If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen...

Having been let down on several occasions recently, most notably and disappointingly by someone I once trusted, it got me thinking about reliability (tenuous link for a post if ever there was one). 

So, what's the most reliable watch in your collection, the one you'd trust if your life depended on it? The Brick.

Conversely, which of your collection is more on the fragile side. The one that would let you down right at the point you really needed it. The Brick with a capital P as it were.

For me this would be the watch I'd trust not to let me down. 

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Its just solid, unflappable and it's not missed a beat since I bought it about 6 years ago.

Conversely, the watch most likely to let me down is this. 

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It looks great but it just isn't as good as it should be for the money. The screw in crown was "gritty" and I had to take it apart to grease the threads to make it bearable. I also had to regulate it as it was fairly hopeless out of the box. It just doesn't fill me with confidence... I think it may have built on a Friday afternoon. Tough to admit as a Seikophile.

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Don’t worry Warren Gatland is heading back to save your Welsh Rugby Team. Can’t go wrong with a Longines but Seiko had the same experience with a new one a couple of years back, will only go with vintage ones now. Take care up there in the Northern Hemisphere

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Most reliable is my spring drive.  Fewer moving parts means less wear.

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Least reliable?  Cartier Roadster.  Chronographs man.  I've owned it for a decade and it's been in for servicing...4 times?  I love this watch so much but Chronos are just fiddly.

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My most reliable is my Explorer/Atlantis. I've owned one for years and never had an issue, apart from the fact it's not pretty. 

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My least reliable is definitely my Seagull 1963. Least WR, and most suspect/fragile movement. I nearly went with my MoonSwatch, but the movement is more reliable despite the watch overall being more fragile. 

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Most reliable:

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My Amfibia will survive everything and keep on ticking.

Least reliable:

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Something is always slightly off or not working whenever I pick up my Amfibia.

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Wouldn’t most reliable be a rock, not a brick? If I say my computer was bricked, it certainly conveys anything but reliability. 

Semantics aside, my most reliable watch is probably my Seiko 5 Sea Urchin. My first mechanical watch, bought in 2016. Still keeps relatively decent time, still fits the submariner homage role I bought it for, hasnt needed a service. Just looks the part. 

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My least reliable watch is also a Seiko, my SSC489 world timer. The watch has so many functions (alarm, world time, chronograph) that I often forget how to use them all given how infrequently I wear the watch. Legibility isn’t the best and the date window is at times unusable given how small it is. Also, it’s still wearable at 46mm lug to lug, but the 44mm diameter is an impediment to getting it worn. 

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Well my Swiss army Automatic

been with me for years never failed me and still ticking without any service …

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And the most unreliable…hmmm I have to admit my Seiko monster, don’t  Get me wrong it keeps time but the manual wind is already shut can’t manual wind it…

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Timex wants to be included!

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My Nite Hawk T100.  Quartz with ten year battery and lume that lasts for years, also carbon composite so won't tarnish.

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GoingTopShelf

Wouldn’t most reliable be a rock, not a brick? If I say my computer was bricked, it certainly conveys anything but reliability. 

Semantics aside, my most reliable watch is probably my Seiko 5 Sea Urchin. My first mechanical watch, bought in 2016. Still keeps relatively decent time, still fits the submariner homage role I bought it for, hasnt needed a service. Just looks the part. 

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My least reliable watch is also a Seiko, my SSC489 world timer. The watch has so many functions (alarm, world time, chronograph) that I often forget how to use them all given how infrequently I wear the watch. Legibility isn’t the best and the date window is at times unusable given how small it is. Also, it’s still wearable at 46mm lug to lug, but the 44mm diameter is an impediment to getting it worn. 

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I was once let down very badly by a rock. 😉

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Edge168n

Most reliable is my spring drive.  Fewer moving parts means less wear.

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Least reliable?  Cartier Roadster.  Chronographs man.  I've owned it for a decade and it's been in for servicing...4 times?  I love this watch so much but Chronos are just fiddly.

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Good lord, same story with my TAG. Not leaving my collection for sentimental reasons but doubt I’ll ever get another chrono down the line. 

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Speaking of Volkswagen, the most unreliable mechanical item I've ever been around was the 2000 Passat that my wife bought new.  That thing was tragic.  We had a running joke for a long time that any time we turned on Car Talk they were talking about something that had gone wrong with that car.

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ds760476

Speaking of Volkswagen, the most unreliable mechanical item I've ever been around was the 2000 Passat that my wife bought new.  That thing was tragic.  We had a running joke for a long time that any time we turned on Car Talk they were talking about something that had gone wrong with that car.

I love my VW. Had plenty of adventures in it and it's never let me down. 

I've also owned an Alfa. Much like @robwei's Amfibia it was the best car I've ever owned at the same time as being the worst car I've ever owned.

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GasWorks

I love my VW. Had plenty of adventures in it and it's never let me down. 

I've also owned an Alfa. Much like @robwei's Amfibia it was the best car I've ever owned at the same time as being the worst car I've ever owned.

I'm glad yours has held up!  The engine was out of ours on an almost monthly basis by the time the thing was 2 years old.  She kept it maybe another year after that.  Since then I can't talk her out of Hondas.

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Dependable: G-Shock

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If I was to go Mechanical, my Ball Engineer III would be my choice. Anti-Shock, 1000 gauss protection, 100 m WR, 904l steal, radioactive tritium, COSC. 
 

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Not so much: Presage

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50 m WR and acrylic. -20 seconds/day. 

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