I'm sure I'm being heretical in some way because it is such an awesome mechanical watch but I would absolutely love a Quartz (HAQ) version of the Omega Railmaster (with its existing styling, no date, etc).
Nothing wrong with it.I have been having this debate with myself recently, and I've come to the conclusion that while, no, I wouldn't swap out my autos for a quartz identical to them, I would have some quartzes in my collection.
As it stands, I have able 1/2 and 1/2.
my next acquition that's incoming is an auto.
the one I'm considering getting along with it is a cheap (less than $200) timex quartz…
Make of that what you will…
Heh, absolutely not! I've been burned by quartz watches one too many times.Hi all
Hypothetical question I've been pondering for a while.
If your favourite watch/watches were available in a version that is 100% identical to your automatic mechanical watch, with the same finish/materials/details, but the only difference was that instead of a mechanical movement, there was a quartz movement inside, would you buy it/swap your current watches for them?
Obviously for automatic watches with see-through glass casebacks, this may not be entirely possible.
8 years ago I was getting into luxury watches, and bought my first Omega, which was an opaline Aqua Terra Co-axial 8500 which I still have today. Back then I had only just learnt about how mechanical watches work, and watching the second hand making smooth movements rather than ticking at 1-second intervals gave me great satisfaction.
Currently I own 3 modern SMPs (AT 8500, SMPc, and the original Pierce Brosnan 'GoldenEye' SMP quartz). I also own 4 vintage Omegas which I wear occasionally.
My AT's movement broke after 71/2 years, with the hour wheel failing, such that the hour hand was not advancing. I took it in for a service which cost me AU$830 (US$630). It should be good to go for another 7-8 years.
But lately I just can't get over how much more convenient a quartz movement is. The battery died twice in the 8 years I've had it, and each time I put in a $3 battery myself and I set my automatic watches against it.
So the question is, if your favourite watches were available in quartz versions, everything else being identical, would you swap your automatic watches for them?
The benefits of a quartz movement are obvious - unbeatable accuracy, ultra low cost maintenance ($6 vs $630 over a course of 8 or so years), but purists and watch lovers could write a book about the allure of the mechanical movement.
Years ago when I was an automatic watch snob I would have said NO, but now I doubt it will be that easy. In fact I'm now 50:50.
I have actually just switched from that to G shock. Absolutely love my gsar. But I cringe so hard when I bang it into stuff which happens often. So G shock. I guess i'm not old enough to enjoy autos just yet...
The 7C46 is a heck of a movement. About as far as you could get with a quartz movement.While i wouldn´t want to swap any of my Autos for a quartz movement, i did purchase a Sbbn031 Tuna, with the fully serviceable, jeweled high torque quartz 7C46 movement, and love it! Cheers
My old Grand Seiko quartz, a dress watch too!For me sports = quartz, so yes I've often drooled over chronographs and divers that I love but won't buy because I wish they were quartz. On the other hand I will always want a few mechanicals so that I can enjoy traditional horology too - especially dress watches.