It is not too late to get to the topic. Today I just want to tell you one thing. The problem of universal movements that plagued some players will soon be resolved completely. It will cover entry-level models of various series of Portuguese meters, flying meters, mark, engineers, and Portofino.
I know very well that several models of universal movements often make some players tangled.
One of IWC’s favourites, pilots timed, this watch uses a universal movement.
We all know that the movement used by IWC is divided into two parts. The high-end models use the self-produced movements (Woodpecker, Jones Arrow), and the entry models use outsourced general-purpose movements. IWC uses two general-purpose movements, one is the ETA or SW version of the 2892 movement, and the other is the ETA or SW version of the 7750 movement (I will write 2892 and 7750 directly later). Mark, Portofino Red 60, Engineer, Da Vinci, Marine Timepiece, etc. use the 3892 version; pilot chronometer, Portuguese meter, engineer timepiece, marine timepiece, etc. These timepieces use the 7750 chronograph . IWC has recalibrated the general-purpose movements purchased. After 5 orientation adjustments, the movement can reach the observatory standard (but there is no observatory certification).
One of IWC’s most popular models, Portuguese chronograph, also uses a universal chronograph movement.
IWC watches with general-purpose movements are mainly models with a public price of 30,000 to 60,000 (the price of gold watches will exceed this range). What makes some brothers tangled is that many other luxury watches at the same price as IWC use a self-produced movement. Omega has 8500, Rolex has 3135/3235, Jaeger-LeCoultre has 899, Panerai has P9000 / P3000 and so on. Although we all know that general-purpose movements have good performance, reliability, and easy maintenance, many people still prefer self-produced movements with stronger technical characteristics. Of course, IWC knows this problem better than anyone else, so IWC starts to solve this problem.
According to the plan, IWC will use two new self-produced movements, 69000 and 42,000, to solve the problem.
IWC’s new 69000 self-winding chronograph movement.
IWC will replace 7750 with 69000 and 2892 with 42000. Therefore, according to the IWC plan, the future IWC movement will be the following lineup. 52000 series (37.8 mm), 89000 series (30 mm), 59000 series (37.8 mm), 69000 series (30 mm), 42000 series (27 mm). Among them 52000, 89000, 59000 will be used in high-end series, 42000 and 69000 will be used in entry-level series. The boundary between IWC and high-end movements and entry-level movements is 10,000 Swiss francs (approximately RMB 68,000). Above 10,000 Swiss francs are high-end, and below 10,000 Swiss francs are entry.
IWC 52000 series movements are used in IWC high-end models, such as Dafei and Portuguese 7.
At present, the new 69000 chronograph movement that replaces 7750 by IWC has been launched. It is used on the new engineer’s chronograph. 42000 has not been announced yet, but according to IWC’s plan, it should come out this year. 69000 was actually launched last year. At that time, I saw some information, but because I didn’t know much information at that time, although I knew it was a big thing, I didn’t take it out for writing. Now more and more information is being disclosed, so I will introduce the situation and technical configuration of 69000 to my brothers.
IWC’s new 69000 self-winding chronograph movement was developed by IWC and the Richemont ValFleurier movement factory. Because the brands under the Swatch Group, Richemont Group and LVMH Group all exchange their movements, just as I learned recently that Vacheron Constantin’s new 5200 chronograph movement is actually used together with Roger Dubuis. (Although I see news that it is used in common, I think it should be a joint research and development and cooperative relationship), so it is possible that the new 69000 movement of IWC will be used outside IWC in the future.
We can see that the 69000 movement uses cylindrical wheels.
Some brothers have speculated before that whether this movement is a modified version of ETA7750 / SW500, so let’s compare what is the difference between 69000 and ETA7750 / SW500.
We can see that the new 69000 disk layout is similar to the 7750, but there are actually differences. The small seconds hand of 69000 is at 6 o’clock, and the small seconds hand of 7750 is at 9 o’clock. The 12-hour clock of 69000 is at 9 o’clock, and the 12-hour clock of 7750 is at 6 o’clock. The information I know is that 69000 moved the small second hand to 6 o’clock to reduce friction and wear. This is true, because adding transmission gears in the gear train can reduce gear wear and reduce sludge (I will There will be a dedicated article to write). IWC’s 69000 movement uses a cylindrical wheel, 7750 is a cam, and the cylindrical wheel adds technical features and aesthetics to 69000. Although the technical configuration information of the 69000 movement I learned did not mention what kind of clutch is used in this movement, but according to the opening next to the automatic rotor of the 69000 movement, it should be the same swing gear as 7750. IWC The same clutch is used in the high-end 59000 series chronograph movement.
We can see that the 69000 is using the fine-tuning speed and slow hand, and the swing gear clutch can be seen from the opening next to the automatic rotor.
We know that the winding of the woodpecker Billerton is the most representative technical feature of IWC, and IWC’s high-end movements are in use. Because the 69000’s positioning is an entry model (including 42000), the 69000 uses a ‘low profile’ woodpecker to wind. We know that now IWC has replaced the woodpecker with ceramic parts on the Portuguese 7 and other models, and no longer uses brass woodpeckers (commonly known as ‘yellow chickens’). The 69000’s self-winding section does not use ceramics and continues to use brass parts.
IWC 69000 has the movement decoration of the ‘standard’ entry model of luxury watches.
In addition to these technical configuration changes, other upgrades of the 69000 are mainly focused on the assembly and maintenance of the movement. The timing components of the 69000 movement are on the back of the movement, which is easier to disassemble than the 7750. The 69000 calendar is also an independent module. These are convenient places for maintenance and repair. Lubrication of the 69000 movement can be completed automatically, reducing manual refueling errors, because it is easier to refuel manually, and there are oil stains on many movement plywood, which is ‘hand shake’. In addition, 69000 has two more axes than 7750 and has a little more power. 7750 is 44 hours and 69000 is 46 hours.
The new 69000 is now used only in engineer limited editions and will be used on more watches in the future.
The IWC Goodwood version currently uses a 69,000 chronograph movement.
69000 is now used on the Goodwood Limited Edition of IWC. Some people think that it is because of the insufficient capacity of IWC, so it can only be used on a small scale. I think this statement makes sense. According to the positioning of 69000, after this popular models, which are very familiar to brothers, such as flying meters and Portuguese meters, will use this movement. When can I change it? Now I can only wait. Whenever this time, some brotherhoods are tangled and feel that it is not worth buying a universal movement now. For this issue, I still have the old point of view. Watches at this price do not need to be too entangled with the movement. General-purpose movements are also good. They are also self-produced. It does not matter much at this price. If you talk about tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of watches, but also use a universal movement, then it is unreasonable.
Engineer Goodwood Edition with 69000 caliber
Because of the hundreds of thousands of watches, they are often divided by the movement, such as PP 5119, 5296, Lange Saxon, 1815, VC 85180. These watches are three hands, there are no extras on the surface. The decorative style of the movement. An entry-level luxury watch, because of its low price, cannot achieve a very high level of polishing even with its own movement. In the entry-level luxury watches, like the 69000 we saw earlier, the decoration level and performance level of general-purpose movements and self-produced movements are basically similar. I don’t have any tangles. For example, Mark and Seahorse 300 meters with a public price of more than 30,000 yuan, one is 2892, the other is 2,500. There is not much difference in decoration and performance (except for escapement).