Canthros wrote:I'd be willing to bet that this isn't entirely true, either. At least, I have a Seiko Kinetic, which is a nice enough watch and a good timekeeper, but it absolutely has batteries. I'd be positively shocked if Citizen's EcoDrive didn't have batteries of some sort. As long as that's so, they'll need replacing sooner or later, when they stop holding a charge.
All that said, I think there's a lot of truth to the arguments that these are too much money for too little value for a lot of people (including me!), and, from a purely functional standpoint, a quartz movement will be a better timepiece for most.
(And, of course, you'd be paying a premium for the brand, relative to a hypothetical, comparable watch with a similarly-sized discount. )
Not to be too pedantic, but some Invicta Pro Divers have Seiko NH-35A movements, which are automatic with the date, hacking, and manual wind. But of course, not having "geneve" or "swiss" on the dial takes $800 off the list price.
But you're right, for an automatic mechanical chronograph? No way will you get a decent sample for $100-200.