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miroman

Interesting dual-balance watch

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Hi,

Month ago I spotted on Ali-you-know-where a watch with dual balance movement. I asked myself how it works. I had read about Seagull's twin tourbillon that there was some very complex system of "averaging" the tourbillon cartridges to increase the accuracy - one compensates the other, and vice versa. Well, then I was short of about 35 000 USD to buy it  :) . So I wondered if this one isn't something similar. In addition I was attracted by the size of the movement - I like when the watch is big, it's with a big movement, it's funny to see a 44 mm. watch with a date window in the middle between the axes and the bezel. Well, as I mentioned the date, I also like the "Big date" complication, and it's present in this watch.

So ... two weeks ago I decided and bought it. Surprisingly today it arrived, unbelievable.

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Here are the two balances:

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The movement, as I mentioned, is big and well decorated, even with blue screws:

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It has two mainsprings, connected with an intermediate wheel. Probably the power spreads between them, to avoid stopping of a single balance: 

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When I inspected it in detail, I noticed gears to the hands, connected only to one of the balances. The other has gears only to support power from the mainspring. So I think only one is 'real', the other probably is only 'decorative'. Pity ... 

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I don't intend to open it to assure my suspicions. Till now I'll wear it and watch dual balances (although they are not tourbillons :)

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Regards, Miro.

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Sure looks interesting. At first glance I think only one is real as you said.

I too like date complications in the center below 12 o'clock. I'm assuming there are 2 small calendar wheels beneath the dial that makes it all happen.

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