From just looking at the pictures of both the automatic and handwinding versions of the movement, they take the ebauche, discard the rotor and possibly some other related self-winding apparatus, then install new parts and/or modify existing parts to make the movement 100% handwinding. They also decorate the movement extensively with engraving, perlage, etc. I imagine it's somewhat time consuming for their watchmakers to do this, hence the premium for the handwinding movement since it didn't come out of the box as such.
I’m thinking of getting the handwound version, such a beautiful caseback. I know a regular Valjoux movement would be fairly easy to service where I live in Thailand, not sure about the modified handwound version though. Would I need to send it back to Stowa for a regular service, or could a decent watchmaker still service the watch?
Thanks for the photos and reviews!
Any knowledgeable watchmaker can service the modified ETA movement. Stowa „just“ took of rotor and bridge and mounted an in-house made bridge. That‘s somerhing a watchmaker should be capable to cope with.
Hello there. As a person drawn to watches that "make a statement", I love this watch. I'm going to show my naivete and ask about the functions. I see the large seconds hand, so I know that is sweeping each minute, but the other 2 sub-dials are stopped unless you trigger them with the extra stops on the case? Is that correct? And one dial sweeps 60 seconds, and the other sweeps full circle in 30 seconds?
Thank for your answers, and please keep the mocking to a minimum.
Hello, Nodyce! No mocking here; we were all new to watches at some point, and chronographs sometimes are a little unintuitive.
The large seconds hand actually does not move. It is part of the chronograph function (i.e., stopwatch function). It starts moving when you push the upper-right pusher at a rate of one full sweep around the dial per minute. It stops moving when you push the same upper-right pusher. The lower-right pusher resets this second hand back to zero. Make sure to stop the large seconds hand first before pushing this reset pusher!
The subdial at the 9-o'-clock position (i.e., left side of the dial) is called the running seconds subdial. This one continuously runs, sweeping the full circle every minute. The subdial at the 3-o'-clock position (i.e., right side of the dial) is also part of the chronograph function. It measures up to 30 minutes; so, it ticks over a mark every time the center seconds sweeps a full circle around the dial. This subdial also resets to zero when you push the reset pusher.
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