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    To anyone who says Mechanical Watches don't have a soul...

    Paraphrased from a Book I'm reading.


    They are alive, because they are the physical shape of the action of a living power—of the mind that had been able to grasp the whole of this complexity, to set its purpose, to give it form… they are alive, but their soul operates them by remote control. Their soul is in every man who has a capacity equal to this achievement. Should the soul vanish from the earth, the motors would stop because that is the force which keeps them going - not the oil ...- not the steel cylinders that would have become spots of rust on the walls of the caves of shivering savages- the power of a living mind, the power of thought and choice and purpose.
    Pretty well sums up why I like machines in general, and in large part, why I'm an engineer. Just thought I'd share.
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    Looks like my tax return!
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    Re: To anyone who says Mechanical Watches don't have a soul...

    That's a thing of beauty!

    But you know, as a relative newbie to watches, I'm coming around to the other line of thinking...that digitals can have a soul too...

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    Re: To anyone who says Mechanical Watches don't have a soul...

    Beautiful! Both the picture and the passage.
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    Re: To anyone who says Mechanical Watches don't have a soul...

    Thanks for letting us into your sick little world, Bleh.
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    That's what I like about mechanical movements. A collection of inanimate parts, properly arranged and sized to create a machine that can run for 40+ hours and accurately track the passage of time. Worthless parts until a mind enters the picture.
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    Re: To anyone who says Mechanical Watches don't have a soul...

    People usually say that quartz watches do not have a soul, while the mechanical ones do have it.

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    Re: To anyone who says Mechanical Watches don't have a soul...

    Quote Originally Posted by drickster View Post
    But you know, as a relative newbie to watches, I'm coming around to the other line of thinking...that digitals can have a soul too...
    I don't necessarily disagree on this point. While they can have a soul, it's more a soul of their own, disjointed and distant from the human element. Were we all to be wiped out, digitals would go their merry way tracking the passage of a now obsolete time until such a time as their batteries died. The connection is too alien for me to feel real affection for a digital watch in the same way that I do for a mechanical watch which I more directly impart the energy and thought and purpose to the mechanism.

    But to each his own, I know I'm crazy ...
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    Re: To anyone who says Mechanical Watches don't have a soul...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bleh View Post
    I don't necessarily disagree on this point. While they can have a soul, it's more a soul of their own, disjointed and distant from the human element. Were we all to be wiped out, digitals would go their merry way tracking the passage of a now obsolete time until such a time as their batteries died. The connection is too alien for me to feel real affection for a digital watch in the same way that I do for a mechanical watch which I more directly impart the energy and thought and purpose to the mechanism.

    But to each his own, I know I'm crazy ...

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    Re: To anyone who says Mechanical Watches don't have a soul...

    Quote Originally Posted by carlt69 View Post
    Unless its a Eco-drive then it will go on for ever
    They still have a battery (well, a capacitor, but toe-may-to ta-mah-toe), which will eventually stop working. Either way, solar watches are even more disjointed from human interaction, and as such, I don't feel the endearment which I feel for a mechanical.

    I'm not dissing digitals/quartz. They're extraordinarily useful as tools, and rugged beyond their purpose, and I like them for that. I have one digital (A riseman if you're curious), and it serves its purpose well, but I don't have a connection with it on the same level as I do with my mechs. It's aesthetically appealing, and I enjoy wearing it, but there's no affection there.
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    Re: To anyone who says Mechanical Watches don't have a soul...

    Quote Originally Posted by Haf View Post
    People usually say that quartz watches do not have a soul, while the mechanical ones do have it.
    This is more directed at the quartz fanboys who keep saying "I don't get it, how can a watch have a soul.... Higher maintenance doesn't mean it has a soul..." There are many instances in the Quartz vs Mech battles that frequently pop up here where quartz-ers will dismiss the idea.
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