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Old Today, 02:39 PM   #1
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If not Auto or Mechanical then Which?

A friend I work with is anxious to buy a nice watch but he doesn't believe he wants to bother with a self winding or mechanical watch for multiple reason. First he doesn't want to fuss with the watch with resetting if not worn. Also he doesn't want to deal with the lack of accuracy. Finally I think he just doesn't want to spend the money for a Rolex. As the title says, if not auto or mech then what would be your choice. He's thinking of a Tag Heuer. I'd think something iconic if going quartz. I would have though an Omega or perhaps a Breitling. Curious as to what others think? Of course I thought of the OQ but he wants a new watch.
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I would just be sure to let him know he’s limiting himself in the watch world by insisting on quartz. Grand Seiko makes nice quartz watches, although GS may be hard to sell to a non-wis as a “nice watch.” I thought Omega made the Seamaster in quartz, but I couldn’t find anything modern in a full-sized watch. I think the Seiko Astron GPS is a really cool watch for a traveler, but he may not see it that way.
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I'd say Grand or Tag?

Funny, I was talking to my Scrum Master today and he said, does your watch need a new battery? The reserve was dead when I put the watch on this morning and it was like on Hawaii time, not PST.

I was like, it's an automatic. And his expression was; what the hell is that?

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Patek Philippe offers the Aquanaut and the Nautilus with a quartz movement . . .

. . . and AP does the Royal Oak in in quartz, too . . .

. . . but Grand Seiko offers the best value in high-end quartz, IMO. . .

A likely half-century without need for a service, and itís pretty much paid for itself after 25 years. Sure, you need a battery change after a few years, but thatís a good time to change the gaskets anyway. Even without a screwdown crown, they're generally rated 10 bar/100m, which is the same as a Rolex Explorer, GMT-Master, etc.
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Maybe a Citizen eco-drive. No muss or fuss, and they make some nice ones.
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I bought a Breitling Callisto Quartz for a summer beater this year. Was going to go with a tag 2000 like I’ve had in the past, picked the Callisto with B&P up for $450 though and couldn’t resist. A colt quartz is slightly larger for around a grand
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