I have a shed load of articles to post here, unfortunately I’ve been so busy recently that updating the blog has had to take a bit of a back seat whilst I attempt to deal with the servicing backlog! Anyway hopefully the updates should become more regular and I’ll start of with this lovely IWC that came in for a service recently. The model is an Aquatimer IW3568-08 and is powered by the IWC calibre 30110 movement which is essentially a breathed on ETA 2892-A2.
The International Watch Companies mecaquartz range of chronograph watches use a hybrid movement with quartz powered time and chrono functions coupled with a mechanical reset. The mechanical reset instantly snaps the registers back to the rest position as opposed to a fully quartz movement which has to advance them back to rest. The movements were based on the Jaeger LeCoultre calibre 630 and 631, the 631 having the addition of a moonphase indicator. These movements have two motors, one powering the timekeeping hands and the other powering the chronograph. The watch featured is based on the 25 jewel 630 calibre. As you can see from the photograph it has an unusual date indicator, much like a pointer style but different in as much as only the two red bars that frame the date are visible on the dial. It came in with various issues, the most immediate being that it didn’t run, neither the time keeping or the chronograph.