ISA 8172/220 Watch Caliber

ISA Caliber 8172/220

ISA 8172/220 Watch Caliber

ManufacturerISA
Caliber Number8172-220, 8172A
TypeQuartz
Lignes11 1/2”’
Diameter
25.60mm
Height
4.20mm thick
Battery Cell Number395 (SR927SW)
Stem401-1493 tap 10
Hand Sizes150/90/20
Jewels3
FunctionsHours, minutes, central chronograph seconds, small seconds at 3:00, 30 minute counter at 9:00, day subdial at 6:00, date at 4:00
Country of ManufactureSwitzerland (or China with Swiss Parts)
Known Models
Swiss Legend Neptune

The ISA caliber 8172/220 (aka 8712A) is a quartz chronograph watch movement. On their site, ISA calls the caliber 8172 a “Special Chrono”.

Resetting the Chronograph Hand to Zero:

After a battery change, it is common for a quartz chronograph hand to be off center. If this happens to your watch, try the following instructions. Please comment below if it works for you.

  1. Pull the crown out one click to position II (date setting position)
  2. Press pusher A (the top pusher) to advance the chronograph second hand forward. Holding this button in will advance the hand faster.
  3. Press pusher B (the bottom pusher) to advance the chronograph minute hand forward. Holding this button in will advance the hand faster.
  4. Push the crown back in.

Replacement Price:

At the time of this post, this movement was found at replacement prices of around $34.95 USD.

Caliber Commentary:

From a review by Jeff_C:

The watch comes equipped with a Swiss quartz ISA 8172-220 chronograph movement. The center second hand is used with the chronograph function and remains stationed at 12:00 when not in the chronograph mode. The sub dial at 1:00 displays the seconds. The sub dial at 6:00 has a nice day pointer complication that changes days at midnight and the dial at 10:00 is used to display minutes when in the chronograph mode. The watch has a 30 minute chronograph function. One feature I discovered that I enjoy is the resetting of the main second hand. Unlike many other movements that “snap” the chronograph second counter back in place, the ISA 8172 allows the second hand to “slowly” reset to its stationary position.

From a post by Penguin Pete:

ISA initially made mostly bottom end quartz modules; read no jewels and cost $1.00 to replace. From what I’ve read; around 2006; they reorganized; stopped mass producing cheap quartz modules and began making higher end chrono and multi function modules. The few reviews I’ve seen all suggest these newer modules with chronograph complications are pretty good.

Another from donciccio:

The ISA movement in question is a decent movement. Date @ 4 , day @ 6, 30 min chrono @ 10 , 3 jewels. I’m not a big fan of ISA per say , but as far as this one goes its not bad. Wholesale price on a replacement is about $35-$40.

Additional Images:

This photo is the same movement above but with the plastic movement holder. This is also what holds the chronograph pushers.

ISA 8172/220 Watch Movement

Additional Resources:

UPDATE – 10/2016: ISASWISS has announced that they are closing their business and will no longer be producing or supporting ISA movements.

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Chris Watch Collector
Chris Watch Collector
7 years ago

This looks very cool for a quartz movement. It might sound crazy but sometimes I think quartz movements should have an open back just like automatics.

Levi Örtvik
Levi Örtvik
4 years ago

I have an Invicta with this movement, where a big part is exposed, with goldplated wheels and cogs!

Larry
Larry
4 years ago
Reply to  Levi Örtvik

What is the model of Invicta?

Levi Örtvik
Levi Örtvik
4 years ago
Reply to  Levi Örtvik

It is the INVICTA Subaqua Black dial, black bezel – ref. 18235

Erdélyi László
Erdélyi László
7 years ago

A military hanova őrában ilyen van ,de hol vannak a kövek ? RONDA 5030 D?

László
László
4 years ago

Heló! Nekem egy EDOX defin van és szuper ! Az öltöny órám mechanic DOXA

John le Carré
John le Carré
1 year ago

English please, I can’t understand Magyar !

Edwin
Edwin
6 years ago

Buenas tardes Srs, quisiera saber cuanto vale la maquinaria de este rejol, Swiss Legend, ISA 8172

NESTOR HEINRICH
NESTOR HEINRICH
2 years ago
Reply to  Edwin

Edwin,me equivoque con el calendario es a las 4,ese es el correcto

John le Carré
John le Carré
1 year ago
Reply to  Edwin

Es una maquinaria comparamente simplistico.

Bert Kanne
Bert Kanne
4 years ago

I have one watch with this movement, a Insignum Tempus. Excellent quartz chrono movement

Jack Santoro
Jack Santoro
4 years ago

Mine died. It’s in an invicta. Found this site while looking for replacement. I think I got the watch about 10 years ago.

Christian Guggenberger
Christian Guggenberger
4 years ago

is there a diffenerce between ISA 8172 and ISA 8271 ? thank you for your reply!

Michael Brookes
Michael Brookes
3 years ago

I have this movement in my chronograph, seems to be a good movement.

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Ilan
Ilan
2 years ago

I have Swiss Made Rotary Les Originales based on this movement.

John le Carré
John le Carré
1 year ago

The ISA quartz calibers, as also the ISA 8172/220, are heavily used by Haas & Cie..
Alas, Haas & Cie. charges overpriced amounts of money for these relatively simple ISA movements, for instance in their Vitesse-watch.

Ian Watson
Ian Watson
1 year ago

Just took delivery of a NOS Swiss Legend with this one in, its got the horrible battery clamp that I always have issues with preferring the simple load and latch sort of battery retainers you find on Seiko etc

Ian Watson
Ian Watson
1 year ago
Reply to  Ian Watson

Forgot to mention it is a Swiss Legend Throttle Diamond in white, bottom subdial is day of week which is quite unusual on a chrono piece. Battery clamp was actually not hard as anticipated. Very unusual looking solid extra large watch and has the screw down crown which is different to most my quartz chrono’s.

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