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    quartz knolage please!

    hi, i recently got a Montreux with a pretty nice ETA f06.111 quartz movement in it. i was wondering about how quartz were assembled. i am a mechanical fan and know a bit about that but not so much on quartz. i was wondering what takes more attention to detail? a nice jeweled Swiss quartz, or a cheaper Chinese automatic? i don't want this thread to be a quartz vs mechanical thread. that would suck.

    my ETA seems to be a good quality quartz with gold plating and jewels and finished nicely, as for i had a dixmont DG Chinese auto that had some finger prints and crud and stuff. thanks!
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    Well, the quartz is easy to replace, no need to repair
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caruso
    Well, the quartz is easy to replace, no need to repair
    Yeah but I was just wondering about quality and attention to detail
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    Re: quartz knolage please!

    Some quartz movements are pretty nice, others are functional. They all work fairly accurately. Jewels assure smoother operation and might extend battery life a bit.

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    Re: quartz knolage please!

    The ETA f06.111 quartz movement is listed for sale at $20.95, as Caruso pointed out it would be wiser to replace than repair.

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    Re: quartz knolage please!

    Quartz movements, by-and-large, are assembled by robots.

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    Re: quartz knolage please!

    what makes a good quartz watch ... or rather, more expensive quartz movement ...
    there are different price range for quartz movement, so there must be a reason why ... I havent really look into this matter

    I'm just speculating, it could be the material used (cost of material) ... the machine used to build it, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seele
    Quartz movements, by-and-large, are assembled by robots.
    So are all the "mass produced" automatic movements. Like the ETA 2824, 2892, miyota, seiko, the list goes on. You think your bulk made machine assembled 2824-2 is hand made? Think again. For the record, I prefer automatic movements myself



    Quoted from Wikipedia: "ETA has become the largest manufacturer of Swiss watch movements and controls a virtual monopoly"
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    Re: quartz knolage please!

    Some things making a good quartz movement:
    (1) More metal, less plastic. PP makes a quartz movement that is just like a mechanical except it replaces the escapement with a stepper motor and quartz oscillator.
    (2) Repairable. You can get parts for the movement over the years, not just drop in a new one, or pitch the watch.
    (3) Serviceable. You can disassemble, clean, lubricate.
    (4) Better battery life.

    Take a look at an early Omega quartz caliber and you'll see how nice a quartz movement can be. The Swiss makers naively assumed early on that quartz would be an evolutionary thing and that you'd pay the same money for better accuracy and equivalent quality to a good mechanical. They were overwhelmed by the race to high volume at minimal cost and we ended up with the $20 Wal-Mart impression of quartz we have today.
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    Re: quartz knolage please!

    ETA 251.265 23 Jewel,price 124.00US,ana-digi.I am sure it needs more attention than a cheaper auto,since the digital part would need programming to get it set up.
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