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I've seen brand new watches that don't look as good as that. Very impressive.
As to the size of the parts, they are a real challenge on some of these tiny ladies movements.

You really need a microscope to inspect things like jewel holes (or at least, I do). The opportunity to loose something vital is also much higher.

I have a  Citizen Crystron Quartz in the todo pile. I've got the service manual, and also had a quick inspection of it. It has some really tiny bits, and I have no donor if anything vanishes.  Always a bit of a worry.

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13 minutes ago, AndyHull said:

I've seen brand new watches that don't look as good as that. Very impressive.
As to the size of the parts, they are a real challenge on some of these tiny ladies movements.

You really need a microscope to inspect things like jewel holes (or at least, I do). The opportunity to loose something vital is also much higher.

I have a  Citizen Crystron Quartz in the todo pile. I've got the service manual, and also had a quick inspection of it. It has some really tiny bits, and I have no donor if anything vanishes.  Always a bit of a worry.

Thanks Andy, I did use an old binocular microscope that my sister gave to me, it was being thrown out from a school where she worked at. Good look with your Citizen Crystron, no idea what they are but will look it up now, interesting name.

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8 hours ago, steve1811uk said:

Thanks Andy, I did use an old binocular microscope that my sister gave to me, it was being thrown out from a school where she worked at. Good look with your Citizen Crystron, no idea what they are but will look it up now, interesting name.

They are Citizen's early quartz watches.

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This is the one I'm working on.

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Today, just for a change I thought I'd give you a little bit of a miniature treat in the form of a 7''' 21600 Chaika 1601A Sekonda.

This movement is absolutely tiny, and the balance is so fragile that every time I picked it up I was sure I had probably done it a damage. But no,  it survived my somewhat clumsy cleaning and servicing and seems to be none the worse, and indeed much the better for it.

It was gummed up, had a very strong perfume odour and wouldn't wind when it came in a while back, and I had put it aside when I looked at the other recent Sekondas. It also had a missing crown, but the stem was still intact.

However it was too clean and new looking to simply put back in the junk pile, so I decided to risk servicing it, a task not for the faint hearted I might add.

This is a "zero coffee before you start" watch, as the slightest shake of the tweezers will send one of those tiny screws off in to the 5th dimension.

It cleaned up almost like new, the perfume smell has entirely gone, it has a new crown and I'm pretty happy with the performance. -15 to +20 sec/day and a swing of a little over 300 degrees, which I would say is pretty acceptable for a tiny movement like this.

This little thing was effectively free with a bunch of other stuff, so add in say 10p for the crown from my stash and ignore my time spent servicing it and it easily qualifies to join a number of other similar ladies watches in the 404 club.

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I had a little trouble with that link, so here is what it links to, just to save confusion. Nice watch though.
BTW  what happened to the "paste image from URL" option that used to be on the bottom of the WRT editor?
Thanks, I still haven't found an OEM bracelet. They're like hens teeth and usually very worn/loose. That is just a £10 no name interim.

I tried posting the usual way in Tapatalk by clicking the IMG button and inserting that URL but all it did was post the bare link. Not sure what's going on.
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Today its time for a Sekonda branded  Poljot 2460 based USSR quartz.

It had a few slight marks on the dial, but other than that, a good clean and polish and a fresh battery, I've not much else to say.


However if you want a little more ofthe story about USSR watches, then you could do worse than to click here -> https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/how-the-soviets-revolutionized-wristwatches/

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A Luch 2356 based Sekonda probably from around 1984 today.

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I thought it would be a 2356 from the ebay pictures, and I wasn't disappointed. It looks a whole lot better after a clean polish and service and of course once I ditched the hair puller band it came with.

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