For all-around watch nerdiness, both are compelling timepieces but clearly different. Both also share a fondness for silicon – which Zenith is backing in a big way these days. Silicon is what makes movements like the ZO 342 even possible. Replacing metal with silicon is how these parts are able to move quickly and reliably. Unlike metal, silicon isn’t affected by temperature or magnetism, and because it has much lower friction, it doesn’t require lubrication. More so, the ability to cut very small, very precise parts allows for mechanisms not previously available when metal was more or less the only material option. These manufacturing options combined with computer modeling software have allowed for a new generation of mechanical watch movements such as the ZO 342 that combine traditional concepts of how a small machine tells the time, with a lot of modern know-how.
Watch buyers without deep pockets get our tips as we recap on the aBlogtoWatch article, “7 Ways To Survive As a Watch Lover On A Budget.” John and I have each used all of those tips ourselves. We also talk about DeBethune’s first diver’s watch, the 300 meter water resistant DB28 Grand Sport. Last, we ponder who buys (and why) highly limited edition, hand-engraved, and complicated interesting oddities like the Zenith watches official site Replica Academy Christoph Colomb Hurricane II.
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