Is eta 2804-2 that Stowa offers Top-grade ?

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    Is eta 2804-2 that Stowa offers Top-grade ?

    Hi everyone Im new to here ::)
    Firstly, I was really inspired by Stowa's philosophy.
    Beauty, good, true what a nice key word!

    Anyway, I was looking for some watches and I have chosen Stowa Marine series.
    My hand's width is around 50mm so I thought marine 41 would be too big,
    marine 36 would be my best choice.

    I found that I can select which movement to put in Stowa marine 36. There are
    Eta 2824 elabore/top and eta 2804-2.

    Here is my question. In google, I've seen that some Stowa watches used eta 2804 Top-grade. But, in Stowa's website FAQs, it said that Stowa use Eta 2804-2 elabore only.
    Which one is correct? I mean, if I choose eta 2804 for my watch, can I get its Top-grade or no?

    Thank you :) and have a good day

    P.s. why I want a hand winding movement is that I like to feed power to my watch regularly. Is Eta 2804-2 worthy it as Unitas 6498? XD

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    Re: Is eta 2804-2 that Stowa offers Top-grade ?

    Specs according to Stowa:

    ETA 2804-2 ELABORE version

    - rhodium coated movement

    - golden STOWA logo on movementbridge

    - Incabloc

    - min. 42 hrs power reserve

    - 28 800 half vibrations per hour (4 HZ)

    - Regulation from 0 up to plus 10 sec. divergence per day
    (please keep in mind that during the "aging process" of the clock movement the bearing oil can become stiff, and your watch slower. If this circumstance disturbs you or the watch looses time a service of the clock movement will be necessary.
    Our recommendation is every 4-5 years but it is also possible that your watch is working correctly for 6, 7 or even more years).

    - barrel spring Nivaflex NO

    - hair spring Nivarox 2

    - gold-plated Nickel balance wheel

    - max. amplitude 320 degrees

    - min. amplitude 200 degrees

    - max. adjusting mark of dial on top 0.8 ms

    - 17 pallets of synthetic rubin

    - date function (if your watch has no date function/window we will deactivate the date function and the crown will have only two instead of three positions)

    However, their version does use Incablocshock protection and is rhodium coated. The elaboré version of an out of the rack 2824-2 features Etachoc. You will get an upgraded Elaboré, not a completely top rated ETA 2824 though.


    Standard and Elabore:
    Mainspring - Nivaflex NO
    Shock protection - Etachocs
    Pallet stones - Polyrubies, Epilame-coated
    Balance - Nickel gilt
    Balance staff - Epilame coated
    Collet - Nivatronic
    Hairspring - Nivarox 2
    Hairspring heat treatment - Etastable

    Top and Chronometre:
    Mainspring - NivaflexNM
    Shock protection - Incabloc
    Pallet stones - Red rubies, Epilame-coated
    Balance - Glucydur gilt
    Balance staff - Epilame coated
    Collet - Nivatronic
    Hairspring - Anachron
    Hairspring heat treatment - Etastable


    P.s. why I want a hand winding movement is that I like to feed power to my watch regularly. Is Eta 2804-2 worthy it as Unitas 6498? XD
    What does „feed power to my watch regulary“ mean ? The spring does provide power to your warch if you wind up your watch on a regular basis. It is not an automatic watch.

    The „ETA 6498 vs. 2801/2804 thing“ has been discussed ad nausem here on WUS. Just do a search. Up to you what your preferences are !?

    Central seconds vs. small second at 6
    Lower beat rate of the ETA 6498 vs. higher beat rate of the 2804-2
    Different hairspring
    Swan neck fine adjustment and geneva stripes or not ( I admit the Stowa 6498 is more eyepleasing compared to the 2804)
    Pocket watch movement vs. wrist watch movement
    Different case diameter, 41 vs. 40mm, different price
    Kind regards
    Mike


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    Re: Is eta 2804-2 that Stowa offers Top-grade ?

    Quote Originally Posted by JyN4 View Post

    Here is my question. In google, I've seen that some Stowa watches used eta 2804 Top-grade. But, in Stowa's website FAQs, it said that Stowa use Eta 2804-2 elabore only.
    Which one is correct?
    In the past STOWA always took the best movements being available. So they mounted Top-grade too. Currently they only can offer 2804-2 Elaboré.
    I own two ANTEA watches with C.O.S.C. certified movements - highest grade you could get at that time.

    I mean, if I choose Eta 2804 for my watch, can I get its Top-grade or no?
    The pricelist says NO, but I would send an email to Stowa and ask about 2804 mvts. currently available,


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    This. I’ve been on the edge of buying a stowa antea 390 and can’t decide between a top 2824 or elaboré 2804 (with a top finish as Stowa day).

    I haven’t seen any decent pictures o the 2804 with the top finish so it’s so hard to decide!!

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