A little travel log update:
The Tour Watch was sent from beautiful Bad Ischl, Austria to Switzerland where Customs (EZV or "Zoll") personnel in Urdorf wanted to take a closer look at it. With the assistance of the Austrian and Swiss Posts, EZV and our Tour Hosts, a revised customs declaration was submitted and the Watch was ultimately delivered to Grenchen (via Penthalaz). Incredibly enough, much of the communication related to and ultimately submission of the declaration, was transacted by email. Zoll and both Posts responded quickly. There is much to be learned from the efficiency and courtesy of these three agencies.
“Swizz”, the Grenchen Tour Host, and his colleagues are preparing for tests next week at Zeit Zentrum, a preeminent watchmaking school also located in Grenchen. The following message was recieved Tuesday from Stefan (“Swizz”):
“Hey Xxxxxx, my friends Lenny Xxxxxxx, Simon Xx-xxxxx and Cedric Xxxx will help me with the watch. They are in the same watchmaker’s school. Can we make some modifications like a glass bottom?”
Swizz was of course informed that the Tour has no rules and that he (and they) would have to rely on there own discretion and expertise. There has been some previous discussion about this same proposed modification. The concern has been that since the caseback is relatively thin that it might be challenging to cut a substantial enough relief (or step) in it to support the crystal.
Did anyone ever mic the thickness of the caseback? There are a few obvious “work arounds” for this consideration including the addition of another piece of metal to the caseback or even fabricating a new one that would have provision for a crystal in its design.