The ST18 look-alike rotor confuses a bit but makes it more dressy. b-)
Thanks for the info. I expected it was something like that: how else could Zeiss/Germany "take on" massive production of lenses for Sony cameras?Sean779,
The situation is really complex. Take Zeiss for example, since the company first started making photographic lenses, they were active in the licensing business, allowing selected lens companies to make lenses to their designs and specifications, and these days it's no difference: those built by Cosina, and the earlier ones by Tomioka, were indeed of Zeiss design but no Zeiss content. But those on Sony, and even Nokia cameraphones, are not. When Sony digital cameras first sported Zeiss-marked lenses, Zeiss were asked point-blank how much input they had in them, but after paragraphs extolling the virtue of Zeiss lenses, the bottomline answer was like, "these lenses are up to the Zeiss standards".
Yep, my 7751 was supposedly assembled by one of the von Burg companies somewhere in Switzerland. Not sure whether the Benz assembly is affected by the recent closure of the Bellinzona operation. Claro watch, big trouble in little Switzerland | independent watch projectsErnst Benz ... very interesting!
The above quote was yesterday amended by the Fitzroy rep to remove the following sentence:The latest from another forum site is the official confirmation that the MF01 is a 'Claro'. Also this from Fitzroy's official spokesperson regarding the MF02:
"The story on that movement is similar to the Claro but it's not sourced from Claro so I don't know this info at present. I believe I will have much more info regarding the movements which I can share in the next two to three days. "
That's right, the only non-7750-type automatic chronograph in the 'affordable' price range is now being assembled and finished in Switzerland and finding its way onto European wrists!
This is a big surprise to me. the ST16 I can understand as a raw ebauche costs peanuts, but an automatic chronograph with column-wheel adds up to a lot of precision parts, and matching the value with Swiss parts would be a more difficult proposition if the final product is to be priced competitively against watches using ETA and Sellita movements.
Should be no big deal. A new and small brand in Germany (Uhr) just launched the new 7750 collection, the UHR-283 is selling for 399 Euro (- VAT). It is feasible though.Also how hard is it for those outside Swatch land to source a 7750 especially a company that has not previously done any business with ETA?
That's my understanding.I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong but. I thought that Claro only offered the 888 which is not a Chrono?