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ETA 2500 Series

ETA 2500 Series

ManufacturerETA
Caliber Family2500
Movement Type
Manual Wind / Automatic
Lignes
11.5”’ / 13”’
Power Reserve~40 hours
Vibrations Per Hour
18,000 bph
Lift Angle
Needs confirmed
Shock ProtectionIncabloc
Country of ManufactureSwitzerland, Swiss made
Known Models
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The ETA 2500 family of movements was produced in the 1960s-1970s. The calibers from the 2500 series are considered to be predecessors to the ubiquitous ETA caliber 2824-2 framework that most watch enthusiasts are familiar with today.

Calibers in the ETA 2500 series:

  • ETA 2500 – Manual wind, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, time-only (no date)
  • ETA 2502 – Manual wind, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, date
  • ETA 2503 – Manual wind, 13”’, 18,000 bph, date
  • ETA 2508 – Manual wind, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, day/date
  • ETA 2509 – Manual wind, 13”’, 18,000 bph, day/date
  • ETA 2516 – Manual wind, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, quickset day/date
  • ETA 2520 – Automatic, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, time-only (no date)
  • ETA 2521 – Automatic, 13”’, 18,000 bph, time-only (no date)
  • ETA 2522 – Automatic, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, date
  • ETA 2523 – Automatic, 13”’, 18,000, date
  • ETA 2524 – Automatic, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, time-only (no date)
  • ETA 2525 – Automatic, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, time-only (no date)
  • ETA 2526 – Automatic, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, date
  • ETA 2527 – Automatic, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, date
  • ETA 2528 – Automatic, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, time-only (no date)
  • ETA 2529 – Automatic, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, date
  • ETA 2532 – Automatic, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, quickset date
  • ETA 2538 – Automatic, 11.5”’, 18,000 bph, quickset day/date
  • ETA 2539 – Automatic, 13”’, 18,000 bph, quickset day/date

ETA 25XX Similarities and Differences:

The one feature that the calibers in the ETA 25XX family of movements shares is that they all have a beat rate of 18,000 bph. Differences between the caliber numbers mainly come down to movement type (auto vs hand-wound), size (11.5 vs 13 lignes), and calendar complication (no-date, date, day/date, quickset and non-quickset).

Similar Families:

The ETA 2600 family of movements is similar to the 2500 series, but with a higher beat rate of 21,600 bph vs the 2500’s 18,000. There is also a 2700 series with a similar framework as the 2500 and 2600 line, but with hi-beat offerings of 28,800 and 36,000 bph.

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