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    Quartz vs cheap mechanical watches conundrum

    Hi to all of you from Mexico.

    I own a few old mechanical watches: Tissot Visodate (circa 1970),Waltham diver (purchased in 1974), Vulcain Cricket (circa 1960).
    A Hamilton 992 B made in 1957. About 2 seconds/day fast, but still regulating it. Only have had it for less than a week!
    A Rolex GMT II. Circa 1990. Slow some 2 seconds/day
    Also some quartz ones: Seiko diver quartz made in December 1980, Citizen quartz (Rolex DJ homage).

    Guess which one keeps best time? See answer at the end.


    Obsessed as I am with time keeping, what is preferable, a cheap mechanical that goes fast or slow at more that 10 seconds per day or a cheap quartz that is within 2 seconds per day?

    I am getting tired of these slow and fast watches!

    Have a nice weekend!

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    My Citizen quartz is the best time keeper!

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    Re: Quartz vs cheap mechanical watches conundrum

    I'd suggest the quartz if you're concerned about keeping the best time.

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    Re: Quartz vs cheap mechanical watches conundrum

    As far as I know. Even quartz watch will loose its accuracy in time. Usually years tho.
    But with mechanical watch you can have it regulate and got your accuracy back to COSC standard.

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    Re: Quartz vs cheap mechanical watches conundrum

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray77 View Post
    As far as I know. Even quartz watch will loose its accuracy in time. Usually years tho.
    But with mechanical watch you can have it regulate and got your accuracy back to COSC standard.
    I have a 40-year-old quartz watch that is still keeping time to within 5 seconds per year.
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    I wear both mechanical and quartz, but quartz generally more so because of the reasons you've mentioned. With quartz I can set and forget and just look at the watch when I need a time check. With a mechanical I have to check it against a time source at least daily to see how much it has deviated. One of these day's I'll be fully retired and I won't care about the seconds :).

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    Cool! But we need to see some photos of your collection!

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    Re: Quartz vs cheap mechanical watches conundrum

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray77 View Post
    As far as I know. Even quartz watch will loose its accuracy in time. Usually years tho.
    But with mechanical watch you can have it regulate and got your accuracy back to COSC standard.
    That is true just if your mechanical watch was COSC first or equivalent high grade.

    Regarding quartz modules, if they are good quality they have a trimmer that allows "regulation", even if for regulating a quartz you need a lot of patience.
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    Re: Quartz vs cheap mechanical watches conundrum

    Quote Originally Posted by cuthbert View Post
    That is true just if your mechanical watch was COSC first or equivalent high grade.

    Regarding quartz modules, if they are good quality they have a trimmer that allows "regulation", even if for regulating a quartz you need a lot of patience.
    The only quartz watches of current production that I know of that have rate trimmers (that are user accessible) are Elektronikas, G-Shocks and Grand Seikos.

    Alternatively, it isn't too hard to find a vintage quartz watch with a rate trimmer, if you know what you're looking for. But unless you have one of those vintage watches or an Elektronika, G-Shock or Grand Seiko, then the only way you can get other quartz watches regulated is by sending them back to the manufacturer. And the price point at which this begins to be possible is not exactly at the lower end of the quartz watch spectrum. I am wondering whether, in considering the choice between a cheap mechanical and a +/-2 SPD quartz watch, the OP is really open to the idea of a higher end, thermocompensated watch that costs several hundred dollars?

    Depending on location, a relatively inexpensive, solar-powered, radio-synced watch might prove to be the most affordable, consistent and dependable option.
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    Casio - SP-410, module 75
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    Citizen - Crystron 4 Mega, cal. 7370
    Citizen - Exceed 4 Mega, cal. 1730 SOLD
    Junghans - Prototype, cal. 667.20
    Junghans - MegaQuarz, cal. 667.26 SOLD
    Omega - Prototype, cal. 1522

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    Re: Quartz vs cheap mechanical watches conundrum

    I've only got one automatic - my Monaco. I don't wear it enough as adjusting it each time is a tad annoying. I tend to pick up one of my casios or my Rado (which is my favourite watch.
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    Re: Quartz vs cheap mechanical watches conundrum

    If accuracy is your thing then you will probably be happier with a quartz.

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