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ETA 2873


ETA 2873ETA 2873


One of the last ETA selfwindig movements, which is, unlike the 2824 familiy, already out of production, is the ETA 2873, which debuted in the 1970ies.

It is a rather simple mass production movement, but still shows the familiar ETA quality.

There's no decoration on the movement, only the oscillating weight got its checkered pattern. Technically, it doesn't matter, whether a movement is decorated or not.

Werksansicht ohne RotorWerksansicht ohne Rotor

The ETA 2873 uses the million times proved ETA selfwinding mechanism with its double click wheels. All gears, with the exception of the slowly running transportation wheel to the click wheel, are beared in rubis.

bottom view selfwinding mechanismbottom view selfwinding mechanism

Since the oscillating weight winds in both directions and the two click gears are always driven by the weight, the click mechanism of these gears takes care, that the transmission wheel is always turned in the same direction. For that, it's always one of the click gears, which spins freely, while the click of the other ensures its power transmission.

movement view without selfwinding mechanismmovement view without selfwinding mechanism

The construction did not change since decades:

The large, here three-leg, ring balance (of course Incabloc-shock-protected) uses a hairspring, whose one end is attached to a moveable stud. Its effective length is adjusted with the hairspring key.

The movement itself uses a swiss pallet lever escapement. The center second is directly driven and there's no minute wheel, but the minute wheel on the dial side is indirectly driven by the third wheel.

This construction is used in ETA movements since the 1950ies until today!

A place, where you can see the "red pencil" is the click mechanism: It consists only of a specially shaped spring, which works on the horizontally(!) moveable crown wheel.

The different tooth types of crown wheel and mainspring wheel is neccessiary because of the selfwindig mechanism, but it can be easily imagined, that it is not a good idea to wind this watch manually every day.

main platemain plate

The date mechanism advances the date instantly and allows manual correction on the second (of three) crown positions. The driving wheel is even jewel-beared!

ETA 2873 dial sideETA 2873 dial side

At "8" you see the pinion of the third wheel, which indirectly drives the center minute wheel, which has to be set onto the large center axle.

At "3", you see the setting lever spring with its three positions (manual winding, date correction, time setting).

dial side view without date mechanismdial side view without date mechanism



 Technical data

Number of jewels25
EscapementAnchor with pallets
Shock protection(s)Incabloc
Balance cock directioncounterclockwise
Hairspring studmoveable
Regulator typeHairspring key
Movement constructionFork
Escapement wheel, Fourth wheel, Third wheel, Large driving wheel
Mainspring barrel
Construction typesolid construction
Winding mechanismyoke
Setting lever spring2 holes
FunctionsHour, minute, second, day, selfwinding
Beats per hour21600
Size111/2''' (measured: 25,5 mm)
ETA 2873ETAETA287311 1/2''''''ETA 287325 Jewels, 11 1/2'''''', 21600 A/h, SCD,AUT,QG,RDR



In the lab

The movement can only with its dial into the studio and hence was completely disassembled, cleaned and oiled.



Timegrapher results

On the timegrapher, this movement showed exactly, what was expected from a simple ETA mass production movement: Rock solid results in all positions with low variance. Very hard to top!

It was even possible to generate the timegrapher outputs in double precision!

crown rightcrown right crown topcrown top crown leftcrown left crown bottomcrown bottom 
dial topdial top dial bottomdial bottom 



Usage gallery

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