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    Which automatic movement do you prefer, and why?

    I have various automatic movements (NH35, ETA, Miyota) that hack and hand wind in my collection and after all is said and done, I can't tell why one is considered "better" or "more desirable" than the other. They all seem to run smooth and they all seem to be equally accurate. Is price and country of origin of the movements the only thing that sets them apart? What movement would you rather have in your auto, and why?

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    Re: Which automatic movement do you prefer, and why?

    As 1673, but it's been out of production for 51 years. Proven reliability.

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    Re: Which automatic movement do you prefer, and why?

    The ETA 2892.A2 could be the King in its category.
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    Re: Which automatic movement do you prefer, and why?

    I prefer Seiko or Miyota. Reliable, inexpensive and available. They cost less to replace than some cost to service. Accuracy of both meet my needs. I can't afford to service the high end movements.
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    Re: Which automatic movement do you prefer, and why?

    after all is said and done, I can't tell why one is considered "better" or "more desirable" than the other.
    You really don't notice things like accuracy, smoothness of the second hand, or how quickly the date changes?

    For the silky, lovely, smooth, wonderful sweep second hand, my top pick would probably be one of the Seiko spring drive movements. For more traditional movements... I dunno, the instant click of the date changing on a Rolex movement is pretty satisfying.

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    Re: Which automatic movement do you prefer, and why?

    Of the ones I own ETA 2836 for the practicality - it powers my Visodate, and was very easy to adjust to COSC standards. Seiko 4006 for the cool factor. Yeah - it's the bellmatic, that wonderful little engine.

    That said, I prefer manual wind watches.
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    Re: Which automatic movement do you prefer, and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Likestheshiny View Post
    You really don't notice things like accuracy, smoothness of the second hand, or how quickly the date changes?

    For the silky, lovely, smooth, wonderful sweep second hand, my top pick would probably be one of the Seiko spring drive movements. For more traditional movements... I dunno, the instant click of the date changing on a Rolex movement is pretty satisfying.

    Spring Drive doesn't qualify in the "automatic" category, it's a hybrid movement.
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    Re: Which automatic movement do you prefer, and why?

    I like em all, LOL.

    My favorites are the ones that deliver the best features for the money spent though. I don't have a lot of nice watches, and my experience with them is limited...but, I'd say the Spring Drive I handled was the most desirable. Second to that would be the GS High Beat CitizenM let me see...
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    Re: Which automatic movement do you prefer, and why?

    Anything from JLC
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    Re: Which automatic movement do you prefer, and why?

    I would be fine with a 2824-2 except the manual winding issue bothers me a little.

    So 3131/3135/3186/3187 for me.
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