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: Personally, it is fine with me if TAG-Heuer shares a bit of DNA
: with the folks at Seiko; I'm guessing that we will end up with
: better, more affordable watches, than if TAG-Heuer had started
: on a white board and built its own movement.
: Really can't wait to see the chronos that will be powered by this
: monster movement!!
Another important component in any automatic watch is the spring winding mechanism. In the case of the new 1887, TH has choosen to keep Seiko's ratcheting system (Magic Lever, as Seiko calls it), instead of replacing it with some of the gear systems traditional in the Swiss industry. Only IWC has something similar with its Pellaton automatic winding system. TH's press release nor Mr. Babin mention this subject in particular, but a picture is proudly shown in the press corner of TH's website.
I think Jeff has a very good point here. It will be very good news if TH is able to use this new movement to provide a better priced chronograph. My wild guess? After launching some initial, limited editions, the 1887 will find its way into the mainstream TH chronographs, and perhaps Zenith's El Primero movements will be used for the top of the line series.