Greetings; first time ever on a watch forum, so apologies if my question seems naļve. I've noticed watch experts saying that since digital watches, mechanical accuracy is not so important...a watch is now more a piece of jewellery. But that disturbs me; surely the first and most central quality of a mechanical watch is first-class accuracy/regularity? Because that's the basic function of the watch..to tell the time.
What's more, is not accuracy/regularity the one test that manufacturers cannot 'fudge'? I assume that excellent timekeeping is the necessary condition for any high-class watch. Lots of other things matter too, but the basic test is accuracy, on the wrist, over long periods. Or, as I said at the start, am I being naļve?
BTW: my Rolex ND submariner and Miligauss GV both keep excellent time, about 1.5 seconds a day. That's the sort of level all decent watches should surely aim for. It can be done.