Quartz - no need to hide...

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Quartz - no need to hide...

Post by Amor Vincit Omnia » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:12 pm

Sunday morning musings.

I know that for many of us, myself included, it is the love of mechanical watches, be they hand wound or automatic, that brings us to places like the forum.

Sometimes, when people talk about their quartz watches, I almost sense the keyboard equivalent of the slightly nervous cough... “Ahem!”

“I know it’s only quartz but I quite like it.”

“It’s quartz but it was a present from (.....) so I will never sell it.”

Almost as if a negative reaction is anticipated.

If you are any younger than your late 50s, then it is highly probable that your first ever watch was quartz. I wore mechanicals as a child and a teenager, but bought my first quartz at the age of 20 and didn’t wear another mechanical until I was 51! I had a quartz Omega that was my daily wear for 17 years. As far as I was concerned mechanical watches were outdated heirlooms. Wrong, but there you go.

As it happens I’m now down to 3, and as it happens they are all by CW. Although I don’t wear them very often I am perfectly happy to do so. Indeed, the C3 would actually make a very good everyday watch.

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Quartz can suffer a bad press in the WIS world. Mechanical will always rule as far as I am concerned, but there are some very nice quartz pieces on the forum to my knowledge.

Let's see 'em, folks!
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Post by neilj568 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:24 pm

I have no issue with quartz 😊
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Post by kiter65 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:28 pm

I just can’t get over the TICK of the second hand and just love auto’s so this is my only non auto watch

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Post by BJH » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:40 pm

Quite a few quartz in my collection and they all get wrist time!
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Post by MiniMpi » Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:17 pm

Currently I have 6 quartz out of a collection of 21 watches.

I think your trio Steve shows why I love my one's too, they are nearly all chronograph models.
I find it best for me personally to have a quartz in a chronograph as you don't have the large second hand which is very obviously a quartz in it's movement.
Not hiding the fact that they are quartz, just that they are easier to live with personally.

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Post by Soporsche » Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:24 pm

7 out of collection of 35ish, 9 if you include the mechaquartz.. c60 300 and C7 are go to grab and go's and get a fair amount of wrist time. I agree though, quartz seem best as a chrono for me too.
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Post by strapline » Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:07 pm

As was stated earlier, pretty much most people under the age of 55 are completely unaware that watches were powered by anything other than a battery. I didn't get my first auto until I turned fifty, I was always happy with quartz. To me a great watch isn't just about the running gear; great watch design is about so much more than that. Case and dial design are huge factors. Something with a commanding wrist presence. Personally, I will always gravitate to dive watches; largely because I spent ten years of my life diving, not because Bond wore one.

Until, I started taking a real interest in horology, I had no idea there was so much snobbery and elitism attached to something fundamentally designed to record the time. Watches are a niche interest, that appeal to the tiniest fraction of the world's population. I would always say, find a watch that you like, see that it keeps decent time and, most importantly, that you can afford it.

I love my solitary auto, I love my two quartzes. I enjoy a sweep, and equally a tick. I have no desire to be dictated to by some very wealthy, privileged watch collectors about what constitutes a 'real' watch and what doesn't.

So...I'm agreed, quartz has no need to hide. :D
I'm a tool watch kinda guy; bezels and pushers for me. I used to dive, I used to climb mountains. I spend too much time looking at watches.

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Post by downer » Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:45 pm

My go-to quartz watch is this Citizen Satellite Wave:

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According to Citizen...
Citizen Website wrote:In 2011, Citizen invented a unique technology: Satellite Wave. It enables watches to receive time signals from orbiting GPS satellites to display precise time and date. Citizen Satellite Wave watches have the world’s fastest* satellite time reception at 3 seconds. Satellite Wave timepieces contain the latest in high-speed motors for watch hands. There are three functions designed to stop the watch hands from moving out of position, performing a crucial role in enabling our Satellite Wave watches to function:

Antimagnetic** plates protect the motor from magnetism while not interfering with the antenna’s ability to receive signals.

Impact Detection involves a circuit that detects shock and instantaneously applies a brake to the motor to prevent watch hands from going out of position.

Automatic hand correction checks the position of hands regularly, confirms the degree of error and returns hands to the correct position.
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Post by StrapMeister » Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:14 pm

Don't have a problem with quartz watches at all infact they are an ideal grab and go watch
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Post by scooter » Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:41 pm

I just don't like quartz watches whether it's a Rolex Oysterquartz or a Casio.

My interest in watches is all about the gears, balance wheels, hairsprings etc.

I have no idea why some people relate it to some form of snobbery. That really winds me up.

Nobody has ever called me a car snob because I dislike diesel cars.

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Post by strapline » Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:40 pm

scooter wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:41 pm

My interest in watches is all about the gears, balance wheels, hairsprings etc.

I have no idea why some people relate it to some form of snobbery. That really winds me up.

Nobody has ever called me a car snob because I dislike diesel cars.

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I can't help thinking this reply may relate to my own post, largely because of the word 'snobbery' which I used in my own post. If I'm wrong, please accept my apology. Just to clarify my position, when I referred to elitism and snobbery, I was not referring to whether the watch was an auto or not, I was talking about the blinkered view of many watch enthusiasts concerning brand. As in I only buy watches if they're Rolex, Patek, AP etc.

I took this thread to suggest that there was most definitely a place for quartz watches, and I certainly agree. That is all.
I'm a tool watch kinda guy; bezels and pushers for me. I used to dive, I used to climb mountains. I spend too much time looking at watches.

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Post by scooter » Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:59 pm

Thank you for clarification of your post.

My comment still stands as regrettably a lot of people do attach snobbery to a dislike of quartz watches.

I am pleased that you do not fall into that category.

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Post by Lavaine » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:02 pm

scooter wrote:
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Nobody has ever called me a car snob because I dislike diesel cars.

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Post by kiter65 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:22 pm

Lou likes a quartz :thumbup:

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Post by Simmo » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:01 pm

No problem with Quartz whatsoever here! In fact I have one rule when it comes to collecting watches, If I like it I'll buy it! One of my favourite and most worn watches is my Bulova lunar pilot.
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