What is the difference between Sellita caliber SW200 and SW200-1?
In 2008, Sellita published a document about the evolution of the caliber SW200automatic mechanism to the SW200-1.
According to watch movement manufacturer, the goal for the change is to:
Minimize wear and tear of the wheels in the automatic chain changing the tooth profile.
Which parts were changed?
The changes to the -1 variation include making modifications to the following components of the movement:
Axis of reduction wheel (1481)
Axis and wheel of ratchet wheel driving wheel (1482)
Ratchet wheel (415)
According to the documentation, other than the three components pictured above, all other parts of the caliber SW200 are interchangeable with the SW200-1. When performing maintenance or repair, these three components should be changed together to maintain functionality of the gear chain.
The gears on the original SW200 are following normal standards, however, Sellita found that each individual tooth has “slim geometry” and have been known to get damaged due to strong shocks to the watch. The new gear design provides power transmission equal to the SW200, but they strengthened the tooth geometry to reduce the risk of damage from strong shock.
The change of version is part of our ongoing improvement strategy to optimize the performance of our calibers. -Sellita
Despite the evolution and changes from SW200 to SW200-1, the same issues are still being experienced with the teeth being broken off of the ratchet wheels/gears as a result of hand-winding the movement.
Below is a picture of an SW200-1 ratchet wheel found in a microbrand watch that was produced in 2019.
The wheel on the left was the damaged part that came in the watch. The wheel to the right was the new part ordered for the repair.
To remedy this issue, you will need a new ratchet wheel. This is what an original and authentic part #415 looks like from Sellita.
Comment below if you have experienced this issue in your watch. Please be as specific as possible: brand, how often you hand wind, when the teeth became damaged, etc.
When did Sellita SW200 become SW200-1?
As mentioned above, Sellita began this change as far back as 2008. There is some confusion online about this date because the top of Sellita’s tech sheets say “R&D 08.04.13.” This was likely a revision date. The date of the actual document was 19.08.2008 (August 19, 2008). Sellita no longer provides tech sheets for the SW200, but the most recent one we found was from 2007. We also found an SW200-1 tech sheet from 2010. Therefore, it turns out that the SW200-1 is what most of the watch community is used to.