C63 Elite - innovation or gimmick?

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Re: C63 Elite - innovation or gimmick?

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desmodue wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:27 pm Of course it's a gimmick. Mechanical watches are a gimmick by simple analysis.

A quartz watch is both more accurate and reliable, inexpensive and can be designed to look exactly like any watch currently available.
So why do mechanical watches even exist? Because people want them because they are mechanical and delicate and unnecessarily complicated...because it's a gimmick.

The problem, if there is one is that we tend to scoff at gimmicks we don't agree with and rationalize the ones we enjoy.
And then of course there is the aesthetic consideration. An aesthete would understand why he or she chooses to own mechanical, delicate and complicated objects. If all were reduced to the lowest common denominator of pure practicality, what a dull and lifeless world we would live in.

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desmodue wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:27 pm Of course it's a gimmick. Mechanical watches are a gimmick by simple analysis.

A quartz watch is both more accurate and reliable, inexpensive and can be designed to look exactly like any watch currently available.
So why do mechanical watches even exist? Because people want them because they are mechanical and delicate and unnecessarily complicated...because it's a gimmick.

The problem, if there is one is that we tend to scoff at gimmicks we don't agree with and rationalize the ones we enjoy.
This is complete tosh, sorry. What is the analysis you refer to? The Oxford dictionary definition of a gimmick is: a trick or device intended to attract attention rather than fulfil a useful purpose. The mechanical watch was a complex early solution do displaying the time, using the greatest mechanical know how available at its genesis. Later, timekeeping advanced with the development of batteries and electrical circuits. There is no trick involved here that I can see, and a mechanical watch certainly performed a very worthy function.

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Re: C63 Elite - innovation or gimmick?

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Well, I seem to be there now. This C63 Elite is now my C63 Elite. I've got a strap and a sized bracelet.
Thanks for bearing with me.
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desmodue wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:27 pm Of course it's a gimmick. Mechanical watches are a gimmick by simple analysis.

A quartz watch is both more accurate and reliable, inexpensive and can be designed to look exactly like any watch currently available.
So why do mechanical watches even exist? Because people want them because they are mechanical and delicate and unnecessarily complicated...because it's a gimmick.

The problem, if there is one is that we tend to scoff at gimmicks we don't agree with and rationalize the ones we enjoy.
Compare a mellifluous mechanical wall or long case clock, with a relatively soul-less quartz version. I know which I prefer. One difference of course is that it's easy to regulate a pendulum clock. Mechanical watches are hardly a gimmick, having been around first. You may as well say vinyl records are a gimmick.
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Re: C63 Elite - innovation or gimmick?

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tikkathree wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:40 am Well, I seem to be there now. This C63 Elite is now my C63 Elite. I've got a strap and a sized bracelet.
Thanks for bearing with me.
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Looks good, I like it. :thumbup:
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Re: C63 Elite - innovation or gimmick?

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I am thinking of purchasing this watch. Trying to decide if I should buy on bracelet. I would probably only wear on the rubber or ocean plactic strap so it is worth it to buy the bracelet?
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ssholloway21 wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:35 pm I am thinking of purchasing this watch. Trying to decide if I should buy on bracelet. I would probably only wear on the rubber or ocean plactic strap so it is worth it to buy the bracelet?
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ssholloway21 wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:35 pm I am thinking of purchasing this watch. Trying to decide if I should buy on bracelet. I would probably only wear on the rubber or ocean plactic strap so it is worth it to buy the bracelet?
If you are never going to use the bracelet and you have no plan to sell the watch in future, I think it makes sense to buy it on a strap.

However, this bracelet is pretty good value and I have to say it's also comfortable due to lightness and adjustability.
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Thanks, I think I will just buy all three options. I guess good to have!
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Re: C63 Elite - innovation or gimmick?

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CW bracelets are great value in general. QR pins, and on the fly adjustment. Other brands charge more for less.
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