Orient vs. ETA and Miyota: A Look at Movements

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Orient vs. ETA and Miyota: A Look at Movements

Post by Ocean on 2012-09-10, 14:01

For some time people have talked about this including myself I like Miyota movements for the most part have had some problems but nothing an adjustment couldn't solve. From http://www.orientalwatchsite.com/orient-vs-eta-and-miyota-a-look-at-movements/

Orient vs. ETA and Miyota: A Look at Movements
September 10th, 2012 Posted in Orient News, Orient Watch Reviews | No Comments | Comment and Win a Free Orient Watch Comment and Win a Free Orient Watch

When it comes to mechanical watches, it’s all about the movement. Of course, the style, functionality, and cost all play a role in which mechanical you choose, but so much of what makes a mechanical watch depends solely on the movement.

Let’s take a look at the advantages of Orient movements as opposed to the big watch movement producers, ETA and Miyota.

Orient Caliber 40G51 Mechanical Movement

Orient vs. ETA

ETA, owned by the Swatch Group, is such a big producer of Swiss watch movements that sometimes it’s difficult to find a watch without an ETA movement. That’s also because few watch companies produce their own movements.

Breitling, Omega, Tag Heuer, and IWC are some of the popular and pricey watch brands that use outsourced ETA movements in their watches. Orient, though, is one company that produces its own movements for use in its own watches, not anyone else’s.

Many people are surprised to learn that Orient, a brand that specializes in classic, affordable timepieces, produces its own movements. But it’s not all that surprising when you think about it.

In fact, a couple years ago, the School of Horology compared Orient’s popular Caliber 46943 movement to the comparable ETA movement, 2892.a2.


Omega Watch featuring an ETA 2892 Mechanical Movement vs. Orient’s 46943 Mechanical Movement

The School found that the Orient requires less movement than the ETA to produce a winding motion. This efficiency is also, in part, due to Orient’s more straightforward design. It’s less frilly, focusing primarily on functionality. The School also found that Orient’s use of fewer parts overall resulted in a higher conversion of kinetic energy than the ETA movement.

That’s pretty impressive, but it should be noted that both ETA and Orient produce a variety of mechanical movements, some more expensive and of higher complexity than others. Yet some things remain consistent:

All Orient movements are produced in-house
All Orient movements are built by hand
All Orient movements are used in Orient watches only
All Orient movements are high-efficiency

Can ETA say that? Now, let’s check out Orient vs. another big movement producer, Miyota.

Orient vs. Miyota

A bit closer to home, Miyota, like Orient, is a Japanese company. But unlike Orient, Miyota produces mechanical watch movements for a number of watch companies. Such companies include big brand names like Citizen, Invicta, and Festina. Orient, as mentioned, produces in-house movements for use in Orient watches only.

Though Orient and Miyota movements share a similar appreciation among watch enthusiasts for their standard durability, accuracy, and affordability, only Orient offers watches that feature traditional watchmaking craftsmanship. Perhaps that’s why Orient has been called a true watchmaker’s watch.

But furthermore, watch enthusiasts have noted that Miyota’s popular 82xx movement series is essentially non-serviceable because of its low replacement cost and main bridge construction. Orient, however, uses a 2 piece upper bridge for easy assembly and future servicing. So while your Miyota may run smoothly for years, when it needs service, you may be out of luck. All the while, Orient watches run strong and are easily serviceable for decades.


Orient’s M-Force LE featuring Orient’s 40N5A Mechanical, Hackable Movement

Additionally, Miyota movements are non-hackable. Though many Orient movements are also non-hackable, Orient does offer some fairly affordable and hackable mechanical watch movements. M-Force LE, which contains Orient’s Caliber 40N5A movement, is a great example.
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