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doberman

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So I'm looking into getting a new watch, but I want it to be silver this time. My current watch is a Rolex datejust and I've had it for at least 25 years.

I like a couple of the Cartier watches, if anyone has one or knows if they're any good I'd like to hear about it. But the main question is automatic vs quartz movement. My Rolex is an automatic and I did like not having to replace a battery, but I read that quartz movement keeps better time than auto. I'm very confused now. For watch aficionados which is considered superior?

Thanks in advance.
 

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I like a couple of the Cartier watches, if anyone has one or knows if they're any good I'd like to hear about it. But the main question is automatic vs quartz movement. My Rolex is an automatic and I did like not having to replace a battery, but I read that quartz movement keeps better time than auto. I'm very confused now. For watch aficionados which is considered superior?

Thanks in advance.
A mechanical watch (no matter the brand) will always consider as more superior b/c of its craftsmanship. A quartz watch is a watch with a computer chip inside which of course will be more accurate than a mechanical movement.
 

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So I'm looking into getting a new watch, but I want it to be silver this time. My current watch is a Rolex datejust and I've had it for at least 25 years.

I like a couple of the Cartier watches, if anyone has one or knows if they're any good I'd like to hear about it. But the main question is automatic vs quartz movement. My Rolex is an automatic and I did like not having to replace a battery, but I read that quartz movement keeps better time than auto. I'm very confused now. For watch aficionados which is considered superior?

Thanks in advance.
I am confused. If your Rolex is an automatic it has no battery. As far as I know no Rolex has a battery...but I could be wrong. My Rolex is automatic and I wind it. No battery.

There are 2 categories to consider when answering your question: Superiority for accuracy. Quartz is superior for accurate time keeping.
Second category: Superiority in terms of craftsmanship is automatic. No question.
Just what @Dancing Fire said. He is correct.

Now as an additional complication: With an automatic you have to reset the time every time it runs out of power. That is inconvenient. With a quartz you have to replace the battery every couple of years. That is inconvenient. Unless it's like many Citizen watches which are quartz but solar powered. Quartz watch that doesn't need a battery. My DH wears a Solar Quartz Diver's watch from Citizen. His daily beater watch. He collects watches and has many high end watches but this is his daily go to watch to knock about town. Why? Because it is accurate and he never has to change the battery nor does he ever have to set it.

My DH loves an automatic but it is a pain. However he always chooses automatic/mechanical when he is getting dressed for work/dress occasions.


My Cartier is a quartz and it is a travesty it cost so much because it is a quartz movement.
My Rolex is automatic and it is a pain to keep setting the time. However I haven't worn any of my watches for over 6 years now. So I guess that is the real travesty. They are collecting dust in the safe. All my beautiful watches. Of which I have (too) many. :/
 

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I am confused. If your Rolex is an automatic it has no battery. As far as I know no Rolex has a battery...but I could be wrong. My Rolex is automatic and I wind it. No battery.

There are 2 categories to consider when answering your question: Superiority for accuracy. Quartz is superior for accurate time keeping.
Second category: Superiority in terms of craftsmanship is automatic. No question.
Just what @Dancing Fire said. He is correct.

Now as an additional complication: With an automatic you have to reset the time every time it runs out of power. That is inconvenient. With a quartz you have to replace the battery every couple of years. That is inconvenient. Unless it's like many Citizen watches which are quartz but solar powered. Quartz watch that doesn't need a battery. My DH wears a Solar Quartz Diver's watch from Citizen. His daily beater watch. He collects watches and has many high end watches but this is his daily go to watch to knock about town. Why? Because it is accurate and he never has to change the battery nor does he ever have to set it.

My DH loves an automatic but it is a pain. However he always chooses automatic/mechanical when he is getting dressed for work/dress occasions.


My Cartier is a quartz and it is a travesty it cost so much because it is a quartz movement.
My Rolex is automatic and it is a pain to keep setting the time. However I haven't worn any of my watches for over 6 years now. So I guess that is the real travesty. They are collecting dust in the safe. All my beautiful watches. Of which I have (too) many. :/
Hi! What I meant was that liked NOT having to replace a battery - meaning the watch was automatic, no battery needed, and it was nice.

Why are you not wearing your watches? Quell horreur! Which Cartier watch do you have?
 

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A mechanical watch (no matter the brand) will always consider as more superior b/c of its craftsmanship. A quartz watch is a watch with a computer chip inside which of course will be more accurate than a mechanical movement.
Thank you DF. That's basically what I wanted to know.
 

