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    Question ETA Powermatic 80 question...

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    I originally posted this on the Public forum (thought more people would see it there), but was told I should move it here, so:

    I've searched all over the web, but haven't found a conclusive answer. Does the ETA Powermatic 80 actually contain a plastic escapement ala System 51, or is it some kind of other material? The only picture I managed to find was a 3D render which shows a similar design to the System 51. If it's so, do you think it has any impact on the long term reliability/serviceability of watches containing said movement?

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    Has noone taken one apart ever? I'm really curious...

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    Re: ETA Powermatic 80 question...

    Even if it's plastic, it's still Swiss Made
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    Re: ETA Powermatic 80 question...

    Quote Originally Posted by lvt View Post
    Even if it's plastic, it's still Swiss Made
    It's IPlastic
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    Re: ETA Powermatic 80 question...

    So, I was just randomly looking at some watches in a magazine, including an ad for a Tissot Tradition Automatic Powermatic 80 which has an open heart. You can clearly see the escapement, which although is of a slightly different design, is still made of metal, with two pallet jewels on the ends. Here's a large picture off the internet, cropped:
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    So... mistery solved.
    Last edited by gwet432; April 30th, 2017 at 06:55. Reason: typo
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    Re: ETA Powermatic 80 question...

    Quote Originally Posted by gwet432 View Post
    So, I was just randomly looking at some watches in a magazine, including an ad for a Tissot Tradition Automatic Powermatic 80 which has an open heart. You can clearly see the escapement, which although is of a slightly different design, is still made of metal, with two pallet jewels on the ends. Here's a large picture off the internet, cropped:
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    So... mistery solved.
    They should probably fire that illustrator...

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    Re: ETA Powermatic 80 question...

    Don't you like the exit pallet ?

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    Re: ETA Powermatic 80 question...

    Well in the Powermatic tech guide, this is what they show the escapement as:





    I think whoever made that image was not given proper instruction regarding what to draw...

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    Re: ETA Powermatic 80 question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Archer View Post
    Well in the Powermatic tech guide, this is what they show the escapement as:





    I think whoever made that image was not given proper instruction regarding what to draw...
    Well... this clearly is a REAL photo:
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    It looks exactly the same as the promotional pic above.
    I really don't know what to say...
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    Re: ETA Powermatic 80 question...

    Quote Originally Posted by gwet432 View Post
    It looks exactly the same as the promotional pic above.
    I really don't know what to say...
    Well, since one of the features of the Powermatic 80 is a synthetic escapement, and that is clearly not a synthetic escapement...not sure what's going on there.

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