I am in the market for a new watch. I like something simple and reliable, but not too expensive. I am considering the Seiko Black Monster or the Marathon TSAR or SAR.
Since I am new to this automatic vs. quartz delima, I thought I would seek some advice from my peers.
So far I like the Seiko, but am not too sure about the Hardlex crystal thing. Also, about the accuracy of the movement.
As for the Marathon, I am curious about how the ISA 1998 will hold up over time, and about replacement of the movement if it breaks. I think they are pretty cheap movements money wise as my investigation. For the automatics, the Marathon uses the 2824-2, and the 2006 contract now has a metal movement retainer. But I heard these movements can be very accurate.
I can live with +10 secs. a day in a automatic, this will give me 70 secs. per week, slighty more than a minute, so under 5 minutes a month. No problem since the watch is not a prepetual calander, I have to change the date every month anyway. My main concern is the accuracy and durability of the watch.
How reliable is the ISA 1198 compared to the 2824 automatic movement. What kind of life could i expect from the quartz movement? Which would be better for an active person, who wears his watch every day, quartz or automatic.
I would definetely like to hear from anyone, especially anyone with experience with the above watches.