Originally Posted by Suisou
And I agree with the points you've made, but I guess I am bitter over the quartz crisis.
Haha. Don't be! A lot of great designs, innovations and ideas were spawned because of it.
Quartz almost destroyed the mechanical watch market and in reaction watch makers had to react and develop reason for people to still invest in mechanical pieces. The result was the weak and non-versatile companies falling and the innovative ones surviving. We wouldn't have the Royal Oak (for example) if it wasn't for the "Quartz Crisis". It forced companies to refine their visions, change their marketing, and above all, brought the industry into the 21st century as a whole. It revolutionized the watch manufacturing process as a whole, both quartz and mechanical.
There are a lot of people that look down their noses at Quartz watch because they are less "romantic" or they don't "have a soul". As a collector, I get it. Believe me, I get it. The idea of a watch maker tirelessly crafting my watch, inspecting each part with love and care versus the cold stamped out -TICK -TICK -TICK of quartz.
But that's all it is: a romantic idea.
Almost every mechanical watch is largely machine made, regardless of price (yes, even Patek and Lang) despite what the marketing tells you about it.
There are a lot of exceptional quartz watches out there, you know! The Omega X-33, Breitling Aerospace and yes, the G-SHOCK and Ironman all come to mind. If I wanted a reliable accurate watch, at any price point, it is hard to beat a Seiko sbcm023 thanks to its high frequency quartz guts. What about the Patek Twenty-4? Or all the Reverso Quartz models? Or, as mentioned above, the Accutron? Or, above all, ANY watch with a Beta caliber. The list goes on...
Don't hate quartz :) There is a lot of good there. Will it ever replace mechanical watches? I don't think so: no more than photography will replace painting. They are just very different processes with different applications. But have their pros and cons.
But that's just my 2 cents. Now I have to go and wind my watches.