I have been a Swiss movement wrist watch collector for over 35 years. It started at the age of 12 with a Jaeger Le Coultre 18k Club 1950s model as a present from my grandparents. From there it propelled into a fascination and in the 80s I studied the different Swiss watch houses and the movements they used. I have an edition of Time in Gold that is no longer in print, showing the movements used for the fine watch houses. I have owned three Patek Philippe Nautilus at different times which was designed by Gerald Genta who was a watch case designer of sports watches for AP Royal Oak and VC Overseas as well. Just like Bertone and Pininfarina designed cars for Maserati, Ferrari, Lancia, Lamborghini and De Tomaso. I have also collected Blancpain, Breguet, Franck Muller, Ulysse Nardin and others. The movements are the engines and the most complicated ones being spilt-second chronograph Rattrapante minute repeater perpetual calendars that have taken up to 3 years to produce. The IWC Il Destriero Scafusia as shown by clicking http://www.watchtime.com/watch-datab...fusia/red-gold begins to unveil the complication and by adding a Tourbillon movement supercharges it as in Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph as shown by clicking Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph - YouTube . I can go on and on to the point Ulysse Nardin genius complications Ulysse Nardin - Masterpiece Collection [HD] - YouTube This does opens a universe that I was exposed to 30 years ago and blew my mind away! So, does the dollar price tags as the range is well into six and in some cases seven figures today!
The nearest I got to that level was a full hunter 18k pocket watch in the late 1800s that was a minute repeater perpetual calendar split second chronograph with a full Albert chain. The porcelain dial and hands were intricate. There was a cover plate over the movement and one could with their finger nail pop that open and et Voila, there was an Aladdin’s cave of escapement, ebauche and train with wolf teeth. Seeing the four bridges with rubies subtly placed was fabulous! One could spend at least 2 hours looking at the movement work with a loupe to the eye trying to figure out how all of this was put together. I would manually set the time to 11:59 p.m. to watch the perpetual calendar go to a day, December 31, year to change to next day January 1st, into the leap year. Then I would set the watch in that leap year to the same time on February 28th to see it change automatically to February 29th and from there same time to change to March 1st followed by setting the time to 12:58 when to changes to 12:59 then depress the slide so it would chime out the 12 strikes in low frequency, 3 quarters in double frequency in unison and then 14 chimes in high frequency so that in the dark you would know what time it was. While I was doing this as a Party Piece, I would look at what the movement was doing at these stages.
Now back to Earth, so with all this in mind I have to consider the engines in our watches etc. Doxa have been putting ETA 2824 movement in their regular models since 2002, apart from the 1500T & 5000Ts which have the better ETA 2892 movements. Although they have both the higher grade 25 jewel versions, the 2824 movements are harder to regulate and maintain within COSC tolerances. So the quality of movement in my 5000T COSC and 1500Ts better than the 800ti, 750T COSC & 1000T COSC. If you Google search these are the best articles that give you an insight.
ETA 2824 vs 2892
ETA 2824-2 Versus 2892-A2 . . . Practical Comparisons - Watch Freeks
ETA Automatic Movements ? ETA 2824 and ETA 2892 | Watch Review
Both 300T-Graphs and 600T-Graphs have the 37 Jewel ETA 2894 movements (found in watches priced well over $5,000) that are so much more refined than the Valjoux 7750. So, I am delighted.
Here is a caliber guide to increase one’s education.
The Wristwatch Guide: WATCH MOVEMENTS
For those of you who have inwardly digested this comprehensive lesson - you are now dangerous! I have an exam for you to take to get your certificate of completion of this course. The first question is..... does it make a difference to the quality of the movement if it rains on Thursday? Here is another question..... is the price of cheese affected if you choose to buy a Swiss wrist watch with an ETA 21 jewel or a 25 jewel movement? Now you are ready to answer the next question..... In Monty Pythons film "Now for something completely different" based on your answer to the other two questions, was the parrot dead or alive? When answering this question which is a 50/50 multiple choice one, please give a 1000 word essay explaining your reason then hypothesize about the Flying/Leaping Nuns in that film so that you can follow through and relate it to the contents inside a ping-pong ball. Here is the part as to whether you pass or fail this test....... If you have not LOL'd at this point, nothing frickin' well will!
Class is dismissed: that ends today’s lesson – thank you