Does someone know the brand called Eza?

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    Question Does someone know the brand called Eza?

    I wasn't sure where I should post this, so I decided to create a thread in German and vintage forums. Here's a link to the thread in German forums, if you want to check it out for some reason: https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=400902.

    So, it's all about my automatic Eza watch I bought about five years ago. I fell in love with its design, and because it was inexpensive I pulled the trigger. I really like the dial with complementary colours: blue background with orange markers and hands. The shape and prosessing of the lugless case are nice as well.

    The problem is that I've never heard anything about the brand. I think it's German because the watch was sold to me as German. I've seen some Ezas on Ebay and they are claimed to be German as well. I was told that the watch was made in the 60's, but considering the style it could just as well be from the 70's, if I'm not badly mistaken.

    Has someone heard anything about this brand or its history? I'd really like to know something about it. Thanks already in advance!

    Here are some pictures of the watch:





    Eza Automatic, 25 jewels, shockproof. Case is 36 mm wide (without the crown), 41 mm tall and 12 mm thick. Strap width is 18 mm. The original blue strap was very fragile and stiff and it got broken very soon. I replaced it with a blue Hirsch Windsor strap.





    Here you can see the polished side of the case and the crystal without a bezel.





    Here's a close shot of the dial.





    "Stainless steel back - antimagnetic - waterproof" is written on the back of the watch.





    25 jewels, Ultramatic. Does anyone know something about this movement?





    And finally a shot of the watch on my 18 cm (7.1 inch) wrist.
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    Re: Does someone know the brand called Eza?

    seems like what you got there is a hb ( Hermann Becker) 312 movement

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...&&2uswk&HB_312

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    Re: Does someone know the brand called Eza?

    Quote Originally Posted by fireal View Post
    seems like what you got there is a hb ( Hermann Becker) 312 movement

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...&&2uswk&HB_312
    Great, thanks!

    I tried to googling, but I can't find anything about Hermann Becker. Do you know something more about the movement or the movement manufacturer? How common are these things and are they considered reliable and easy to maintain/repair? I have no idea if my watch has ever been serviced but it's running nicely and keeping time fairly well. Anyhow, maybe I should have it checked by a watchmaker.


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    Re: Does someone know the brand called Eza?

    Hi jrantasa,
    Quote Originally Posted by jrantasa View Post
    I tried to googling, but I can't find anything about Hermann Becker.
    Probably not many informations exceeding these:
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...&&2uswk&HB_000

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: Does someone know the brand called Eza?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roland Ranfft View Post
    Hi jrantasa,

    Probably not many informations exceeding these:
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...&&2uswk&HB_000

    Regards, Roland Ranfft
    Thanks! I checked that out yesterday already. Your site is a wonderful source of information, byt the way.


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    Re: Does someone know the brand called Eza?

    HB was established in Pforzheim in 1921, produced cases, dials and movements. In the 50ties HB became well known and recommended because of the construction of waterresistant wristwatch cases. In 1979 there have been 48 employees left when the Hermann Becker KG went bankrupt due to the quartz crisis.
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