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Genuine or Generic Parts – You be the judge

by Jordan Ficklin

On the Left is a generic automatic axle made in the U.S. for a popular high end brand. On the right is a genuine axle for the same caliber. Which one do you want in your watch? The one that is polished, round, with a shoulder to retain the oil, or the one that isn’t?

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The shoulder at the bottom is critical to retain oil and is almost non-existent on the generic part


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Surface finish on functional bearing surfaces looks hammered on the generic component


Looking down on the pivots, this time the generic is on the right. It isn't even round.

Looking down on the pivots, this time the generic is on the right. It isn’t even round.


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Pictures taken witih a Leica digital microscope

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