I am relatively new to collecting and I really don't understand why in house movements are such a big deal. Greater cost at entry, and a greater cost at time of service. From reading through many past threads on this discussion it seems as though the practice of, and need to develop in house movements has become more common in recent years. Is this due to increased competition in the industry? Is it important to members and collectors because its a sign of brand longevity since ETA announced the cutbacks?