(Ti) Panerai 00351
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T_G Wrote:Hi and congrats on your new IWC!To your first question. IWC no longer receives ebauches. The outsourced movements are received fully assembled made to IWC specifications. If you use the search function on this site there are several discussions and links to articles about what IWC has traditionally done to the base ETA movement. I'd provide you with a link but I don't have the pages bookmarked on the device I'm currently on.To your second question. This is not officially confirmed by IWC but as far as I understand, Sellita movements are only used in the Portfinos currently.Thomas
T_G Wrote:I really don't know if ETA now does all the modifications IWC used to do themselves or if there has been some compromise. I guess to really know if there's any difference vs. older models you'd have to have a conversation with a watchmaker experienced in servicing them. In general, I'd assume it's the same as before if the calibre number is the same.Thomas
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Michael Friedberg Wrote:No, IWC is not hiding anything from you. The movement is by ETA to IWC specifications. As reported here, IWC now buys completed movements, although it regulates/fine tunes them. What IWC does with ETA movements has long been documented and discussed here, and you can find more in the archives. The search function is through the magnifying glass, upper left.On some of your other questions, I'm not sure of where you got the information. For example, virtually all movements use Incabloc (the others use Kif, functionally identical) and virtually all Swiss balances use Glycdur --these are not upgrades, except perhaps from primitive watches selling for a few dollars. And the relocation here of the indicator windows involves more than cosmetics --it also requires 6 more jewels, increasing the jewel count to 25.I hope this helps.
Michael Friedberg Wrote:The movements are made to the sane specifications as before, except for any modifications/improvements IWC now requests. And IWC itself tests and adjusts the movements, although I suppose ETA also had quality control and adjustments before delivery like any complex manufactured product.