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Case In Point:

Why the Watch Case Matters

by JASON HEATON

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9/26/14

Most discussions about watches and their value begin and end with the movement: Swiss versus Japanese, in-house versus outsourced, finishing and complications. But in reality, the movement is only part of the story. All too often overlooked in these discussions is the humble watch case, which can be equally artful, interesting, and difficult to produce. Often, it can make up more of the value of the watch than the motor inside.

 

The case has two simple functions: protect the movement from dust and moisture and fit nicely on a wrist. Early versions were merely pocketwatch cases with wires soldered on each end through which a strap could be attached. There was little attention given to aesthetics outside of perhaps some engraving.

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Taking A Ride with the Luminox P-38 Valjoux Automatic 9461 Chronography

by JOHN BIGGS

Luminox is best known for their no-nonsense three-handed quartz models with unique Tritium tubes on the hands. These amazingly bright and compact watches are popular with military and police. But what about WWII era fighter pilots? Who will build a watch for them? Now the company has their back.

 

The Luminox P-38 Valjoux Automatic 9461 (let’s just call it the P-38 Chrono) is a brand new model that commemorates the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. It’s a traditional chronograph in black and white with a tachymeter around the edge and a standard running seconds, minutes, hours layout with central seconds. It also has a day/date window and is controlled by two hidden buttons over and under the crown. It’s quite thick and comes on a thick leather strap.

 

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