ETA 2651

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ETA 2651


ETA 2651: golden toned version

golden toned version

The ETA 2651 is the slower beating variant of the familiar ETA 2671. Unlike its sister caliber, it works with six instead of eight alternations per second.

All movements of this series have got the same small diameter of only 7 3/4 lignes and wer launched in the 1970ies, when ladies' watches had to be as small as possible.

ETA 2651: base plate

base plate

As on all better movements, all important bearing contain synthetic rubies, except for the bearing of the center second. Additionally, the mainspring barrel is ruby-beared on the dial side.

Since the selfwinding module uses no rubies, the total number of that movements stays at seventeen, which is pretty low for a selfwinding movement.

As you can see, the mainspring barrel and the balance wheel have lots of place, while at the same time, the gear train is very compact and uses only little place.

ETA 2651: gear train

gear train

The gear train is still state of the art, altough that kind of construction was already introduced in the 1950ies.

The mainspring barrel drives the second wheel, followed by third wheel, center second wheel and escape wheel. The third wheel drives the minute wheel on the dial side, which contains a slip clutch.

ETA 2651: Sside view of the gear train

Sside view of the gear train

The space-saving construction of the gear train lets lots of space available in the movement.

The three-leg anular balance is beared in two Incabloc shock protections and beats with rather moderate 21600 A/h. The long regulator arm on the balance cock is used to adjust the beat frequency.

ETA 2651: without selfwinding mechanism

without selfwinding mechanism

Particularly striking is the free space that the gear train construction offers, when the selfwinding module is not yet mounted.

The crown wheel is, as you can see, mounted moveable on an ellipse-shaped bearing. The ratchet spring, which engages with the crown wheel, shifts it in the direction of the ratchet wheel.

ETA 2651: movement view without selfwinding module, with ratchet wheel

movement view without selfwinding module, with ratchet wheel

The reason, why the crown wheel is moveable, is unknown, especially, since the winding stem has got a breguet clutch, and additionally, there’s no decoupling of the selfwinding module at all.

ETA 2651: upper side selfwinding module

upper side selfwinding module

The selfwinding gear train consists of four gears: Two change wheels (with pawls), which engage with the oscillating weight, and two reducer wheels.

During manual wind, the two pawl changers are responsible, that the oscillating weight is decoupled. Nevertheless, the force during manual wind, which impacts these fast revolving gears, is enormous.

ETA 2651: inner side selfwinding module

inner side selfwinding module

On the inner side of the selfwinding module, you can spot the pawls on the changer wheels. Besides the decoupling of the oscillating weight, their main function is, to ensure, that the oscillating weight winds in both directions.

ETA 2651: movement view without oscillating weight

movement view without oscillating weight

This construction is used by ETA, starting from then 1950ies till today.

ETA 2651: lower side of the oscillating weight

lower side of the oscillating weight

On this ETA 2651 specimen, the oscillating weight in axle-beared, but there also exist versions with a ball bearing.

ETA 2651: empty dial side

empty dial side

On the still empty dial side, you can see, how the hands are driven at 7:30 by the third wheel. The minute wheel is rather large and carries the cannon pinion with a slip clutch.

This construction requires, that the setting wheel cannot engage with the minute wheel, but with the changer wheel, which engages with both, the cannon pinion for the minnute hand and the hour wheel.

ETA 2651: calendar mechanism

calendar mechanism

The ETA 2651 uses an instant switching calendar. The switching wheel at 10 o’clock has got a moveable finger, which is tensioned between 8 pm and midnight. At midnight, it abruply unloads and advances the date ring one step.

This movement has also got a quickset mechanism: On the middle crown position, the tiny switching wheel at 4 o’clock enages with the moveable setting wheel, which is now released from the engagement with the changer wheel. The three fixed switch fingers advance the date ring.

ETA 2651: ETA 2651: Dial side

ETA 2651: Dial side

This calendar mechanism sounds rather complicated but it is astonishingly service friendly and works absolutely reliable.

ETA 2651: dial side, golden-toned version

dial side, golden-toned version

Technical data

Size:7 3/4'''
lift angle:53°
Number of jewels:17
Escapement:Pallet lever
Balance types: Nickel anular balance
Shock protection(s): Incabloc
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Counterclockwise
Moveable stud:yes
Adjust mechanism:Long regulator arm
  • lever
  • escape wheel, seconds wheel, third wheel, large driving wheel
  • mainspring barrel
Construction type:solid construction
Winding mechanism:yoke winding system
Setting lever spring:2 hole(s)
  • SCD (direct center seconds)
  • QG (date indication (aperture))
  • RDR (date corrector)
  • AUT (selfwinding)
References: Flume: K3 N1
Production years:1971-1980
Production figures:7.574.956 (2659, 2651, 2658)
Inventory number:19007

Usage gallery

ETA 2651: Destos Automatic ladies' watch

Destos Automatic ladies' watch

ETA 2651: Avia-matic ladies' watch

Avia-matic ladies' watch

ETA 2651: Condor 25 ladies' watch

Condor 25 ladies' watch

This movement in steel color with its surrounding Condor ladies' watch is a donation from Christoph Reiner. Thank you very much for your kind support of the movement archive!