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    A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    Would a basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz watch? As a case, say, a current Seiko 5 auto Vs new Tissot Solar Expert.

    What factors should be taken in to account before making an educated decision, we know there's no definitive answer.

    - Servicing
    - How much its worn
    - ...what else?

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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    Some people have mechanical Seiko's which have been worn daily for 20 years with no service, still running but obviously severely worn when the back is removed. Some other brands may also last a similar time. What will stop a mechanical watch is eventual wear on the moving parts, and dried up lubricant. When a basic mechanical watch does need service, the cost will usually be close to, and sometimes greater than, the cost of a new watch. Very often, it is cheaper to replace the movement than to repair the original.

    A quartz watch will experience very much less wear on it's moving parts, since those parts operate under much less load, and are stationary 99% of the time. But...if you have to remove the back to replace the battery, you may introduce dust into the movement. On a quartz watch such as Swatch, with a battery compartment separate from the movement, this risk is very small. On a quartz watch with solar charging, this risk is even smaller, so should run until the lubricant dries up.

    A digital watch should be more reliable than an analog watch, as no moving parts overcomes the lubricant problem. I have a Casio TGW 100 which is 26 years old. The battery lasts 6 or 7 years, so it hasn't needed to be opened many times...and it still works perfectly, despite being scratched and dented.

    I would expect a solar digital watch, with no moving parts, to run for many decades even if worn daily.
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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    Not necessarily, a good solar quartz watch could last 15 or 20 year or even more if the battery is replaceable.

    And most of all during its entire lifetime, a quartz watch doesn't run into problem with accuracy like mechanical watches.
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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    Thanks Ron521 and Ivt for your input, very interesting.

    I had a Casio Solar ProTrek, I sold* it and bought a Tissot Solar Expert, I was thinking of selling the Tissot to buy a mechanical, all it the name of having a long term watch! So in fact i'm going backwards.

    I was told that battery in the Tissot Solar Expert will only loose 20% of its charge after 20 years, so the battery will most likely never need replacing or only once. So the i should keep the Tissot ifi want a long term watch, right?

    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?

    *Other reason i sold the ProTrek is because of its rugged look, its not for certain aged group ;)

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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    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?

    ...not even say a Tissot or Glycine Auto that's serviced regularly?

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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    Quote Originally Posted by lvt View Post
    ...And most of all during its entire lifetime, a quartz watch doesn't run into problem with accuracy like mechanical watches.
    Have you heard of quartz aging?
    http://www.conwin.com/pdfs/aging_perf_crystals.pdf

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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    Quote Originally Posted by BenchGuy View Post
    Have you heard of quartz aging?
    http://www.conwin.com/pdfs/aging_perf_crystals.pdf
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    Ummmm.

    That's a tough one.

    With no trimmer and no access to the rom there's no way to compensate or offset for the deviation.
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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    Quote Originally Posted by pithy View Post
    Ummmm.

    That's a tough one.

    With no trimmer and no access to the rom there's no way to compensate or offset for the deviation.
    Of course there is...the hand setting mechanism...
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    Re: A basic mechanical outlast a good Quartz?

    Unless its an expensive timepiece, usually once would not fix/replace a broken Quartz crystal in a Quartz watch?

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