Workhorse Movement?The term "Workhorse movement" is a label given to certain watch movements by watch collectors to describe a reliable mechanical movement. The common characteristics of a workhorse movement is one with a proven track record, reasonable accuracy, not too expensive and easy/affordable to service.The most common examples of workhorse movements are:
- ETA caliber 2824-2
- Sellita caliber SW200
- Seiko caliber 7S26
- Seiko caliber NH35A
- Miyota caliber 8215
- Miyota caliber 9015
How Do They Compare?
To provide an idea for how these workhorse movements compare, we have selected two technically similar movements, one made by a Swiss maker and the other made by a Japanese maker -- The ETA 2824-2 and the Miyota 9015. Below, we have provided a brief summary of each movement, with their basic specifications as well as our thoughts on how they compare with each other.
- Accuracy: -10 sec/day up to +30 sec/day
- Power reserve: 42 hours
- Vibration Frequency: 28,800 bph
- Jewels: 24
- Functions: Hacking,hand winding and quick set date
- Cost (estimated): $100
- Accuracy (Standard grade): -12 sec/day up to +30 sec/day
- Power Reserve: 38 hours
- Vibrations Per Hour: 28,800 bph
- Jewels: 25
- Functions: Hacking, hand winding and quick date setting.
- Cost (estimated): $250
So, What's The Bottom Line?All of the movements mentioned in this article are time-proven, dependable Swiss Made or Japanese Made movements. Many of them are comparable in regards to their technical specifications and tested reliability. All have proven track records -- There are no bad bets here.So, when it comes to evaluating watch movements, it is important to ensure that you are comparing apples with apples. With all things being equal, the choice of which path to go down often comes down to the budget that you are working within and how much the "fanboy factor" weighs into your decision of what to choose. Although these two criteria are drastically different, they are often one of the main deciding factors for whether a collector chooses to go with a Swiss or Japanese movement.
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