|The ETA 2824-2
The reputation of ETA is
known the world over. They are the largest manufacturer of
Swiss mechanical movements and supply many of the top manufacturers,
including Omega, Breitling, Tag-Heuer, IWC, and many others.
In fact, both Omega and ETA are owned by the Swatch Group.
Since the movement is the 'heart' of the watch, I have
carefully chosen what I feel to be the best combination of
reliability and value in the ETA 2824-2 movement.
It is important to realize
that there are about 4 different grades of the ETA 2824-2 movement
available. The differences include the finish (rhodium or
nickel, rhodium is more expensive and more durable), the decoration
(many different varieties), and the quality of the components.
The movements I use are the highest-grade version available, and
cost more than twice what the lowest-grade version costs.
These movements are made to my exact specifications, and include
many component upgrades such as high-grade balance wheels (Glucydur),
balance springs, mainsprings, escapements, and balance jewels.
Many people are not
familiar with the precious metal rhodium, which is used on the
movements. It is an expensive metal, and is used because it gives a brilliant finish and is
very resistant to tarnishing. A less expensive option is
nickel, which isn't as durable.
When comparing the quality
of watch brands, I feel it is very important to consider not just
the movement used, but also the specific execution of that movement.
You will find that many of the watch brands that use the ETA 2824-2
movement use a lower grade execution to cut costs. The version
that I use gives the connoisseur the finish and quality that they
appreciate, at a very attractive price.