Great point Doc. I do agree with the longevity and am old enough to disdain a throw away society as well. Interesting topic if you drill into it at multiple levels.Speaking only for myself, my interest in mechanical watches grew from the frustration of having to change batteries in a quartz watch every couple years. Even for solar-powered or kinetic quartz movements, my understanding is that there are components, such as capacitors, which will need to be replaced every decade or so.
But with mechanical movements, particularly the Japanese mechanical movements, they're effectively maintenance-free for decades.
I'm not an engineer. Far from it. I'm not remotely mechanically inclined. When my watchmaker starts trying to explain how the mechanical movements work, my eyes glaze over.
What I am is a pragmatist (an almost militant one, at that). What few things I buy, I try to make last as long as I can. I'll drive a car until it's not worth what it will cost to keep it road-worthy.
I appreciate the "buy one and you're done" nature of any product, but mechanical watches in particular, in an age when so much of what we buy is designed to be disposable, or otherwise intended to be made obsolete by future iterations of the same product.
I respect other enthusiasts preference for quartz, if that's what they like. But no quartz for me, thanks.