Miyota, A Japanese Success Story

A deeper dive into the brand and their watch movement

Japanese movements don’t always receive the same hypethat Swiss movement do, but don’t underestimate them! They are most often very well made and offer great quality manufacturing as well as a fantastic value for the cost. One of the major players in the market is the Citizen owned brand, Miyota, who have developed and released several great alternatives to their Swiss counterparts available in the market. In this article, we will provide a brief summary of Miyota and additional details regarding several of their high quality, workhorse movements.

History...

Citizen Watch established a movement-manufacturing factory in the town of Miyota, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, in 1959 and started movement sales operations in 1980. In 1981, the company introduced its signature model, Caliber 2035, which became the brands most popular and well known movements throughout the years. In addition, Miyota developed several high-quality "workhorse" mechanical calibers, including their slim-type, multi-function and chronograph movements. Today, the company produces an amazing amount of movements, totaling 1.8 million mechanical movements per year.

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 Miyota workhorse movements are:
  • Caliber 9015
  • Caliber 8215
  • Caliber 8219
  • Caliber 9100

Miyota 9015

The Miyota caliber 9015 is made in Japan and was first introduced in 2009. This movement is from the company's premium line and is found in many new microbrand and established brand watch models. The movement has a 10-year, proven track-record and is widely regardedas a high quality, workhorse movement and alternative to ETA's caliber 2824. Its specifications include:
  • 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

Miyota 8215

The Miyota caliber 8215 is one of the company's most durable and reliable movements. The movement was first introduced in 1977 and has been utilized by large and small brands as the engine for their watches for decades. As compared to its Swiss counterparts, the 8215 has proven to be a workhorse movement and has a reliable track-record. It's specifications include:
  • Accuracy: -20 sec/day up to +30 sec/day
  • Power reserve: 42 hours
  • Vibration Frequency: 21,600 bph
  • Jewels: 21
  • Functions: Hand winding and quick set date

Miyota 8219

The Miyota caliber 8219 is another example of one of the company's standard automatic movements, much like the caliber 8215. Unlike the 8215, this caliber includes a small seconds and 24-hour subdial complications. This movement was first introduced in 1980 and has been utilized by large and small brands as the engine for their watches for decades. It's specifications include:
  • Accuracy: -20 sec/day up to +30 sec/day
  • Power reserve: 42 hours
  • Vibration Frequency: 21,600 bph
  • Jewels: 21
  • Functions: Hacking,hand winding and quick set date

Miyota 9100

The Miyota caliber 9100 is a chronograph movement, which was developed and introduced in 2010. This movement is a departure from the company's approach to mechanical watches and offers several complication options, as opposed to the usual date standard on their other automatic calibers. The movement has a great track record over the past 10 years and has been established as an alternative to the ETA and other Swiss calibers available in the market. Its specifications include:
  • Accuracy: -10 sec/day up to +30 sec/day
  • Power reserve: 40 hours
  • Vibration Frequency: 28,800 bph
  • Jewels: 24
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, central sweep seconds, 24 hour subdial, day subdial, month subdial, date window, power reserve indicator
Now that we’ve provided you with a brief background on Miyota and a few of their time-proven, workhorse movements, you are now armed with the information that you need to go explore the myriad of watches that feature these fine movements. Many watches from Watch Gang’s Platinum Tier feature Miyota movements, including Out of Order’s Autimatico, Melbourne’s Sorrento, and Vanguard’s Automatic, to name a few. The Watch Gang Exchange Facebook group is a great place to check out if you’re looking to get your hands on a Miyota. The group is full of watches that feature these movements and will offer you a great opportunity to try one out for yourself. Happy watch hunting!

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