SWATCH ETA Movements, Pushing Ahead With Hamilton H-21 and H-31

Cory BerryWatch Knowledge7 Comments

With the introduction of the Hamilton H-21 and H-31 SWATCH has stepped up their game by providing two very significant improvements to the 40-year old Valjoux 7750 movement: Improved Power Reserve and Accuracy. Learn more about how this budget-friendly brand is bringing great innovations to consumers. We also goes into some minor detail on the (dwindling) supply of ETA ebauches to other non-SWATCH Group brands.

A Progression of Movements: Omega 2500 & 8500 Calibers

Jeff BernardWatch Knowledge48 Comments

The Omega Caliber 2500 was developed by Omega in the 1990s. In 1993, Omega purchased the patent for the Co-Axial escapement from English master watchmaker and inventor George Daniels. The Co-Axial Escapement was the first practical new mechanical watch escapement invented for mass market in 250 years. Omega began work to fit the Co-Axial Escapement to their Cal. 1120 movement. The 1120 was basically a decorated version of the reliable Eta 2892-A2 movement. Omega spent … Read More

Watch Movements & Watchmaking Pinterest Board

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It should go without saying, but we love watch movements and the many details that go into making a timeless watch.  We have been pinning to Pinterest since April 2012 and have curated quite a collection of articles on watchmaking and beautiful photographs of movements.  You do not need an account to browse these public boards, so stop by and enjoy some the finer details of the watches we love.   via http://pinterest.com/bernardwatch/  

Musings on the Omega 8500 Caliber

Jeff BernardWatch Knowledge3 Comments

Omega introduced the In-House 8500 caliber in the DeVille Hour Vision in 2007.  Omega now had “Manufacture” watches.  A manufacture watch is one where all or almost all the parts are made in-house. I remember being moved by how beautifully executed the movement is.  I liked that it was larger at 29mm size to fit today’s watches.  The ETA 2892 is 25.6mm. The swirled Cotes de Geneve with red print and jewels are a visual … Read More

ETA automatic workhorses, the 2824 and 2892

Jeff BernardWatch Comparisons, Watch History, Watch Knowledge20 Comments

ETA is the largest supplier of movements in Switzerland. Currently about 80% of Swiss watches have ETA movements. ETA is owned by the Swatch Group conglomerate. Eta was formed in 1983 with the merger of ASUAG and SSIH. Prior to that ETA was Ebauches SA which was an alliance of the top three players in Swiss mechanical movements: A. Schild SA (AS or ASSA), Fabrique d’Horlogerie de Fontainemelon (FHF) and A. Michel AG. Ebauches SA … Read More

How often should a mechanical watch be serviced? Why does a watch need a service? What is a service?

Jeff BernardWatch Tips2 Comments

A common question for a watch dealer or watchmaker is, “How often should a mechanical watch be serviced?” I asked multiple watchmakers and they generally went along with the watch industry recommendations. Most manufacturers recommend having a watch serviced every five years. Bernard Watch times every pre-owned watch that is being bought, sold, or traded on our electronic timing machines. We often find watches that we know to be eight to twelve years old and … Read More