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    ETA movements. Are they hand made?

    Or assembled by precision machines?

    Wouldn't there be an upside for the latter? Humans are notorious for making errors.

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    Re: ETA movements. Are they hand made?

    I don't think it's one or the other, but rather both. Automation is required to decrease costs in large scale production, but humans are very useful too, especially in final inspection, adjustment, or testing.

    Check this article about Omega's assembly process.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/05/fa...anted=all&_r=0
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    Re: ETA movements. Are they hand made?

    Just like Rolex
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    Re: ETA movements. Are they hand made?

    Basically every watch under $100,000 is created using mechanization to some extent. If you truly want handmade, there are a few watchmakers that put out a handful of handmade watches. But be prepared to sell your house, sell your kidneys, and mortgage your kids into indenture servitude in order to be able to afford one. I've heard of a few, and they cost north of $200,000.
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    Re: ETA movements. Are they hand made?

    Lang & Heyne is very close and under 50K.
    Quote Originally Posted by American Eagle View Post
    Basically every watch under $100,000 is created using mechanization to some extent. If you truly want handmade, there are a few watchmakers that put out a handful of handmade watches. But be prepared to sell your house, sell your kidneys, and mortgage your kids into indenture servitude in order to be able to afford one. I've heard of a few, and they cost north of $200,000.

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    Re: ETA movements. Are they hand made?

    Some hand-made Credor and Dufour models were offered around $50K range. Anything under $10K has to be mostly machine made.

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    Re: ETA movements. Are they hand made?

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    Some hand-made Credor and Dufour models were offered around $50K range. Anything under $10K has to be mostly machine made.
    And that's a good thing IMO.

    I'm sure ETA movements are mostly manufactured and assembled by machines (with human oversight).

    I can see the benefit of precision robotics and tighter environmental controls. Keeps the breakfast crumbs and dander out of the movements.

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    Re: ETA movements. Are they hand made?

    Check out Ulysse Nardin's clean rooms. Click the gear icon and choose 720HD quality then go full screen. ;)



    Especially 3:06.

    I imagine 8:36 shows the type of automated machines used over at ETA. Probably on a massive scale.

    Ahh mooosic.

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    ETA movements. Are they hand made?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wish2K View Post
    And that's a good thing IMO.

    I'm sure ETA movements are mostly manufactured and assembled by machines (with human oversight).

    I can see the benefit of precision robotics and tighter environmental controls. Keeps the breakfast crumbs and dander out of the movements.
    True statement. Computer controlled high precision machining allows for much tighter quality control and accuracy. Admittedly, if you're more interested in art than accuracy it's not a good thing.


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    Re: ETA movements. Are they hand made?

    There is an element of hand assembling in all movements. Even bog standard ETAs and Chinese DG28 are assembled by hand.



    While robotics have come a long, long way, most things are, in the end assembled by hand....
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