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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2008 02:43 pm
   
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For the past year many new upstart companies have entered the world of watchmaking that rely on forums and TV shopping show to sell their wares.As this growing trend continues a WIS must ask "where are all the eta's coming from" especially since the production of these very sought after movements are booked until 2010 as reported by ETA/Swatch Group? Below are some answers that have come to me from reliable sources over the past year and through research into this growing problem

    ETA/Swatch Group has been aware of their ebauches ie:an incomplete watch movement consisting of the plates,bridges and wheel train minus the mainspring,balance and escapement or also known as a movement blanks being purchased by watch companies in order to calibrate their own movements and many of these companies are well known and much above board.There were also those who bought them and finished these blanks with Asian parts thus appearing the Asian ETA!....these were sub-standard movements compared to a genuine eta and Swatch Group wanted this stopped so we have the current situation as Swatch Group like any other reputable company did not want their product line polluted by these sub-standard movements giving them a bad name.These movements are not to be mistaken for those made in the once ETA factory in China which has since been closed and it is rumored this factory only assembled their much lower line of G-10's and the like and not their more popular automatic movements.The so called Asian eta came about by these individuals who saw a way to profit off of a good name by completeing the movements with cheaper parts and labor,mind you they looked genuine as the ebauches had all the genuine eta markings from the factory.

     So today the problem has reached an all time low as the eta market has now been flooded with replica eta movements that have been used in the replica watch industry for years and for the most part all 100% Asian and are likely to be the Hangzhou 6300 which is a clone of the eta 2824 and very hard to distinguish the differnce once they are stamped with the eta markings.These so called eta's are then sold to unsuspecting watch manufacturers as being genuine and then passed on to WIS! They do not come from ETA but from secondary and third sources and in most cases sold directly to the person/company interested in producing a watch.Most of these individuals have entered the watchmaking business with no watch knowledge and truly believe they have found the impossible but there are those who know very well that they have bought either a replica or a non 100% eta due to the price of these movements and knowledge that the marketet has dried up to all but the very large and well known watch manufaturers and Swiss contractors.

Below is a post from TZ a year ago and now resurfacing on the forums.It shows a good way to tell a fake or non original eta from the genuine article and should be bookmarked by all WIS as this trend has increased.The talk of the Asian eta 1st surfaced about 5-6 years ago and today it is an epidemic we must all be aware of as many of the new upstart companies are using these 100% Asian replicas or non-100% assembled etas either knowingly or just blinded by shear lack of knowledge and belief they have found the golden egg.Choose your Swiss Made and Swiss movement watches carefully and ask questions before buying as these companies rely on the forums for sales.A safe bet is buying from a company that is reputable and has built strong alliances with their respected manufacturers for example companies building watches through Fricker Co. in Germany or one of the larger Swiss houses who are on the direct ETA list and rely on well known brand names who have been around for years to centuries.Don't be fooled ...know what movement is in your watch and ask these new companies where they are getting their movements from...be an eduacated WIS as watchmaking has reached a new day and we must be prepared.thankyou.gif

One of the problems was caused by an incorrect length screw protruding through the mainplate and interfering with the balance wheel assembly causing excessive end shake and problems in the keyless works. As the movement had been purchased as 'brand new' it either had come from the factory like it or been worked on previously.

However, it turned out that what I had in front of me was a cloned ETA movement or maybe one that had been worked at some stage to become an ETA movement with a blank ébauche and cloned parts… Either way its almost 99% certain this movement did not come from ETA.

I’d read about these movement on other forums but had never seen one before, so a little digging about confirmed what I had and that there seems to be more and more of these appearing…they are also not limited to the gilt one shown here but the nickel plated ones are also now appearing.

So how do you spot one?

What follows is not definative but does tally with the information I've dug up about these movements.

From my investigations and from comparing this one to the many ETA 28xx housed watches I have these are some of the points you can use to identify them:



1) Check the ETA logo, the clone is poorly shaped, where the gen is more shaped and clear.
2) Check the Novdiac shock housing, the gen has three cutouts the clone just one.
3) The gen has 25 Jewels engraved on the rotor, the clone either has a sticker or nothing
4) The Barrel is polished on the clone, brushed on the gen.
5) The regulator markings are shallow on the clone with the + hanging on to the edge, on the gen they are deeper and clearly etched.

