I'm considering for my next purchase a JLC Reverso Classique, with the Caliber 608 quartz movement. It's not thermocompensated, but from what I've been able to find out it's all hand-assembled and made to a very high standard, and so in terms of build quality and materials might well qualify as a HEQ. Well, at least as much a HEQ as my Rado Sintra, anyway
Sadly new Swiss chronometers with quartz movements seem to be a dying breed these days - indeed, from the older manufactures getting anything at all quartz is a rarity. I did also briefly consider the Patek Aquanaut (which is their only remaining gents' watch with a quartz movement available as an option), but I just don't really like any of the dial options for it.
I just wish the Rolex Oysterquartz was still in production....well, who knows, maybe one day.
Yes, the Oysterquartz Perpetual Calendar would be absolutely fantastic - it's frustrating indeed to know that it was designed, prototypes built and ready to go, and then just didn't happen. So near, and yet so far ! Still, maybe one day, if ever they judge the market to be right.
As for the JLC Caliber 608 - I was able to find out more about it from JLC themselves recently. It's not thermocompensated, but it is entirely in-house. It was first designed in either 1982 or 1983, and has been made continuously since then. I think they're one of the few Swiss manufactures that are still making their own high-end quartz movements, rather than using and/or modifying ETAs. The Patek Aquanaut's Caliber E-19-C is in-house too, from what I've been able to find out, though it may not be long for this world, since it's now the last gents' quartz that they make at all.
Two Omegas! I would like to get the Constellation Double Eagle perpetual. I don't have a watch that contains a Swiss thermocompensated quartz movement. I really like the looks of the Double Eagle and the bracelet is very comfortable.
Extreme accuracy aside, I would also like to get a 2nd generation X-33. I had an opportunity to purchase one when Omega was still making them available to the general public but I decided not to buy. Now that they are not available, I guess human nature makes me want one.
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