Addressing my anxieties over the cost and possible damage (when the watch is in transit) for servicing an automatic watch, a process that often involves mailing the watch overseas, Ulysses writes:
It's interesting isn't it? Nobody ever really talks about servicing quartz watches. OK, they're not reliant on a balance wheel, but there are other gears that must suffer from wear and tear after a while. Despite that, i've never had to send one in for service other than when an incompetent watchmaker damaged a movement.
Japanese mechanical movements are known to be quite durable and many get by just fine without ever being serviced. It's not as though it will suddenly explode after five years - it just might not keep time as well as it did, in which case you could skip a full service and just get it regulated and if necessary, lubricated.
Arguably, quartz watches are superior time-keepers and are more durable than their mechanical counterparts. We cling on to archaic technology because of how it makes us feel, not because it is necessarily the best choice, and it doesn't matter if it is mechanical watches or old sports cars that can't be driven a couple of miles without breaking down.
As a watch obsessive, I find myself climbing the ladder of luxury and asking myself, "Do I really want to buy a high-end quartz watch? Does quartz even "have a soul" like an automatic? You'll see this matter of "soul" on this Rolex forum regarding the purchase of Omega quartz watches.
Ulyssess' words hit home. Part of me is tempted to sell my 4 autos (keep my SRP637 because it's so "cheap") and get an Omega Seamaster wave 41mm quartz. Or I could get another Ecozilla and put on a Super Engineer II. If that were the case, my collection would be thus:
1. Seiko SBBN017 quartz Tuna on Super Engineer
2. Seiko SBDL021 solar quartz Fieldmaster on Shark Mesh
3. Citizen Promaster Sky Black solar quartz
4. Citizen Promaster Sky Silver solar quartz
5. Ecozilla original (solar quartz)
6. Ecozilla on Shark Mesh (solar quartz)
7. Seiko SRP637 (automatic that I "would ride into the ground")
8. Benarus Moray Dart
9. Orient Saturation Diver
10. Citizen Grand Touring
Possible Future Watch
Omega Seamaster Wave Dial 41mm quartz or Ecozilla on Super Engineer and then my collection would be complete. Or a Seiko SRP307. And then my collection will be complete.
It's weird making this list. It's like I let practical concerns compromise my Watch Quest. I would miss the intoxication and craziness of it all. That's the "feeling" that Ulysses is talking about.
To lose that "feeling" would be to experience a sort of death.