So the Apple Watch outsold the entire Swiss watch industry in 2019. The trades are understandably strident about this shit because of course they are because the watch industry has never found it advantageous to explain the watch industry to the press that reports on it.
By 1977 Seiko had become the world’s largest watch company in terms of revenues. According to the Harvard Business School study, Seiko’s watch revenues for 1977 totaled $700 million on a production of 18 million pieces. Timex was number two, ahead in unit production (35 million) but far behind in revenue ($475 million).... The industry had two large watch groups: SSIH, whose star was Omega, and ASUAG, whose top brand was Longines.They were, respectively, the third and fourth largest watch firms in the world in 1977, with combined sales of $545 million.
The Quartz Revolution
When I wrote that I wasn't expecting this.
I had the phone on the left. The phone in the middle had just been announced. the phone on the right is where we are now. And the phone industry now requires you to have a dinghy in order to make it to shore whenever you need to check a text because your phone is now a cigar box made out of gorilla glass. Women everywhere: "but it doesn't fit in our hard-won pockets!" Apple: "Fuck you get bigger pockets."
It's funny. The whole of the watch press pictures this guy going "You know, I was gonna blow $28k on a GMT Master but come to think of it, I've always wanted to look like a Spy Kid in my Brioni so I'll just buy an Apple Watch instead."
And this shit just gets so fucking obvious. When was the last time you saw a Timex Ironman? Or a Casio G-shock? The guys willing to spend $300 on a watch that gets their texts instead of $150 on a watch that doesn't? They're Casio's problem. They sure as shit aren't Longines'. But it's such a bizarre corner-case little industry that you can legit get up on a closed Facebook forum dedicated to people who are 3D printing for jewelry casting and say "What are y'all supporting in?" and assholes will proudly say "I've been doing this for 50 years and have no idea what you're talking about" because they bought a B9Core for 12 grand and their boss pays for a 12 grand license of 3Design and they didn't even know there were options.
There are, by the way. I've been evaluating them. On the left, a 25 micron vertical print out of Chitubox. On the right, a 25 micron vertical print out of Formware3D. In the center, a 25 micron optimal-angle print out of Formware3D. Note the overhangs are perfect but the little blivets where it was sprued up suck. They won't suck when we're working in metal, but they kinda suck in clear resin. Enough to put up with the crappy overhangs? No. I think I'll take crisp overhangs and blivets.
There's an electrician coming over any minute to look at adding circuits to the garage. In the meantime I've been focusing on other stuff. Like my little friend Ardath.
A. Schild 1051s, as it turns out. 21 jewel versions, which AS never officially sold. You can still buy them new despite the fact that they haven't been made in over 50 years. They keep surprisingly good time for as small as they are; they're consistently 70-90 seconds fast in six positions timed individually. I let 'em run at the same time 'cuz I wanted to see if they get into resonance. They don't.
He's missing a medallion on the back. It was suggested I could probably model it and cast it up which, you know what?
...that's a to-scale STL output out of Fusion. It took me an afternoon and I'm not even good at Fusion so that was pretty dope. And hey so long as we're casting up logos...