Well, that is definitely the best response post of any forum that I have ever read and agree with all of what you have said, especially "yard sales" as I believe that is an American phenomenon which you would have more understanding of than me. My problem was with the tone and wording of the original OP's post and if some people cannot see that then so be it. I make no apologies for my comments and stand by everything I said.
Agreed on replacing the electrolytics. From what I understand, that solves 90% of the preventative care issues. There are no tubes in this, so that's not a concern. Sometimes transistors go out, but those are generally easy to spot as they often short when they fail.
The beginning of a learning curve. I'm just starting out and no doubt many will end up in the bin and a few tiny wheels in inaccessible places. I still remember my Timex with a mixture of sadness and fondness. Many decades later and I still prefer that style of watch - easy to read dial, not to big, not too small. My current everyday watch is a quartz Lorus. Had it for about 15 years now.