Hi, hope everyone is well. Car afficionados will understand this question. Over the years I have been tempted by Alfa's and Renaults. They are visually and aurally stunning, and they make cars for people who love to drive. When they are running like the way the maker intended they are hard to beat. But, both these brands, amongst others, have a bad rep for reliability and poor build quality. Ask an Alfisti about these issues and they will tell you that it is soul and character. Recently, I was seriously considering a new Clio Sport as a run-around. My mechanic, who is also a good friend of mine over 20 years told me that if I buy it, not to bring it to his shop, that he wouldn't be my friend anymore and that my mother is a *&#$. So I bought another Toyota.
Which leads me to this question: Would I regret buying a Zenith El Primero Striking Tenth? I have been thinking about this watch for a while, decided that in 2013 I would stop all the impulse buys on vintage pieces and put some money away each month and towards the end of the year she will be mine. But during my research I have found that a lot of Zenith buyers are having issues. Of course I am not going to be inspecting my new Zenith with an electron microscope but some of the dial detail and most alarmingly, problems with the movement are too much to ignore.
I have bought many brand new watches over the years, from Rolex, JLC, many Omega's and Seiko's. Apart from the Rolex Sub, all the others were complicated with triple date moonphases and chrono's. Not one of them ever gave me any problems or reasons to use the warranty.
The asking price of the El Primero, to me (I know it's subjective) is a significant purchase as I will be sacrificing a lot to save the money. It will be nearly a year of cutting down to just one espresso a day and packing my own vegemite sandwich to work for lunch.
The well documented problems with this watch, I observed that most of these are bought from non-AD sources such as Jomashop and Amazon. Could this be the problem?
If I do buy the Zenith, I would expect it to function as intended and be as reliable as my Rolex, Omega's and Seiko's. I am not like the Alfisti and accept the flaws as "soul and character".
So is Zenith for me, or just for the true believers?
Thanks in advance for your help.