Movement decoration, does it improve performance?

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    Movement decoration, does it improve performance?

    I own the 2254 SMP with the 1120 calibre movement (fantastic watch - why did it get discontinued...).

    I am aware that the Chronometre grade of the ETA 2892 uses "better" components than the Elabore grade (Glucydur gilt balance wheel to name one) and that Omega modify the movement (winding assembly) to create the 1120.

    I have two questions:

    Does decoration to the movement improve the operation/efficiency of the movement or is it purely asthetic?

    Secondly, does Omega only modify the ETA 2892's winding efficiency or are there other modifications to the base movement?

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    Re: Movement decoration, does it improve performance?

    Does adding facing paint and vinyl stickers to your car make it run better?

    There are more modifications to the 1120 then just winding. The rotor and rotor bridge is different. I am sure there are some others too.

    If you are trying to justify a non chronometer movement being as good as a chronometer certified movement, good luck! :)
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    Re: Movement decoration, does it improve performance?

    Obviously, it depends on the paint job and stickers...




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    Re: Movement decoration, does it improve performance?

    I've been had! *head in shame*
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    Re: Movement decoration, does it improve performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpringDriven View Post
    I've been had! *head in shame*
    It takes a real man to admit he was wrong, James.
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    Re: Movement decoration, does it improve performance?

    In general, decoration won't improve performance. I had a COSC SW200 that had no decoration. From what I understand, you can order a movement in different grades and different levels of decoration, they are mutually exclusive. Although, Rhodium plating is supposed to prevent corrosion, plus it gives it more of a white gold appearance. However, does anyone have the definitive modifications that the 2892 undergoes to become the 1120?

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    Re: Movement decoration, does it improve performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by NickDolin View Post
    In general, decoration won't improve performance. I had a COSC SW200 that had no decoration. From what I understand, you can order a movement in different grades and different levels of decoration, they are mutually exclusive. Although, Rhodium plating is supposed to prevent corrosion, plus it gives it more of a white gold appearance. However, does anyone have the definitive modifications that the 2892 undergoes to become the 1120?
    I believe Omega (ETA) add two more jewels and change the winding mechanism. The reserve is also higher. Let me see if I can find some links to back that up.
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    Re: Movement decoration, does it improve performance?

    Alex- I would imagine that the additional jewels (I'm assuming functional, not like the 7s35/6 Seikos that add 2 non-functional) would increase power reserve as they should reduce friction and increase efficiency.

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    Re: Movement decoration, does it improve performance?

    My understanding is that Omega GMT watches have a 12:00 hour quickset hand, while the stock ETA 2893-2 GMT movement has a GMT 24:00 quickset.
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    Re: Movement decoration, does it improve performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe K. View Post
    Obviously, it depends on the paint job and stickers...

    Kind of like this!


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