Quartz popularity happened for a reason. It was more convinient than mechnical and people loved this convenience especially when watches were must have thing and tool to depend on.A few years back, I switched to Quartz movements, they were always ready to go, less maintenance and more rugged, then recently I went back to vintage watches. Winding every day, re-setting the time every other day, finding a dependable place to maintain them that I trust and does good work etc. I do like winding the watches and hearing the tik, tik sound but my last purchase was a Seiko Quartz Mechanical RAF issues watch and man, I know Quartz is looked down up by the congnoscenti, but I have renewed appreciation for them. I pick it up and it is exactly on time, every day. Just strap it on and go...there is something tool-ish and cool about it as well. I think it was nice to get away from them for a bit and now I have renewed appreciation for them. If I was going camping for example with no phone to sync with, I would take my Quartz field watch any day.
Foundation, great series.@GregJ As the owner of a quartz Hamilton Khaki I completely agree. Though the autos can be had cheaply on the gray market I’m very happy with my quartz!
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I have of course heard great things about it but haven't started it yet; I am currently reading every single part of the Dune series - every single part!Foundation, great series.
My favorite micro sold me a 10yr ronda with a +1 second a week accuracy, with the brightest lume I've ever seen, and it was well under $1000.I prefer quartz for all the reasons and now I think solar is the next step for the quartz. I would like to see the SBGN009, 9F, solar and micro or tool less adjustment on the bracelet. Ya I know. that will be a long time to wait.
As mentioned a few posts back, I feel Micros are missing an opportunity by not offering quartz. MONTA comes to mind. I talked to them and no way. They are all about mechanical. Still too much bias out there.
The Dune series is on my list also.I have of course heard great things about it but haven't started it yet; I am currently reading every single part of the Dune series - every single part!
My mechanicals aren’t worth a $275 service in the first place lol - but because of my mechanical background, I think I have what some of us automotive enthusiasts call “mechanical sympathy”, where I am aware of and sympathetic to the mechanical bits, whereas quartz, like any form of electronics is (to me) always impossibly needy by needing anything at all. I don’t and never have had patience for quirks on phones, computers, or, yes, battery changes on quartz watches, because the user experience never matches the seemingly endless promises of perfection and ease. That’s a lifestyle choice which existed before I was into watches, and also extends far beyond watches. But anyhow, that’s why I said solar quartz is my huckleberry…my EcoDrive Citizen is going on about a dozen years old now and is soldiering on, maintenance-free.I find battery changes about every 4-5 years a lot simpler than finding a good service and it costs $275 per service. Batteries cost me about $20
Yes, that is the place I am now. I appreciate both equally!I have been mechanical only for years. Got into a GS quartz recently, it is a great watch, and it gets a lot of wrist time. I am trying to get to a place where I do not prefer one type of movement over another.