I'm wondering if you love your watch so much, would you go out of your way to mod the movement (e.g. replacing standard/elaboree grade movements for top/chronometer). Or, do you love your watch so much so as to not mod it at all? Certainly, for me, prestige/high-end watches I won't consider doing this, as they tend to be excellent as they are. But, what about low/mid-end watches? In particular, I'm not really talking about PVD coating, brush finish, or mods of this nature. But, consider this, changing out the Elaboree base 2824-2 (L633 movement) of the Longines Legend Diver to a higher grade ETA 2824-2, while keeping the Longines stamped rotor. Or, if they (whomever it may be) make a silicon balance spring readily available, I'd really want to outfit my watch with it. Sure there'd be a marginal performance difference, but the thought of a better movement for a watch I love seems to be worthwhile for me.
Here's some context. I've come under the spell of Limited Editions and other more unique watches for some odd reason, and I'd like to make them better to suit my personal taste. I also don't care much about resale value, cost of the mod, or warranty, as they are keepers and I'd just take it to the modder and local watchmaker for the mod and repair. The low/mid-end watches I am looking at are outfitted with ETA movements. Are there any other negative consequences to this?
MODERATORS, PLEASE DO NOT MOVE THIS TO WATCHMAKING, AS IT IS A QUESTION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS ABOUT WATCH MODIFICATIONS, AND NOT A QUESTION ON HOW/WHERE TO MODIFY.