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

13152 Views 101 Replies 47 Participants Last post by  Angler
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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For the most part I agree with this, however it should be noted that Spring Drive servicing will be even more painful due to the lack of local service centers capable of fixing that movement.

9F quartz, on the other hand... servicing is just a battery change and pressure test.
The 9f also has a gear train much like a typical mechanical watch that does require service as well.

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Sure, once every 50 years. Or so GS claims with their vacuum-sealed compartment, as the movement's "only" 25 years old we can't know this for sure yet. But the point is, it's much less hassle and upkeep than either mechanical or Spring Drive.
Wow. Thanks. I didn't realize that.

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Don't know what you're on about cheating so So turbo cars are cheating as well spring drives and other new innovations are brilliant

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I think he's acknowledging he doesn't see it as cheating. I'm not sure about the 'different goals' idea though. The goal for any watch movement design/methodology it to keep accurate time.

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No, because Spring Drive does not have the "heirloomability" of a fine mechanical watch. No watch with electrical components has it. When you spend that kind of money on a watch, and lets face it, these SD prices are well within Rolex range, you at least consider about passing it down to the next few generations. Even if you assume Spring Drive will be around that long, your great great grand child will not be able to find the electrical parts for your model. Perhaps a full movement change may be possible. You can always turn another gear, but wind another coil or print another mini ancient electrical board, not so much.

But then again, there is something to be said about enjoying an item for the moment. Let your progeny worry about their own watches.

This idea seems to propose that spring drive will die off in a couple generations? It's not possible that Seiko will still be around and able to produce parts?

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