OK, OK, not what you'd expected I guess. However, just wanted to share some pics of the beautiful backside of my Spidolite SA I made during my recent vacation. Though it might not be the most sophisticated movement it still has a strong appeal to me as the details have been nicely taken care of by Danish/Swiss master watchmaker Svend Andersen. My only regret is that I wasn't able to get rid of all the small hairs and dust particles... Close-ups can be hard sometimes.
I had previously considered the standard version of the Spidolite, however in the end it had to be the SA because of the display back. I just like to watch the movement with its wheels and the blue-gold rotor in action. And without the same level of historic DNA to live up to (think Panerai or many other "original" swiss brands) there's no reason to panic about the fact this detail isn't "historically correct"
The wheel in the foreground transmits the power that the rotor generates to the spring barrel (it's wheels visible underneath the rotor), which winds the spring.
Here's the balance wheel in it's sapphire shock absorber. + and - indicate how manipulating the lever will affect the watch's beating frequency and help the watchmaker to adjust the accuracy.
In this picture the special color of the rotor, which is achieved by a specific heat treatment, is visible. A bit like the blued screws that pride many movements these days, although this is gold (rotor) instead of steel (screws). If any specialists can give me a good description what exactly happens in the process I'd be happy to learn!
Thanks for watching and have a great sunday everyone!