Originally Posted by MaxL
But a technological marvel they are not - even the most complex ones have many times less engineering thought invested in them than a disposable cell phone, and being hand-made only increases the cost but not the quality.
Quite far off the mark. I know it's not an interest of yours, but if you really believe what you wrote you ought of read up on the cutting edge technology employed in many watches. Not only in design and production processes, but especially materials science.
It's not uncommon for a watch movement with complications to take years to refine using state-of-the-art simulation software. Try taking 400 or so small parts and assemble them so they're accurate to +-2 secs per day in virtually all positions.
While not a huge fan of Rolex, I have a few of them and even a basic review of their production facilities, especially the robotics involved is amazing.