This is my last post before the Christmas period, and I will be back in the new year. So a merry Christmas to all my readers, and a happy new year – or just a great season if you don’t celebrate these events. And I’m guessing a good half of my readers have other religions – I love from how many different backgrounds my readers are!
You need a very sizeable wrist to wear one of these… it’s 50mm across with the crown, and probably the biggest watch I’ve had in the workshop so far. Or is this already a clock? 🙂
A first look at the auto winder. The rotor has an excentre on the underside, which moves an arm back and forth (2 jewels keep that arm in contact with the rotor excentre). Two “clawed” arms then move a ratchet wheel (the brass coloured wheel), which in turn winds the mainspring. Unusual, but we’ve seen this before… albeit in a slightly cheaper watch 😉
For comparison, the other side with the jewel still in place.
This is where I can get pretty miffed. There is IWC in Schaffhausen, building very nice movements that also look great, but they put a not-so-proven auto winder construction in, that is just pure pants. I bet this damage happens a lot, as this is definitely a construction error. How about not getting fancy, and building an auto winder that lasts for 50 years? Just my two cents …
The ground bits of metal got everywhere, and that’s why the watch stopped working.
As the rotor weighs the equivalent of a brick, the rotor post suspension is slightly flexible, to prevent it breaking off. A great construction, and I’m sure Iveco uses that in their lorries as well 😉
Probably more parts than the average chronograph. All for a standard movement with a day ring and a power reserve indicator. At least you can’t complain about the amount of movement you get for your money.
I adjust the beat error, and get a clean, straight line. I won’t correct the beat rate yet, as that’s done on the balance itself, but will do that after the watch has run for a week. I have to test the power reserve anyway, and will do the final adjustment once the testing is done. Note the beat rate of 21,600 bph. Nothing to write home about – and there is a reason for that. A decent beat rate was sacrificed in the name of a 7 day power reserve…
Now for 7 days testing of the power reserve, and then auto winder testing … It’s not going to be this year that the watch goes back to its owner.
So what do I make of it? Let’s start with the positive:
- execution of the movement is flawless
- great detail
- 7 days power reserve is nothing to sneer at
- probably looks good on you if you are built like a JCB
The not so positive:
- in order to achieve 7 days power reserve, too many compromises were made
- nobody needs 7 days power reserve – it’s an automatic watch!
- the auto winder construction is pants, and a watch in this price range should work for 50 years without having to replace any parts bar the mainspring
- through the sheer size of the movement, the powers at work when that rotor swings around are just too big to handle. A smaller movement would have done the trick a lot better
- even though 44 jewels were used, the watch still wears out after less than a decade
- if you put “Probus Scafusia” (craftsmanship from Schaffhausen) on your rotor, make sure it works for a while 😉