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    Thanks for the review Taka...highly in-depth and I can't wait to see your photos!!

    I'm glad they got the inner bezel working and I'm also glad to see that the low-beat A7750 has been installed properly... I've noticed a marked difference in QC in the last few years and hopefully we'll continue to see the Chinese master QC so they can start creating new movements / modules!!



    I just tried one of these on at an AD... beautiful piece- timeless elegance is really the only way to sum up the "vibe" it gives off... the movement on the genuine is exquisite with many of the gears exhibiting snailing and the overall very, very high level finish that German brands are famous for... Unless someone owns the genuine article, they'd probably think the handwind Asian version is just as nicely finished...









    Many of us instinctively choose the "Swiss ETA" movement when purchasing reps. How/why has ETA come to be known for its history and quality? Take a look at this essay from :


    "Sunday, August 12, 2007

    From Ebauches SA to ETA SA: 75 years of Swiss movements

    ETA, which is nowadays part of Swatch Group, is the largest Swiss manufacturer of movements, including the expensive mechanical movements appreciated by the amateurs of high horology. Behind these three rough letters, more romantic denominations like Valjoux, Unitas, and Peseux denote some hidden treasures, one would like to discover.

    ETA was not established in one day. The birth of such an industrial concentration actually even required the energetic intervention of the Swiss Confederation itself. Curiously this enthralling history is difficult to reconstitute. Only many partial documents exist (see bibliography), but there is not a single comprehensive account relating its history since the creation of Ebauches S.A. in 1926 until today


    From what I've read (and feel free to correct me), the simple design of the 21J Asian movement means that they are fairly reliable are fewer parts that could fail than on something like the 7750 clone









    I've got a few gen handwinds from about 65 years ago. To my knowledge, they've never been serviced.

    Now, do they work? Yes. They might not keep COSC time but they are, at most, 20-30 seconds off per day. This is easily corrected using the movement regulator (really not tough) and doesn't require a service... SHOULD they be serviced? Most likely. Does it really destroy the movement and send everything to hell if you don't have it done every 3 years? No. The movement might not keep time as accurately but that may be a few seconds or minutes per day off (one of my watches was 1 minute off with no regulation after 60 years... my watchsmith (a true watchsmith, not a tinkerer...he can strip a movement and reassemble the damn thing blind) says its has some gunk/build up and needs a good cleaning/oiling (as will all watchmakers, and they're correct) but it isn't going to explode on me tomorrow. In the long run, not servicing for MANY years could cause damage to the finer, more delicate parts of the mechanism, but that's why I'm advising you to buy a handwind - fewer parts and a pretty solid reputation around the boards.

    As for a service, I know another great guy in PA (www.watchdoctor.biz - rec'd by a member here, forget who but thanks) who did some great work on a vintage Omega I purchased for my grandad. I had my watchmaker (who was away at the time, else I'd have had him do it but the birthday was before he got back...anyways) take a look at the work and he said that it was cleaned, oiled, and assembled spot on and timed nearly perfectly on the bench/machine (This is an automatic movement that hadn't been serviced in 35 years and was visibly dirty / about 6 minutes fast when I rec'd it/opened the case back). Total charge? $95 including insured shipping back to me and great email communication/explanation... hardly the 500 + Rolex charges.

    Also, with the prices reps are (currently) at, you might tire of a watch and move on to a new one in a year or so (or week


    ) and it really won't be an issue.

    I say give it a try, worst case, you're out a few bucks... we've all blown money on worse endeavors before right?

    Edit to add: Yes, the mechanical movements have the "smooth" sweeping seconds hands.









    I'd say go for the classic movements...but that's my personal opinion... I feel that mechanical watches have more character than quartz watches and if you wind a watch at the beginning of the day you can be almost certain that it won't suddenly stop in the middle of the day (like a quartz one might).









    Try a simple degaussing (The reallly cheap way is to go to a store with one of those "demagnitizer" things and buy something with an anti-theft tag on it...ask to put our watch right over the pad when the sales associate "demagnitzes" it


    ) at a mall kiosk or trusted watch repair specialist who is willing to work on reps and is NOT an authorized dealer...if that doesn't work, it might be time for a servicing








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