OWC always strives for excellence and value at each price point. Our current entry level mechanical movement is the Seagull ST-1812 and next is the Soprod A-10.
As we all know the 2892-A2 can be found in many high end brands such as Omega and IWC. The ST-1812 is a clone of the 2892-A2.
We did consider the Miyota 9015, the Seiko 6R15 and Sellita SW200 (2824-2 clone). But we decided that the Seagull ST-1812 was technically superior, (albeit about twice as expensive as the 9015 and 6R15). We wanted to start our entry a little higher up the hierarchy. We think this is the right place to start.
Seagull is China’s Premier watch and movement maker. It has been supplying parts to the Swiss watch industry for many years. Seagull parts are legally manufactured into “Swiss Made” movements (e.g. Valanvron 92) –
For our next level, we chose the Soprod A-10. A movement that is being used by an increasing number of premium and higher end watches. http://www.soprod.ch/EN/
While unconfirmed, the Soprod A-10 is reputedly based on the Seiko 4L25 that powered the Credor range of watches. We understand this range sits just under the Grand Seiko.
Regardless, the A-10 (4L25) is a refreshing new design when compared with the current “classic” Swiss line up of 11.5 ligne movements. We like its performance, quality and attention to detail. If is is a high end Seiko design made in Switzerland, it ticks all the boxes.
We continue to search for new and interesting movements. We regularly evaluation, electronic, mechanical and vintage movements. One of our longer term projects involves movement modification – but as with all good things, it will take time.