Quartz watches offers several benefits: they are inexpensive, accurate and evergreen. Several categories are available from 100 euros; the gear difference is barely 30 seconds per month and the battery works for about two years seiko presage limited edition.
However, it is necessary to throw away old batteries and continually restore them with modern ones, which has a negative impact on the environment. Furthermore, this process compromises the water resistance of the watch. In fact, once the caseback is opened to replace the battery, the indicated water resistance is no longer guaranteed and it is necessary to have the watch checked by an expert.
Quartz watches with solar cells use the sun’s energy to generate energy. In this case, it is not necessary to replace the batteries. However, the longevity of the energy accumulator is limited and its replacement sooner or later inevitable.
In addition, most quartz watches cannot be called a very good investment. By spending little on a new timepiece, you can hardly expect an increase in its value. On the other hand, second-hand quartz watches are very cheap, even if they cost a few hundred euros when new.
Advantages and disadvantages of mechanical watches
When wound up regularly, mechanical watches can last forever. Furthermore, as they do not contain batteries, they are much more eco-sustainable. Their case backs can also remain closed for a long time. However, after 5-10 years it is advisable to have them serviced by a watchmaker, as the small components are subject to continuous wear. Lubricants can also resinify, especially if the watch is not used regularly. During the overhaul, the watchmaker checks the condition of the entire watch, cleans the movement and applies new lubricants.