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By Derek Hadfield
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Go U.S.A.!  In 2011 it was decided that the ETA 6498 project watch I assembled at the NAWCC's School of Horology in Columbia, PA, was good enough to submit to the 2011 International Chronometry Contest in Switzerland http://www.watch-around.com/en/subscribers-zone/magazine/article/chronometrie-2011-contenders-line-up-for-precision-title.html the first time an American student was allowed to do so.  The watch I entered was modified with the addition of a chronometer grade balance wheel, escape wheel,  roller table, and hairspring. Now you can own the same ETA 6498 (or 6497) movement (without the modifications) in a watch of custom design. Pick your dial, hands, case and specific movement to create your own unique custom watch.  

The ETA (formerly Unitas) 6498 (the 6497 is identical but has a seconds hand at the 9 o'clock position) is a reliable movement that has been around since the 1950s.  It has been used in a number of high-quality (and high priced) watches including Panerai.  Now you can build your own genuine ETA 6498/7 powered custom timepiece.

Some of the many parts available for your custom design.
Some of the many parts available for your custom design.


The stainless steel display back cases are a sturdy 41mm ( the 41mm case is available only in silver color) or 45mm and may be either gold or silver colored. There are 3 different case choices.  Cases can also be supplied with either mineral glass or sapphire crystals (sapphire crystals are available for an extra $70 ). 

All cases have display backs. These are the plain movements.
All cases have display backs. These are the plain movements.
Deluxe finish. Also available in a silver color.
Deluxe finish. Also available in a silver color.

Dials are available in 2 styles of silver or 2 styles of black with seconds hand at 6 or 9 o'clock, for a total of 8 different dials.

Here are 5 of the 8 dial styles available. It's also available in black w/ a 24 hour inside track.
Here are 5 of the 8 dial styles available. It's also available in black w/ a 24 hour inside track.

There are 22 varieties of hand choices available.  

Lineup of hand options.
Lineup of hand options.

Movements are available in 7 styles; Plain silver finish, hammered silver finish, hammered gold finish, deluxe silver finish, deluxe gold finish, nickel engraved skeleton,  and gold engraved skeleton. Skeleton movements are not equipped with dials, so the mechanism is visible through the front crystal.  All the cases have a clear case back so the movement is visible.

This skeleton movement is also available in a gold color.
This skeleton movement is also available in a gold color.

My goal is to raise $5,000 to order to continue to sell custom watches, and also to buy the equipment needed in order to build other custom watches.

Please feel free to contact me.

Wristshot of the 41mm case.
Wristshot of the 41mm case.

Risks and challenges

I have the accounts set up with the vendors to supply all the needed parts. My only worry is that demand will exceed the supply of parts, but the ETA 6497/98 is a popular movement, so I doubt that will happen. In the unlikely event there is some shortage, I will quickly look to find other suppliers for the specific parts I need. I am ready to meet any demand.

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    Custom ETA 6497 or 6498 with plain movement, your choice of dial, 41mm silver colored stainless steel display back case and your choice of hands.
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    Custom ETA 6497 or 6498 with hammered finish movement, your choice of dial, 41mm silver colored stainless steel display back case and your choice of hands. You can choose from either a silver or gold colored movement, and seconds had at 6 or 9 o'clock. International shipping will cost an extra $50.

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    Custom ETA 6497 or 6498 with plain movement, your choice of dial, 44mm stainless steel display back case in rose gold PVD or silver, and your choice of hands. You can choose from either a silver or gold colored plain movement, and seconds hand at 6 or 9 o'clock. International shipping will cost an extra $50.

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    Custom ETA 6497 or 6498 with fancy movement, your choice of dial, 41mm silver color stainless steel display back case and your choice of hands. The fancy movement has been decorated with straight line damaskeening and has blued screws. You can choose from either a silver or gold colored fancy movement with blued screws, and seconds hand at 6 or 9 o'clock. International shipping will cost an extra $50.

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    Skeletonized ETA 6497 or 6498. Skeleton watches require no dial, your choice of hands and 44mm stainless steel case (rose gold PVD or silver colored). Silver or gold colored movement.

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