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Did Spring Drive accuracy 'ruin' standard mechanical watches for you?

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I'm sitting here 36 hours after setting it (my new Snowflake) and cannot see any drift, which is expected. Further, knowing the watch is insensitive to position, temperature, the tide being in or out, etc. means there is no 'luck' to just happening to keep it in the right position overnight or at the right level of wind (other than dead!). In a week, a month from now, I should start to understand what I have. I know it is rated at +/-15 seconds/month and interested to see how mine fits into that.

I ask this question partly seriously, partly in jest, but still curious as to your take. Does using a Spring Drive, which you might need to set monthly, ruin regular mechanical watches in terms of their accuracy and potential fussiness (for example, having different deviations depending on the state of wind, what position they are left in, etc.)?
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Thanks for the detailed answer!

The second-hand is one of the main things that really sold me. I've seen it before, so it was not new, but looking at the watch in the context of wanting to buy it really sealed it.
Thanks all, again, not looking for some sort of factual answer, just curious what has happened and how you view SD's in your collection.

To be clear on accuracy, I was not suggesting these are better than a pure quartz watch, rather they are so accurate you will likely never even think about it, worry about it, etc. - you would fully take it for granted. You could buy a new (insert any brand of mechanical watch) and could run -5 seconds/day or be spot on, it is luck of the draw and subject to drift over time or with outside factors. I think of a parallel universe where Rolex developed this technology and how they could use it in their marketing (I pick on Rolex because they spend a huge amount of their energy on accuracy and reliability so the wearer just does not need to worry about it).
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