While for a large majority of people the most important criterion in choosing a watch is its appearance, it is also interesting to look at the heart of the watch: its movement. Indeed, the movement is still a key element when choosing a watch, since it will have a direct impact on the performance of your timepiece. However, in the world of movement manufacturing, two countries oppose each other: Switzerland, the cradle of watchmaking and Japan, which, over the years, has established itself as a key player. One can then wonder if the Swiss movements are better than the Japanese or if, on the contrary, it is better to favor the Japanese?
In truth, it would not make much sense to choose a winner since everything will depend on what you are looking for and what is a priority in your eyes: aesthetics, price, complications, precision, robustness ... it's hard to say that one is better than the other, the Swiss and the Japanese are still different in their approach to creating movements.But then, between the Swiss ETA or Japanese Miyota movement, which one to choose?Don't worry, Charlie Paris will enlighten you and guide you in your choice of watch movement.
- Swiss movement and Japanese movement: What are the differences?
- Swiss movement and Japanese movement: which one to choose?
1. Swiss movement and Japanese movement: What are the differences?
In order to help you in your choice, we have retained for you the main differences between Swiss movements and Japanese movements. Each of its two movements has its own history and has advantages and disadvantages.
Historically, the Helvetic country remains the cradle of watchmaking and therefore enjoys, and rightly so, a very good reputation and unparalleled prestige. It is for this reason that the majority of luxury watches are still equipped with Swiss movements today.
The most famous and important manufactory is the company ETA, founded in 1793 and owned by the Swiss giant Swatch. ETA movements are among the most recognized around the world and equip not only the brands of the Swatch group, but a large number of other brands, which do not have the possibility of manufacturing their own movements, including very large luxury houses. .
Our Concordia Automatic is equipped with an ETA 2824-2 movement, ideal for this timepiece that has stood the test of time and the elements. Our Concordia watch belongs to our collection of automatic watchand diving watch, for men.
Swiss movements are known to be extremely precise and reliable. However, what sets them apart most are their finishes. During production, everything is thought out down to the smallest detail, from the color of the materials to their shapes. Such attention to detail makes movements aesthetically more beautiful and complex. Another notable difference is the assembly by hand for some calibers, in order to achieve impeccable precision.
The main negative point of Swiss movements remains their very high price, which can be explained by the hand assembly, the limited production volume and the prestigious image of the country. Don't worry, though, if your budget is less, that doesn't mean you have to forgo quality!
Japanese manufacture movements
Since the 1950s, the Japanese watch industry has competed with the biggest names in Swiss watchmaking, thanks to its production method that combines productivity and quality. The two most famous Japanese manufactures are Seikoand Citizen. Each year, the two giants produce an impressive volume of movements and provide both mid-range brands and luxury homes.
The strength of the Japanese movements lies in a very different mode of production from the more traditional Swiss: the movements are assembled by fully robotic production lines. This allows, among other things, to provide a precision that a human could not have to the naked eye. It is for this reason that Japanese movements are recognized worldwide for their reliability and their very good value for money.
While these movements are easily in the same position as the Swiss, japanese movements are generally less worked and naturally more crude. The purist watchmakers consider these movements to be aesthetically less interesting but they remain very attractive to a large number of people.
As a result, Japanese movements are a good alternative between cheap but unreliable Chinese movements and highly reputable but expensive and just as reliable Chinese movements as Japanese movements.
2. Swiss movement and Japanese movement: which one to choose?
As we said at the beginning of the article, everything will depend on what you are looking for your watch, there is no "perfect" movement. At Charlie we have chosen to integrate mainly Japanese movements into our watches, since it is important for us to offer you products with good value for money.
While the majority of our quartz watches or automatic, are equipped with Japanese Citizen Miyota movements, this does not mean that we are confined to the movements of this manufacture. Depending on the watch model created and the desired performance, we will choose the most appropriate movement. This is how our Concordia Automatic watch is equipped with a Swiss ETA movement and its quartz version is equipped with a Seiko VH31 Sweep Second movement. rather than a Miyota movement.
No matter what Charlie model you choose we guarantee you impeccable quality and excellent value for money!
Want to know more about our movements? Visit our watch blog where we talk about the Miyota 9132 movement of our Initial Réserve de Marche and the Miyota 9015 movement in the Initial 3 Needles.