OWC have been very careful in the choice of movement. ETA publicly stated that they will no longer supply to those outside of the Swatch Group. This means it will be practically IMPOSSIBLE for small bespoke makers (in fact anyone not in the Swatch Group) to buy legal ETA mechanical movements. The conclusions are obvious.
So we have entered into an alliance with Sea-Gull of China and Soprod of Switzerland, and will be offering their movements. Unless we offer a special Vintage piece, we will NOT be offering ANY ETA based watches. This is not saying we are limiting our focus to these companies, we are still investigating other options, but we will not be offering ETA.
Sea-Gull is the Premier Watch and Movement maker in China. It has been supplying parts to the Swiss Watch Industry for many years and many Sea-Gull parts are legally manufactured into Swiss movements. We prefer not to buy these Swiss Movements. But rather stay true to Sea-Gull and offer a 100‰ Sea-Gull Product.
The Sea-Gull ST21 series of movements is as good if not better than their rivals. They certainly offer a significant price advantage.
The Soprod A-10 offers significant advantages over its competitor the 2892-A2, hence it is our choice for our "Flag Ship" models.
While the Sea-Gull ST18 series offers similar performance to the A-10, it does so at a significant price advantage.
Hence we see our movement choice, as both technically and price driven. But more so, an ethical choice.
Movement Comparison (possible)
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