Mechanical watches are handcrafted by watchmakers and are truly a pleasure to behold. Some buy them as a moving work of art, while many feel mechanical watches have a soul that mass-produced quartz watches simply cannot match. With a mechanical luxury watch on your wrist, it's difficult to forget the hours of labor that went into its production. Many mechanical timepieces are also produced in very limited numbers so you can own something that very few people on earth have the privilege of wearing.
Image: Panerai Skeleton Watch, courtesy of Jimmy Smith at Flickr
Mechanical timepieces from Patek Philippe, Hublot, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet also have a long history attached to them. As long as they're properly maintained, mechanical watches can definitely outlast a quartz version and become a true heirloom piece. They're designed to last for generations, so they may be passed down to children and grandchildren to enjoy and wear with pride. They may be repaired by watchmakers as long as the parts are available, while quartz batteries become obsolete.
Mechanical watches also tend to hold their value better, which may be a consideration if you plan to sell your watch in the future.
Mechanical movement watches will never need their battery replaced - so in theory they could become antique pieces that you hand down to your children safe in the knowledge they'll still work