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    Re: Questions regarding Russian watches

    Quote Originally Posted by schnurrp View Post
    Some work better than others but many are quite usable. I can and do perform simple service of my own collection, if necessary, or swap movements. Like owning a garage of vintage cars, you better have a set of tools and know how to use them a little.

    The only watch needing an automatic winder is an automatic that can't be hand wound. I don't know of any soviet automatics that can't be also hand-wound. Most of mine are not automatic, anyway.
    The reason I asked about winder just to see how long they go for while in constant operation. Obviously handwound is a different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by engblom View Post
    Living in a neighbor country to Russia and seen all kind of USSR products, I highly doubt the USSR watches were of higher quality than currently produced ones. The bad ones made during the USSR era probably just got thrown away long time ago, which is why some might perceive the vintage ones to be of better quality.
    Good point.

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    Is it worth servicing a watch under $100?
    Strange question.
    Do you service them yourself? If so, where do you get parts?
    You can get parts on meronom.com, there are some others, too. But no, I don't service them myself, I leave them to professional :)

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    Re: Questions regarding Russian watches

    Quote Originally Posted by Huliganchik View Post
    The reason I asked about winder just to see how long they go for while in constant operation. Obviously handwound is a different story.

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    The proper way to use a soviet automatic watch (the only ones I have experience with) is to wind it fully by hand, 30+ winds, and let the watch's automatic mechanism keep the watch as near fully wound as possible as time passes. I have had soviet automatics that will run indefinitely this way although I rarely wear one more than 3 days since I like to switch the wearing of my collection around.

    The Raketa 2628, Poljot 2616.2h, and Vostok 2416 are the ones that have performed best for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schnurrp View Post
    The proper way to use a soviet automatic watch (the only ones I have experience with) is to wind it fully by hand, 30+ winds, and let the watch's automatic mechanism keep the watch as near fully wound as possible as time passes. I have had soviet automatics that will run indefinitely this way although I rarely wear one more than 3 days since I like to switch the wearing of my collection around.

    The Raketa 2628, Poljot 2616.2h, and Vostok 2416 are the ones that have performed best for me.
    That's pretty much best practise for any automatic watch. Again my question was not about that but the longevity of a soviet watch. Something I haven't had good experience with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinrich Faust View Post
    Strange question.
    You can get parts on meronom.com, there are some others, too. But no, I don't service them myself, I leave them to professional :)
    Why is it strange? Would professional services it for less than $100? What I am trying to question weather it's worth paying the price of a watch to have it serviced.

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    I agree it's an interesting and valid question. Part of the answer depends on how easy the watch or movement is to replace, and also what personal importance the watch has for you. A watch given to me by my wife, for example, has an added value compared, say, to one I picked up in a sale on a whim. Maybe a watch bought on holiday in Moscow has special memories, a watch that's no longer in production may have a special place in your collection etc.

    The other part of the answer is how much the service will cost. Fifty years or so ago all watches were mechanical and covered a range of prices from inexpensive to very expensive indeed - and there were watch repairers at all levels. Now I think it's fair to say that quartz dominates the cheaper end of the market. Repairers for mechanical watches are much more difficult to find, and many have aspirations to work only on expensive watches, charging accordingly. So if you can find the right person at the right price, repair and servicing makes good sense. Paying $200 to service a watch which you could easily replace for $100 probably doesn't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huliganchik View Post
    That's quiet a collection. Larger thank a stock at any soviet store. Perhaps I'll give it another shot for the old times sake.

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    Besides few exceptions (chronos, Poljot diver...) I got those for less than 50 euros. You can get a nice new Amphibia by Zenitar or Meranom for the same price, if you are good you can regulate yourself to an acceptable accurcay (let's say less than 15 sec/day).

    I wouldn't worry about spare parts and servicing at least for Vostok, you can find everything at Meranom (even entire movements) and anyway servicing intervals are 10 years..officially, in reality none of the watches you see in the collection has always been serviced besides one Albatros.

    If you need service there are Russian and Ukrainian specialists like Favinov or IgorIV who can do that for $60.

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    The reason I asked about winder just to see how long they go for while in constant operation. Obviously handwound is a different story.
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    The 2416 has a power reserve of abut 34 h, quite consistent. Not too much but found out that wearing it for one hour is usually enough, but of course it can be handwound and actually it's quite pleasant, just the GS movement is more pleasant to wind it up.
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    Is the Russian watch industry similar to China's in that they started out with studying Swiss movements then proceeded to make modified versions?

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    Is the Russian watch industry similar to China's in that they started out with studying Swiss movements then proceeded to make modified versions?

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