Question regarding caliber 1170

Hi, I am new here and owner of 4 VCs: Overseas 37mm, 40mm Chrono, a Phidias and a Ref. 33093. I read somewhere that it is difficult or almost impossible to service caliber 1170 due to its thiness and that movement many times needs to be replaced. Is this correct? Thanks in advance. Best Kevin
Re: Question regarding caliber 1170
08/16/2011 - 04:57
Hello Winedoc and welcome to the Lounge! I first learned about the automatic cal. 1170 (and the manual cal. 1160) through Alex's article on Ultra Thins:Slim Is In These two movements were based on Jean Lassale movements from the 1970s.  VC used cal 1170 for a very short time because of the issues you mentioned above.  Besides what is written in the article mentioned above, I also found this link to another well known forum from 2001.  It refers to the same quality issues that existed with the Lassale movements.Lassale Ultrathin Movement Post on Another Forum   (Alex please remove this link if it is considered inappropriate). Best Regards, Dan
Re: Re: Question regarding caliber 1170
08/16/2011 - 07:00
Thanks Dan for the information.  I know these movements were used in the 90's and was hoping that after these many years they have found a better way to service these.  I can't imagine has to replace the movement everytime the watch needing service.  I'll try to contact VC service center and find out and report back. Best Kevin
Do you have a watch with cal 1170, or is there one on your wishlist?
08/16/2011 - 08:10
Hi, Just curious.  The 4 VCs you have make up a great collection, but none use cal 1170 as far as I know. Are you looking to pick one up, or do you have one in hand already?  Would love to see a pictures of if possible. Best Regards, Dan
Re: Do you have a watch with cal 1170, or is there one on your wishlist?
08/17/2011 - 00:19
Hi Dan, I am thinking of picking one up as I like thin watches. But, if servicing it requires a new movement each time will become very costly soon. Kevin
Rnothing to be worried about VC can service the caliber (nt)
08/16/2011 - 22:40
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Re: Rnothing to be worried about VC can service the caliber (nt)
08/17/2011 - 00:21
Thanks Alex. Since you are the moderator here, I assume you would know the answer. I actually read your "slim is in" article (superb by the way) and got scared. Best kevin