ETA 2824-2

ETA 2824-2 |

ETA 2824-2


1971 released ETA the caliber 2824, a fast-beat selfwinding movement with date indication. Its revised version, recognizable on the suffix “-2” is available since 1982. The production figures shall be in the two digit million range and its efficiently and cost saving construction was one of the main reasons, why this movement survived the quartz crisis of the 1970ies and 1980ies.

After the expiration of the patents for this movement some years ago, the market was literally flooded with clones of the ETA 2824-2, not only swiss-made but also from the Far East.

The ETA 2824-2 is such a reliable construction that in the better versions, the chronometer specs are respected easily.

ETA 2824-2: version with ETAChron finetuning

version with ETAChron finetuning

The specimen shown here is the simplest version with only 17 jewels and long regulator arm. This is no longer available for a long time, because the 25 jewels and ETAChron finetuning regulation are standard in each of the modern versions.

ETA 2824-2: base plate

base plate

The base plate not only shows, that all important bearings (except of the center second hand) contain rubies, it also shows, that we have a gear train with indirectly driven hands on the dial side - a modern construction, introduced mainly by ETA in the early 1950s.

ETA 2824-2: gear train

gear train

The directly driven center second is as typical for this gear train as the second wheel at 5 o’clock, which engages with the mainspring barrel.

ETA 2824-2: side view of the gear train (1)

side view of the gear train (1)

The steel escape wheel has got 20 teeth, since this movement is a fast beating one with 28800 A/h (4 Hz).

As regulator, the specimen shown here uses a simple three-leg anular balance, better versions have got a Glucydur balance. All balance wheels are shock protected, usually with the proven Incabloc shock protection system.

The balance regulates a swiss pallet lever escapement.

ETA 2824-2: side view of the gear train (2)

side view of the gear train (2)

Thehands are driven via the lower gear of the third wheel. It engages the minute wheel on the dial side, which has a slip clutch with the cannon pinion and thus drives the further hands (and the date indication)

ETA 2824-2: selfwinding mechanism, inner side

selfwinding mechanism, inner side

The ball beared oscillating weight engages with the two exchange wheels of the selfwinding module. Depending on the direction of rotation, ones spins free and the other drives the winding mechanism - always on the same direction.

On manual wind, the pawls of the exchange wheels ensure the decoupling of the oscillating weights. Since both exchange wheels have got a very high rotating speed, they are prone to wear and so, the oscillating weight often does not decouple and spins with high speed, too. A clear sign of an overdue service.

ETA 2824-2: inside the oscillating weight

inside the oscillating weight

As usual on better ETA movements, the oscillating weight is ball-beared. This makes it less delicate against wear and shocks, compared to an axle bearing.

ETA 2824-2: movement without oscillating weight

movement without oscillating weight

At 9 o’clock you can see the crown wheel, into which the ratchet engages. Since the crown wheel is floatingly beared, it is another wear-prone part of the movement, since after longer use, the bearing is grinded down, so that the wheel no longer properly engages.

The four bearings of the selfwinding module of the 25 jewels version contain rubies on each side, those of the 17 jewels version shown here, only simple metal bearings.

ETA 2824-2: empty dial side

empty dial side

On the empty dial side, you can see at 7 o’clock the second and third wheel, where the latter one engages with the minute wheel on the dial side.

At 3 o’clock, you see the yoke winding system. You must take special care not to press the setting lever too deep on the movement side. To avoid this, use a screwdriver blade, which is as long, as the recess there.

ETA 2824-2: dial side with date mechanism

dial side with date mechanism

On the ETA 2824-2, the date changes instantly at midnight. The switching wheel at 10 o’clock, whose finger is tensed over the whole day, unloads suddenly at midnight.

The second crown position is used for quick-setting of the date. With that, the moveable switch wheel at 4 o’clock engages in one direction with the date ring, in the other direction, it spins freely.

ETA 2824-2: ETA 2824-2: dial side

ETA 2824-2: dial side

The ETA 2824-2 is actually an oldtime, whose construction dates back in most details to the 1950s. It has proven to be so reliable and easy to produce, that it survived until today and so it is one of the longest manufactured movements ever - with accordingly high production figures.

While initially it was also used in rather cheap watches, the ETA raised the price for it so much, that an original ETA 2824-2 is, in contrast to its many clones, already a luxury movement. You have to decide for yourself, if that’s really justified.

In the lab

The specimen shown here dates probably from the 1980ies and came in heavily used condition into the lab with a loose screw, an oscillating weight with play and a heavily contaminated movement.
It was cleaned, oiled and also demagnetized, whereas the latter was not overly successful - a phenomen I yet saw only on ETA movements. It was not possible to adjust it to fair rates.

Technical data

Size:11 1/2'''
Number of jewels:17
Escapement:Pallet lever
Balance types: Nickel anular balance
Shock protection(s): Incabloc
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Clockwise
Moveable stud:yes
Adjust mechanism:ETAChron / long regulator arm
Winding mechanism:yoke winding system
Setting lever spring:1 hole(s)
  • SCD (direct center seconds)
  • QG (date indication (aperture))
  • RDR (date corrector)
  • AUT (selfwinding)
Production period:1971 (1982) -
Production years:1982-
Inventory number:19021

Usage gallery

ETA 2824-2: BWC Automatic gents watch

BWC Automatic gents watch

This movement and watch is a kind donation from Hans H. Hanebuth to the movement archive. Thank you very much for your great support!