Just found this one!
LUW said:Bear with me a little here.
Let's forget the innovation and the brilliancy of the technical aspects of mating an automatic movement with quartz. If you don't take that into consideration, for the user, what's the benefit of Spring Drive : ? So far I only heard that you get the "feel of an auto but the accuracy of a quartz". Well, in my simpleton's mind, I rationalize that if you want accuracy, get a quartz (HEQ preferably), but if you want the "romantic feel of something mechanic tied to your wrist", get a mechanical watch. A Spring Drive will not deliver the ultimate accuracy of a HEQ or a RC, so at least in my eyes the accuracy benefit is only partial. However, I agree that it does feel like a normal auto. So if you don't get the accuracy of quartz (I'm not talking about cheap quartz), you only get the auto feel. Ergo, why not just get an auto then :-X ?
Though I can easily see all the technical advancements that the Spring Drive means, and I think the simplicity of the concept is just brilliant, I honestly can't see a huge advantage of the technology. After all, you do not get the accuracy of a good quartz, so I think it's just a more accurate mechanical watch (but not HEQ or RC accurate). IMHO I can only see this as something cool, but nothing to die for. Definitively not in the same league as auto winding or HEQ or über resistance (think G-Shock). It's cool, but that's it, just cool. For the watch weirdos like us it is something very interesting and different, but if you're just wearing a watch and not thinking about all the technical aspects... What's the point?
Ok, pull out the flame throwers .
seikomatic said:+2s/per month...gliding second hand...you goto have one in hand to understand its beauty.
I'm no longer interested in mechanical GS, not even the LE hi-beats..
SD is the next I would pay for...
I wish Seiko would hold up to their price for SD and please never never use it in even mid end models, otherwise it will be the end to the brand.
LUW said:Frank, all your points are very valid, and as I said, the technical aspects of the watch are brilliant, any watch geek (unless a total mechanical snob) will appreciate and praise. However, it won't deliver 100% of what a quartz can deliver (resistance + accuracy). So it looks like it's a marriage between the two "technologies" (quartz and mechanical) but where the really important part (quartz) will not give 100% of it's potential. And if you factor in the price, you can almost buy two very good watches (one auto and one HEQ) for the price of one SD.
I would love to have a SD, but at least right now it would be just because I'm a watch geek and it's "different, so it's cool to have".
buddy13 said:I dont get SD. I was twice going to buy an SD 600m but just couldn't do it...
To me the true marvel is a watch that keeps time to withing a few seconds/day being 100% mechanical, without 1mm length of copper conductor and with no IC's and quartz crystals...but then I'm a mechanical snob ...
Wow, the dial at 1:37 into the video, when the light hits it just right and shows all the GS's and lions! Oh, and the smooth sweep is awesome too of course.seikomatic said: