fittet by hand, a task requiring the most expert workmanship. ...