I've got many dozens watches from God only knows how many different brands spanning God only knows how many different movement calibers from Switzerland, Japan, Russia and China, and some of them are Swiss brands North Americans would never recognize as they're not marketed here (Atlantic and Epos are just two examples). I'm not going to buy into this MassDrop because I already have the Grovana labeled version of this watch. It is exceptional in fit and finish, and it is most definitely not a "Rollie Sub" wannabe. Hold it next to a Steinhart Ocean and it looks identical (other than brand logo). Hold it next to a Rollie Sub and it's obvious it's not a clone nor is it trying to be one.
The closest example of a recent Swiss "disembodied brand" I'm aware of is Zodiac, now owned by Fossil, who have all but destroyed the respect the brand once had, turning it into a designer watch kiosk brand alongside the Fossil watches. Fossil tried to continue the brand with its "Swiss Made" mystique, after dumping every Swiss asset it had when they acquired it, to include some smoke and mirrors with a Claro-Semag movement from China, and it didn't work. Zodiac is an example of a disembodied Swiss brand and I thank God I got one of their last Astrographic 2000 watches just before Fossil bought the brand trademarks.
I don't believe you truly understand Swiss thinking and their World View. You could gain great insight from looking at how Carl Elsener of Victorinox acquired Wenger to prevent them from going under and being liquidated. The former Wenger works in Delemont are still in production, making former Wenger knives with some modifications, under the Victorinox label. North Americans, those in the USA in particular, saw it as a hostile takeover to completely crush and totally obliterate all competition for the "Swiss Army Knife", in a classic example of the hostile takeover that completely liquidates a company to erase their existence from the face of the Earth. That's not the Swiss view the business world. Elesener's motive was to prevent the brand from being disembodied and resurrected like Gruen and Elgin were, or in how Fossil handled Zodiac. He did not want to see their plant closed and all their workers unemployed either. How Elsener and Victorinox have absorbed Wenger, its capital assets and its facilities, keeping them operating along with most of the former Wenger employees speaks volumes. Grovana assuming operating control of the Thommen watch division isn't much different.
Grasshopper, you have much to learn. I don't have a vested interest in this particular MassDrop, but I won't stand idly by and see a well respected Swiss watch brand slandered and libeled in the manner you have. If this were Zodiac and its current brand ownership (by Fossil) you wouldn't have much argument from me. This history of Revue Thommen and the management of the brand isn't much different from the dozen and a half brands currently in the Swatch Group. Will you now claim they're all disembodied brands? Breguet? Jaquet Droz?Blancpain? Omega? Rado? Longines? Valjoux? Unitas? Peseux? ETA? I don't think so, not with any modicum of credulity. The Swatch Group operates much like a Stiftung without actually being one.
Those that want a classic diver with similarities to the Fifty Fathoms and Submariner can get one at a decent price from a respected Swiss brand. They're not a one-trick pony and have a large range of watches under the Revue Thommen name alone. It's enormous when all the other brands under Grovana are included: Transglobe, Swiss Alpine Military, Philippe de Chéron, and Election. I invite you once again to call Grovana to inform them one of their brands is now owned by the Chinese. They'll certainly be glad to hear the news . . . after they somehow lost it and didn't know where to find it. Perhaps you can wangle a Finder's Fee out of them for it.