I bought an old Seiko Chronograph watch from eBay last week for a few pounds and I’m not quite sure why I made the purchase. It was a spur of the moment thing and I am now glad I did it.
It is a small watch and very of its time, but in many ways that is what gives it the charm that it displays when on the wrist. In terms of function it is fairly complex with a date window, alarm / second time zone, chronograph and of course the time. With five buttons surrounding the dial it should be a busy affair, but it is not which is also a surprise.
What has struck me most, however, is the way everything works together so seamlessly and how nothing interferes with anything else. Given the date of the watch it is an eye opener to someone who has stuck steadfastly to mechanical watches in recent times.
I have nothing against quartz watches and full understand the benefits; better accuracy, less maintenance, able to deal with knocks and scrapes much easier and often a thinner watch is made off the back of it.
What I would say though is that if you are going to go quartz you may as well go the whole hog and get as many features as you can such as a chronograph function. Sure it may not be something you need or use often, but it can make a watch look much more interesting and it can actually add some style to what would otherwise be a dull ticking affair.