I am interested in getting a nicer watch (i.e., something more attractive and interesting than my $20 timex) and have been looking at a few of the "field" style seiko solar/automatic/battery watches. I fine the idea of 'solar' to be interesting, but I don't know what to expect 15+ years down the road in terms of what is likely to fail, and whether repair can be done, whether parts will be available, etc. I've also read about a dozen threads from this forum via. google search related to various automatics and movements, and kinetic vs. solar, "hacking", etc. It's like there's a whole world-within-a-world I never knew about with watches.
I guess my question is, are there advantages in going solar/kinetic (aside from aesthetic) related to not having to make frequent battery replacements, or is it simpler to just stick to quartz + cheap batteries which I can replace on my own for little expense? I would almost rather keep replacing batteries versus ending up with a dead watch (solar or otherwise) that no longer has parts available. What tends to go first on those? One model I've been looking at is the seiko sne329 if that helps.
Thank you for your help! This seems like a great forum --