ETA SA Swiss watch manufacturer produces internal watch movements for a variety of brand-name Swiss watch makers. The ETA 2836-2 is a 25 jewel movement with a balance wheel that oscillates 28,800 times per hour. Instead of a ticking motion, this high-frequency action sweeps the second hand around the face in a smooth, continuous advance. The bi-directional self-winding mechanism has a power reserve of 40 hours and is protected from over-winding by a slip clutch. The ETA 2836-2 is considered ETA's "workhorse" mechanism due to its wide application in many wristwatches, most notably those made by Fortis, Tissot, Mido and Ball.
Fortis Mars 500
Fortis is a timepiece maker based in Grenchen, Switzerland. The Fortis Mars 500 utilizes the ETA 2836-2 movement. A diver-style chronograph, the Mars 500 is constructed of black-coated titanium with a sapphire crystal and orange luminescent dial face. The Mars 500 is water-resistant to 200 meters and features a large crown for operation in demanding conditions.
Tissot introduced the first mass-produced Swiss pocket watch in 1853. One hundred years later, the company produced the Visodate 1957 wristwatch. Now reissued with an updated ETA 2836-2 movement, the Visodate case is gilt stainless steel with a sapphire crystal. Face options include platinum, black and silver. The Visodate is water resistant to 30 meters and comes with a crocodile pattern leather strap.
Mido Ocean Star Captain
Mido, a division of Swatch, manufactures mid-priced Swiss wristwatches. Constructed of 316L stainless steel, the Mido Ocean Star Captain features the ETA 2836-2 movement and a Hesalit crystal. It is water-resistant to 200 meters and includes a transparent caseback for observation of the movement. Available faces are royal blue and black and the strap is black rubber.
Ball Engineer Master II
Ball of Switzerland powers one of its high-end chronographs with the ETA 2836-2. The Engineer Master II Diver is certified by the Swiss government's Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres for precision accuracy. It is housed in a titanium case with a sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 300 meters, the Engineer Master II dial features self-powered tritium micro gas lights on the hour, minute and second hands, for total-darkness illumination. It is supplied with a satin titanium and steel band.
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