Posted on November 04 2013
For many years the Swiss and some German companies have had the market cornered when it came to high-quality and reliable automatic watch movements. This all changed around the middle of the 20th century when a then small company from China by the name of Seagull began making automatic watches in the far east. Since that time the Seagull Company has produced some of the finest watch movements in the world and these have gone primarily unnoticed or were able to float under the radar of many watch connoisseurs.
Seagull began in 1955. Through the years the company has exhibited its expertise in a number of ways and has been honored as a top 500 business and first-class enterprise in China. Seagull's technical expertise and the fact that their factory holds 2000 pieces of machinery, allow the company to produce automatic watch movements ranging from high-end complications and movements to quarter repeaters and even minute repeaters. In this setting, Seagull manufactures the ST 2130 automatic movement.
Across Europe and Asia Seagull watches have a strong following under its own trade name, however in the United States the watches have not attained the same level of market appeal. That said, the movements themselves are incredibly high-performing and durable, and are one of the ways Smith & Bradley can provide to its customers they blend of both form and function at a reasonable price.
After testing numerous movements including the venerated ETA 2824-2 movement, we have decided to use the ST 2130 movement due to its dependability and it's accuracy along with its high jeweling. We believe that this movement stacks up well against, and in many situations surpasses it's counterparts and is so durable and robust that it can live up to even the most stringent conditions (and live up to the Smith & Bradley Warranty). Furthermore, and most importantly, due to the changes that have recently occurred the Swiss movement making industry, especially due to the efforts of the Swatch group to control the quantity of ETA movements on the market, the Seagull movement is a far more reasonable choice that allows us to keep our watches more affordable without sacrificing any quality.
We've utilized to Seagull ST 2130 in the Gray Gaulding limited-edition Atlantis and the movement has held up wonderfully. Building on the success we decided to use the ST 2130 movement again in our American designed, American built Atlantis that will be debuting on Kickstarter in a few short weeks.
For more information about Seagull movements check out their website, as well as the many discussions on the many international watch forms. Stay posted for pictures of the New Atlantis.