The outstanding performance of IWC Replica Watches
Around 2006 Ball released its Caliber 9018 automatic movement. Contained in these Trainmaster pieces, the caliber 9018 has been in a few other watches since. It has the time, date, and thermometer (not digital). I believe it is built on a base Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement with a thermometer module. Ball also liked to point out the that movement can withstand 5000 Gs of shock. I wonder if that is actually shock or just velocity. Oh, and the thermometer can pretty well tell the temperature from -35 Celsius to 45 Celsius.
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I first wrote about the Moon Invader collection here, based on the prototype. Now, after seeing the final pieces, a find a few small changes have been made to the current versions. Most notable in my opinion is the lugs. They were supposed to "freely articulate" and conform to the wrist, but that didn't work out quite as planned. So what RJ did was connect the "lander feet" to the straps and have them move with the movement of the strap. It works well this way, and I think holds true to the original concept. That little feature was a pain to accomplish because of all the friction on the parts. As I understand it, RJ needed to work with a specialist to come up with a Teflon coating on the inside of the ball-joint to keep it operating smoothly.
Incoming Question From a Reader - What is the collectibility (level of desire) difference between the Professional, the automatic, and the racing?
Aesthetically the case and dial are good looking. The dial has a guilloche machine engraved texture on it, while the watch face and dials are easy to read. There is almost a distinct "Breguet-ness" to the look. It is a fun watch if anything, and it looks good on posters. As part of Zenith's rebranding efforts I think it is a good marquee. Though my real passion lies with the brand's new El Primero chronograph watch models that are quite cherry.