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    Am I crazy to avoid ETA movements in microbrands?

    I don't have any microbrand watches right now, but I've been on the prowl for a new diver lately. The trouble is, a lot of those that are floating to the surface have ETA movements in them. And since we all know ETA will slowly be limiting the availability of their movements to companies within their "family," am I crazy to want to hold off for now and see how this all shakes out?

    Granted, some have Seiko and Miyota movements, which are fine, but I tend to like the pieces with ETA movements better for whatever reason (which has nothing to do with the movements themselves).

    I guess my main concern is the availability of parts in the future. With the crap Omega is pulling (limiting the availability of their parts), I'm afraid ETA will pull the same stunt.

    So, how crazy am I?

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    Re: Am I crazy to avoid ETA movements in microbrands?

    Yes.

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    Re: Am I crazy to avoid ETA movements in microbrands?

    You can get ETA-compatible parts from non-ETA sources, so it shouldn't be an issue.

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    Re: Am I crazy to avoid ETA movements in microbrands?

    Ok, thanks guys!

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    Re: Am I crazy to avoid ETA movements in microbrands?

    Don't see it as an issue, it isn't exactly easy to source 6R15 or 9015 parts either.
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    Re: Am I crazy to avoid ETA movements in microbrands?

    There are also precisely eleventy-million ETA donor movements out there. Even without easy sources of ETA clones, it would be a long time before genuine ETA movements actually became scarce enough to make it tricky to find parts.
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    Re: Am I crazy to avoid ETA movements in microbrands?

    I believe you can even find replacement parts for your ETA based watch in the next century.
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    Re: Am I crazy to avoid ETA movements in microbrands?

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    Re: Am I crazy to avoid ETA movements in microbrands?

    ETA movements are fine. It's the microbrands that you should be avoiding.

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    Re: Am I crazy to avoid ETA movements in microbrands?

    Even if parts eventually dry up, and parts from clone movements are not fully interchangeable with the ETA movement, the clone movements are at least drop in replacements for the ETA 2824-2, such as the Sellita SW200-1 and the Seagull ST2130.


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