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Hi! What I meant was that liked NOT having to replace a battery - meaning the watch was automatic, no battery needed, and it was nice.

Why are you not wearing your watches? Quell horreur! Which Cartier watch do you have?
I have the Cartier Tank. It was a gift from my DH when we were in Milan during our honeymoon.

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I lost interest in wearing my watches after I broke my leg in 2014 as I was housebound. And then never had the desire to resume wear my beautiful watches. Probably one day I’ll want to start wear them again. That’s the way it goes.

Good luck with your quest. Hope you find the perfect watch for you.
 

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Yes, an automatic watch is always considered a superior timepiece and holds it value accordingly.
All the “top top” watches are automatics, not a quartz movement to be seen. There’s no craftsmanship in a computer chip and a button battery!
However, it can be a pain if you don’t have a watch winder (that’s a devices the gently shakes your watch to keep it wound) and don’t wear your watch for a few days. It needs resetting. That’s no big deal in my book!
 

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If you don't wear an auto watch very often but don't want the faff of resetting the time when you do wear it, you can buy a 'watch winder' which rotates the watch a number of times each day, meaning the winding rotor rotates and puts 'charge' into the mainspring, keeping it running :)

They are not too expensive (perhaps $50?).
 

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I have the Cartier Tank. It was a gift from my DH when we were in Milan during our honeymoon.

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I lost interest in wearing my watches after I broke my leg in 2014 as I was housebound. And then never had the desire to resume wear my beautiful watches. Probably one day I’ll want to start wear them again. That’s the way it goes.

Good luck with your quest. Hope you find the perfect watch for you.
I think you should say to yourself that you will wear your favourite watch this week - either for a special occasion or as part of a coordinated outfit. That way you might fall back into the habit :) (although many people nowadays just rely on getting their phone out!)
 

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Ooh, I almost forgot - Rolex did make some quartz watches back in the 70s? 80s?, back when it was exciting new technology, IIRC:

 

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If you don't wear an auto watch very often but don't want the faff of resetting the time when you do wear it, you can buy a 'watch winder' which rotates the watch a number of times each day, meaning the winding rotor rotates and puts 'charge' into the mainspring, keeping it running :)

They are not too expensive (perhaps $50?).
Thank you
i never knew such a thing existed
We have had Gary's watch being looked at as it hasn't been worn im some years and its not keeping good time
 

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If you don't wear an auto watch very often but don't want the faff of resetting the time when you do wear it, you can buy a 'watch winder' which rotates the watch a number of times each day, meaning the winding rotor rotates and puts 'charge' into the mainspring, keeping it running :)

They are not too expensive (perhaps $50?).
That depends it can go up to like $25k ;)). I have a mid range price triple head Orbita.

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That depends it can go up to like $25k ;)). I have a mid range price triple head Orbita.

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A watch winder? I never knew these even existed. Perhaps I need to get one and I can stick one watch in while I'm not wearing it. I will not be paying $25k for it though! I decided on the automatic Cartier watch, since I dont want to deal with batteries, and the prevailing wisdom that automatic is better.
 

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I have the Cartier Tank. It was a gift from my DH when we were in Milan during our honeymoon.

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I lost interest in wearing my watches after I broke my leg in 2014 as I was housebound. And then never had the desire to resume wear my beautiful watches. Probably one day I’ll want to start wear them again. That’s the way it goes.

Good luck with your quest. Hope you find the perfect watch for you.
I love the picture with your kitty! He looks like my Ninja. I won't lie, I'm just buying this watch to distract me from the fact that my favorite little cat is dying of kidney failure. Probably not a good reason, but I feel like I've been punched in the gut this week. I broke a rib and had a death sentence delivered by the vet. We are trying to make him feel as comfortable and loved as we can during his last weeks.

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I love the picture with your kitty! He looks like my Ninja. I won't lie, I'm just buying this watch to distract me from the fact that my favorite little cat is dying of kidney failure. Probably not a good reason, but I feel like I've been punched in the gut this week. I broke a rib and had a death sentence delivered by the vet. We are trying to make him feel as comfortable and loved as we can during his last weeks.

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I’m so sorry :(
Punched in the gut is exactly how it feels. My heart goes out to you.

