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When it comes to movements, there are groups who love automatics and those who love quartz. Some in each group will have both. You can find automatics and quartz from the most affordable all they way to high end brands. Case in point, Rolex and Omega have quartz models in their collection. Probably the most popular Omega would be the Aqua Terra.

Personally, the majority of my collection will be automatic with exception to my G-Shock and Luminox. However, there is one high end brand that has been piquing my interest lately that has some very appealing quartz models. The brand is Alpina, especially the Startimer collection. They have a chronograph big date with a camouflage grey dial that is super sexy. The grey dial with vintage lume, and all the hands are rose gold encased in a stainless case with a sand or khaki color cordura strap. But, the timepiece is a quartz. I understand that if it were an automatic chronograph, the price would be much higher.

The question for F71 is... When is it ok to buy a quartz? When you are looking at high end, would you buy the quartz model, or would you buy the same model in automatic. Do you believe that high end should be automatic only? Taking everything into consideration, especially the state of the world economy, is your belief that high end timepieces should be automatic only, or would you consider buying the quartz model?

The reason for my thread is to generate friendly discussion of the matter, and to help me understand the differences. Your participation/thoughts/impressions on the subject will be very much appreciated.
 
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Interesting comments, thanks for your participation. The only downside is the more quartz you have, the more batteries will have to be replaced. IIRC, in our area the cost of replacing a battery is about $10. That could get expensive. Alpina's quartz models have a battery life of 4 years, which is not too bad. I would still like to get thoughts/impressions from the rest of the group.
 

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A lot of good information from both sides. Kinetics and Eco Drives are my preference for Quartz. However, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Bulova Moonwatch, so the UHF 262 kHz will be another preference. There is a new quartz that some may not be aware of, and that is a meca quartz.


It is my understanding of the meca quartz, the seconds hand acts as a standard quartz with the studder step, and the chronograph hand sweeps like an automatic. Some of the new micro brands are using the meca quartz movements. Does anyone have experience with one of these movements they could share their experience/thoughts/impressions regarding the movement. I am interested in the movement, but I have not seen many reviews or feedback.


Would this be another movement to consider when looking for a timepiece?
 
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