Regards,Jean aka One of these days, 5449 will be mine
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alwaysiwc Wrote:Hi Clepsydra and Alan,That a thermometer is not a real complication is clear. That it is not a very useful instrument in a watch is also without doubt. But be honest and consider what the classical complications like moonphase , minute repetition or tourbillion mean to you. For many of us it is an ingenious mechanical construction, built in a mechanical watch but has it a "function" today? I mean, when I wake up in the middle of the night, I look to my electric alarm clock to know the time ( mostly I hate to know the time in the middle of the night). The minute repeater was made before electricity was available. Imagine that one had to stand up and light a candle to read the night time on a clock or watch. So, the minute repeater, when pressed accurately gave you the hours, the quarters and the minutes as an acoustic signal. But again imagine, you had to be awake and completely alert to interprete such signal!I prefer to stay at the sub-coma level during the night.So no minute repeater for me as a daily instrument but yes a minute repeater as a piece of art in horology.Kind regards,Adrian(alwaysiwc).
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8541 Wrote:Thanks Gents, for a most interesting thread here.I am pretty sure that useful or not, that that IWC mechanical temperature gauge was very well calibrated and would have been pretty accurate, when acclimatized and at ambient temperature. I would love to have this watch on my desk, hanging on a pocket watch stand showing both time (in a rather unique format) as well as temperature.I look forward to the next one.Best regardsMark
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8541 Wrote:I would love to have this watch on my desk, hanging on a pocket watch stand showing both time (in a rather unique format) as well as temperature.
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alwaysiwc Wrote:During the early 1980-ies, IWC launched a pocket watch that can be considered as highly unusual : ref. 5425.Having only one "snake-like" hand, this is a so called Regulator. IWC has built regulators as wristwatches a few years ago. The hours are indicated on the left sub-dial, the seconds on the right sub-dial and the minutes by the "snake -like" hand. But there is more. At 6 o'clock there is a third " subdial" indicating the temperature in degrees Celsius. We believe that this is the only IWC watch ever made to indicate the temperature. How does this "complication" work?.....
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