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ETA 2442


ETA 2442ETA 2442


If you look into the Flume Werksucher K2 or K3 in the image parts, you immedeatly recognize the ETA 2442 on the first two pages, since it not only the smallest ETA movement, but also one of the tiniest movements ever made at all.

With a diameter of only 13.2mm (6 lignes), but a fast beating of 21600 A/h, it probably marks the climax of the development of micro-sized wristwatch movements in the 50ies and 60ties.

size comparison with a 1ct coinsize comparison with a 1ct coin

Even a 1ct coin is larger than this micromechanical miracle!


The ETA 2442 was a very modern construction with an indirectly driven minute hand, which allowed a larger mainspring barrel and a larger balance, thus leading to longer running time and better precision, which you can see on the timegrapher print on the bottom of this page.

Of course, all trains are beared in jewels, except the third wheel, which drives the minute wheel on the dial side. The seventeenth jewel is the cap jewel of the escapement wheel.

The large Glucydur balance is golden-toned, the hairspring is connected to a moveable stud - in the early 60ies, when this movement was released, this was still something extraordinary.

ETA 2442 ZifferblattseiteETA 2442 Zifferblattseite

On the dial side, you will of course find a yoke winding system; the rest of the construction is similar to that of other contemporary ETA movement, only the dimensions are much smaller.



 Technical data

Number of jewels17
EscapementAnchor with pallets
Shock protection(s)Incabloc
Balance cock directionclockwise
Hairspring studmoveable
Regulator typeHairspring key
Movement constructionFork
Escapement wheel, Fourth wheel, Third wheel, Large driving wheel
Mainspring barrel
Winding mechanismyoke
Setting lever spring1 holes
FunctionsHour, minute
Beats per hour21600
Size6''' (measured: 13,7 mm)
Image in Flume Werksucher K2 2
ETA 2442ETAETA24426''''''ETA 244217 Jewels, 6'''''', 21600 A/h



Timegrapher protocol

position "dial down"position "dial down"



Usage gallery

Amado ladies' watch  (dial only)Amado ladies' watch (dial only)





This movement was donated by Harald Hoeber. Thank you very much!