I actually think warranty is a big deal. I just used Swarovski's customer service, and they went by the word of their warranty. It was good service, but Vortex' warranty is better. When you travel the rough parts of the world with your gear, stuff can happen, and it is nice to have that "no fault" warranty there if you need it.
I have had great customer service from Meopta as well. I am completing my evaluation of the Meostar HD 10X42, and they are not going back to Meopta. They are superior in image quality to my Swarovski SLC neus. They just are. They are $1000, and are a true value.
I had them right next to the conquest HDs, and the Meoptas are superior in that comparison as well, but this time more in "robustness" of build, and eyecup design (this is some personal preference, but a big difference to me).
Optically, the Meopta HDs have outstanding contrast and subsequently have excellent color saturation.
I think when it comes to binoculars anywhere near $1000, the Meoptas should be given a first look.