JM's c.33xx testing & a new Speedy family shot.
Jean-Michel (owner of: Lemania5100.net, Navitimer.net, & speedmaster-mission.net) replied to me about his Speedy family and talks about his c.33xx Broad Arrow. I thought I'd make share my reply to him...
I would like also to share with you a picture of my little speedmaster "familly" , missing on the pic are my Flightmaster (still in maintenance at Bienne) and my X-33:
I know you are not a "fan" ;-) of the reduced or the BA ...
No one sane or serious will ever confuse me with a fan of the c.33xx. I'd like to be a fan, but... As for the Reduced, I'm not gung-ho about it, but they do seem to be a good alternative for many poeple. I merely wish to inform about the differences in movement between the ETA/D-D and a ETA/Valjoux or Lemania movement with those models. Let the consumer choose from a good solid knowledge base.
concerning the reduced it is my wife's speedy and she loves it ! it is so cool to have a wife liking watches (she have her own collection of watches , but she is more foccused on "miniature" watches : the speedy is her largest watch by far and her only chrono ... she is a fan of the Omega "ladymatic")
I'd like to recommend that she (or you) look at either Vintage or the early Re-Edition of the "1964 Heuer Carrera) as they are very nice smaller chronographs that are suitable for wear on dressy occasions, and/or by either sex who happen to have smaller wrists. Another brand I'd point out are Vintage Tissot's with their 1960's and 1970's Vintage PR516 and Seastar lines, which offer a Lemania manual wind movement in smaller case sizes.
- concerning the BA , I have read again thoses bad repports and I feel so sorry for the guys who had problems ...
Me too, at least to some extent... At some point I would hope that potential purchasers would step back and say "Do I really want to take the chance?". At this point I don't think anyone who's bit by the c.33xx bugs should express surprise.
on my side I am currently running the test , what I can tell you is :
I have continusly wear the BA during a period of 35 days (that is rare for me I generally change every day !!!)
You don't have enough other watches screaming for wrist time!
the result of accuracy is : +23 sec over the 35 days period (mean of +0,66 sec/day)
I don't think anyone, including myself, has ever found the c.33xx to be anything but a phenominally accurate watch. My concerns have mainly been reliablilty related. I'm not especially keen on some of the design cues but I know/express those as personal preferrances.
absolutly NO problem concerning the chorongraph function , normal return to zero whith no "offset" of the hand ...
That's good to hear! Bottom line is, we really don't know the depth/breadth of the issues we've seen reported. I tend to believe that your experience is the majority experience the question is the size of that majority... Is it a landslide or a squeaker.
I must notice that the chrono pushers have "brake in" , in the first times the pusher feeling was quiet "hard" after about 50 to 70 start/stop in operate more smoothly and is now with a "better" feeling (I am not the only one to have noticed this on the 33X3)
This is the first I've heard of this quasi-Issue.
I have spoken with the Omega flagship store about thoses problems on the 33x3, they where of course aware of them but say that very curiously the US market seems more subject to thoses , in europe they have very few claim for problems on 33x3 .... isn't it curious ????
The US market is a big market. It is curious. I seem to remember someone (perhaps even myself) pondering if this was an phenominon with some regional trends... I'll have to do a little searching on TZ OF to see if I can find it.
I am (still) delighted by my BA which is one of my favourite watch , I will of course keep you updated of this long therm test
I appreciate and look forward to it.
Thank you for your thoughts and future reports, JM!