I originally posted these pics in the affordables forum (where I usually hang out) and it was suggested that some of you might find it interesting here as well.
So my brother in-law has told me for a while that he had an older watch he had got new that was broken and not running. The second hand had fallen off, the base of the threads for the canteen was loose in the case and it had sat in the drawer for about the past 12 years. So last week he found it and I brought it home to see what I could do.
Late in the evening after the kid and Mrs. were down for the night, I popped it apart and played with it for while. I got the second hand back on, epoxy'd the base and just happened to have a new correct battery in the box o' parts. Plugged it and we were back in action. It is was a nice end to the day.
So what was the watch and what was so cool that I found?
Follow along and you'll see it.
I know some of you like unboxing pics so I'll pretend I bought a new watch.
First, the box
Slide out the case
Now let's open er up.
I like it! It's a Gruen Soviet with Russian Poljot Quartz movement.
I'm used to Japanese and Swiss movements and kept looking for a button to push to release the stem.
The case back is pretty cool as well. (for the record, I did not create those scrapes on the back!)
I'm really digging the strap.
That pocket keeper rocks.
I go to put it back in the box for him and, wait, there's something else in that box. I lift up the cardboard cut out.
It's all the original paperwork. Receipt (purchased new on 10/6/89), Jewelers card (free battery changes for life, might have to save my battery eh?) and original instruction book.
The instruction sheet is in multiple languages,
But hey, what's that black thing under all paperwork?
No way, a NOS extra strap!
I certainly had fun working on it and the happiness on his face when I presented it back to him running like new was even better.
But I must admit, I had to wear it for a few days first, just to make sure it was running ok.