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?
Regards, Roland Ranfft
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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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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