Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.
Roger, nice pics of Zenith.
Just picked this up today with various straps. I'm liking the dark green or tan the most for summer. Leather for formal/winter.
can anyone recommend a decent quartz watch for $600 and under?
i don't wanna pay for the service fees on automatic watches anymore..
please don't flame me!
If you didn't have the price restriction, you could go vintage oysterquartz.
If you want to pay $500 for a quartz watch, you can always buy a shinola...
Dress watch? Or what type are you thinking about?
Even quartz watches have to be serviced from time to time. True if it's a cheap one, you'll probably just throw it away when it stops working (that is if a battery replacement doesn't do the trick). But if you buy a more expensive quartz such as a Patek or Rolex quartz watch you'll want to get it serviced.
Why does a quartz watch need servicing?
Maybe someone a bit more knowledgeable can speak more specifically as to why. But basically it needs to be looked at and cared for just like any other mechanical device made by man.
To maintain its water resistance, mainly. Unless it's something exotic, just swap out the battery when it's time let the movement run to failure.
On something basic like a digital quartz watch...all you need to do is change the battery. However, a Rolex Oysterquartz is well beyond a disposable watch/movement. It has an 11 jewel movement, with a temperature compensator, and the pulse motor moves a pallet fork that turns the pallet wheel, which moves the second hand. Its these mechanical parts that distinguish it from ordinary quartz movements, and its also the cause of the loud ticking associated with the Oysterquartz models. Its interesting to note, that not only did Rolex once see their quartz watches as the future of Rolex, they were the most expensive models you could buy at one point. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, an all steel Oysterquartz cost several hundred dollars more than a Submariner Date, Sea-Dweller, GMT, Explorer 1 & 2 or a Daytona. They were also the most advanced watches they were producing, and were the only Rolex watches where the entire line up including the all steel models had saphire crystals, solid link bracelets, and they were more anti-magnetic than a Milgauss. As many of you will acrylic crystals were used on most steel Rolex watches through about the late 1980s, and solid link bracelets, those didn't appear on every steel Rolex until roughly the mid 2000s. Obviously, interests changed by the late 80s early 1990s and pricing of models eventually changed and Rolex began to focus again on its automatic watches. Largely ignored late in its production the OQ's now have a pretty regular cult following.
In the end an Oysterquartz doesn't need service as often as an oyster perpetual, but it still does eventually need the mechanical parts of its movement serviced. For more info on its movement check out this http://www.oysterquartz.net/the_5035_movement.htm
Below are a few quick pix of my ref 17000 Oysterquartz, purchased new just as they went out of production around 2003/4.
Very nice looking watch
Thanks Dino, most quartz wearers probably never bother to service a quartz watch. Really interesting information on the Oyster Quartz as well!
I really need to start checking TWAT more often than once a day or every other day as so many good things get posted here and it's hard to catch up!
RogerP - enjoy that lovely piece! Thanks for posting pics!
Dino - happy AP birthday! May she continue to bring you joy and wonder.
Noodling around with my camera this morning and took this pic.
Thanks for the comments, gents. A few initial impressions on the Zenith:
1) As Dino mentioned earlier, the rose gold coloured hands and markers set off against the silver dial really float my aesthetic boat. And they make for a super-legible display - an increasingly important factor for me and my declining eyes.
2) The long hands - reaching right out to their respective registers - is another feature I like. "Hands too short" is a frequent deal-breaking issue for me.
3) Something that doesn't translate in pics - the soft satin sheen of this dial is really something special - almost like it is emitting a soft glow from within.
4) An already mentioned, this is one of the more successful renditions of the El Primero movement in a larger (42mm case). As we all know, this movement had its debut in 1969 - but what is less well known is that the MEN'S chronograph in which is was encased was all of 38mm in diameter. The hard points of the chronograph subdials cannot be changed, regardless of how big you make the case. Try to make them correspondingly larger, and they will overlap - a regrettable reality for a number of Zenith watches. The other solution is to remove one register and enlarge the remaining two - as with the Zenith Pilot chrono. In this watch, they managed to balance all thee subdials about as well as can be done.
5) I don't know who is making Zenith straps (I have heard Hermes, but don't know if this is so) but the quality is just outstanding. The rubber backed croc just reeks of quality and feels like it will last a good long time.
OoOoOoO this I must check out. A great move for sweaty guys like me, especially during the summer. Thanks for sharing!
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