1. Thank you for a very informative forum. I’ve been looking for a good – but affordable – automatic watch for some time (I have a Vostock Europe – not for accuracy but for ruggedness and for 200m water resistance, but I have to correct it at least twice a week!). I was beginning to think I was going to have to accept a lack of accuracy to get a lovely automatic watch but I now know what I should be looking for. Chronometer here I come!

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      Yep Nick. Accuracy is one of the biggest drawbacks with automatic watches but you can offset it with a Chronometer. Just don’t expect it to come cheap =P

  2. Hello isaac, I have the oportunity to buy cheap from a friend (600usd) a Concord Mariner with a ETA 2892 eA2. As I dont know the brand i dont know if it is a good deal (MSRP 2000). Do you know the brand? Do you think there is a good value. It would be my first mechanical watch

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      Hi Alejandro. The brand Concord is real (see here) but I’m not really sure if its a good value or not as I don’t have much experience with the brand. But to have the opportunity to buy the watch at a lower price than the MSRP is a surely a good deal. Here is what I will do:

      1- Since you don’t have any experience with automatic watch, I suggest for you to go to a watch shop and test a few watches with the price range of around $600 to $2000. Then, ask your friend if you can try his Concord Mariner. This way, you can compare the build quality and the movement of his Concord vs. other watches at the same price range. If you think his Concord is higher quality and more beautiful than watches in the $600 to say $1000 at the shops, then I’d say it’s a good buy.

      2- Ask if your friend had serviced his watch or not. Do remember that most automatic watch need to be serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on how heavy it was used. You can also survey watch repair shops on how much they will charge to service a normal ETA movement. From there, you’ll have an estimate of how much you will have to spend in future (or near future if your friend hasn’t serviced his watch at all).

      Let me know how it works out buddy. Cheers!

  3. hi friend, My automatic watch is ETA 2892-A2 movement, but it gains 10 seconds per day. is it accurate?

    I would accept 5 sec/day, but 10 sec/day is a bit high!

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      Hi Phenix. The accuracy of ETA movements depends on its grade e.g standard, elabore, top, chronometer – with increasing accuracy (and price) with the chronometer to be most accurate. So depending on your 2892’s grade, it can be acceptable (for the standard) or not acceptable (for others).

      Either way, the movement can easily be regulated or demagnetized (if applicable) by any competent watchmaker. I never own an 2892 but based on various watch forums, the movement can be regulated up to an accuracy of less than 5 sec/day.

      Let me know how that works out for you =)

  4. Hello!
    May I to know which grades of movement on my tissot herritage visodate T019? (1853)
    caliber 2836-2
    Thank so much!

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      Hi Le. I’m not really sure what grade is the ETA 2836-2 inside the Visodate is but I guess is the lowest grade for ETA movements. Reason being the Visodate is among one of the cheapest Swiss automatic Swiss watches around. But do let me know if I’m wrong ya!


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