Hand-wound movements in wristwatches may not be as common today as they once were, but they make for original, vintage timepieces that are far more satisfying in terms of both style and mechanism than the more prevalent quartz or automatic winders. A top-grade hand-wound wristwatch will offer the wearer an unhindered and sweeping view of the watch’s bridges, the escapement, the gears as well as countless other splendid parts and components that are otherwise hidden from view under the rotors.
While most people would think that hand-winders have long gone out of vogue, they cannot be further from the truth. Many enthusiastic watch heads still opt for hand-wound movements in their watches for various reasons. First of all, a hand-wound timepiece displays more fluid hand movements that instantly catch the eye. Secondly, hand-winders have fewer parts and gears than their auto-winding counterparts, which means that there are fewer chances of anything going wrong. Perhaps the best thing about using a hand-wound wristwatch is the fact that their users simply love to do their little daily winding ritual - the chance they get to interact with their beautiful timepieces on a personal level each day.
Although ETA was originally founded by Eterna in the year 1856, some of its production lines can be traced back to the founding of Fabriques d’Horlogerie de Fontainemelon as far back as 1793. Through a number of mergers, ETA has become one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of Swiss watch movements on the planet. While the company is involved in the production of its own mechanical timepieces and automatic wristwatches, it derives its unparallel fame from the production of ébauche movements that are utilized by the sister watch group Swatch as well as in the brands of competitors such as Richemont SA. It goes to the company’s credit that ETA controls all of the vertical supply of the various components needed in the production of the ETA watch movement, thus becoming a one-of-its-kind manufacture d'horlogerie.
ETA Enjoys a Virtual Monopoly
While most people are not even aware of the dazzling ETA movements in watches, it serves as a cornerstone of the global luxury watch industry. ETA SA enjoys a virtual monopoly over the entire production, distribution and supply of the modular as well as the unbranded watch movements employed by the vast majority of Swiss watchmakers. ETA hand movements are extremely accurate, well-built and easy to maintain.
While the common misconception is that ETA hand movements are mostly used by micro brands and small watchmakers who cannot build watch movements in-house themselves, the fact is that ETA watch movements are increasingly being adopted by well-established brands all over the world in order to manufacture a more custom end-product. Take for instance, the Omega 1120, which was a celebrated ETA 2892 timepiece.
There is no doubt that the classic ETA hand movements are absolutely critical to the survival and health of the micro brands in the Swiss watch industry. Once the Swatch Company attempted to thwart the distribution of these movements to watch brands beyond the Swatch umbrella in order to enforce its own exclusivity. However, the resulting anti-trust actions forced ETA to gradually decrease its supply to competing brands over an extended period of time. In the wake of the shortage created, companies such as Seagull and Sellita stepped in to fill the void with their cheaper ETA-clones, but their generic movements are a far cry from the original, smooth and fluid ETA movements.
Caliber ETA/PESEUX 7001 Hand Movements
The Caliber ETA/PESEUX 7001 is employed by some of the most renowned luxury watch brands today. In fact, the Caliber ETA/PESEUX 7001 is synonymous with the world’s best and finest watchmaking traditions. Behind the slick movements of ETA, are big names such as Unitas, Valjoux and of course, Peseux. Peseux was originally an independent ebauche maker in 1932. The company produced calibres for many watchmakers both as an independent company and later as part of Ebauches SA. Peseux became part of the ETA conglomerate in 1985, thereby manufacturing many different types of hand-winding watch and chronometer movements, all of which are still used by many high-end boutique and designer watch brands today.
Originally introduced in the year 1971, the Caliber ETA/PESEUX 7001 is a thin watch movement that is simple yet a class apart. This high-grade hand-wind movement is often paired with either an expensive Swiss or a high-end German wristwatch brands. ETA Peseux 7001 movement offers a rare and beautiful combination of thin, robust and small movements. Being popular and reliable, the ETA Peseux 7001 hand movements are only found in luxury watches as they are upgraded with much effort, both optically and technically speaking. The Caliber ETA/PESEUX 7001 movement is used by brand names in the watch industry, including Omega, Limes, Nomos, Paul Gerber, Baume and Mercier, Aristo, Blancpain, Enigma, Maurice Lacroix, Louis Erard and, of course, DWISS.
The Peseux 7001 was designed in an era when wearing large watches was considered crude and vulgar. The Peseux 7001 offered to watch wearers an ultra-thin movement with a diameter as small as 23.3 mm. This made Peseux 7001 instantly popular with small watch brands that were all the rage back in the old days. With Caliber ETA/PESEUX 7001, users are guaranteed a top grade performance with their timepieces. Owing to their beautiful slimness, such movements are typically found only in prestigious watches.
Caliber ETA/PESEUX 7001 hand movements are an expression of the vintage and classic that no other hand movements can replicate.