Over the last year since finding WUS, I've always found discussions about accuracy and mechanical watches a bit puzzling. I personally have always loved the idea of a mechanical timepiece that has the ability; by virtue of true ingenuity, craftsmanship/artistry, and mechanical engineering; to create an aesthetically beautiful timepiece that can keep accurate time. Despite all the countless variables of temperatures, position, materials, precision tooling, and the multitude of tiny pieces that create a watch, it's amazing to think that it's possible for watch to stay + or - a few seconds/day.
As much as I respect member's opinions that they don't care about the accuracy (they'd be happy with +/- 20 seconds/day), I sincerely struggle to understand responses that we "should just get a quartz or use a cell phone" if accuracy is such a hang up. I'm trying to understand why accuracy isn't a little more of a priority or appreciated more by some.
Heritage, reputation, prestige, etc... --- all of which are nostalgically important to me also --- ultimately, we can't neglect that it's a TIME piece. It's still a watch with a function - to tell time with some degree of accuracy, wrapped up in a package that is individually appealing to us. Otherwise, aren't we just buying a pretty, shiny bracelet---"men's jewelry"? I thought part of what made us a WIS was an appreciation for the watch and what a watch is meant to do. Otherwise, why does the industry focus so much money and time towards making watches that come closer to an ideal of timekeeping, even in the extremes of external environments.
If I were to pay $5 for a mechanical watch, my expectations for accuracy would be measured. If the watch were "expensive" (I know this is a relative term), should our expectations for accuracy be higher? The point has often been made that less expensive watches can be accurate within COSC specs too, but that's just a bonus, isn't it? It's true that a $10 quartz watch could be more accurate than a mechanical, however shouldn't we celebrate the fact that the mechanical watch can and should also be accurate?
I know lots has been written about accuracy, but I just thought I get more recent and general opinions as to where people stand on this.
BTW, this is not a slag against quartz watches either...I'd love to have a HEQ too.