The movement in the Dreadnought is the tried and tested ETA 2824-2. It is rated as having a 42 hours power reserve, 28800 bph with an Incabloc anti-shock system and has been produced since 1972.
This movement is the workhorse in a number of watches at all price levels and has a reputation for reliability and robustness. The rotor is mounted on ball bearings, the balance is either nickel plating or Glucydur, and the balance spring is flat in Nivarox 1 or 2. Its popularity virtually ensures that parts should be available for a long time to come and any watchmaker should be able to service or adjust it without a problem.
The specifications include; 25 Jewel ETA 2824-2 automatic with date function, Diameter 25,60 mm, Height 4,60 mm, Mechanical lever movement, manual winding or bi-directional self-winding mechanism with ball bearing, Display by means of hands : hours, minutes, seconds, Instantaneous date, date corrector
28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), Regulator system ETACHRON with fine-timing device, Winding stem with 3 positions and
Hack second hand ability.
The 2824 is available in 4 versions:
Standard - with ETAchoc and ETAstable
Elaborée - with Incabloc, ETAstable and basic decoration
Top - as Elaborée with "assortments chronometer"
The basic decoration referred to is simple polishing and graining of the rotor. Additional decoration is available on request and at extra cost. The top version has a superior balance (Glycydur) and superior pallet fork.
The Dreadnought uses the upgraded (Top) ETA 2824-2 which has been adjusted and regulated to DIN 8319 / ISO 3159 Chronometer standard by Master Watchmaker Dirk Dornblueth.
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Dr. Peter McClean Millar