I'm interested in people's views on the different movements that Steinhart use, as for me is the heart and lungs of the watch and important to how I'd feel about the timepiece. For me a movement needs to be:
1. Accurate (cosc is nice... But for my needs accurate just means 'enough for daily use')
2. A bit 'blingy', by which I mean something to be proud of. As any engineer by training it is the intricacy and ingenuity of a mechanical movement that fascinates me.
3. Easy to live with long term, so reliable and cheap and easy to get serviced.
To my mind ETA movements score high enough (say 7/10) for 1 and 2, and their commonality means they score very high at 3.
I'm unsure on the soprod and st5 movements. The st5 is basically an ETA clone isn't it? So I probably score it about equal but the soprod....? Maybe technically superior but not so common.... Longevity is unknown and what about servicing?
What do others think is important and how do you view these movements?