Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

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Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by abuemily » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:58 am

During my roughly 25 years of being watch obsessed, I had pretty much eschewed anything that had a quartz movement. Something about that stop/start second hand turned me off; and I had a snob viewpoint that auto movements were the only real watches (and don’t even get me started on digital readouts).

Yet over the past few months, I’ve added 3 new watches, and they all have quartz movements. I’ve started to fall into the grab ‘n go routine, and none of these offend my highly developed sense of watch aesthetics: An Omega X-33, a Farer Chronograph, and an Ares Diver-1.

Anyone else gone over to the dark side?






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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by MDF » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:05 am

Waiting on a new Scurfa quartz today, I also have a Sinn UX and a swiss army Quartz diver. I like both quartz and auto and wear both.
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Post by AtomicTom » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:38 am

It's interesting how things, or views on things like this can change right Michael?! :)
Although have been going for mostly automatic, and hand winders in recent years.
Many of my watches are still quartz, and I wear them all the time too ! :thumbsup:

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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by unsub073 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:14 am

I have a couple 90's styled ones for grab and go. A Tag and a Zodiac.

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Post by four20 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:50 am

A little over a year ago I only had autos. Now 50% of my rotation is quartz and I have been a convert to the convenience of grab-n-go. I think it's important to remember that not all quartz are created equal and there is a place for the rugged nature of the movement (I spend a fair amount of time outdoors recreating )

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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by rockmastermike » Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:51 am

Loves me a good grab-n-go!

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Post by Steve O. » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:37 am

A few years ago I would have never even considered a quartz watch. Then I bought my first vintage quartz diver and I was hooked. Figuring that I had plenty of mechanicals - I thought why not? Other than the minor hassle of replacing batteries, there are some advantages. Vintage quartz models are generally less expensive than their mechanical counterparts, and there's the "grab-n-go" factor that Mike mentions. Plus when the technology was still somewhat of a novelty in the early-mid 1970's, a lot of cool designs were produced. In fact, back then, a quartz diver was often more expensive new than it's mechanical counterpart. One of my favorites...


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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by mattcantwin » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:48 am

Good to have at least one in the box; I have two; and a G-Shock.
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Post by mvyadam » Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:22 am

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Picked this up recently, 40mm, super thin and readable, tired of re-setting all the autos on the winder to my atomic G- shocks, but will still pick up maybe a lower-mid level soon, like an Oris or Fortis, most of my "collection" now is cheaper quartz anyway!
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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:27 pm

I have never left the dark side. I have owned a ton of Seiko 7548s to scratch the itch. Now it is Scurfa's, Grand Seiko and Casio.

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Post by MDF » Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:40 pm

This quartz just in.Image

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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by Joeprez » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:16 pm

That is a great looking Scurfa!

I always have one or two eco-drive or seiko solars around. Have an Omega hummer (tuning fork movement) and planning to add an Ares later this year. Good to have at least one quartz and one G shock around.
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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by apnk » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:24 pm

I like both, but I only wear my Traser quartz at work and gshocks when I'm doing yard work etc. I had a UX for a few years never wore it much tho for some reason

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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by Torrid » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:26 pm

I go through phases. My autos have to be tuned very tight or I don’t want to use them. All new purchases have been quartz over the last year and I don’t see that changing. I’ve gotten regulating Seikos down well but I hate fooling with them unless I have to and I can’t afford to have a watch gaining 30 seconds a day while trying to get it right with the way my job is about watch accuracy. I’m a bit spoiled by solar/atomic watches, but most auto and standard quartz look better to me. At least all these things mean it takes a long time to actually decide to spend money on a new watch.

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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by dukerules » Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:08 pm

I've tried to wear quartz watches. Most recently, a nice Tuna. They are just not for me.

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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by 59yukon01 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:19 pm

3 of my 12 are quartz or solar. They definitely have their uses for me.

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Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by Chocodove » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:51 pm

I’m a fan of quartz and currently have three. Just so easy to pick up and go.
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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by smalls » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:03 pm

Yep, great grab and go for me. I’m a sucker for a good tuna.

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Post by Chocodove » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:06 pm

smalls wrote:Yep, great grab and go for me. I’m a sucker for a good tuna.
Haven’t you owned about 15 of them? :lol:
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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by smalls » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:12 pm

Chocodove wrote:
smalls wrote:Yep, great grab and go for me. I’m a sucker for a good tuna.
Haven’t you owned about 15 of them? :lol:

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Post by sierra11b » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:14 pm

Yep. Nothing wrong with one or more quality quartz in the rotation, and I say that wearing my 3570.50 in recognition of Apollo 11. I'll likely grab a quartz thereafter and be ready without worry.

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The X33 will be a cost burden someday but the workhorse 7C46 Seiko is where it's at for longevity and ease of maintenance.

Unfortunately, both Seikos are gone but the Bulova is still here and my local buddy has had great luck with his in terms of accuracy.

Living in the CA valley actually has a benefit outside of the you can surf and ski in the same day :rolleyes: ... The weather here essentially guarantees HAQ-like accuracy for most quality quartz watches throughout the year. The 7C46s performed within 5 seconds throughout the year no problemo, and typically require only a battery and pressure check for decades.

Should have never sold the SBBN015. :banghead:

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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by toxicavenger » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:31 pm

I just counted and I have 6 autos and 7 quartz watches

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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by Torrid » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:33 pm

Yeah I wish I still had an SBBN015. I didn’t care as much for the 031, but maybe at some point I’ll get another 031 and just make peace with it’s the new model.

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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by raf42 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:54 pm

Love my Aerospace, set it once and it's still within ~5 seconds, and really enjoy my Ares. Also have a Garmin S60 approach (pretty much golf only wearing), and a Scurfa diver one silicon I almost never wear. No issue with some quartz in the rotation.

Find the X33 quite intriguing, though I'm trying to get away from larger (> 43mm) watches - but the L2L (48mm) and thickness (~15mm) on the X33 seems quite sane so it might be viable. Really like the Solar Impulse version w/lumed bezel, just not sure about the color scheme long term and would likely go Skywalker. Have to try them on.

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Re: Going Quartz, Never Thought It Would Happen

Post by Henryj » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:17 pm

I’m getting that way myself. If the IWC ever sells, I’m gonna be chasing something in an “upscale” quartz like an X-33 or some form of Breitling Superquartz or GS quartz. All this talk about mechanical watches having a soul where quartz doesn’t is a bit silly. By that logic, a Swatch System 51 is a better, more impressive watch than a GS 9F.
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