Speaking of Rolex, they are famous for their pickiness when it comes metal use. One story relates to a massive shipment of metal to their factory for processing into watch parts. Each time metal arrives, Rolex (among many other quality watch makers) will test the metal for its conformity with the ordered level of quality. On this occasion, the steel had something along the lines of just a little bit too much nickel, or other ore in it. Most people agreed that the minor deviation was marginal, and had no real effect on the quality. Nevertheless, Rolex rejected the entire shipment. Costing someone millions, but maintaining their reputation. Rolex is relatively conservative in the metals they use sticking with high quality steel, platinum, and gold (see gold Rolex President watches)
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As an unexpected modern twist, DeWitt provides a USB powered watch winder for the WX-1. I have to say that I was amazed to hear this. Why? Well first of all watch companies are notoriously slated in the past. I mean we are talking the dedicated production of mechanical watches, that from a pure efficiency standpoint more or less seceded from being practical once the quartz watch movement proved to be infinitely cheaper and more accurate. Ah, but the mechanical watch is so much more sexy. Why do we prefer a fine vintage wine, when Pabst Blue Ribbon beer will do the trick? It is because mechanical watches are seeped in tradition, romance, and the most important element of all to a coveting collector; they are extremely difficult to design and manufacture. So when DeWitt coupled the WX-1 with a USB charger, I was impressed and intrigued. The USB charging unit functions like a little stand for the watch. You deploy the dedicated winding stem from the watch with a small lever (the winding stem is located in the side porthole next to the tourbillon window). Once the stem is extended, it connects with the charger that turns it intermittently. It's amusing that you can connect this triumph of mechanical nostalgia to a computer for power purposes. I find this fact charming, and perhaps highly telling of watch the luxury watch industry is all about; producing creations of art and excess that must still conform to lifestyle and practical considerations.
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The Helix brand was launched using Swiss movements and high quality parts, but priced to American market standards. This means a well built watch that won't breach the 00 mark. They focus on functionality and good looks. Perhaps not the most aggressively designed watches, but American watch makers leave unproven design experiments to the Swiss and Japanese.
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Oh man, this one is rare, but you've got to love it. I think this is a perfect combination of style and technology that is bested in few places. Further, this particular Citizen Campanola is extremely rare. Probably only a handful are in the US. One of these is available right now on eBay. There are only 2000 of them in the entire world.
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