198 Ten Move­ments You Must Know

These mar­vels of minia­tur­i­sa­tion are what keep our mi­cro me­chan­i­cal cos­mos tick­ing

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Mar­vels of minia­tur­i­sa­tion that keep our mi­cro me­chan­i­cal cos­mos tick­ing

Car nuts rat­tle off en­gine codes as a spe­cial lingo that au­then­ti­cates mem­ber­ship within the tribe; trump card hoard­ing school­boys of an ear­lier age would mem­o­rise ser­vice des­ig­na­tions of com­bat jets, as well as such vi­tal stats as en­gine thrust and ca­pac­ity ar­ma­ment. Watch ap­pre­ci­a­tion too, has a nerdier as­pect that finds par­al­lel ob­ses­sion with cal­i­bres, mainly ad­dressed by their num­ber codes: 2824, 2892, 7750, 4130, etc.

Cal­i­bres, or move­ments, are the hearts of me­chan­i­cal watches and the very en­gines that di­vide the con­tin­uum of ex­is­tence into con­sis­tent in­ter­vals that we might know when it is that we are meet­ing for lunch.

As has been widely re­ported, though there are myr­iad brands in the watch­mak­ing busi­ness, at least where the Swiss are con­cerned, most of the move­ments come from a sin­gle source: ETA. A move­ment maker within the Swatch Group, ETA sup­plies move­ments that can be found in around seven out of 10 Swiss watches, never mind what brand it says on the dial. Of these, the 2824 and 7750 come to mind as be­ing among the most ubiq­ui­tous. The self-wind­ing 2824 found in three-hand watches, and the 7750 in au­to­matic chrono­graphs, pretty much cover the field. We will not be in­clud­ing these two move­ments in our list, as they be­long more prop­erly to “move­ments you al­ready know about”. Rather, our list in­cludes move­ments that are note­wor­thy, from a col­lec­tor’s stand­point for their rel­e­vance to the brand or par­tic­u­lar col­lec­tion; or that they rep­re­sent a mile­stone in the ever-pro­gress­ing evo­lu­tion of the me­chan­i­cal move­ment. As a whole, this en­sem­ble was also cho­sen as a broad sur­vey of watch­mak­ing, old and new.

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