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    #16
    Originally posted by DocDave View Post
    Damn it! Meant SEAmaster...My most humble apologies to the group.
    Man, you had my head spinning. I've owned a half dozen Omegas over the years to include a hand wound Speedmaster and had never heard of a quartz Speedmaster. I was thinking it must be a cobbled together fake that someone was trying to sell, but I know you aren't some watch noob that would fall for that.

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      #17
      Yeah. Sorry about that [MENTION=14858]DMB[/MENTION]. That will teach me to fire off a post in a rush.

      Thanks for the input folks. All good to see and read.


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        #18
        My Longines Chronograph is a quartz. The thing I love most about it is the fantastic, sturdy bracelet, which doesn't have anything to do with the movement.

        I would really love an aqua terra someday and I would consider a quartz in that model.

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          #19
          Agreed with [MENTION=8482]JayS[/MENTION] there's so much more than just the guts when it comes to luxury watches, you're also buying the aesthetics, the brand name, the finishing, etc etc. Plus the quartz will be cheaper to maintain and keep better time. Personally I'm a nerd and like having some watch guts to look at and ponder but every time I have a heart attack when my Orient hits the ground or I think it picked up some magnetization I get a little better idea of why folks go quartz.

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            #20
            Originally posted by hornsup84 View Post
            I wouldn't get a quartz version unless it was the watch I wanted, not just because a quartz version of a watch I wanted was cheaper. I own 1 quartz right now and I don't mind the quartz movement at all (actually nice that it doesn't need to be set, since it's a less worn watch in my collection), but I wouldn't seem them growing in number a ton in my collection over time.
            This is where my thinking is as well. Quartz wouldn't stop me but I'd factor in how much I'd wear it, do I own a winder etc. If it's something that might see limited wear from once or so a week then I'd go quartz.

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              #21
              I've been transitioning over to an almost pure quartz collection. This wasn't a conscious decision per se, just the way things have gone. The upsides are: 1. No setting the time every other day. 2. Much lower cost of ownership. 3. Less money tied up in the collection.

              My wife bought me a Seamaster for our 10th in 2016. It was produced the year we were married which was a pretty cool coincidence. If I'd been able to get a big triangle Seamaster with applied indices and quartz? I would have gone that way for the above reasons. As it was, the Non-AC dial was only ever produced in an automatic. So goes life. I'd say a quartz Seamaster is a solid purchase, and enjoy dinner with the Mrs.

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                #22
                I don't own an automatic myself so I can't say firsthand, but I've read that once you change the battery the watch might be more prone to a leak because the seal has been broken? If you plan to use the watch while swimming, you might want to consider the automatic since you won't have to worry about that. People with more watch experience might be able to chime in on this.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by bassoonguy View Post
                  I don't own an automatic myself so I can't say firsthand, but I've read that once you change the battery the watch might be more prone to a leak because the seal has been broken? If you plan to use the watch while swimming, you might want to consider the automatic since you won't have to worry about that. People with more watch experience might be able to chime in on this.
                  Same worry for autos/mechanical if you have them serviced appropriately (albeit that should be on longer intervals than battery replacement). You'd just need to ensure that you're getting the watch resealed appropriately after it gets opened up (aka, you'll probably want to take it in to an expert).

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                    #24
                    Any watchmaker worth a damn will pressure check a serviced watch to make sure it is waterproof to its original specifications. A factory service on any kind of Omega, quartz or mechanical, will include fresh gaskets and a pressure check.
                    Ben

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                      #25
                      I personally love the smooth seconds too much. If the quartz was some kind of high best system with a smooth second hand, I wouldn't mind

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by hornsup84 View Post
                        Same worry for autos/mechanical if you have them serviced appropriately (albeit that should be on longer intervals than battery replacement). You'd just need to ensure that you're getting the watch resealed appropriately after it gets opened up (aka, you'll probably want to take it in to an expert).
                        That makes sense. Didn't think of that. Duh!

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