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There are 2 types of watches: "mechanical" or "quartz"

Mechanical watches suffer from an image of “grandpa watch” among the general public. And yet, there are many innovative designs among this type of watches (sometimes too futuristic even). However, to have quality, it is absolutely necessary to aim for the top of the range.

Exit mechanical watches, from Eastern Europe or elsewhere! In fact, they are made with poor quality steels and the design means that the parts do not mesh well together ... They will break quickly and will sometimes be irreparable.

Today, buying a quality mechanical watch that will give you style therefore requires a high budget: more than a thousand euros ... to buy. Indeed, maintenance must also be taken into account: a complete overhaul every 3 to 5 years maximum, i.e. from 500 € to 5000 € (or even more) in the high-end. And I'm not even talking about waiting times which can be very long.

This is not necessarily valid for vintage, but it is necessary to have a little knowledge and passion to recognize good deals. This is also not valid for the few watches containing ETA movements (ETA is a company that produces watch components and movements), which sometimes have the advantage of having a nice design and always Swiss quality mechanics, for 150-500 €.

I immediately make a parenthesis on the high-end watches which are sold like hotcakes: certain luxury brands sell more than a million watches per year in the world… I doubt - but it is only one personal opinion - that having such a watch on your wrist, despite its generally high price, can allow you to really assert your personality and your originality.

Among mechanical watches, there are also manual winding and automatic watches.

An automatic watch has a set of parts called an “automatic module” which allows the watch to be wound up (“to give energy to the engine”) as the wrist moves during the day. You put your watch on before bed, and normally you take it back the next morning and it still works. No need to wind it up unless it hasn't been worn for a few hours / days (depending on the watch's power reserve). So you have to move for it to work!

A manual wind watch must be wound daily to work. Just turn the crown (it takes less than a minute in the morning and in the evening) to energize the watch.

An automatic watch therefore offers an undeniable advantage and comfort of use for not much more expensive than a manual winding watch.

Quartz watches have a significant advantage over mechanical watches: they are ultra-precise . The quartz movement, even Chinese at less than € 10, remains more precise than the high-end movement at € 50,000.

Another positive point: there are correct ones in all ranges: from 50 to 500 €, you have a really wide range of choices. The budget is therefore more affordable and the maintenance consists of a stupid change of battery which will cost you 10 € (we sometimes change the entire movement, it then costs from 20 to 100 €). Attention, in the high-end it is a complete overhaul which will be invoiced to you, then count at least 300 €, or even much more.

Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:49 pm
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