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    Why do people hate Quartz?

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    Do they ? Maybe they don´t like it but hating quartz ??

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    I don't think people hate quartz, maybe they just don't appreciate it very much

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    I don't think they hate it outright. They just prefer mechanical watches.

    Quartz watches have superior accuracy over mechanical watches and are lower cost when it comes to manufacture. A mechanical watch is perceived as a feat of engineering, and although it may lose 1-2 seconds a day over its lifetime, it's a pretty impressive record for something that is regulated mechanically.

    Quartz watches, regulated by the oscillation of a quart crystal, need a battery change every couple of years. Accuracy
    remains consistently excellent.

    I have a couple of Casio G-Shocks, one of which is radio controlled. These have their own place. I think what frustrates some people (including me) is when people go out and purchase a premium brand (eg Omega) with a quartz movement. It just doesn't make any sense.

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    Re: Quartz

    Quote Originally Posted by Cybotron View Post
    Why do people hate Quartz?
    Because they have a battery.

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    . A mechanical watch is perceived as a feat of engineering, and although it may lose 1-2 seconds a day over its lifetime, it's a pretty impressive record for something that is regulated mechanically.
    1-2 seconds? If a mechanical watch averages within -4 to +6 seconds a day it can be certified by the COSC as a certified chronometer. 1-2 seconds sounds more like a quartz watch, not a mechanical one.

    Some of the higher end quartz watches from Omega & Rolex offer shock-protection and thermo-regulation. One other thing to add about quartz jobs is that aside from battery changes, they don't require as much service or maintenance than their mechanical counterparts.

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    Hi Phrooq. I'm not sure I'll be able to make sense buying a so called 'premium brand' watch with quartz movement, but I'll have a go from my own experience. I own two Omega watches, one with a quartz movement and one with an automatic movement. The reason I wear the latter is obvious - the craftmanship, quality of the automatic movement, etc.

    I own the quartz Omega simply for this reason: I love the look, feel and finish of Omega watches but, in certain circumstances, I am a stickler for accuracy. I find this really useful for going to work, meeting people, etc. Obviously a few seconds each day doesn't really make much of a difference but I like the security of being able to rely on the accruarcy of a quartz watch when appropriate (I appreciate batteries expire but decent quartz watches also give advance notice of this as well).

    I tend to wear my quartz Omega for work and other practical things and my automatic more as a dress watch when I'm socialising. This is when I don't feel my curious urge to have such super-accurate time!

    I know people will ask why don't I just wear a cheaper quartz rather than a 'premium brand' and, for me, it really does just comes down to the fact I love the look and feel of the Omega. I guess I've just not found another one along the way that I prefer. However, I do wear a £7 casio that I use for running!

    I guess I'm simply a pedant regarding time under certain circumstances and that it's probably quite a stange and personal reason, but I thought I'd share it nevertheless!

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    Re: Quartz

    I wear mechanicals exclusively, mostly automatics.

    Why?

    Mechanical watches are EMP proof. You never know when that will come in handy.

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    I don't hate them, but I won't have one with a second sweep.

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    For me, there are a few reasons why I prefer mechanicals over quartz: First is the engineering element that others have discussed. To me, it's amazing that someone can build a tiny little machine which oscillates over 28 thousand times each hour, and is presice enough that over an entire day, (28,800 * 24 hours), the watch is still within a couple of seconds of perfect. That's pretty cool, in my estimation.

    I also really like that my mechanicals and I have something of a symbiotic relationship: they don't work unless I'm around to impart energy to them, either through a winding stem or through my own movement. This gives me a little more of a sense of the watch as something of a living thing, with an escapement that reminds me a little of a tiny beating heart.

    I am also into movements, and to me, most quartz movements make me think more of the video card in my computer rather than something that feels great on my wrist. I think I'm not entirely alone in this: how many quartz watches have display backs?

    If this interest were only about accuracy, none of us would really need to be here, as you can get GPS accurate time from a cell phone, a computer, or dozens of other sources in daily life. So this is something that is absolutely emotional and personal to each one of us.

    Enjoy!
    Michael Zenner
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