Swatch Moonswatch Caliber Eta G10 211 212 Quartz Movement

What movement is in the Swatch MoonSwatch?

Swatch Moonswatch Caliber Eta G10 211 212 Quartz Movement

What movement is inside the Swatch MoonSwatch?

Caliber Corner has been inundated with emails and DMs asking questions about the caliber powering the new Omega X Swatch Speedmaster collaboration. Here is what we know: The Swatch MoonSwatch is using an ETA quartz chronograph movement. Despite all of the press from the major watch blogs and magazines, not one (even the publications who had exclusive hands-on opportunities with the watches ahead of launch, as well as one-on-one interviews with the designers. Swatch Group needs to add Caliber Corner to the press list!) has reported pertinent information such as the exact caliber powering the ceramic Speedy, but we’re digging into it to help further the mission of this site: To Spread Movement Awareness.

MoonSwatch Caseback

The caseback of the Swatch MoonSwatch Speedmaster states that the movement is Swiss Made and has 4 jewels. There is an ETA shield logo next to a V8 marking. V8 is used by ETA movements that are of Swiss Origin. Read more about V8 movements here.

Each caseback of the MoonSwatch series features artwork with the planet the watch is based on. The circular planetary image is actually the battery cover. Instead of having to remove the entire caseback either by prying or unscrewing it, only the small circle cover needs to be pried off so a fresh battery can be installed.

MoonSwatch Caliber

We still do not have a watch on hand to strip down, but our research has determined that the caliber in the MoonSwatch is likely an ETA caliber G10.212. You may also see this caliber number written as G10.211. That is the older caliber number and is supposed to be discontinued. The new caliber G10.212 replaces caliber G10.211. Read about the ETA caliber G10.212 here.

Here is what the movement looks like when it is flipped upside down and placed side-by-side with a MoonSwatch caseback…

Moonswatch Caliber G10 212 Quartz Movement Swatch

No Date

There is one main difference between the MoonSwatch functionality VS the production units of the G10.211/G10.212 movements available from ETA: the MoonSwatch is a no date watch but the G10.211/212 has a date.

That means, either ETA created an entirely separate caliber number without a date, or they are using the same base caliber but without the date functionality. It’s unlikely that a big brand like Omega (or Swatch) would ever put out a watch with a phantom datewheel, especially when they are both owned by the same conglomerate that owns the movement manufacturer. At least we know for sure that the MoonSwatch has the same configuration as the G10.211/212.

Chronograph

This caliber has different chronograph configurations available: a 30 minute counter or a 60 minute counter – both use the same base caliber number G10.212. They chose to use the 60 minute chronograph subdial version of this movement rather than the version with the 30 minute counter – even though the original Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has a 30 minute totalizer. Read more about the G10.212 chrono variations here.

Why this movement?

The MoonSwatch is a product of Swatch which is a watch brand owned by the Swatch Group. The Swatch Group also owns the movement manufacturer ETA. The movement in the MoonSwatch is an ETA.

Is this a good movement?

This is widely debated amongst the watch community, especially since this movement is found in so many watches ranging from Invicta to microbrands. In the past, Caliber Corner community members have commented that their G10 watches are reliable and they love the movement, others say it’s junk with an ugly design. The consensus is all over the place, but to each their own!

If it is indeed an ETA caliber G10.212, the retail replacement cost is about $50. This caliber is considered to be non-repairable, but that depends on the repair needed. Worst case, it can just be swapped with a new movement by your watchmaker if the watch is out of warranty (2 years). Many collectors would like to see a Seiko mechaquartz chronograph with a smooth seconds hand, but there are some disadvantages to those movements too. The G10 family of quartz chronograph movements has decent battery life (just don’t leave the chrono hand running all the time), it’s easy to reset the second hand to zero, and they are readily available if you need to replace it.

Additional Resources:

If you happen to get a MoonSwatch opened before we do, please submit pictures here.


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ETA Caliber G10.212 Watch Movement | Caliber Corner
10 months ago

[…] the Omega X Swatch affordable quartz Speedmaster, members of the watch community have been asking what movement powers the Swatch MoonSwatch? As of launch day, neither Omega nor Swatch have mentioned the caliber number. None of the blogs who […]

Coolio
Coolio
10 months ago

I wonder if I can retrofit a Seagull mechanism inside?

Remi
Remi
10 months ago

Excellent post!

MattR
MattR
10 months ago

A consensus is just that. “The consensus is all over the place” means there is no consensus. Picking nits yes, but c’mon, words matter.

Bradley
Bradley
10 months ago
Reply to  MattR

Words matter so keep yours to yourself. Useless comment.

