I am still researching the debate on automatic vs. quartz. but I am considering a TSAR vs. SAR. These watches have the same case.
The TSAR has an off the shelf ISA 1198 quartz movement, and the SAR has an off the shelf 2824-2 movement.
In the case of failure on either would it not be cheaper to just have a good watchmaker replace the movement. From what I have been able to find, an ISA 1198 is roughly $2-8 on the internet and a 2824 is about $50-80, I could be wrong.
I figure with about labor going from $50-80 for service respectively for a quartz-automatic, you are looking at about $160 at the most. This is the starting rate for service. I am not sure if it includes parts replacement. More expensive movements that are in house, I am sure would cost more.
If you service your automatic every 4 years on this model, as compared to changing a battery every 4 years or servicing your quartz. What would the life span really be for a quartz. I have heard of automatics lasting decades, and I have also heard stories of people picking up quartz watches decades old, installing a new battery and the watch is fine.
So really what watch would be more durable. Just from the standpoint of reliability and longetivity. If you service both about the same as above.
Also, can't certain watch movements be replace with different movements, that are the same size. I was reading the 1198 can be replaced with a ETA quartz, I do not remember the number though, but they were the same size.
Does anyone know how long the ISA 1198 has been around and how about the 2824?