The Submariner was such a fragile timepiece. I thought that when I own a Rolex, I can rough it out. Turned out after 2 years of field use, I had to replace the rotor - it scratched. The part and service can buy me another decent watch like a Seiko, Citizen or Orient.
- Servicing is really a killer. The service fee (not including parts) alone can buy you a decent mid range watch like Tissot, Luminox, Seiko or Victorinox. You need to service every 5 to 10 years.
- You need to wear it often, otherwise you need to hand wind it every 72 hours. If you want it to be a get up and go watch, you need to get a watch winder. Get a cheapie and you will over wind the watch.
- These automatic are not meant for serious field work. The rotor and the movable parts are very sensitive.
- Parts are expensive. I changed my Ball steel bracelet (imagine, the screws came off) with a rubber strap. After 8 years the rubber cracked! To replace one is equivalent to buying a Casio G-shock and the strap on my Casio Mudman still holds after 11 years.
- If you don’t wear it for 3 days, you need not only have to wind it, you also need to adjust the day and date. I dread it every time when this happened. You are the slave to the watch instead of its master.
- Throughout my life I own many types of movements. All are very satisfying but I REGRET my automatics. They are overly priced and difficult to maintain. Those who are into automatics i.m.o. are not into watches. They are vain jewelry collectors. Push come to shove, automatics cannot deliver in serious rugged conditions. You end up worrying about you accessory more than the task at hand.
- In my experience, the more expensive the automatic the less peace of mind you have. You worry about its inaccuracy, it will get scratched, it will get stolen/mugged, you become self-conscious and of course you have limited choices to rotate. In the end the watch consumes you.
In the short span of 1 year I own 3 models. 2 divers, one being a Limited Edition 2,500 units, one being a versatile "Sunburst" design that I use with three NATO straps (its like owning 3 watches) and one Chronograph Military Special Edition.
The best part is the total cost of ownership is at the same price of one Oris Classic Date, a fairly decent automatic. Nothing special about it, except it is made in Switzerland. It still carries the curse of an automatic though.
I guarantee you will be totally happy with your purchase. Take it from a person who been searching for a perfect wrist companion all lifelong.