What are everyone's thoughts towards Quartz

Hi all, So I've been thinking about Quartz watches a fair bit recently. By my own omission I would say I have been bit of snob & have always looked down on Quartz watches. However as of late I have been growing to appreciate & even desire a few Quartz watches. Precision in mechanical watches has never really been of concern to me & I would be quite happy with a +/- 20 seconds a day watch. Admittedly I've never really spent substantial money on a watch to expect it to be a lot more precise. However, the thought of a watch being consistently accurate without much input is also appealing. I know Quartz is traditionally seen as being a cheap alternative. But at the same time Grand Seikos 9F movement is an incredibly impressive piece of engineering. Further increasing the accuracy by monitoring the ambient temperature, a "backlash" mechanism that ensures the second hand isn't affected my gravity or movements & thus will always align with the markers (none aligning hands are a real pet peeve of mine) Not to mention that it is all done by Grand Seiko in house & not used elsewhere. Really, I just wanted everyone's thoughts & comments on Quartz. So Please let me know what you think.

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We all need at least one quartz to set/check our mechanicals :D they needn't be rubbish either - the Grand Seiko quartz is outstanding, in terms of fit and finish, plus sub 10 seconds variation a *year* comes in handy :D

My main issue with Quartz in the past was that the quartz movements themselves were generic crap, and the watches they put them in were little better - that's very much changed now, thank god. 

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I have that kind of sense that if I have a Quartz (and I do, a few) it should also really be digital and have extra functions beyond telling the time. From an environmental perspective, I also feel it should be solar powered — batteries aren’t as environmentally friendly as mechanical after all. (Saying that, my eco drive died last week, and I am trying to work out if I can change the cell myself or not. Twenty plus years is a good innings, between me and my dad.) 

On the other hand, they should cost less than a mechanical, should be harder wearing, and are more accurate, without a doubt. So I do have one non-solar analogue quartz because I liked the design. (PD1713 Mechaquartz, todays Wrist Shot.)

If I am paying close to triple figures for a Quartz watch, it better do something other than look nice and tell the time basically. And in some ways, digital is its natural form. Analogue is a modern, late twentieth century, watch dressing up in its fathers clothes in some ways.

So you know, buy a G-Shock I guess.

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One thing that limits the value of the accuracy is daylight saving time. You have to adjust then anyway, twice a year.

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I strongly look down on many modern "conveniences" like ballpoint pens, automatic transmissions, microwave ovens, etc. But the ability of the cheapest quartz to keep very acceptable time for six to nine months whether you wear it or not is such a vast improvement over springs needing winding that it still remains my gold standard. The old timey technology watches are cute for style and retro vibes, but I have much less perfect faith in them.

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uhrensohn

One thing that limits the value of the accuracy is daylight saving time. You have to adjust then anyway, twice a year.

Some can auto that I think — and on many it’s basically two or three button presses, doesn’t touch the seconds. My eco drive (while it lived) was also a perpetual calendar for leap years. The G shocks in the house it’s two maybe three button presses. 
Not to mention the radio/atomic watches out there. (Though in the event of civilisation as we know it collapsing, which is why all us urban dwellers wear watches that are tougher than a cockroach living in Chuck Norris‘ beard, having a manual set option would be wise. For when the lights go out.) 

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Quartz is great. I love my quartz pieces. I have 3:

1 x Dress watch - JLC Reverso 

1 x Chronograph - Breil

1 x Beater - Casi-Oak

Quartz make watches that are smaller, more durable, cheaper and with less manual intervention.

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Archangel

We all need at least one quartz to set/check our mechanicals :D they needn't be rubbish either - the Grand Seiko quartz is outstanding, in terms of fit and finish, plus sub 10 seconds variation a *year* comes in handy :D

My main issue with Quartz in the past was that the quartz movements themselves were generic crap, and the watches they put them in were little better - that's very much changed now, thank god. 

I completely agree with you. I think the vast majority of quartz movements are generic & cheap. Thats not necessarily an issue unless it's in an expensive watch. Personally some of my favourite watches I own are quartz but their prices also reflect this. I do however look down at expensive watches with quartz movements. I know Grand Seiko use them but as mentioned they are inhouse, designed to an incredible level & are far more mechanically complex than a regular quartz. But the TAG use quartz in a few of their watches & if I'm being honest this has often made me look down at TAG for that reason. Are TAGs quartz special in their own way & I've just missed something? 

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Other than G Shocks and other watches for sports, I’m not a fan. That said, I’ve come around to the idea of vintage quartz. I’ve become Interested in vintage but have also become familiar with some problems that come with old mechanical movements. Plus, if it doesn’t have a seconds hand, I don’t really mind them. 

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thekris

Other than G Shocks and other watches for sports, I’m not a fan. That said, I’ve come around to the idea of vintage quartz. I’ve become Interested in vintage but have also become familiar with some problems that come with old mechanical movements. Plus, if it doesn’t have a seconds hand, I don’t really mind them. 

The second hands on quartz watches have historically irritated me, they never line up correctly & you can see the studder when move along. Thats why I find the Grand Seikos 9F so incredible. 

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I think the usual suspects when it comes to quartz movements are just highly boring. I have lots of quartz watches, as they’re usually robust and don’t need to be serviced, but they just don’t really interest me.

As a beginner, I thought quartz was bad and had bought alot of mechanical movements. My last watch purchase was the lunar pilot and I have to say it may be my favorite watch buy far. I cant speak about it enough. I dont even feel like its extremely/way to big.

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Bl00dPr3ssure

The second hands on quartz watches have historically irritated me, they never line up correctly & you can see the studder when move along. Thats why I find the Grand Seikos 9F so incredible. 

At those prices, I have a problem with even the best non-sweeping second hands.  That said, I'd be happy to own one.

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Quartz Good!

Mechanical Good!

Spring Drive Good!

Low end cheaply made quarts BAD!

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I personally prefer Quartz over mechanical, they're cheaper to buy and keep running in the long run, that is if you buy a battery operated one, if you buy a solar, just keep in the light and it will always be working for at least 15-20 years without needing any service and also there is stuff like High accuracy Quartz thare are amazing movements on their won right, Citzen released an Eco-drive with sub 1 second beat error in 1 year, beating even their own Preciosionist movement found in Bulova watches.

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