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Sunflower Wrote:Thank you for your explanation, a picture of the part would be quite enlightening.Kind regards,Paul
jfsuperior Wrote:Dear Forumners,On the TZ forum someone posted that during a visit at an IWC Boutique and checking out a ref 5001 Portuguese he noticed what appeared to be plastic parts within the movement.When he pointed this out to the sales person he was told that's it now common to use some plastic parts in modern movements. He writes that while he liked the watch the use of plastic parts was a huge turn-off. Although I responded on that forum I think it's important to make a similar point here that the part he saw is NOT plastic but "CERAMIC" automatic winding clicks. As part of the pawl lever mounted assembly in combination with the specially hardened auto device wheel, the "ceramic" clicks reduces the abrasion of the automatic winding mechanism.While ceramics have been used for a long time by IWC i.e. ref. 3705 case, producing "movement parts" from this material is relatively new.I believe one reason the salesperson was unaware of this development is that IWC has perfected their movements over the years with little fanfare and technical info was reserved for their watchmakers. However, in order to properly educate misinformed consumers, I find this forum a good platform to share the latest technical improvements and to show the company doesn't rest on its laurels.Regards,Jack Freedman
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Ardoise Wrote:Jack - its really good that you defended this case on that other forum and outlined some specific technical info. Outstanding. I am a bit surprised that a sales consultant did not know this, as well as many forum members here. This has been discussed here before, and this photo has appeared with a detailed description of IWC's innovative use of ceramic movement parts.That photo above and the details have been in the catalog for several years. Each sales associate on the floor of each boutique should know the catalog and it's contents from front-to-back which only begin to scratch the surface of IWC...Our own Mark L brought is up as late as last year in a great post...Mark L's Post from last Year..
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Simius Wrote:Quite interesting Jack...I do remember that this issue has been discussed already on the forum.May I ask in which models apart of 5001 this IWC uses these ceramic parts??In the past, plastic parts have been also mentioned concerning 7750-based models such as 3714...could you comment on this ?Thanks and kind regards,Yitzhak
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