We lost Francesca (kitty in photo I shared above) in June. Large cell lymphoma. From diagnosis to death was about 10 days. I still cry every day missing her so much and also crying every day over Fred. Then we lost our dear Fred from a chordae tendonae rupture in January. He had a good life and was 17. So there’s comfort in that. Francesca was only just 10. Suffice to say we miss them both terribly and I’ve just been getting through it one day at a time.

I hope you get to spend as much quality time with your sweet cat as possible. Sending you both buckets of healing dust and (((hugs))). And your cat knows how much he is loved and cherished and when the time comes you are giving him the ultimate gift. The gift of freedom from pain and giving him peace.

(((Hugs))).
 

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A watch winder? I never knew these even existed. Perhaps I need to get one and I can stick one watch in while I'm not wearing it. I will not be paying $25k for it though! I decided on the automatic Cartier watch, since I dont want to deal with batteries, and the prevailing wisdom that automatic is better.
You can buy a winder for < $100.
 

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I love the picture with your kitty! He looks like my Ninja. I won't lie, I'm just buying this watch to distract me from the fact that my favorite little cat is dying of kidney failure. Probably not a good reason, but I feel like I've been punched in the gut this week. I broke a rib and had a death sentence delivered by the vet. We are trying to make him feel as comfortable and loved as we can during his last weeks.

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Im so sorry to hear this
Tibby sends you all a big cuddy hug
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"Automatic" Rolex?????
I still have, love, & wear the Rolex date just self-winding watch I bought in the 1980s.

I don't really keep up.
Is self-winding what the kids are calling "automatic" these days?
Or is there some new technology I'm unaware of?
 

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"Automatic" Rolex?????
I still have, love, & wear the Rolex date just self-winding watch I bought in the 1980s.

I don't really keep up.
Is self-winding what the kids are calling "automatic" these days?
Or is there some new technology I'm unaware of?
AFAIK self-winding and auto means the same. The watch on top is a manual wind (no rotor) and the watch on the bottom is an automatic. Notice the gold rotor on the auto watch?


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Here is another auto winding watch.Notice the gold rotor?

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AFAIK self-winding and auto means the same. The watch on top is a manual wind (no rotor) and the watch on the bottom is an automatic. Notice the gold rotor on the auto watch?


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Here is another auto winding watch.Notice the gold rotor?

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Very cool photos. Those watches look expensive lol.
 

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I’m so sorry :(
Punched in the gut is exactly how it feels. My heart goes out to you.

We lost Francesca (kitty in photo I shared above) in June. Large cell lymphoma. From diagnosis to death was about 10 days. I still cry every day missing her so much and also crying every day over Fred. Then we lost our dear Fred from a chordae tendonae rupture in January. He had a good life and was 17. So there’s comfort in that. Francesca was only just 10. Suffice to say we miss them both terribly and I’ve just been getting through it one day at a time.

I hope you get to spend as much quality time with your sweet cat as possible. Sending you both buckets of healing dust and (((hugs))). And your cat knows how much he is loved and cherished and when the time comes you are giving him the ultimate gift. The gift of freedom from pain and giving him peace.

(((Hugs))).
Thank you, this made me cry.
 

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Well this is what I decided to get, a Ballon Bleu automatic with a stainless steel band. I tend to like my watches rather bland without diamonds. My Rolex is 18kt/stainless with the mixed metal band. I've been segregating my jewelry lately with white metals on the left and rose gold on the right, and I wanted a watch that would go. I still love the Rolex though.

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Well this is what I decided to get, a Ballon Bleu automatic with a stainless steel band. I tend to like my watches rather bland without diamonds. My Rolex is 18kt/stainless with the mixed metal band. I've been segregating my jewelry lately with white metals on the left and rose gold on the right, and I wanted a watch that would go. I still love the Rolex though.

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What a lovely hand shot, @doberman. I love the bracelets with your new watch (and the e-ring and wedding ring too). Very classy and looks great on you.
 

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Congrats on your new watch, so gorgeous--it looks great with your bracelets! And I'm so sorry about your fur baby...hang in there.
 

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Well this is what I decided to get, a Ballon Bleu automatic with a stainless steel band. I tend to like my watches rather bland without diamonds. My Rolex is 18kt/stainless with the mixed metal band. I've been segregating my jewelry lately with white metals on the left and rose gold on the right, and I wanted a watch that would go. I still love the Rolex though.

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Great choice :)

It goes really well with your skin tone and other jewellery!
 

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I love this watch on you @doberman, wonderful choice. Enjoy. :appl:
 
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