Should I buy a quartz timepiece from the masters? It’s a tough question when you’re looking at the Prince of Watches. I love the brand, as most do, and even a battery powered Patek is better than nearly all other products in that class. But still, I think I would pass on a Patek with quartz movement.
The mere notion that Patek produces quartz movements is strange and it is geared mostly toward ladies watches. Sometimes you’ll find “deals” out there for older gents models that seem too good to be true. They have all the fine workmanship you are used to admiring, they look excellent and have great gold content with the right feel, but the fact remains that quartz Pateks are hard movers. They are dogs, no getting around it. Don’t get buried under one of these models because you scored it for $4,500. These watches will be with you for the long stretch and you will have to really pull a dump off to get rid of them. Stay traditional mechanical on the Patek, and leave the quartz for Chrono24 peddlers that got caught napping. You didn’t even know the movements were this nice looking? Don’t get caught.