Tenderness the Brexit debate was bad? Try asking the watch world to choose between quartz and mechanistic. The former boasts increased accuracy and cheaper maintenance rates. The latter is a product of fine craftsmanship, fused together by a watchmaker of finesse. So, which is better: the mass-produced but accurate quartz, or the more extravagant but artisanal mechanical?
There is no clear answer. And neither side is disposed to to call a truce anytime soon. Which is why, seeking to allot some middle ground during the Quartz Crisis, a composite was developed – the mecaquartz.
A chronograph usually contains two isolated advances (quartz or otherwise) to separately power the time function and the timer. The mecaquartz, regardless how, uses a single quartz motor to power both. How? A network of togs splits power from the same motor, directing some to the big hands and some to the sub-dial.
Which is where the reflex part comes in: the gear-operated mechanism creates a clicking presentiment to the pushers (akin to a traditional mechanical watch), the kind of have the upper hand over satisfying sound that an ordinary quartz movement insufficiencies. Plus, a mecaquartz watch instantly resets a chronograph to zero with a assistant click – something else you can’t get with quartz. The feel of ratchets, for the price of quartz.
Helgray Silverstone Blue
Like various mecaquartz watches, the Helgray Silverstone Blue offers a a little domed sapphire crystal glass – a feature introduced to tell apart models from the usual mechanical range.
This picky detail iteration is anything but standard though. A classic blue dial is reimburse by orange hands to provide contrast, and Helgray includes two interchangeable straps: a stainless steel bracelet for the boardroom, and a weekend-friendly leather option.
Available at Helgray, priced £225.
Seiko Chronograph Overseas Fashion SSB025PC
A diamond white dial and a stainless steel bracelet take in for one ice-cool watch.
With a chronograph function and a tachymeter ranking included for under £250, this particular model is a fraction of the fetch from similar brands. Plus, you’ve still got that all eminent semi-mechanical movement inside.
Available at Amazon, priced £238.
Autodromo Prototipo PCW1
The Autodromo Prototipo makes Seiko craftsmanship in a brand new shell. Literally. Seiko has hanker shared its in-house movements with smaller independent names and this particular iteration houses the same mecaquartz repositioning as an SSB025PC.
What differentiates the Prototipo is a design that nods to Italian 1970s motorsports: entirely lines, off-white and pops of colour that are more Targa Florio than Tokyo tech.
At ones disposal at Page & Cooper, priced £505.
Many inclination assume that a sports watch and a dress watch ordain never (and should never) merge. Try telling that to the Belmoto Tourer-GBG. It’s got a chronograph aim, for those days behind the wheel, but the rose gold example in any event and calf leather strap are hallmarks of a top table-ready timepiece.
Sincere, Belmoto is no Blancpain. But there’ll be no skidmarks on your bank asseveration either.
Available at Belmoto, priced £525.
Straton Watch Co Curve Chrono
Although not officially pressed yet, the Straton Curve Chrono looks set to rekindle the mecaquartz area. From Milanese to rubber straps, gradient tachymeter ranks to all-black designs, the Curve Chrono’s USP is all in the name – the case is set to match the shape of the wrist for a closer, more comfortable fit.
And again, there’s the even so reliable Seiko movement ticking away inside.
Ready to pre-order at Straton Watch Company, priced £375.80.
BOLDR Voyage Chronograph Wasp
Sometimes, you just want a watch to look complete. After all, what maniac goes deep sea diving with a £10,000 timepiece around his wrist?
This is what makes the BOLDR Journey Chronograph so restorative: not only is the murdered-out design modern, but it’s also versatile satisfactorily to sit with every weekend ensemble. Minimalism guarantees various bang for your buck.
Available at BOLDR, priced £200.