What is a “Workhorse Movement”?
Workhorse movement is a label given to certain watch movements by enthusiasts and collectors in many watch communities. The term is no officially used by movement manufactures, but has become a selling point in blog reviews and
A tried and true workhorse should be a simple/minimalist design that does the job efficiently with as few moving parts as possible, while still being effective at maintaining a track record of being reliable, acceptably accurate, not too expensive, and easy to service (or at least generally affordable to service).
You may also hear watches being referred to as workhorses, for example the Seiko Monster.
The most common examples of workhorse movements are:
- ETA caliber 2824-2
- Sellita caliber SW200
- ETA/Valjoux caliber 7750
- Seiko caliber 7S26
- Seiko caliber NH35A
- Miyota caliber 8215
- Miyota caliber 9015
A workhorse watch is basically a tool watch powered by any of the above movements, but also with other characteristics such as a sapphire crystal and screw-down crown.