Caliber Spec: ETA 2824 – Rivals and Clones

Caliber Spec: ETA 2824 – Rivals and Clones

Postby koimaster » August 1st 2017, 8:58am

Not too long ago, we launched our series Caliber Spec with our first installment focused on the venerable ETA 2824. Today, we’re following up with an article that will take a look at the 2824’s primary competition. From Sellitas and Seagulls on one end, to Seikos and Miyotas on the other, we’ll go through some of the most ubiquitous calibers—all peers to the 2824—currently on the market.

Imagine if you had a choice. Imagine if you could walk into your local Jaguar dealer and drive out in a V6 Supercharged F Type for a gnat’s whisker under £71,000. Alternatively, you could stroll into the Kia dealer next door and buy an identical car but with a Kia badge for, let’s say, £30,000.

What do you do? Which car do you get your checkbook out for?

It’s a question of brand, isn’t it? I’ll bet a lot of people would look to check no-one was watching, then plump for the South Korean model but feel, somehow, it wasn’t quite all it should be. And it’s the same in Watchworld.

Strangely, watchies are sniffy enough about makers dropping standard ETA 2824-2 movements into their cases. There’s still the feeling that in-house is somehow better than an off-the-shelf movement from Switzerland’s biggest movement maker. Lord alone knows what collectors will make of Sellita’s SW200, Miyota’s 9015, and Seiko’s 6R15 gaining ground on ETA. ... ls-clones/


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Re: Caliber Spec: ETA 2824 – Rivals and Clones

Postby foghorn » August 1st 2017, 9:23am

I have 2824's, SW200,9015,6R15, and STP1-11 in my assortment of horological devices.
6 of one and a half dozen of the other as far as my needs are concerned.

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Re: Caliber Spec: ETA 2824 – Rivals and Clones

Postby TemerityB » August 1st 2017, 12:24pm

Nothing wrong with SW200 or ETA 2824 in the least. They work great, you can fix 'em. Obviously have had a bunch of them.

The only thing that bugs me is when I see a SW200 in watches that are $2,500 and up without any logical reason for the price to be that high, usually in a non-Swatch brand.
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Re: Caliber Spec: ETA 2824 – Rivals and Clones

Postby biglove » August 1st 2017, 3:16pm

Now that was an informative and enjoyable article.
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