I went in a quartz phase, but reading from WUS members brought my interest back to mechanical watches. As Goin2drt said, this forum is HORRIBLE!
Have been looking into vintage Grand Seiko, and found these pages:
PROFESSIONAL WATCHES: EDITORIAL: The Service Dilemma: Vintage Grand Seikos
Since Seiko supposedly makes all the watch parts themselves, it surprised the heck out of me that Seiko did not custom make the mainspring to enable the repair of the vintage GS.
This got me thinking:
-For your watch brand and movement of choice, do you know that there will be parts available to repair it decades from now? e.g. It'd be interesting to read about people's experience with vintage Rolex and Omega long-term repairability, since these seem to be forum favorites. This is one of the selling points of mechanical watches, that they are repairable and could last forever. But if parts are not available for watches when they become vintage, or the brand in question is not dedicated to custom make the parts necessary to repair vintage watches, then a mechanical watch cannot last through the ages, as some might think it could, and it becomes no different to the longevity of quartz watches.
-Which watch brand and movement are you sure of that could ensure the watch/movement could be repaired many years from now, if you care about passing watches onto descendants? Patek Philippe is known to advertise that you only take care of Pateks for future generations, so I assume that PP movements are repairable in the long term. What about your brand of choice? Do you know that (insert brand name) keeps stock of watch parts for the long term, and/or are dedicated enough to make watch parts necessary to repair their vintage watches? It really surprises me that Grand Seiko does not seem to do that.
-Does long-term repairability come into play when you consider purchasing a mechanical watch? For some, watches are flipped even before the first service is required, so in those cases, it doesn't matter. For others who plan to keep certain watches for your kids, how can you be sure that your watches are repairable in the long term?
-I think about ETA workhorse movements that have been around forever, haven't changed at all (at least that I know of), and might be around for the long term. In that case, these ETA "out-house" movements should have parts available in the long term for repairs? So in a way, are these ETA "out-house" and "generic" movements better than in-house or unique movements (from major or micro brands) that change/improve all the time, for which you can't be sure that parts will be available in the long term? If that's the case, then cheaper watches with ETA movements could trump more expensive luxury watches in the long-term repairability category?