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Boy oh boy, this is what I call must see TV here Steve ! 😀

Really enjoyed the quartz crisis part, but also the beginning too,
which touched on everything from sun dials, to clocks, to railroad
watches, and computers. ..Very cool stuff ! 😎(y) Then it was
neat hearing about Elgin, Bulova, and Accutron of course. 😉
In reality those companies laid the foundation it seems for
the quartz watches to come it seems. Which really did seem
to include everyone, from Seiko, Citizen, and Casio, to even
Hamilton, Omega, and Rolex.

And you know, although I knew about a lot of this, especially
Swatch’s role in saving the watch industry. I don’t think I knew
about AP’s role to tell the truth. Or even Patek Philippes’ impact.
..Wow, fascinating !

In a way, things were almost bound to change within the watch
industry at some point. And I think the Swiss companies that
survived along with Japanese companies that were rising all
ended up making the hobby even more exciting. Spawning
new brands, along with companies all over the world as far
as the eye can see. ..With more smaller independent brands
getting started seemingly every day. 😲

In a strange way, the Quartz Crisis was almost a blessing in
disguise for watch fans, or freeks. 😊

This was really too much fun Steve ! ..Thanks a ton for posting !!!
 

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I was in the middle of this and watched the unveiling of one of the first LED quartz watches together with my father in an upscale department store in the early 70s. The watches were even more expensive than a mid-level Rolex! I was mesmerised. After they became more affordable a few years later I bought one. Followed by one of the first Seiko LCD models. I recently visited one of the more prominent jewellers and watch dealers in my hometown together with my girlfriend as she wants to purchase a special ring for her 60th birthday and I had the chance to browse their extensive watch offering. The store manager told me that for certain brands the waiting list has become unmanageable and their stock is depleted. Mainly Rolex and Cartier. I tried on some of my favourites, a Breitling Superocean Heritage and a Jeager Lecoultre Reverso. Both in the smaller and classic size. The quartz crises is no longer with us!
 

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I was in the middle of this and watched the unveiling of one of the first LED quartz watches together with my father in an upscale department store in the early 70s. The watches were even more expensive than a mid-level Rolex! I was mesmerised. After they became more affordable a few years later I bought one. Followed by one of the first Seiko LCD models. I recently visited one of the more prominent jewellers and watch dealers in my hometown together with my girlfriend as she wants to purchase a special ring for her 60th birthday and I had the chance to browse their extensive watch offering. The store manager told me that for certain brands the waiting list has become unmanageable and their stock is depleted. Mainly Rolex and Cartier. I tried on some of my favourites, a Breitling Superocean Heritage and a Jeager Lecoultre Reverso. Both in the smaller and classic size. The quartz crises is no longer with us!
It’s just phenomenal hearing your thoughts on how it was at that time
back then Frans. 😀(y) I didn’t realize that some of the watches were
so expensive like that either. Yowza, even more than a Rolex is amazing
to hear. o_O I guess it was the whole newness of the never before seen
cutting edge technology that caused the high prices. Much like we see
with new technology with things today. ..It’s so neat to hear about, as
well as just get a real world perspective on. Thank you !!!

I mean I was around at the time, but I maybe was just a little too young
to recall too much. ..Although I remember Timex commercials, and how
they could take a licking, and keep on ticking. 🙂 And remember liking
how the LEDs would light up, and later the lcds on Casio watches would
do the same. ..Now today, I wish I would have been paying a little more
attention at the time. 😉

By the way, it’s great hearing that you both got to get out like that,
and check out the jewelers, and what as going on with things stock
wise. It’s really something how so many things seem to be affected.
But at least you got to try on a few watches you liked, as well as
got to search for that neat ring for her like that sir.

Hey, was thinking, maybe you could find a nice traditional ring, but
then a watch ring too. 😀

I’m not even sure if they even have those anymore, but I remember
people talking about them a couple decades back. 😊

In any case, this was all extremely cool to hear Frans. Thanks again !!!
 

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I was in the middle of this and watched the unveiling of one of the first LED quartz watches together with my father in an upscale department store in the early 70s. The watches were even more expensive than a mid-level Rolex! I was mesmerised. After they became more affordable a few years later I bought one. Followed by one of the first Seiko LCD models.
This reminded me of two things. First, visiting FAO Schwarz with my dad. But also my grandfather’s very expensive HP calculator from the early 70’s. Good memories, but very, very distant. Too distant, in fact.
 

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I wonder how long the mechanical watch will survive, even today. I look on Amazon and am amazed by the number of inexpensive auto wind mechanical watches listed. At the same time though I note that the younger generation, particularly the technogeeks, are not wearing watches at all or are wearing "Smart Watches". For many the smart phone has become their watch or time keeper. As a fan of Antiques Roadshow I note that certain categories of antiques have dropped in price as the younger generation has lost interest in collecting them.
 
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