Reply to "Fine Watches"

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Originally posted by haggis:
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
Haggis they are both mechanical watches. Either hand wound or automatically (self-winding with a little weight that freely spins and creates spring tension as opposed to you winding the crown to create spring tension).

The relative merit is 1) that it is (usually) something that has has more care put into it than something which runs off of a battery. 2)Geeky in that you have a little mechanical machine beating away on your wrist whose sole job is to count very very accurately. 3)Beauty 4)something ultimately inconsequential and useless in today's' world that you can spend stupid money on just because.


Thanks Rob. Much obliged. So, what about quartz movement/battery? I presume NOT favored by serious watch enthusiasts. I'm considering a "nice" watch that I will not wear every day, so I'm guessing that of the two mechanical options, manual movement/hand winding might be the way to go, as opposed to automatic?


There are both beautiful and collectible watches that are quartz but in the same way that most mass produced wine doesn't excite many of us the way something hand created does, quartz doesn't excite the way mechanical does.

Quartz of the same watch will often be less money than the mechanical version and you can just throw it on and go, no setting of time etc...

In terms of a watch you infrequently wear I don't see much difference between automatic and manual unless you are putting the auto in a winding case where it will always be wound and keeping time. I put on an automatic watch this morning that had stopped, shook my arm like my hand had gone asleep for a few seconds and it was running again. Set the time after that and you're good to go. Mechanical I would have set the time then wound the crown for 20 seconds. Neither are onerous.
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