First post here though I've been lurking around for a few weeks gobbling up all I can about mechanical watches. Thanks to this forum, I've learnt more about watches and their movements than I ever thought possible! :)
I've always loved mechanical movements and after a lot of research have decided that I'd really like to go in for a Damasko DA 36 or a DA 37. Still confused between the two, however I am leaning in favour of the DA 36... love that yellow second hand!
The reason I really like the Damasko is the simplicity of their design, the technology used in their cases and good water resistance and size. It has elements of the old Pilot watches of yore, yet has a contemporary look about them...and that yellow second hand adds a dash of colour making the dial pop!
With all that said, I was quite disappointed to learn that the newer DA 36's come with the standard versions of the ETA 2836-2 movements! I really feel that a watch of this quality and technological innovativeness deserves at least a Top grade movement!! ... especially considering that their earlier watches used Top grade movements and were less expensive at that time.
I also understand that using standard grade movements is probably not a matter of choice for Damasko as I've read about the situation with ETA movements closing the doors on German watch makers (??) However, there are still many watch brands out there at a similar price point that do provide and advertise their movements as Top grade, few also providing COSC certification! In-fact, DOXA on their page for their Ultraspeed Chrono advertises a drop in prices on ETA movements not seen since 2005!
Does this mean that the situation has changed off late and ETA movements are now available more easily?? Does anybody have the latest on which grade movement Damasko is currently using in the DA 36/37? ...or if it would be possible to order one specifically requesting for top grade movement?
All in all, I'd love to pull the trigger on a DA 36 provided I can get Top grade movement. That would make it a complete watch IMHO, both externally and internally!