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#409750 - 01/24/15 11:05 AM Watches: Automatic vs. Quartz
Lampshade Offline
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I wanted an automatic watch. I have never owned one. I have been drooling over some Japanese Domestic Market Seiko automatics. Seiko Sarb017 and Sarb035 for examples. I love the idea of mechanical movements and craftsmanship(that I can afford).

But I have learned something about myself.

I have three Citizen and one Seiko quartz watches. I discovered that I like the steady beat of quartz second hands. I find it to be calming and reassuring. The movement of the mechanical second hands is too much for me. Some are smooth, but I don't think I am going to like the rapid tick tick tick.

Seiko has a spring drive movement that is a beautiful calm sweep but they are more than I am willing to spend on a watch.

I also discovered that I am too uptight to have a watch gain or lose time every day and be considered "in spec". Two weeks ago I synced them all and they are still all dead on.( I know quartz drifts too)

Oh well. Quartz it is. Well, maybe one mechanical. The exhibition backs on some of the mechanicals really do it for me.
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#409751 - 01/24/15 11:27 AM Re: Watches: Automatic vs. Quartz [Re: Lampshade]
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shouldn't you say mechanical vs quartz?

an automatic watch is one that winds up the spring from your arm movements - no battery.

i think all quartz watches have a once-per-second beat of the seconds hand. (the Bulova Precisionist and a few others have a continuously sweeping seconds hand), but they're a bit costly.

that's all i can say as your post is not easy to comprehend, with seemingly some contradictions in it.
can you clarify?


Edited by J. B. (01/24/15 11:28 AM)
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#409752 - 01/24/15 11:51 AM Re: Watches: Automatic vs. Quartz [Re: Lampshade]
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Yes. You are right about the word mechanical.

I was excited to try a mechanical watch, but I think quartz matches my personality better.
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#409753 - 01/24/15 12:06 PM Re: Watches: Automatic vs. Quartz [Re: Lampshade]
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What's a watch?
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#409754 - 01/24/15 12:07 PM Re: Watches: Automatic vs. Quartz [Re: fredk]
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Oh yeah, one of those things I lose 3 months after buying.
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#409758 - 01/24/15 01:09 PM Re: Watches: Automatic vs. Quartz [Re: Lampshade]
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Are watches less popular now? I feel weird if I'm not wearing one.
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#409759 - 01/24/15 02:36 PM Re: Watches: Automatic vs. Quartz [Re: Lampshade]
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I haven't worn one in years. I have a Flex on that wrist and use my cell for the time.

I always liked watches, though!
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#409760 - 01/24/15 03:22 PM Re: Watches: Automatic vs. Quartz [Re: Lampshade]
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Chris, I'm like you--I feel weird if I'm not wearing a watch. And I don't think watches are as popular nowadays--cell phones are replacing them, I believe.

A couple years ago I bought one of the cheaper Seiko automatic watches. I like the idea that I don't have to buy batteries all the time. The drawback, which is much more prevalent in the lower priced ones, is that it is slightly fast. I knew that going in so it doesn't bother me as much, just have to wind it back a bit every few months.
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#409761 - 01/24/15 03:24 PM Re: Watches: Automatic vs. Quartz [Re: Lampshade]
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A friend of mine has a binary display watch... Rows of LEDs. He's an automation engineer who looses more IQ points in his sleep each night than I'll ever have. I cannot for life of tell time on that stupid thing...
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#409762 - 01/24/15 04:27 PM Re: Watches: Automatic vs. Quartz [Re: Lampshade]
fredk Offline
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Originally Posted By: Lampshade
Are watches less popular now? I feel weird if I'm not wearing one.

I would probably feel weird too, except that I never had one on my wrist for more than 3 months. No kidding.

There really is no physical need for one anymore though.
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