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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    Quote Originally Posted by no-time View Post
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    So it must be asked, what about about a slightly better used auto watch, say around the $550 price range, can i get a $550 - $600 used auto that might last 50- 60 years if services ... generally speaking of course. . . .
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    Not many watches can get into the 50-60 years scope, if you want a watch that could be given as heirloom, you should save for an used Rolex.
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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    How very true, a Rolex. Actually, good heirloom choices would be a Rolex Submariner and an Omega Seamaster, those should last at least 3x as long as any other mechanical watches possibly could.

    Well, the only thing better would be a yellow gold Rolex. The ultrasonic vibrations coming from the gold crystals prolong the life of such a watch for an another decade, easily. Or are that the diamond minerals that do the trick? I always mix these up. Anyway, a Rolex should do it.

    Now I must run, my 51 year old Molnija and a 49 year old Grand Seiko need to be told that they really shouldn't have lasted this long, especially in the quite nice condition they're in. Ah, well. I just know they'll take the news badly and spit out their hairsprings in protest.

    On a more serious note, in the parts I'm currently wandering about, Molnijas in a reasonably good shape can be had for about 8 USD.

    Sooo... a budget of $600 would get you 75 of them. And, it just occurred to me, a budget of $600 would also get you a vintage Grand Seiko. If in a pinch, having too many kids to leave the watches to, or some such mind boggling problem, one could probably still get away with buying, let's say, 12 Molnijas *and* a vintage Grand Seiko?

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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    Hi there,

    Quote Originally Posted by LightDot View Post
    Now I must run, my 51 year old Molnija and a 49 year old Grand Seiko need to be told that they really shouldn't have lasted this long...
    As a pocketwatch collector I often come across perfectly performing watches which were made decades or centuries before Wilsdorf was born, and I'm pretty sure that in such long times someone has told them that they can't survive a Rolex. But these stupid thingies simply don't understand it.

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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    Mechanical can last a few good years and even longer.
    And are more fun and brings a closer attachment to the wear i feel.
    The sweeping of the second hand captures one more.

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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    I have my grandfathers fancy Illinois pocket watch, now 107 years old. It runs perfectly. He gave it to me when I was ten years old. I'm 62 now.

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