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I just started to take an interested in watches and I keep hearing about what watches have what movement and I always wondered what that meant and how to they rank. I hear or see terms like ETA with numbers, COSC, and something that starts with a V? Is there an article I could read that would teach me the different movements and what they mean?

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Movement tiers?......Interesting.......
 

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There are six basic types of watch movement that have been used in the past 50 years.
1. Spring powered hand wound balance wheel timed.
2. Spring powered rotor wound balance wheel timed.
3. Battery powered quartz timed.
4. Solar cell powered quartz timed.
5. Battery powered tuning fork timed.
6. Battery powered electric balance wheel tiimed.

The last two have not been produced since the 1970's but are widely collected. Of the others number 3 dominates the current market for watches. Some collectors favor 1 and 2. There are arguably other subtypes and small production movements but those are the movement types you will most likely encounter.
 
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