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Gryf last won the day on March 18 2019

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About Gryf

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  • Birthday 04/05/1956

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  1. You have a gem there! That Wittnauer is really a lovely piece, and I like the transistor symbol on the dial. Reminds me of when I was a kid in the sixties, and having a “transistor radio” was a Cool Thing. I see that the drive mechanism is very similar to the Luch electromechanicals. On a related note, one of my Luch watches is engraved on the back too... in Russian, so I have no idea what it says; but yeah, every one of our watches has a story. Cheers, Gryf
  2. FLwatchguy73 - By no means am I an authority on the Luch Electromechanical, but if you check out this thread on the WatchUSeek forum, there’s some useful info: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f10/luch-3055-opinions-discussions-2700305.html it’s definitely a fascinating model, and I really like the styling. But they can also be stubborn and quirky. If you get a good one, great! Otherwise you’re looking at a project and a learning experience. Fortunately I like learning, and I can be stubborn too. When I was an IT support guy for our local school district, my motto was “Numquam apparatus esse victor...” essentially, “Never let the machine win.” That applies equally to PCs and weird old watches. ;-) Gryf
  3. As mentioned above, I recently added another Luch 3055 to the fleet... and surprisingly, I didn’t have to do very much to it when it arrived from Ukraine. The date was changing over at around 8:30, so it was off with the hands for a reset. While I was at it, the second hand, which had faded from its original red to a dirty gold, received a lick of paint. And now, after a bit of futzing with the battery clip, it’s running dependably and has become my daily. I was lucky to find one with the original strap, carrying a little “spark” logo on the clasp. With the repainted second hand, it looks quite pristine and wears very nicely. Gryf
  4. Balaton... I don’t know if you’re still having trouble restarting your Luch after setting it, but I may have something to offer. I’m now wearing another 3055 (the watchmaker was unable to diagnose the glitch with the previous one), and this one was also difficult to restart after setting it. I noticed that it would start if I pressed in firmly on the crown, thus applying pressure to the little switch that opens the battery circuit when you pull out the crown. I finally opened the watch, and found that by rotating the battery clip a bit, current would be restored and the watch would start. It’s running dependably now. Hope this helps! Gryf
  5. Impressive indeed! I’m wearing a Sekonda as we speak. It’s a nice looker, as well as being fairly accurate. gryf
  6. Interesting... I have my own Luch 3055 in the shop right now. It began to run intermittently, then stopped... so I gave it a good cleaning and lube, and now while the electronics drive the balance successfully, and the pallet fork is actuating normally, drive isn’t transferring to the train wheels. Interestingly, our local watchmaker is from Minsk, where the Luch was made. gryf
  7. Interesting photos and stories. I have a Sekonda and a Slava that share the same movement and case design, although they differ in the details. Both are automatic winding, with day/date display. They're nice to wear, and relatively accurate.
  8. Thanks for the advice! I just found a very near equivalent from Cousins, so I ordered that, and await with crossed fingers. That said, I'll certainly check out CAS-KER and Scotchwatch. Cheers, Gryf
  9. Nice looking Casio! Interestingly, I have the same model in gold. It was one of a batch that my brother gave me, and appears to have been used lightly, if at all. It’s absolutely pristine. Gryf
  10. Hi, all. I'm almost finished with a rebuild of an old Kirovskie; I think it dates to the 1950s or thereabouts. The movement is now healthy, but I've found that the mainspring is very weak, so I need to replace it. Hence the question... where do you folks usually order mainsprings? I bought one from Jules Borel a while back when rebuilding a Seiko, but their catalog and order process are rather opaque. For what it's worth, the spring measures in at 287mm x 1.4mm x .09mm. It has a T-end with a slot. Any advice will be appreciated! Thanks, Gryf
  11. No logo on the crown... I looked. I suggested to my brother that this may be a Faux-mega (ha), but he pointed out that the uncle who owned it was known to live large, and to own a fake watch wasn’t in his nature. He also mentioned that the Uncle was well up in the executive ranks of his business, and that this might have been a customized presentation model from the management. All I know is that I can’t find anything remotely like it online. Soo... a puzzlement. He did verify that it’s a spring-wound movement and not quartz. He had a watchmaker inspect it a while back, and it was verified as an Omega. Gryf
  12. Here’s an interesting piece... it belongs to my sister-in-law, who inherited it from an uncle. My brother was unable to find any info on it, so while I’m visiting them I thought I’d post some pics and see what you folks think. It’s badged as an Omega, but there are no other markings on dial or case. Note the faceted crystal too. I’d have photographed the movement, but I’m away from home and tools. Ignore the Timex strap... Cheers, Gryf
  13. Following up - we're all set with a new autowind module, thanks to an eBay vendor parting out a 6106C. Now for a new mainspring... I was out of town for several days and project Seiko lost momentum. I hope to get it wrapped up shortly, and wear my college watch again! ;-) thanks again, Gryf
  14. Thanks, Dadistic! I found that same data sheet myself yesterday, so we're on the right track. I also found some suitable parts watches on eBay, but I won't be able to get back to it until next week. Cheers, Gryf
  15. Oops, too late to edit. My movement is the 6106C, so I'll search accordingly. Thanks again, Gryf
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