Here's another pic of the Muller...
As you can see, it's definitely different. At first glance I was like, "this isn't for me" but then after seeing how it works (for reference, we're showing 11:58 as the time in the pic), it was too interesting to not keep. Definitely not something I would EVER pick for myself, but that's part of the appeal, too. So guy comes into my jewelery store (unfortunately we sell NO watches, only high end diamond jewelery) and wants to sell this... the watch is not working. Being that it's not just a standard complication, I have no idea what this is going to cost. I opened the watch to confirm authenticity, did a quick search online to see the value (approx $17k brand new), and asked him what he was looking for - he asked for 2k... I told him because it doesn't work, I could only offer him $1500... he took it.
Had to go through a few different watchmakers, all of whom who regularly service watches for us... no one wanted to touch it. Finally got referred to a specialty watchmaker who has an excellent reputation here in LA. Even they thought this watch was nuts... at this point I was a little nervous about how much I was going to sink into it... but after replacing a few minor parts and doing a full service and $500 later, I have a working watch. It's a little gimmicky, I guess, but it's a fun alternative to my everyday DateJust.
Reminds me of this children's book:
Seriously though, fascinating watch. Appreciating it for the mechanical marvel is the mark of a true watch aficionado. Kudos.
I had a hard time letting my Ulysse Nardin Michelangelo go not becasue I liked its appearance so much but on a similar note because I thought it was cleverly designed (push button advances time zones by one hour, works both forward and in reverse, even going back in time with the crown would reverse the date wheel). I find little details like that are wonderful even if 99.9% of people won't appreciate the level of craftsmanship, difficulty and detail required to make that happen.