All about the ETA 2893 automatic movement

Introduction to the ETA movement manufacture

ETA is a Swiss watch company founded in 1793. It specializes in the production of watch movements and has long been considered one of the leaders in the sector. The acronym ETA stands for Elegance, Technology, Accuracy which can be translated as elegance, technology and precision in good French.

In 1985, ETA was acquired by the Swatch Group, which is today the largest manufacturer of watches and movements in the world. The ETA manufacture is renowned for its high quality movements and for having supplied movements to many watch brands. For a long time, the ETA factory equipped all the watchmaking houses of the Swatch group but also other watchmaking houses that did not belong to the Swiss giant. Recently, it has become more complicated to obtain ETA movements because the company has now chosen to produce only for the brands of the Swatch group.

Today, the ETA company capitalizes on its unique know-how in order to develop new industrialization technologies and to create manual or automatic quartz and mechanical movements entirely made in Switzerland.

Explanation of the GMT functionality on a watch!

Let's talk a bit about GMT functionality before we talk about the ETA Caliber 2893-2 GMT.

The GMT feature, which stands for Greenwich Mean Time, allows the time to be read in two different time zones on the same watch. It is particularly useful for frequent travelers and people who work abroad. Most GMT watches have an additional hand that indicates a second time zone and this hand most often turns 24 hours. 

The GMT time can be consulted on a 24-hour graduated bezel, like on the famous GMT Master II from the watchmaker Rolex. With this system it is easy to have the time of two countries at a glance.

Presentation of the ETA 2893-2 GMT movement

The ETA 2893-2 GMT movement is a high quality Swiss automatic movement manufactured by the ETA manufactory. It is equipped with a GMT function, which makes it possible to read the time in two different time zones. The ETA 2893-2 movement is an evolution of the ETA 2892-A2 movement, which is considered one of the best automatic watch movements. The ETA 2893-2 movement has equipped a large number of watches with GMT function, but not only. At Gustave et Cie, we use this movement in our 24h Jules automatic watch.

ETA 2893-2 movement

ETA 2893-2 GMT Movement Features List

In order to go into a little more detail, here are the characteristics of the movement ETA 2893-2 GMT :

  • Diameter: 25,6 mm
  • Height: 4,1 mm
  • Frequency: 28 vibrations per hour
  • Power reserve: around 42 hours
  • Number of rubies: 21
  • Functions: Hour, Minutes, Seconds, Date, GMT
  • Anti-shock system: Incabloc

Some watches that work with the ETA 2893-2 movement

The ETA 2893-2 GMT movement is used by many watch brands. 

The Tissot Heritage Navigator is an elegant watch equipped with the ETA 2893-3 GMT movement which is a variant of the caliber 2893-2. It has a 43 mm diameter stainless steel case and a brown leather strap.

We also find the Hamilton Khaki Navy GMT is a diver's watch equipped with the ETA 2893-1 GMT movement. It has a 42mm diameter stainless steel case, black rubber strap and water resistance to 300 meters.

Finally, more and more young brands are also offering affordable watches with the quality and reliability of this 100% Swiss-made movement. The Farer watch brand also uses the ETA 2893 caliber on their Roché automatic watch.

The ETA 2893-2 GMT movement at Gustave & Cie?

At Gustave & Cie we have also chosen to use this Swiss movement in our latest collection of automatic watches, Jules collection.

Previously equipped with a Vostok caliber (Russian), we have now chosen to turn to Switzerland for our 24-hour automatic watch. We only use the GMT hand of the ETA 2893-2 movement in order to obtain a single-hand 24-hour display. This Swiss movement allows us to offer a reliable and elegant watch entirely assembled in our workshops in Besançon. 

In conclusion, the ETA 2893-2 GMT automatic watch movement is an excellent choice for watch enthusiasts who want to spend time on a Swiss Made movement. With its high quality features and proven reliability, the ETA 2893-2 GMT movement makes it possible to afford a beautiful automatic watch all within a relatively reasonable budget.

9 thoughts on “All about the ETA 2893 automatic movement”

  1. Paul-Andre Lazure

    I am very interested in your Jules watch and I salute your choice of a new ETA movement to equip it.
    Please send me all the marketing information for this new production at Gustave.


  2. Hello,

    The Swiss movement being already planned for the date complication, why not adopt it in this watch?

    1. Hello,

      Indeed, Caliber ETA-2893 does have a date window, but for aesthetic reasons and in order not to overload the dial, we preferred not to use it. Maybe for a future version 😉

    1. Hello,
      This a True GMT caliber and the GMT function works with the intern bezel on our Jules collection ! Not with the hands. The hands is a 24 hour hands for our single hand concept !
      Best Regards

  3. Hello,
    if I understood correctly, you only keep the GMT hand of the caliber to display the 24 hours.
    But has the movement been simplified, or does it continue to rotate the h/m/s axes, but without the hands mounted on them?

    I love the Jules series, and I'm thinking of putting an option on it soon.
    See you soon at the store in Paris!

    1. Hello,

      Indeed, that's right, we haven't touched the movement.
      The axes continue to turn but we only use the GMT hand to show the 24 hours of the day.

      Available if needed, we will be delighted to welcome you to the store!

  4. Hello.
    Is the ETA 2893 antimagnetic?
    I have it in a Slow Watch automatic and would possibly use a millanaise bracelet, but the clasp is magnetic, hence the question.
    Thank you.
    With kind regards,

    1. Hello,
      We haven’t had any feedback about possible magnetism problems on the 2893 movement. Furthermore, we believe that the magnetic clasp on the bracelet is not strong enough to disrupt the movement.
      Kind regards.
      The GUSTAVE team

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