What Are The Best Japanese Mechanical Watch Movement Makers?

 
Chad G. from San Jose, CA, USA asks:

What is the best Japanese automatic movement manufacturer? I know Seiko Spring Drive is the cream of the crop, I am thinking more of the economy-esque movements, comparable to an ETA 2824 or 2836. Miyota, Seiko, Orient…..etc. Accuracy, durability, longevity, maint costs, etc.

There are not that many mechanical watch movement producers in Japan, The big three watch brands there are Casio, Citizen, and Seiko – and Casio is strictly quartz. Citizen owns the movement maker Miyota, which makes movements for mechanical Citizen watches but also sells movements to third party brands. Miyota has the 9000 series collection of watches including the Miyota 9015 which they pen as an ETA competitor.

Seiko is probably the most prolific mechanical movement maker in Japan. They produce low-end automatics up to the beautiful movements in Grand Seiko watches, and a lot in between. Seiko also owns Orient Japan, which produces very good-for-the-price mechanical movements as well.


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