Recommended Posts

Hy all,

I have 2 molnija pocket watches, the older one is a 15 jewel 443, the newer one is maybe a 17-18 jewel and 3602. The 443 is from Cseljabinszk. Prod date maybe 1950-1960, at the back cower are 2 scratches, you can see at the photo, but I draw them to see better. The newer is maybe prod at 1970-1985. Both are working well, but I haven't got the information from the last cleaning, how much were they used... etc.

I want to find the origin of my watches and the exact properties. Can anyone help me in this topic? 

  • Power reserve
  • Number of jewels
  • Accuracy
  • Production time
  • Reliability
  • Recommended cleaning, if I will use it every day

Thank you in advance for your help
(Sorry for my bad english, it’s not my mother language.)

19840112_1611907148851503_1282252841_o.jpg

IMG_20160803_181141.jpg

19866969_1611908288851389_1155195906_o.jpg

19894459_1611876705521214_1125388396_n.png

IMG_20140712_154146.jpg

IMG_20140712_154210.jpg

IMG_20140712_154219.jpg

IMG_20140712_154014.jpg

IMG_20170711_063947.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Try here;

http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&2&2uswk&Molnia_3602

and here;

http://forums.watchuseek.com/f10/different-variants-molnija-3602-movement-390461.html

and here;

https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/guide/company/molnija/serial-number-lookup

and here;

http://cgi.linuxfocus.org/~guido/molnija-pocket-watch/

further googling for "Molnija" or "soviet pocket watch" etc will bring up tons of info.

They're quite nice watches, maybe a little under rated.

 

Edited by Marc
additional info

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for the links.
Can you give me some informations about the back cower scratches?

If I want to use these watches every day, should i clean the mechanism yearly or maybe more ofen? What is the Recommended cleaning?

How mutch would cost for the older one? (total cleaning)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I gave to my first two monilja watches a recommended cleaning and for my oldest watch a new plexi. I have the original plexi too.
The clockworks are in very good condition.

 

443.JPG

443_2.JPG

443_3.JPG

su.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you. I think, i don't want to replace the dial. I want to have this watch so original as much i can. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Recently Browsing

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Hmmm. We’ve all had that happen. The movement isn’t securely attached to the dial and when the movement moves outward at all, the dial pulls the hands off. You will have to remove the movement/dial once you get the stem out. Then you can reattach the hands.
      Look into that oblong hole to the right side of the stem in your photo. Watch inside it when you pull the stem in and out and you should see a tiny lever with a really tiny hole in it moving back and forth. There even may be an arrow on the movement pointing toward that hole. When you see the lever plainly and see the hole in it, put a toothpick tip or tiny screwdriver tip and apply a little pressure there. Then the stem should slip right out. That hole sometimes appears when the stem is pulled in the setting position, sometimes in the normal position. That’s why you have to pull the stem in and out to see when it appears. After you get everything out, you can fit the hands back in place, noting the proper position for their placement so they line up properly. Hour hand on an hour marker and minute hand at 12. Seconds should be at 12 when the minute hand is on a minute marker. At least you don’t have the added complication of a date. Good luck. Steve


      Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
    • I've been following this site for a while now, thank's for letting me join in.   Mele kalikimaka
    • Hi guys, First time watch repairer here. My Tokyobay watch shown in the photo below needed a new battery. So I got the new battery, popped open the back, and popped out the old battery. Unfortunately, somehow while this was going on, I caused the minute hand and the other small hand (not sure it's purpose) to fall off! And I have no idea how to fix this (though very happy to try anything). The inside of this is a Miyota IL45 and I assumed the first thing I'd need to do is get the stem disconnected from the movement. I tried pushing a pin in some of the holes and gently tugging on the crown/stem to get it out. But it didn't work and I have no idea where the release is. So that would be the first step I think... After that, I don't know how to get at the hands to put them back in place. So that's the harder step two. Would very much appreciate any help on this. From what I can tell, this watch doesn't seem to be very repairable. But hoping you guys can guide me!
    • On any posting, upvote is on the top left, like and other feedback types on the lower right.
    • Update: so i cleaned the watch completely and replaced the mainspring with one that i had. Had to anneal the end and bend in over to catch the barrel hook.

      I then examined the jewels and found one badly damaged jewel and two other cracked jewels (fix later). Then i noticed that a tooth on the center wheel was bent completely over. I wedged in a knife and was able to move the tooth back without breaking. Lots of work remaining on this old beast.


      Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro