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Thread: Omega Speedmaster - Auto or Quartz?

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    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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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    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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    Quote 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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