For a little bit of weekend fun, a This or That

We don’t get many polls on the HL, and I would be interested to hear your views/ opinions...

Please assume that the purchase price is the same

We all know the OS ti/SS, and Alex' picture speaks a 1,000 words. However, all of you might not be familiar with the Linde Werdelin Spidolite, and so please find below some further info on it, so that you can make an informed decision...

The LW Spidolite has a skeletonised case in titanium as well as a 1970's automatic movement, modified in the Andersen Geneva Atelier by respected Danish-born watchmaker and founding member of the ACHI, Svend Andersen (I personally had never heard of him before reading the press release, but I am not a “Knowlegeable WIS”....)

The titanium case has been drilled leaving just the frame and ensuring at all times maximum durability of the watch.

The movement is a NOS A. Schild ref. 1876 movement (A. Schild was one of the major movement manufacturers in Switzerland in up until the 1978, when ETA and A. Schild merged into what is today know as ETA). This movement is then re-polished with Cotes de Geneve pattern, calibrated and regulated to modern standards. Additionally, a 0,2mm blue gold rotor plate is added to the rotor.
For a little bit of weekend fun, a This or That
The case size is misleading: the bezel is closer to 38mm, and I would say that the watch sits quite well on the wrist (it feels a lot smaller than my Hublot Big Bang; I would say that it feels more like 42mm x 44mm…)

Technical Specifications for Spidolite Skeleton Dial
Size 46mm (w) by 49mm (l) by 12mm (h)
Movement NOS Automatic movement modified by Andersen Geneve Atelier,
to include Blue Gold rotor
42 hour power reserve
Case Titanium gr.5 drilled case with microbille finish
See through sapphire crystal case-back
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Screw in crown with LW logo
Dial Skeleton titanium grey galvanic matt dial
4 Super LumiNova filled indexes
Hands Super LumiNova
Water Resistance 300M / 1000ft
Strap Spidolite textile strap with titanium ardillon buckle


Cheers,

Francois
Overseas for sure...
08/08/2009 - 01:08
Hi Francois, I certainly voted for the Overseas because, in my opinion, everything about the VC is better. Everything from design to movement to immense company history is greater with the Overseas. I am not taking anything away from the other piece. It appears to be a very nice timepiece as well. The only thing I like better about the Spidolite is that it has an exhibition caseback which you do not get with the Overseas. Everything else is superior with the Overseas. Of course this is just my humble opinion. Best Regards, Mike
tough call; the OS is a "dress" sports watch and the Werdelin is a bad
08/08/2009 - 01:38
ass watch , it would depend on my mood but if both are priced the same I would go for the OS as it is wearable in more occasions
I do not associate A. Schild movements with high-end watches.
08/08/2009 - 03:59
Is it fair to assume that the Werdelin will fall outside C.O.S.C. specifications? (Apologies for the curmodgeonliness. I have reached a stage at which I won't buy any modern watch, Vacheron included, unless has a C.O.S.C. or equivalent certificate. I think watches should keep time.)
COSC Cert
08/08/2009 - 07:13
I agree!  This watch came with the sundial equivalent to a COSC certificate .  Still has terrible positional error though...
LOL good one :-) (nt)
08/09/2009 - 11:28
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I'd go for the Overseas
08/08/2009 - 18:28

Thanks for the weekend fun, Francois. As Alex said, the OS would probably be the more versatile of the two.  I am also not sure if the Spidolite will withstand the test of time, designwise. Cheers! Kazumi

My vote was for the Overseas.....
08/08/2009 - 19:40
Not that the LW isn't cool, but when thinking about spending real money on either of those two watches, I can't but help think that the VC is the better value proposition. An interesting variation of your poll might be the SS/Ti Automatic Overseas against the Sarpaneva Koronoa K2.  Bill
Too obvious choice :-) nt
08/09/2009 - 02:26
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Whoa... Somebody actually voted for the LW...
08/11/2009 - 21:30
...and I promise that it wasn't me And to be honest, if I had to vote, I am not sure which way I would go. Yes, the VC has a better movement, is a lot more versatile, has the VC brand name... and the new grey monochrome version is just amazing (I saw it in the metal recently, and I was blown away!). I would have to agree that the VC probably offers better value for the money. Still... IMO the design of the LW case is absolutely gorgeous, and the dial has a lot of depth, which I really like. I understand that I would be buying into a style more than anything, but I'm OK with that (don't forget, I already own a Hublot). The one thing I would be concerned about is if the look of the watch would at one point grow old on me... Thanks to all for voting/giving feedback... And Bill, is the Sarpaneva Koronoa K2 the same price as the OS? Cheers, Francois
Sarpaneva and Overseas
08/11/2009 - 22:35

The USD price of the Automatic SS/Ti Overseas is $9900. The Price on the basic K2 is Euro 7820, about $11,000. Close enough for a poll. :-) Bill

well, you learn something everyday...
08/11/2009 - 23:43
I was under the impression that the K2 was MUCH more expensive... And you are probably right, it might have been a closer contest if it had been the K2 against the OS. Thanks Bill, Francois
Still had been VC as the winner :-) nt
08/13/2009 - 00:41
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