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    Off topic How many Nobel Prizes are inside your watch

    I been to several discussions on F2 mechanical wonder VS quartz.
    One of the arguments of mechanical watch enthusiasts (not going to define what kind of enthusiasts) is what kind of marvel and ingenuity and history of discovery mechanical watch is.
    Thing is quartz watch and digital quartz watch pack far more R&D than any mechanical watch.
    Also Quartz is around for 100 years.

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    Re: How many Nobel Prizes are inside your watch

    Mechanical watches are a mechanical engineering thing, which you clearly don't understand.

    This is like a Corvette owner bragging about all of the scientific wonders and advancements that make his car possible (and better) to an air-cooled 911 guy.
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    Re: How many Nobel Prizes are inside your watch

    Quote Originally Posted by JBski View Post
    Mechanical watches are a mechanical engineering thing, which you clearly don't understand.

    This is like a Corvette owner bragging about all of the scientific wonders and advancements that make his car possible (and better) to an air-cooled 911 guy.
    actually, no, not at all. more like prius vs civic.
    you really think Rocket1991 really doesn't understand mechanical engineering? or maybe just doesn't buy into the stupid mechanical watches have a soul nonsense
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    Re: How many Nobel Prizes are inside your watch

    Not an interesting argument to get into. People like what they like and trash what they trash. Don’t care much when it comes to what watch I like or wear.
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    Re: How many Nobel Prizes are inside your watch

    Just last year 2019, Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Lithium Ion Battery, 3 winners shared the prize.

    Official site: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/ch...-announcement/

    The problem with using Nobel Prize to gauge things is that they are quite slow sometimes. Like this prize for lithium ion battery, the development started as early as the 1970s and only now 50 years later they selected 3 guys as the winner. That's a long time and I'm sure many worked on it not just these 3 guys.

    Also the 1st award for Nobel Prize started in 1901. The world's first watch was made in the early 1500 by Peter Henlein in Nuremberg, Germany. Pocket watch follow suit in the 1700s. Balance spring and escapement designs became matured and watches became mass produced in the 1800s. While there were evidence that wristwatch had been made for women long before, wide adaptation of men's wristwatches that we know today didn't start until the late 1800 due to military use. So all that predated the start of Nobel Laureates.
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    Re: How many Nobel Prizes are inside your watch

    When I was writing and researching for the above post, no one posted yet. I see that I was slow and a few already replied. Just want to stress that I am not interested in taking any side of which is better. I am neutral on this. I am interested in looking at the facts and learning more as we go.

    I was just pointing out that using Nobel Prize may not be a good method of gauging. May be using the number of inventions involved is a little better. As not all inventions / inventors, even great ones, will be given a Nobel Prize.
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    Re: How many Nobel Prizes are inside your watch

    I really don't understand the repetitive mechanical V quartz argument here.
    Nobody ever wins because it's a pointless argument. People buy what they like.
    To be honest, I can't ever remember hearing anyone over on the Rolex/Omega forum disrespecting/talking down/criticising quartz watches.
    However, it seems a continuous 'bone of contention' over here.

    What gives?
    I like quartz, I buy them. I like mechanical, I buy them.
    I love watches....simple.
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    Re: How many Nobel Prizes are inside your watch

    Personally, I think it's pretty amazing that so many tiny gears and springs and such can work together to make a mechanical watch keep pretty accurate (sometimes) time. Likewise, I think it's equally amazing that a little piece of oscillating quartz can work together with circuitry and whatever else is in a quartz watch to keep very accurate (typically) time. Both are pretty amazing if you ask me.
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    Re: How many Nobel Prizes are inside your watch

    https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/ph...press-release/

    LED tech won
    Can't decide which makes you foam at the mouth more quartz or mechanical? Buy a spring drive lol

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    Re: How many Nobel Prizes are inside your watch

    I did not wanted to post so it will incite some another mech vs quartz debate. F17 is very tolerant and i love it for that. Last thing i want is to stat another dumpster fire.
    Purpose of my post is to raise awareness of how significant and celebrated achievements which go into quartz and especially into digital quartz watch.
    So when you look at it you see mountain of peoples work and genius behind many components.
    We lost feeling of wonder when this amazing tech became commodity. I want to bring some of it back.

    For reference i know how gears work. I know how they made, tested, fail and all minor details about them.
    I know it professionally.
    Regarding cars... gears in your car are made to higher or similar degree of fit and they have better surface finish and these are more complex shape compared to gears in regular mechanical watch. bottom line your car is more sophisticated mechanical system than your watch.
    It should be special!

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