So, to whet my appetite for affordable HAQ, I bought a beat-up Citizen EBJ74-1741 with the E510 movement. This watch is nearly 20 years old at this point. The E510 appears to be an amazing movement: TC HAQ +-10 spy, solar, perpetual calendar, IAHH, and fly-by-wire (electronic crown) that makes accurately setting the time dead simple. It reminds me of a Casio Oceanus S100 (with fewer features), except without needing to rely on reaching out to the atomic clock because of its superior autonomously accurate movement. Unfortunately, the E510 movement is no longer serviced at all by Citizen; I emailed Citizen Japan and they communicated this to me. So, if anything serious happens to the movement, the watch is a paperweight.
My new acquisition got me thinking - why did Citizen abandon fly-by-wire movements for their HAQ line-up, and why did they not use them in their top of the line "The Chronomaster" ? Surely, the electronic crown offers a superior form of control over the motion works than the mechanical connection to the crown of the A060. Yes, the A060 has superior timekeeping at +-5 spy, but couldn't they have refined the E510? Right now, it appears that, of the major watch brands, only Longines with the Conquest VHP powered by the L288 movement carries on with fly-by-wire.
While The Chronomaster, undoubtedly, is superior to the old Citizen Exceed EBJ74 in terms of finish, could it reasonably be said that the E510 is the better movement for its place in time than the current A060? What do you all think?
Here is the obligatory photo of my new (old) watch: