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Hello all!

I am doing this because I couldn't find any detailed information on this caliber, except some general photos. So I sort of explored it. Yes, I was an explorer, so please forgive the clumsiness!

This is going to be more of a parts list presentation then a proper tutorial. I don't know what the parts are named, but I will try to explain what most of them do, from my understanding. Also this is the first time I opened a chronograph-like mechanism. It is a 24 ligne (55mm!!) russian rattrapante timer Slava 5498. Everything in it is huge comapared to any decent watch. It has 36000bph though so it is able to measure one tenth of a second, like a propper timer. It also has a Breguet hairspring on that huge balance wheel.

I will call the two seconds as follows: the master seconds (or the second (2nd) seconds wheel, because it's at the bottom) which runs continously if you start the timer and the slave seconds (or the first seconds wheel, because it is at the top) which stops when you press the left pusher and hurries back after the master seconds when you push it again. Beneath both of these seconds hands lies the minute wheel which records 30 minutes.


The middle pusher winds the timer. It also starts and stops the timer. When you press it, it both hacks the balance wheel and also hacks the master seconds wheel - it sort of needs two brakes to stop the beast :).

The left pusher stops the slave seconds wheel and, if pushed again, it allows it to quickly follow the master seconds wheel.

The right pusher works only when the timer is stopped (via the big knob in the middle) and it resets all the hands to 0, except for the slave seconds wheel which, if stopped (from the left pusher), it stays in place.


A couple of reference photos of the movement:



The following two levers stop and release the slave seconds hand. They are acted by that column wheel (it certainly looks like one, but it has fewer functions then in a column chronograph).


Next comes the spring that hold the column wheel in discreet positions, and the one that acts upon the lever that increments the column wheel:


Next comes left pusher lever together with its piece that increments the column wheel:


Next is the column wheel:



I now take out the dial. For the picture purpose I leave two screwdrivers inside the movement to indicate the dial feet screws. I didn't take a photo when I pulled out the hands using a presto tool.


Next I take out the slave seconds wheel and its cock.


It sure is a long seconds hand axle. Beneath it you can see the lever with its spring which helps it follow the cardioid (heart piece) on the master seconds wheel axle. That lever has a rectangular jewel at it's end to minimise the friction - if you look closely you can see it is damaged. Also the cock jewel isn't hallowed but it is a sort of cap jewel that doesn't even touch the axle.


Next I take out the intermediary chrono wheel:


Next I take out the master seconds bridge - it is held by three screws. I do not disassemble the whole thing because I don't know how at this moment.


To take out the Master seconds together with its bridge you need to stop the chronometer so the balance hack could get out of the way - so you could have access to the Master seconds hack screw to release it a bit so you could take the master seconds hack out of the way :) (long sentence!):


Next I wanted to release the tension from the mainspring but I didn't know how to. So I cheated! I took the movement out of the case and looked at it from its side (I will show you how to get the movement out too). So there is a cutting on the side of the movement in which you can see a click appear when you wind the watch. You must hold that click with a 0.8mm screw and release the mainspring tension in a controlled manner - at least this is what I did:


Now I show you how to get the movement out . It I expected two case screws but I was wrong. Russians used a simpler way: one screw combined with one stud.

You can see the one screw that has its head cut in half near the balance - you unscrew it and release the movement.


Now you can see the stud, diametrically opposed:


I forgot to tell you that I 3D-printed a movement holder for this 24 ligne movement:




Now you can better see the click:


Now I take the balance out. That is one big balance wheel!


And the pallets together with their bridge:


Next I take out the intermediary chrono wheel holder (the equivalent of the coupling clutch). Carefull! It is hold only in one screw the one from its right. The bottom one is an excentric. I learned it the hard way - it was a 50/50 chance and I didn't win :) 


Next I take out the driding wheel. You can see in the photo that the escape wheel and its cock are missing - I didn't take a photo of those.


Next I start on the main timer mechanism. I appreciate that all the springs are secured with  a screw. It helps quite a bit!

So you can see that it is a cam chrono after all, though the cam is also the balance hack. The column wheel is only for the slave seconds wheel operation.

The Master seconds reset hammer has a stud between it and the minute reset hammer on the bottom side - you cand see it right about in the middle of it - I will show it to you later.


I take out the sliding operating lever:



Then the cam and the reset-blocking lever:


Next goes the seconds hand reset hammer and the stud to the other side:


I also take out the springs for the sliding operating lever and the master seconds reset hammer - carefully - the screws are not the same!



I take out the train bridge. Check out the dirt! If you look closely, the ratchet wheel has two broken teeth - I didn't notice it before - the timer didn't present any problems during winding... russian stuff!


Barrel and mainspring:


I take out the crown wheel:


And the click and its spring. You can see between them a ratchet wheel tooth :) 



I didn't tell you but in the mean time, on the bottom side, I had taken out the minute heart. It angages the minute wheel via a spring and it permits the recording of minutes and the reset of the minute recorder. It resembles a canon pinion with a different design and purpose.



The bottom side:


I take the hammer and lever out:



Finally, the parts list:



I will let you know how it goes when I will put it back together.


Thank you,







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That's looking very good and you have many photos to help you put it back with no parts left out.:D In my day I would have to memorize it all.:pulling-hair-out: The mainspring looks slightly out of shape and tired, I would replace it.

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Any advice on what oil to use and where on the chrono parts? I think the  parts a bigger and the forces are greater then on a normal hand chronograph. Do I oil like I would do the equivalent parts on Venus 175, for example?

Let's say I have M9010, HP1300, M9415, M9504, Molikote Dx.


Thank you,


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Does anybody have any opinion about what should I use to oil the cardioids for the minute recorder and the Master seconds? Do I use Molykote Dx or HP1300? I don't have D5.

Do I put 9010 on the cardioid on which the slave seconds lever pushes against? Or do I put Molykote/HP1300? Do I oil the Slave seconds cock cap jewel? Or leave it dry? What about the slave seconds axle? 9010?

Do I use Moebius 9504 between the minute recorder (that canon pinion look-alike) and the Master seconds axle? 

What about the column wheel? HP1300 or Molykote?

I suppose 9010 on the  intermediary chrono wheel will do fine, same for the forth wheel and escape wheel; HP1300 on the third and second wheel (minute recorder).

9415 on the pallets; Do I oil the pallets axel? Never done it before, but this is a bug movement.

Now, what about all the shoulder screws that hold most of the levers and hammers? The sliding operatin lever? HP1300 or M9504?


Thank you,


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  • 4 weeks later...
2 hours ago, JohnR725 said:

You 3d printed the movement holder where did the file come from for you to do that?

I did it myself. It's quite easy. In OpenScad. It's just that one has to tweak the holes dimensions depending on the materials he's got (I used M4 8cm-long screws, two 7mm-in-diameter M5 nuts, etc). I attached the files.



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Outstanding on your choice of software as I've worked with that and when I get a chance I'll look at the files. I was eyeing the movement holder for 18 size pocket watches as my current holder will only go up to 16 size.

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Moebius 9010:

balance pivots
escape wheel pivots
fourth wheel pivots
intermediary chrono wheel pivots
Master seconds wheel axle
Slave chrono wheel axle
Slave chrono cardioid


Barrel arbor
Minute wheel
third wheel
crown wheel
winding stem
clutch wheel
winding pinion
hammer springs
hammer shouldered screws
sliding operating lever
column wheel

Moebius 9504:

minute cardioid
master seconds cardioid
minute cardioid canon
minute recorder hammer 

Moebius 9415


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