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October 27, 2013

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Angelo

Great article----lots of really good information. If you think about it, the original purpose for a wristwatch----a miniature clock on your wrist----that mission was PROBABLY fulfilled best by quartz LCD digitals once the prices of those came down. I would say accuracy/affordability/reliability of those watches probably peaked by the mid-80s or so. You'd have a watch you can buy for very little money (sometimes a free promotional gift in fact) that was accurate and durable/reliable. An occasional battery change is all you would need to keep it running. I guess it could be argued that the Seiko Kinetic was even better (provided you would wear it often enough to keep it charged)----or that inexpensive solar watches were better if you exposed them to light enough to keep those charged----because these eliminated the need for frequent battery changes. In fact, the first wave of low cost quartz solars might have been the apex of affordable, reliable, accurate watches----ugly or not. Some were even water resistant. My point is that if all you really wanted/want is time on your wrist, a watch like that does it all. I respectfully submit that all of us are guilty of "following fashion" if we wear anything but. Whether it's a toolish diver, an gussied up Invicta (the size of an alarm clock), a diamond luxury watch----whatever----if it costs more than a few dollars, it's a fashion statement.

Gary

A new ABlogToWatch article:

A New Respect for Quartz Movement Watches

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/new-respect-quartz-movement-watches-spring-battery/

The Seiko Tuna is quartz powered, so quartz watches are not all low end, mass produced pieces.

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