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Old 08-21-2017, 10:56 AM   #1
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Hey Doc, tell us....... What prompted your decision to go with Ebel?
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I ask myself that question often. The 38mm + case size is perfect for my skinny wrists, for starters. Beyond that, there's a certain desirable quirkiness to the brand. The watches I have are all from around '96-97, when Ebel was definitely a playa in the luxury mechanical watch world. They've since fallen on hard times, and in fact, sold their in-house mechanical movement to Ulysse Nardin, who didn't have one. I think you can still get mechanicals from Ebel, but they're purchasing the movements back from UN.
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Very interesting!

I just learned something new. Never knew about Ebel selling their in-house movements to Ulyssee Nardin. And I never knew that Ulyssee Nardin did not have a mechanical movement of their own.

Ok. So it appears that I learned two new things here.
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Just for yoo, a quick wristy from today. The cases are perfect for my stem.

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They sold the movement and the manufacturing tooling to UN, which means they are no longer a true manufacture, and now UN is. A small distinction, but it goes to bragging rights.
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Here's another little fun fact. For about a ten year period during which Zenith was kind of in manufacturing limbo, they sold EP movements to anybody who wanted them, including Ebel and more notably, Rolex, for use in the Daytona. Both brands wanted bragging rights, so in the mid '90s they both developed their own chrono movements, and they both were essentially slower cycling knockoffs of the EP. All of my Ebels have this in-house caliber. For some reason, they seem to price higher than the EP Ebels.
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I did know about Rolex using the Zenith produced movement in the overpriced Daytona.
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Zenith does make some beautiful movements I must say!
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Like I said, for about a 20-year period, Ebel was running with the big dogs. By the mid to late '90's they were at their peak.
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So were they smart for capitalizing on their time running with the big dogs and cashing out? Or were they stupid for not hanging on to their movements?

What are your thoughts?
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OK, the rumor that I "heard", was that the head guy at Ebel started living a bit too highly off the hog, and the company ran into $$ troubles. I doubt that they sold off their in-house movement if they were financially healthy. In any event, they made a decision a few years back to concentrate more on ladies' fashion watches with quartz movements, as opposed to trying to keep up with the highly competitive luxury watch segment. Their pieces nowadays would be at the high end of the segment that includes Michael Kors - type watches, along with names like Chopard. Still precious metals and diamonds, etc, just not with the panache that comes with an in-house mechanical movement. Pity.
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Like I said before, Ebels were big on our favorite family show.

OK, here are just a few scenes wherein Ebel is either seen or spoken about.

Joey Peeps funeral. Johnny Sack is wearing a gold one on a bracelet.( Btw, this is maybe the best acting I've ever seen anywhere, provided by Vince Curatola, who plays Johnnny Sack.)


Little Paulie brags about getting Ebel watches right before Eugene Pontecorvo beats the crap out of him.


Here, Christopher tells Tony that Adriana has been talking to the Feds, while wearing a yellow gold Ebel, like mine. Yoo gotta look quick around the 3:30 mark.
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Funny, after being a loyal Sopranos fan I never even knew that sported Ebel watches. In fact, I didn't even know anything about them until Doc bought one and I got to hold the solid gold one in my hands at Yuries.
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My AD used to carry Ebel, and I had one for awhile. I rather fancied the piece.
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