Eterna Calibre 39 Watch Movement: Valjoux 7750 Alternative And So Much More

Eterna Calibre 39 Watch Movement: Valjoux 7750 Alternative And So Much More

Eterna Calibre 39 Watch Movement: Valjoux 7750 Alternative And So Much More   watch releases
No doubt in light of the fact that ETA-made movements are harder than ever to get, Eterna has just announced that they have created a new movement, dubbed the Calibre 39, which is the result of a project that started in 2007. This is potentially a very important announcement for the industry as the Calibre 39 is designed to be both an alternative to many hard to get ETA movements, as well as a strong base caliber for lots of complications.

The Calibre 39 is a fully modular movement that has been designed to be as expandable as possible, ranging from a manual two-hander to a column wheel-equipped flyback chronograph. A project that started out with the goal of designing a competitor to the ETA 7750, Eterna has now launched a proposed entire family of movements thanks to a modular design that builds upon a base movement platform. It is worth noting that long ago Eterna actually started ETA.

Eterna Calibre 39 Watch Movement: Valjoux 7750 Alternative And So Much More   watch releases

With over 88 different specifications, it is clear that Eterna has put lot of development into the Calibre 39 and, with ETA majorly cutting back the availability of their movements, we may eventually see the Eterna 39 in a lot of watches. The Calibre 39 will be available in chronometer spec, boasts a 68 hour power reserve, and will feature Eterna's Spherodrive system which minimizes gear train friction by using ball bearings to ease the movement of the barrel. The Spherodrive system not only minimizes friction and wear, but it is lubrication free, more efficient and allows for a greater power reserve (thanks to a thinner mainspring).  Above, you can see the base Calibre 39 with a column wheel chronograph module illustrated above it, showing how the movement can be expanded to suit specific needs. In our opinion, the most important use of the Calibre 39 will be to act as an alternative to Valjoux 7750 chronograph movements as it is designed to fit in the same way as the 7750 in watches.

Eterna Calibre 39 Watch Movement: Valjoux 7750 Alternative And So Much More   watch releases

This is a considerable announcement as there is currently no heir apparent to the ETA throne of mass supply to third parties. Sellita is more or less the major hopeful, but their capacity has been quickly bought up. While ETA movements will not disappear completely, the restricted availability has increased prices and will see many manufactures, both big and small, looking for new solutions. Eterna is a fitting choice as the brand's history stretches back to 1856 and they pioneered both the Eterna-Matic (a watch with a ball bearing-equipped rotor) and the first mass produced watch with an alarm feature.

Eterna says that 70% of the Calibre 39 will be produced within their hometown of Grenchen, Switzerland. Given Eterna's rich history in watchmaking and proven expertise in movement design, the Calibre 39 is an exciting announcement that could have a real effect on the watch market as we know it. In a nutshell, while they do make watches, Eterna is probably at its best when making movements. Should they be able to industrialize and price the Calibre 39 appropriately, it should prove to be a major business for them as well as helping to ease the movement woes of many small and larger watch makers. eterna.ch

11 comments
Ryan B
Ryan B

  This is very good news, ever since ETA took on a self-righteous ideology about the 7750 it has left me somewhat jaded. I can see where Rick might have a point about why ETA did what they did but I just don't buy into the thought that they did it to help the little guys grow considering the little guys are still being purchased by guess who .... The Swatch Group.


They've limited their movement so much the smaller companies are being backed into a corner as far as they can go and it was only a matter of time before somebody started swinging. looks like Eterna has no problems stepping up and I support them.

RickHoover
RickHoover

It looks like Nicholas Hayek's dream is being carried out.  Many misconstrue ETA's actions as one of a giant squashing the 'little people' and nothing could be further from the truth.  Reducing the dominance of the giant allows more 'little people' to grow and prosper.  All they need to do is innovate . . . be REAL watch manufacturers and not just marketing enterprises.  Innovation in a marketplace that allows for grows creates competition.  Those with vision see this.  Now we can watch the ETernA (yes, the genesis of ETA comes from Eterna) Caliber 39 take off in an environment that has been created for it to flourish.  Thank you Mr. Hayek!!!  Instead of being villainized, maybe the misinformed will begin to understand . . .and finally thank you for once again seeing beyond profits and protecting the health of the Industry . . . like in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I'm really glad about this.  It seems to bring more flexibility to the table.  The 7750 is very long in the tooth.

gerikson
gerikson

Cool news! I've never been very worried about the coming lack of ETA movements. There's obviously a market for mechanical watch movements and it's cool to finally see some competition in the space.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

The actions of ETA in restricing access to their movements has been one of the singular biggest incentives for expansion of new terchnology in the movement maker market. Not excatly working out as they, ETA management, had hoped I'd say.

I wonder if any of the apparitions of this engine will turn out to be 'workhorse' engines such as the 28xx's have been. There is always room for good base designs.

nateb123
nateb123

Wow.  The 7750 has always been a movement I've hated simply because it's so ugly to look at.  If this was showing through an exhibition caseback, I'd have no such problem.  Kind of funny that ET(ern)A is dialing down production so Eterna steps in to reclaim their place.

emenezes
emenezes

@RickHoover Perhaps the greatest crime in the commoditization of movements was the commoditization of dial designs: from date windows to sub dials, myriad of dials had them in the same places, as dictated by the ubiquitous movements in common.

gerikson
gerikson

@DG Cayse I don't know what ETA thought about the future, it's possible it was a decision taken at the Swatch level. But they can't have been naive enough to think that they have a monopoly position and can raise prices and restrict production without alternatives popping up.

Cooperj1
Cooperj1

@nateb123

I a glad to see I am not alone when I look at the Cal 39 and see the beauty of design. To often when taking about movements and discussing its beauty eyebrows are often raise...

gyang333
gyang333

@gerikson I don't think that was why ETA decided to cut off supplying other brands.  Their intention was to completely cut off outside brands, even if they truly did have a monopoly, that would end because of no-supply.  I believe that whomever made the decision, got tired of having to be a vendor for every other Swiss brand out there.  I'm sure they're actually glad alternatives are popping up.

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