It all started with a stick in the ground. Ancient man measured the slow crawl of the sun by marking shadows in the sand. He watched the heavens. He searched science and religion for an answer. Yet the riddle of time remained unanswered. But then the men and their machines gained momentum, setting off a chain reaction of innovation and invention that ultimately led to the Stauer Duello II.
We combined two of the most important advances in timekeeping history. Automatics are brilliant mechanical contraptions that channel the energy of motion to power the movement. Invented for pocket-watches in 1770, the first automatic debuted on the wrist in 1923. Automatics ruled the wristwatch industry for decades until quartz technology arrived in 1967. The innovation was hailed as one of the most accurate timekeeping inventions in history. Quartz watches kept more precise time than automatics, and the new quickly topped the old as the world's most popular watch movement.
Partners in time. As any serious watch collector will tell you, there is no such thing as an obsolete movement. As long as a watch can count the seconds with a sense of style, it will always remain an object of desire. At Stauer we're equally passionate about the past and the future. That's why we created the Duello II. It delivers the look of an antique timepiece with the precision of modern technology. A quartz movement powers the hour and minute hands of the main dial, while the seconds sub-dial is driven by an independent automatic movement.
The Duello II features a gorgeous etched face with metallic blue Roman numerals set under Cotswold™ mineral crystal. Inside the silver-toned, coin-edged case, we opened up the jeweled mechanics of the automatic sub-dial to show off the mainspring and flywheel. And you'll find a sapphire-tipped crown at the 2 o'clock position. The genuine black leather strap connects to the case with hinged lugs. The Duello II is a true work of watchmaking art that captures the best of then and now.