This afternoon I'd like to profile a watch I really like, that I hardly ever wear, photographed with a camera (iPad) I've never used before, without leaving the comfort of my recliner chair.
The watch is thin. It's light.
It's grey and blue and gold, with a bright red Chrono hand. The pushers are integrated into the case design, as is the bracelet/lug transition. The crown screws down. The bracelet has an integrated push-button clasp. Of course, it's Swiss made, but Porsche Design gets a subtle credit in the buckle and in the moon subdial.
The finishes are matt and polished titanium, with a very glossy dark blue bezel and a soft medium blue dial, highlighted by shiny gold rings around each subdial, gold hands and gold markers.
Even the date window at 4:30 shows careful design consideration, with a matching blue ring with gold letters.
The MechaQuartz JLC-based 630 movement is a hybrid 25-jewel assembly, with a quartz timekeeping 'engine' and a mechanical 'snap-action' chronograph. It has two cousin movements: Cal. 631 comes without moon phase display, and Cal. 633 has an alarm. They were used in PD watches too. Always covered by a case back, so there was little finishing.
A factory picture
These movements incorporate two separate quartz-controlled stepper motors, one for the 'watch' (1 Hz, 3600 bph) and one for the chronograph (4 Hz, 14400 bph). Strangely, the chronograph still runs when the timekeeping portion is stopped by pulling out the crown fully! I guess you have to trust me on this, but observe:
As you can see in this side profile, the links are connected by pins. The watch came with an IWC pusher tool so the owner can conveniently adjust the bracelet at home (without getting up from his chair). It looks like a few of those pins need some minor pushing.
I hope you enjoyed this armchair review. No calories were expended but my battery is down to 5%. Thank you for reading.
This message has been edited by cazalea on 2016-04-27 15:53:39