ETA versus Sellita - is the argument over?

I like it when I'm wrong. Years ago, I pooh-poohed Sellita's SW200 automatic movement as a cheaper clone of ETA's 2824.

Now I own several movements with the SW200, and I find it to be a smooth-running, reliable movement that's every bit the quality of the ETA movement it was originally based on. I was really off base. I particularly enjoy the 38-hour power reserve, which I'll be dad gum if it isn't everything that it's advertised to be.

I prefer these movements over most others in their class. Interested if anyone else enjoys the SW200 as much as I have. 

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Talking to my local watchmaker his take is interesting. 
1. Sellitas arent clones, there are dozens of changes including some significant changes to how the watch is assembled.

2. The assembly process for Sellitas is more complex and error prone - hence Sellitas tend to have a slightly higher 'infant mortality' that ETAs - failing very early in life (almost always during warranty periods)

3. But once up and running and through the burn in Sellitas tend to run more smoothy.
 

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Yeah, I had read that the movements have moved way past the "clone" stage (or perception, anyway) and are neck and neck with anything else in their class for reliability. I guess I've had some exceptional luck, because I've yet to experience in a whiff of trouble with the SW200.

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I had a SW-200 in a Christopher Ward around 2014, maybe they have changed since then. The date change click over varied by over an hour in each direction, before or after midnight. There was no consistency to the date change. I had avoided Sellita and have had rock solid performance from ETA ebauches that have been properly assembled and adjusted. The debate will never end and that's the fun of this hobby. 

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spitfire

I had a SW-200 in a Christopher Ward around 2014, maybe they have changed since then. The date change click over varied by over an hour in each direction, before or after midnight. There was no consistency to the date change. I had avoided Sellita and have had rock solid performance from ETA ebauches that have been properly assembled and adjusted. The debate will never end and that's the fun of this hobby. 

You know, that's a great point. Our likes, dislikes, etc - talking watches never gets old. I hear that!

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I love my Sellita movements. 
 

In fact, I believe my entire current collection is, with the exception of my O&W P104S, all Sellita. This I didn't realize until just now. 😂

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I picked up an Oris ProPilot Full Date at a really low price.  It uses SW.  Great watch and keeps good time.  Sellita have an interesting factory tour video on YouTube. Worth watching. 

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Indeed it was! Thanks for the tip.