Anyone have a rough idea of the average lifespan of a quartz movement? Maybe the question should be: How long has your quartz watch lasted?
Lifespan of quartz watches
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For what it is worth - both the quartz watches I got as a youngster are still merrily ticking away, 25-30 years later. However:
a) They are both of decent quality, though nothing extravagant (A Certina and a Seiko - think ~USD200-300 retail today)
b) They have both been given a couple of quick services by the local watchmaker over the years - basically clean & lube.
c) Once the batteries have worn down, they have either been replaced or removed right away - leaking batteries are probably the #1 killer of quartz movements.
So, extrapolating from two samples (Three, come to think of it - my sister inherited my grandmother's quartz, an early eighties vintage Certina, still going strong) - if properly cared for, at least a quarter of a century.