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First step is admitting you have a problem, right?

I understand why people love automatics, but I just can't bring myself to pay more money for a watch that's less reliable, less accurate, and is kind of a pain to deal with.

Do I have to give up my membership now? :sad:
 

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Of course not!
I too have sworn off automatics.
But then I fell off the wagon, went on a bender and woke up 18 months later with 36 mechanical autos in my collection.
I am back on a quartz kick.
 

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What kind do you currently have?
Oh, absolutely nothing compared to most around these parts. A Bulova Millenium, another Bulova, a Seiko Lasalle, a big ol' Casio, a Russian Army watch I can't seem to find (wind-up, so I never wore it). I actually hadn't bought a watch in years :)eek:) when I stumbled across this forums and for some reason suddenly decided I needed several new watches. I just picked up a pre-owned Alfex (a newer Swiss maker, they've only been around since 1974, but I absolutely love their designs) moonphase chrono on the bay for a whopping $36.

I'm now looking for another Russian. Some of the stuff they make these days is just :drool:
 

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I'm just the opposite. I won't buy quartz anymore, only automatics/solar. The battery replacement on some of the higher end watches like Tag is too costly for something that only lasts a year or two. My last purchase was a Ball Cleveland Express with certified COSC movement. My previous purchase was a Casio atomic/solar. Now no matter how long it has been since I've worn the watch, I know it will work the next time I put it on!
 

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I love quartz, too, and what is more, I'm proud of it and furthermore, I'm grateful to have lived in the age of quartz.

Of all the great inventions that have defined modern life, none is more dear to my heart than the quartz watch--well, and maybe the World Wide Web.
 

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People get all wound up over this and I don't understand it.

If you want a useful, no nonsense, extremely accurate, and often inexpensive watch quartz is the direction you should be looking. If you love the idea of engineers and craftman creating masterpieces of miniaturization and ingenuity then a manual or automatic will be your focus. Different watches for different needs and interests.
 

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I filled my quad automatic winder and have no intentions of buying anymore automatics...for now.

Speaking of the cost of battery replacement, though, how much are they? Specifically, as Geo mentioned, Tag Heuer and higher-end brands.
 

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I'm not sure why so many people feel that quartz aren't engineered or crafted or any other word synomous with "made". While I like autos in general over quartz, I'm not going to kid myself by thinking that something like the 9f quartz in a Grand Seiko is an inexpensive un-engineered movement.... Sure, some are cheap, but there are certianly cheap automatics that hands never touch as well...
 

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To have the batteries changed by a jeweler here in ABQ is from ten to fifteen dollars, depending on the battery. Lithium tends to be more expensive.

If my calculations are correct, if you have a Rolex serviced as often as they recommend, it could average out to about $100 a year.

How much does it cost to replace a battery in a TAG?

Do you have to send it to the Service Center for that?
 

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I have no issues with quartz although I would have to think twice before buying an expensive one...let's say over $1000. My main concern with an expensive quartz is that it's hard to know what your getting since nobody seems to say much about the guts of the watch in a quartz version. If a company is using a high end quartz movement then they should market it that way so you don't have to wonder if you just paid $1300 for a $15 movement.
 

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I have no problems with quartz watches at all.


Quartz anecdote.
A couple of weeks ago I was told by "She who must be obeyed" that her watch (a Tissot given to her as an Xmas gift by her boss) needed a new battery.
Being the dutiful,and mechanically inept (except for sizings and strap changes) I set off for the Mall.
I went to a mall store who advised me that Tissots,due to their construction and need to have the gaskets replaced,would cost 29.95 for the change.
I knew that this was total BS being told to me by an employee who didn't know me and was just stating the company BS line that works on most-and the fact that I was in a good mood that day- I said "forget it" and left it at that.
I went across the way to a high end jeweler who I have bought from-although the women at the counter and the watch maker didn't know me- and the battery was replaced and it was pressure tested (to all of its 30 meter WR) for 10.00.
 

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First step is admitting you have a problem, right?

I understand why people love automatics, but I just can't bring myself to pay more money for a watch that's less reliable, less accurate, and is kind of a pain to deal with.

Do I have to give up my membership now? :sad:
The first James Bond Omega watch was a quartz, we must remember. :cool1:
 

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Well, it figured. Just ordered my first auto. :lol: But, they made me do it. $87 shipped! It practically jumped off the screen and onto my wrist! I swear!!


 

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Like Boscoe my tastes run in cycles and I have reverted to hi-end quartz for awhile.
There is a Grand Seiko day/date quartz currently for sale on one of the other forums and I want it so bad I can taste it BUT I cannot bring myself to pay 1800.00 when I know the movement costs less than 100.00(and this is among the finest quartz movements made). I just picked up a NOS ETA 255.561 movement for 60.00 should my Krieger Marine Chronometers or Longines VHP ever have a movement go bad and like the Seiko 9F series the above temp-compensated ETA is about the best quartz movement ETA ever made.
I never put down quartz watches as they have many qualities even the finest mechanicals dont have.
Quartz will live on forever.
 
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