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.
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… Continue reading A Progression of Movements: Omega 2500 & 8500 Calibers
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… Continue reading Watch Movements & Watchmaking Pinterest Board
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… Continue reading Musings on the Omega 8500 Caliber
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… Continue reading ETA automatic workhorses, the 2824 and 2892
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… Continue reading How often should a mechanical watch be serviced? Why does a watch need a service? What is a service?