With ETA serving such an important role in the global watchmaking community, people have rightly started to ask the question — what is the true identity of ETA? Like most things, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Based on the Eterna designed back in , the is used in thousands of mechanical watch references. The most recent incarnation the has been in continuous production since This automatic three-handed jewel movement is available in four different grades: Standard, Elabore, Top, and Chronometer. Sharing the same general architecture, the four grades differ in their overall accuracy due to the usage of higher quality parts and multiple adjustment points throughout the movement.
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With ETA serving such an important role in the global watchmaking community, people have rightly started to ask the question — what is the true identity of ETA? Like most things, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Based on the Eterna designed back in , the is used in thousands of mechanical watch references. The most recent incarnation the has been in continuous production since This automatic three-handed jewel movement is available in four different grades: Standard, Elabore, Top, and Chronometer.
Sharing the same general architecture, the four grades differ in their overall accuracy due to the usage of higher quality parts and multiple adjustment points throughout the movement. Why do watch companies love the ? Itself the subject of several evolutions, the is based on the Valjoux which became part of ETA via merger , and was also based on the Venus , a company Valjoux purchased in The is extremely popular because it serves as a perfect substructure for more complex chronograph designs.
There are a dozen variants of the , combining the base chronograph functionality with everything from GMT to moon-phase complications. Tag Heuer Carrera 5. Breitling Navitimer EUR 7. The A2 was designed as a premium alternative to the venerable The is widely considered a more efficient movement, fitted with top-quality components and better finishing.
With that, it generally achieves better accuracy than the This movement is widely used by brands such as Omega , Breitling , and IWC as the engine for their high-end time-pieces. Still, many luxury watch brands have been criticized for using ETA movements in high-end pieces.
Companies like Tudor and Panerai are well known for charging astronomical prices for their ETA-powered watches, the price you pay for prestige and heritage, I suppose. This gives it an advantage for manufactures looking to create an exceptionally thin profile, and works well in many dress watches.
Variants of the can also be found in some notable tool watches, particularly the — which is basically the with the addition of a date complication. Meistersinger N03 EUR 1. Laco Dortmund EUR 1. Despite being a massive corporate conglomerate of anti-competitive capitalists, ETA is not evil. Through dozens of acquisitions and mergers, ETA has consolidated and streamlined years of watchmaking innovation. Whether this will have a large impact on the quality and longevity of these lesser known brands has yet to be seen.
Either way, ETA wins. And as ETA movements begin to become more limited in production, the value of watches containing this movement will begin to command a premium.
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Hi there, Thank you for the information it really is educational But I still have a question is:. ETA A2 patent has expired? If anyone tries to clone the exact movement an only change its name and logo they will not get into trouble? Hey Jose — Patent protection on some of these movements is dubious at best… many of the original designs were created by international companies that are long defunct.
On top of that, small components of the original design can be modified to get around patent protection. In other words, the patent is practically indefensible. However, Soprod A10 intentionally is designed to have the exact same dimensions as the ETA in order to give companies the option of replacing the ETA with the Soprod as availability of the ETA movements gets worse.
I am a hobbyist. I would like to learn about watches and how to repair them. I looking for some advice about getting started. As a newbie, I should start off with low-cost tools.
Is there any mechanical movement with 4 eyes. There is no problem installing it, even if the watch is only date? The better question is, why would you want to put an ETA in a Rolex? Was there a point where ETA switched over to such an adjuster, or is it an indication of a different grade of movement? Thank you, Dean. Your email address will not be published. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Sign me up for the newsletter! Share this Post. Get The Dispatch If you enjoyed this post, drop us your email address and we'll keep you up to date with the latest on tool watches, gear and style.
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This handy illustrated PDF contains photos of dials and movements, as well as size, country of origin, and rarity for 16 popular vintage World War II watches.
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Through a series of mergers, ETA has become the largest manufacturer of Swiss watch movements and controls a virtual monopoly over their production and supply. ETA has undergone several Swiss government investigations due to its market position. To resolve the concerns of Swiss government regulators, ETA has entered into an agreement that governs certain business practices. With the exception of hairsprings manufactured by sister company Nivarox , ETA maintains vertical control over the manufacturing of all of the components required to create a watch movement and therefore is considered a true manufacture d'horlogerie. ETA is the result of successive consolidation of the Swiss watch industry, a combination of several former Swiss watch movement manufacturers including Valjoux , Peseux   and Lemania. In at Grenchen , Urs Schild, a schoolmaster, and Dr.
ETA caliber 2892-A2
It was introduced in and remains in production as of It is commonly found in "upscale" Swiss watches, while the older and cheaper is found in lower-end watches. Together with the and , the A2 is one of three common movements from ETA. The A2 is an evolution of the and It is a mechanical movement with automatic winding, ball-bearing rotor , hacking seconds , with power reserve of about 42 hours.