"The watches you own end up owning you" - Tyler Durden in Fight Club

Luxury watches suck. 

We spend so much time worrying about which watch is perfect. 

And then caring for the watches, setting the time, sending them in for service, etc. 

And worrying that they might get scratched or stolen. 

Owning watches is fun. But it can become a burden. 

And this is why quartz rules. 

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With a quartz watch, you own the watch. Not the other way around. 

Reliability is almost never a problem. Even the old ones were known to last for decades. The modern ones will probably last even longer.

Servicing is not an issue. All you need is 10 minutes and a screwdriver.

It's unlikely to instantly break from a drop like a mechanical.

The purchase cost is almost nothing so there's little anxiety about using it or losing it. 

It's often loaded with useful features like timers and alarms. 

It's highly accurate and often even syncs automatically.

It's usually more lightweight and comfortable. 

And it's always ready to pick up and go. No need to hire small peasant children to spin the watch all night. 

And when manufacturers stick it in a high quality titanium case the experience is just sublime. 

Luxurious comfort.. without the worry. 😊

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It's a hobby, if I wanted practicality I'd buy a digital Timex and be done with it all. 

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Ah, I see you're still under the illusion we still use watches to tell time. 

Do I? Yes 

Is that the main purpose of my watches? Not anymore. 

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You're not supposed to say/know that until you've blown a bunch of money on pricey watches. Or at least a bunch of Seikos.

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OscarKlosoff

You're not supposed to say/know that until you've blown a bunch of money on pricey watches. Or at least a bunch of Seikos.

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This is so true! I started out with a smart watch, went into the world of mechanical, up to an Omega Seamaster (A gift), and just bought my fourth casio today! (A168)

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UnholiestJedi

Ah, I see you're still under the illusion we still use watches to tell time. 

Do I? Yes 

Is that the main purpose of my watches? Not anymore. 

But that's my point. If it's a hobby it should be enjoyable. Not stressful. 

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KristianG

It's a hobby, if I wanted practicality I'd buy a digital Timex and be done with it all. 

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Hobbies can be practical too. 😥

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I may be a bit of a sadist, I kinda like wearing an auto/mechanical while doing things that a quartz would be better suited for. It's actually quite amazing at the beating some of my watches have taken before they need repair.

Sure I'd be best served by daily wearing a solar atomic G-shock, and it would take the beating well, with a new case and strap every so often, but where is the fun in that?

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“Reliability is almost never a problem. Even the old ones were known to last for decades. The modern ones will probably last even longer.”

Good case in point regarding just one of my quartz watches I’ve owned 30 years or more:

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The idea of that Hublot owning me is giving me the shivers! 😂

Thats cool you like quartz watches that offer a lot of features and value for money - nothing wrong with that. Also nothing wrong wanting to own a luxury watch too. 

All the reasons you listed as a burden of owning a luxury watch is just part of the cost which folks just come to terms with. Owning anything luxury is not about practicality - be like someone owning a classic car, when compared to a modern day Toyota, it’s completely impractical… has less features, poor gas mileage, etc… all of which is completely meaningless to the classic car owner. Just my two cents! 🍻

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I pretty much agree with this. Though I do like a luxury quartz - all the fun and cache with less of the hassle..

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Have zero stress wearing or owning any watches; quartz, smart, or mechanical, short of cliff diving with a dress watch. Doesn’t have to be quartz to enjoy a stress free ownership experience.

As mentioned it’s cool you like quartz, and many folks own and appreciate both. My 9F is easily one of the coolest watches I have. That said, it doesn’t mean one has to tear down one to build up another. 

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DariusII

“Reliability is almost never a problem. Even the old ones were known to last for decades. The modern ones will probably last even longer.”

Good case in point regarding just one of my quartz watches I’ve owned 30 years or more:

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That's cool I've never seen that model.

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UtahExplorer

I may be a bit of a sadist, I kinda like wearing an auto/mechanical while doing things that a quartz would be better suited for. It's actually quite amazing at the beating some of my watches have taken before they need repair.

Sure I'd be best served by daily wearing a solar atomic G-shock, and it would take the beating well, with a new case and strap every so often, but where is the fun in that?

I don't like most g shocks but they have a few fun ones. 

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bevelwerks

The idea of that Hublot owning me is giving me the shivers! 😂

Thats cool you like quartz watches that offer a lot of features and value for money - nothing wrong with that. Also nothing wrong wanting to own a luxury watch too. 

All the reasons you listed as a burden of owning a luxury watch is just part of the cost which folks just come to terms with. Owning anything luxury is not about practicality - be like someone owning a classic car, when compared to a modern day Toyota, it’s completely impractical… has less features, poor gas mileage, etc… all of which is completely meaningless to the classic car owner. Just my two cents! 🍻

Yeah definitely. Actually as long as we're not hurting others there's really nothing wrong with anything. But it's a good discussion to have because I think some people buy obsessively without considering the real implications. 🙂

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AllTheWatches

Have zero stress wearing or owning any watches; quartz, smart, or mechanical, short of cliff diving with a dress watch. Doesn’t have to be quartz to enjoy a stress free ownership experience.

As mentioned it’s cool you like quartz, and many folks own and appreciate both. My 9F is easily one of the coolest watches I have. That said, it doesn’t mean one has to tear down one to build up another. 

Yeah that's true. I wasn't trying to tear anything. 

*Any tearing in this article is purely incidental and does not reflect the opinions of 21st Century Fox