Throughout centuries, people have always shown the insatiable will to travel and challenge themselves by testing innovative ways to explore unpaved paths. But that entailed the need to claim an optimal control on the flow of time. That’s why in the 1930s Patek Philippe officially introduced the first “World Timer”. In 1954, Rolex presented a movement with a 12-hour hand and 24-hour hand, and marked a fundamental step for the GMT complication, still nowadays one of the most appreciated in the market, with the GMT Master for Pan Am pilots flying international routes, where the 24-hour hand would be set to GMT time. In order to attain always better results, calibers were constantly subjected to improvements that finally led to the formulation of the ultimate 2893-2, certainly one of the most refined movements in this field.
Our aim is now to focus on one of the best-known Swiss movement manufacturers and to unfold the secrets of one of its greatest achievements. Our first question is: what is ETA?
Even though the origins of ETA SA may be dated back to the second half of the IX century, but some of its steps could be connected to 1793, when Fabriques d’Horologerie de Fontainemelon was born and later absorbed by ETA itself. ETA designs and manufactures mechanical and automatic timepieces, watch movements and watch èbauches. Boasting incredible expertise and a matchless technical, human and industrial heritage, it became one of the world’s largest manufacturers of watches and movements. The story officially began in 1856, when Eterna founded the company. From then on, it firmly started to develop on the path of precision, reliability and high quality.
It’s also known as Ball RR3102, RR1702 and Tag Heuer Calibre 7-GMT. It’s a mechanical luxury movement with automatic winding, hacking seconds, dual time-zones with 24 hours and a power reserve of 42 hours.
It made its debut in 1992, as the GMT version of the preexisting ETA 2892 movement, adding a 24-hour hand that can be used to track a second time zone. ETA 2892 was projected in 1975 and was inspired both by the 1455U caliber (introduced in 1962 and regarded as the “mother of the species”) and by the Eterna 1504 caliber (based on the 1455U and out of production in 1983). The ETA 2892 was a cross-breed of the two movements, boasting a 12.5’’’ baseplate, like 1455U, and operating at the same frequency as the Eterna 1504. Later on, 2892 became one of ETA’s most widespread movements and it developed other popular derivations, such as ETA 2893-2 itself.
The ETA caliber 2893-2 definitely wins an incredible challenge, managing to achieve unparalleled thinness (only 4.1mm), unquestionably beating all its “sister-movements”, among which the famous 2824. No wonder why brands such as Tudor, Omega, Breitling, Baume & Mercier or Bell & Ross have employed this prodigious mechanical masterpiece, so as to not only to deliver the perfect thickness in order to match each timepiece’s design and features, but also to vaunt an infallible stability. No matter how bizarre your watch’s position will be: thanks to 2893-2, you’ll always be rewarded with the best isochronism, as it won’t be affected by gravity or friction in any way.
Moreover, ETA movements’ standard components will always allow you to effortlessly take care of your watch’s manutention and won’t give you any issues in terms of procedures or affordability. How come? After the purchase, not many people take into account “after sale” costs, which are most of the times, needless to say, unavoidable. But luckily, in this case, there’s absolutely nothing to be worried about. In fact, not only do ETA calibers imply noteworthy reliability but are also extremely easy to get serviced, by simply addressing your trusted watchmaker. Thanks to the considerable availability of each element, carrying out the reparation of your timepiece will turn out to be surprisingly accessible and pleasingly rapid.
Meccaniche Veneziane is proud to launch the first Swiss Made GMT watch on Kickstarter, a product which combines Nereide’s characteristic design, marked by refined and vigorous features, with a new complication standing for technical innovation, the GMT function, that will allow you to become a true citizen of the world, by being constantly aware of how time runs on the rest of the Planet. The timepiece retains the brand’s most distinctive peculiarities, introducing remarkable additional elements among which the renowned ETA 2893-2 movement, universally regarded as an exceptional example of mechanical advancement.
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Meccaniche Veneziane Team
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