ETA 361

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ETA 361


The ETA 361 is an old movement, which was still constructed like a pocketwatch movement, but already uses a pallet anchor escapement. It was probably made in the 1930ies and got different decorations.

ETA 361: Version with perleage decoration

Version with perleage decoration

The ETA 361 has got a diameter of 8 3/4 lignes (19.5mm) and is equipped with 15 rubies.

ETA 361: base plate

base plate

The base place shows very well the bordered bearing jewels, which are colored differently. Center minute wheel and mainspring barrel don’t have ruby bearings, but that was standard then.

ETA 361: gear train

gear train

Unlike modern movements, the escapement wheel, which is located deeply in the main plate, has also got an own cock; the other gears, fourth, third and second wheel are located under an own bridge and are partially beared in synthetic rubis. Their total number is 15, which was the maximum at that time.

An interesting detail is the small mainspring gear. Probably its tiny diameter is due to the fact, that it runs on the same level as the train bridge next to it, reducing the height of the movement.

ETA 361: side view of the gear train

side view of the gear train

The balance is not shock protected but of course contains screws and on the balance cock, there’s a long regulator arm to adjust the effective length of the hairspring to make the balance beat with exactly 18000 A/h. Below the balance, the caliber number 361 is stamped in some specimen.

ETA 361: ETA 361 dial side

ETA 361 dial side

On the dial side, there’s the old “ETA” marking and a yoke winding system, so at least from this side, it already looks like a modern movement.

Technical data

Size:8 3/4''' (measured: 19,5mm)
Number of jewels:15
Escapement:Pallet lever
Balance types: Nickel screw balance
Shock protection(s): none
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Clockwise
Moveable stud:no
Adjust mechanism:Long regulator arm
  • lever
  • escape wheel
  • seconds wheel, third wheel, center minute wheel
  • mainspring barrel
Winding mechanism:yoke winding system
Setting lever spring:3 hole(s)
References: Flume: 1947 21
Inventory number:18024

Usage gallery

ETA 361: anonymous ladies' watch

anonymous ladies' watch

ETA 361: unmarked silver ladies' watch

unmarked silver ladies' watch