Quartz vs Mechanical

Robert-Jan Broer
October 20, 2004
Quartz vs Mechanical

This discussion shows up every once in a while at all the watchfora (see the links in the menu on the right), quartz movements vs mechanical movements. To me, a mechnical movement is definately more fun, but this doesn’t say a quartz movement is bad or can’t be justified in an expensive watch (think Rolex OysterQuartz with their ‘mechanical’ escapement). Marc started a thread about the costs of a quartz watch in the High-End quartzforum, is it really worth it? See for yourself, click here

As a watchcollector I must say that although I prefer mechanical watches, I do have my share of quartz watches and I sincerely regret selling a Rolex OysterQuartz DateJust but I can understand the worries of someone paying a lot of money for a high-end quartz watch. The only thing I can say to this is that the quartz movement in a Rolex, Omega or IWC is definately not the same as the one in a 10 USD plastic watch.

Rolex OysterQuartz movement

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Robert-Jan Broer

Ever since he was a young child, Robert-Jan was drawn to watches, even though it were digital Casio and quartz Swatch models at the time. In the mid-1990s, his interest increased when he started to read about mechanical watches in... read more

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