MattR
MattR
10 months ago
Reply to  Bradley

Right back atcha! Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. You could have taken the feedback from a former magazine editor to heart, let the author read it and file it away. But no, you had to pile onto a comment that was factually correct, if not interesting to you, and make it a thing. I get that editing and oversight is pretty much a thing of the past now that it’s all… Read more »

Bradley
Bradley
10 months ago
Reply to  MattR

Another useless comment. This is a watch site, not a Grammarly Meetup. Take your trolling someplace else.

MattR
MattR
10 months ago
Reply to  Bradley

Thank you for you comment. This isn’t trolling. I read the entire article. What makes your comment any less more valuable than mine? I love a good movement. The mechanical beauty that the great packaging present in nice calibers is a wonder to behold. This article was pure speculation based on the support of the location of the battery cover and the common ownership via the swatch group. They them point out the calibre suggested… Read more »

Bradley
Bradley
10 months ago
Reply to  MattR

Your grammar isn’t anything to write home about.

Tom
Tom
7 months ago
Reply to  Bradley

Matt is being polite, you are not. I see you went out of the way to upvote your own posts and downvote his too. For someone complaining about someone else’s comments, your own comments are less productive. Pot calling the kettle black much? You’re the internet troll here, Bradley. Look in the mirror before casting more stones.

switchblade
switchblade
9 months ago
Reply to  Bradley

I don’t know if that is necessary

Ribb
Ribb
10 months ago
Reply to  MattR

I completely agree that words do matter, especially in this age of fake news. But this is FACTS, we have a CONSENSUS on the relevant material used in print and all forms of literature and description. Be the change.

MattR
MattR
10 months ago
Reply to  Ribb

I love it. I hope you noticedy other post about going by the SF store, and that if I end up with one in hand I’ll be happy to open it and share.

Bradley
Bradley
10 months ago
Reply to  MattR

Your grammar is horrendous. Stop commenting, it is not enjoyable to read.

Roy Benny
Roy Benny
10 months ago
Reply to  Ribb

I 100% agree with you here. I learned a lot on this post about the battery cover and what the text on the back is. I wouldn’t have known the G10212 was a replacement for the G10211. That’s useful for me in case the movement stops working and can’t be repaired. The V8 meaning was new to me too. Fake news would be if it said IT IS DEFINITELY A G10212. What I like about… Read more »

Words o'clock
Words o'clock
10 months ago
Reply to  MattR

A consensus is a general agreement. Have you not heard of a mixed consensus or the consensus being a mixed bag? In this comment thread there is a mixed consensus on the way the word consensus ought to be used. G10s have always had a mixed consensus. People love it or hate it but is it a good mvmt? I heard yes and I heard no. You could say the consensus is all over the… Read more »

MattR
MattR
10 months ago

I tried to go to the SF Swatch store on Sat at about 11:30 am. The line was over 100 people long
No mayhem like in London or Singapore, but I blew it off to go sailing at watch the SailGP races.

If I do get one before other have posted a case open photo,I’ll share.

MoonStruck
MoonStruck
10 months ago

Thanks for this post! I don’t really care what movement they use, I want one so bad! When can I buy it online from Swatch or Omega? I can’t afford the auctions I see online right now.

K
K
7 months ago
Reply to  MoonStruck

Right to repair should be a consideration in all decisions. The environment etc.

Yuri
Yuri
9 months ago

Mission to Uranus, no thanks!

Andy
Andy
9 months ago

Brilliant post. It told me what I wanted to know. The Omega + Swatch watch edition looks great, but without an Omega mechanism it is just a Swatch. Not for me.

dude with a watch
dude with a watch
9 months ago

I wonder if the MoonSwatch dial & movement can be fitted to a nicer stainless case…

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Paul Apple
Paul Apple
8 months ago

Let’s not pretend this is anything more than a standard unserviceable £160 plastic/part ceramic quartz chrono pretending to be a mechanical Omega 30x its price. The hype and scalping is both ridiculous and moronic.

Devon
Devon
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul Apple

I gave up on the MoonSwatch for that same reason and bought a luminox chronograph instead. I think this site says its has a Ronda but I haven’t opened it up yet. So far it’s great.

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8 months ago

[…] Quarzwerk. Swatch gibt hierzu keine weiteren Informationen ab, nach Informationen der Internetseite Caliber Corner scheint es sich beim MoonSwatch Kaliber jedoch um ein adaptiertes ETA G10.212 Kaliber zu […]

Yamen
Yamen
3 months ago

Seems a junk watch tbh

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