This week I decided to set a challenge to myself and wear only quartz watches. Oh the horror, oh the shame, woe to the unlucky wrist, why me?
Actually it was very liberating. I didn’t have to re-wind any watch or worry about setting the time. I just had to decide which one to wear and strap it to my wrist. However, since I was a bit worried that an overdose of quartz might cause irreparable damage, I decided to do the responsible thing and keep a log.
03.09.2022, Day 1: No problems here. The Seiko Flightmaster SNA411 is a favorite of mine anyway. During the summer I love wearing it on the bright yellow rubber band and it’s a chrono done right, with or without a quartz movement.
04.09.2022, Day 2: The Casio GM-S5600 is taking its turn on my wrist and I’m OK with the scratch magnet. It’s still a square G-Shock, meaning already perfect and apart from its terrible negative display preventing me from reading the time it could easily be a daily wear at the office.
05.09.2022, Day 3: Dan Henry 1962 Racing Chronograph has enough Universal Genève and Omega vibes to prevent me from doing really stupid things, such as buying a MoonSwatch. I just hope the all my meetings for today are scheduled between 09:50 to 10:10 because otherwise I’m f*cked.
06.09.2022, Day 4: Back to Seiko with the SGG731. I still feel fine with all this quartz and why not? After all the SGG731 is an excellent watch which shows what can be done when the team in charge is proud to make the best watch it can within the allocated budget and price target.
07.09.2022, Day 5: Casio GW-M5610U. The combi-bracelet is great and so are the enhancements brought by the newer “U” modules. It's perfect. I’m still fine by the way, really.
08.09.2022, Day 6: Bulova 262Khz of goodness brought to you by the Accutron II 98B247. Yes, I know that it’s very large, but you are not going to get a smoother second’s hand this side of a Spring Drive GS.
09.09.2022, Day 7: Another Casio and this time it’s the old ProTrek PRG-510GB that used to be my companion for trekking and day trips. It’s battered, the PVD coating is scratched, the bezel has dings and it still works just as well as on the day I bought it more than 15 years ago.
I just finished checking myself and my hands are not shaking, I’m not sweating or foaming at the mouth and I don’t feel more homicidal than I do on other weeks. Quartz is fine! I really enjoyed wearing each one of these watches during this week and could not care less if they were powered by a spring, or a battery or through good old witchcraft.
I'm a big fan of watches that are interesting because they are either unique, have interesting features, well designed or simply offer a great value for their price.