In more detail on three of the above:

Clone logo:



Gen logo:



Clone shock housing:



Gen shock housing:



Clone regulator markings:



Gen regulator markings:

 




    

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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2008 02:50 pm
   
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Great info Oscar, Thanks.  ThumbsUp02.gif

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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2008 03:02 pm
   
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Excellent info..................unfortunately many of these upstarts know most people will not pop off the back of...lets say a 300m diver to do any investigative work.....that is why I respect Bill Yao and Eddie Platt so much...when they make a watch they're not afraid to show you what's going in it...unlike many:?

I'll have to find a recent post where some upstart was showing a cache of 100 ETA movements they just got for there watches:?

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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2008 03:12 pm
   
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Oscar great info,.....yourock.gif 


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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2008 03:16 pm
   
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Yup Teddy, that's the one...from the pics to me anyway hard to see the fine points mentioned thought the rotors look like OEM and look genuine

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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2008 03:18 pm
   
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agreed Tony.. both Yao and Eddie are super reputable and I would add Kenzo,Korsbek and Anders as well to the list of WIS we have known for many years and recently who have much knowledge and contacts in the watch industry...plus I have had the backs off most all their watches and have grown to not only trust them but rely on themhand6.gif

 Tim was telling me while in Basel this year he saw a big commotion and went to see what it was about?...well it turned out that someone had genuine eta's FS and it was mayhem as some very well known watchmakers got into a bidding war over these few hundred and they sold for 4 times the value at the time!....this is what peaked my curiosity as to how so many small companies are suddenly getting their hands on eta's? face4.gif

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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2008 04:45 pm
   
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Great info, Oscar - thanks!

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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2008 06:28 pm
   
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TY Chris but the comparison was done beforehand by someone else who really needs the credit as far a great pictorial...his name I have since forgotten but maybe he will step forward and I would like to thank himhand6.gif

...this should serve both the WIS and the WIS turned manufacturer as this sad testament affects both and hopefully it will be cracked down on by passing the word from forum to forum yourock.gif

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 Posted: Fri Dec 26th, 2008 06:37 pm
   
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below is a link to another excellent pictorial done by a well respected WIS over at TZ-UK who actually took the time to disassemble a mainstream Seagull clone in it's original state and a genuine eta 2824 step by step in a comparison review...very well worth the time to read and view and may be the most comprehensive and educational review I have ever seenhand6.gif

http://www.tz-uk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=43661&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

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 Posted: Sat Dec 27th, 2008 12:40 am
   
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oagaspar wrote: below is a link to another excellent pictorial done by a well respected WIS over at TZ-UK who actually took the time to disassemble a a mainstream Seagull clone in it's original state and a genuine eta 2824 step by step in a comparison review...very well worth the time to read and view and may be the most comprehensive and educational review I have ever seenhand6.gif

http://www.tz-uk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=43661&st=0&sk=t&sd=a


I have read that article, some time back, and while the ETA certainly has a more refined finish, the Seagull movement does seem to be very good, and to my knowledge, they do not claim to be ETA' s as other's do!  Didn't Eddie use one in his latest Precista?

At any rate...all great info Oscar!

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 Posted: Sat Dec 27th, 2008 04:23 am
   
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I'm with Ken. I came across that article somewhere a while back and found it pretty informative and interestingThumbsUp02.gif.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 27th, 2008 04:44 am
   
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never said the Seagull was one of these replica movements nor a bad one ,just wanted to share the thread for educational purposes as recognition of another eta clone that has been on the market for many years.... this one used in that TZ-UK thread is a eta 2824 clone and another example of a movement that is rumored as being restamped as an eta along with about 3 other Asian movements by unknown parties I have been made aware of ;)

...Eddie used the ST19 and made everyone aware of it and charged accordingly and that is why he is so trusted and well respected as Tony mentioned above The ST19 is a widely used column wheel chrono and pretty reliable....I own a few but each manufacturer seems to have a name of their own for them although they all originate from the same place...Seagull/Japan and a step up from these Chinese clones ... their is a excellent review of the ST19 in the reviews section here on 3T...recently Reidenschild started using it and call it a Gematic # ...in my Ingersoll it is called a Caliber 404 all just other examples of deception imo hand6.gif 

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