I've been contemplating buying a EZM2. As an admitted long time mechanical loving watch snob, I've avoided quartz for the most part of the past 6 years. Lately, however, I'm coming back around to the advantages of quartz watches. Been wearing my old Omega Seamaster quartz a lot more lately, and remembering why I bought it in the first place.
Seems like most of the military and police issue watches are quartz now. I suspect acquisition cost has something to do with it, but reliability, robustness, and accuracy certainly play into the equation. I know that I've beat the hell out of my old Seamaster, and in 6 years the battery has been changed once. Now I'm looking at all the mechanical watches I own and calculating what they're going to cost me over time in maintenence. Had a Rolex serviced a few months ago back in the US and it cost me $450. It was only so cheap because I am friends with the watchmaker and he cut me a break!
I have watches that I've truely used as tool watches: dive tools. They're all quartz. Then I have watches I consider more asthetic "tool watches" which are mechanical. With rare exceptions, when I know I'm going into a situation where I'll likely beat a watch, I wear one of the quartz ones. Hmmm
Since I no longer have the big income I used to, I'm being a lot more choosey about what I purchase. The practical side of me is kicking in again. I'm thinking about selling one of my more expensive mechanicals and buying another really good quartz based dive watch. The EZM2 appeals to me. I like the size and the super clean dial. The UX, besides being currently unavailable, is a bit big for my taste, I think, but I still like it alot.
What I don't like is the fact that the watches have to be sent to Sinn for a battery change. The practical side of me doesn't like that! I would prefer to do it myself, or take it to a local watchmaker who could pressure test it (if there was a local watchmaker out here in the sticks, lol).
Just wondered what your thoughts might be on this. I don't really need a quartz vs mechanical lesson. I think this really comes down to whether I choose Sinn or go with some other brand that doesn't use oil filled cases. This is the only issue I'm struggling with.