Originally Posted by Kid Nickels
Really? which ones? I wasn't aware of that. The "Top Gun" supposedly has an in-house.. the others using ETA or something?
At least in the past most of IWC's chronographs and some of their simpler watches like the old Spitfires used Modified ETA/Valjoux movements. If you spent more money, for one that has a split second chronograph, or a perpetual calendar chronograph then they made a lot more modificications and changes to the movement. Basiacally years ago, even watches like their DaVinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph were based on a Valjoux movement, but at that price range numerous changes were made and it woud be drastically different from a less expensive watch housing a Valjoux movement (even in their own line up). There is nothing wrong with a Valjoux or ETA base, provided its within a certain price range. IWC makes a great product, but many of their movements are not inhouse which is fine with me, but to be honest I have tired of many of their designs (but then again design is very subjective).
P.S. A fairly good reference for what base movements are in which watches is the Wristwatch Annual which you can get online through B&N or Amazon.
Edited by Dino944 - 1/24/12 at 7:40am