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    Omega Speedmaster - Auto or Quartz?

    So I've across a used Omega Speedmaster that is in good shape and has piqued my interest. But here's the thing. The watch is quartz.

    Now I'm no watch snob, or at least I don't think I am. But I don't know. I'm torn between purchasing the watch and saying to hell with it being a quartz. Use the savings (between it and an auto) and take the wife out to dinner.

    But on the other hand I'm thinking 'a quartz movement in a higher-end watch? Is it worth it?'?

    Of course the debate of quartz versus automatic has been going on for ages now. And I suppose it does boil down to personal preference. But hey. For the price of a post I figured I'd see what the group thinks.

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    I’ve never heard of a quartz Speedmaster...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
    I’ve never heard of a quartz Speedmaster...
    The Soeedmaster Skywalker is quartz...
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    Omega has made the X-33 for NASA for a number of years. It is quartz with analog hands and multiple timing functions. Looks totally different from the other mechanical/automatic Speedmasters. The Skywalker is the latest version.

    Omega also made a version of their Seamaster diving watches in quartz. These look identical to their auto Seamasters.

    Honestly, these days Omega watches are luxury, not really tool, products for most people. My opinion - feel free to ignore... If you want a tool, get a Casio G-Shock. Thatís what real roughhouse/tool users use. If youíre going for luxury or the label, hold out for mechanical/auto...

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    Get the automatic. If itís too expensive, use the quartz money to buy a different automatic.

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    I forgot about the X-33. It has always struck me as more of a novelty than a part of the actual Speedmaster family. According to my googling there were also a few digital LCD Speedmasters produced back in the ‘70s-‘80s.

    There’s nothing wrong with quartz, even at luxury prices, if it’s the watch you really want. The quartz versions are definitely much more niche market items, so you just have to decide whether that’s your jam or not.
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    I have a quartz Seamaster, and it's great. I think mechanical watches are a pain in the ass, although I have a couple of those as well.

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    Nothing wrong with a luxury quartz. Personally Iíd love a quartz Grand Seiko. Youíre getting a higher quality of finishing and other components as well. I really like mechanical movements but watches are more than their engines.


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    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.

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    Quartz is fine, but if I am going after an Omega Speedmaster, I'd much rather have it been automatic.

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