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.
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.
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.
|Size:||6''' (measured: 13,7mm)|
|Number of jewels:||17|
Glucydur anular balance|
|Balance bearing / direction hairspring:||Clockwise|
|Adjust mechanism:||Hairspring key|
|Winding mechanism:||yoke winding system|
|Setting lever spring:||1 hole(s)|
Flume: K2 2|
|Mentioning in literature (years):||1963 - 1971|
- Uhrmacher Knops: ETA 2442 (pictures of the repair of an ETA 2442)