Go for it Ivan, it's a fun watch to wear !
Among many other possibilities, i would classify soviet watches into 2 categories : those that look good when they look really used and tired (let's say they have a "nice patina" ) and those that need to look like new. This Slava definitely belongs to the second category
All for this:
This Amphybia was my first ever post in this forum. It's now reunited with it's dad.
Really impressive and beautiful result !!
Has anyone used an ultrasonic cleaner to clean old stained watch faces? (I mean successfully) Is the printing universally fragile? The reason for asking is that with a bunch of old dirty faces in my sock drawer I don't think I have the patience to be daubing them all in any kind of precise way. Thanks.
If I care about the dials I wouldn't try it, mainly because I have no control over the cleaning process. It's a "switch on and pray" situation, a lottery with just about the same chance of success.
Some older pocket watches porcelain dials may survive that, but more recent wrist watches are too fragile, especially the printing.
That's just my opinion, if I ever try it I will sure post here.
Wow excellent refurbs. They look fantastic and ready for another lifetime of service!
My watchmaker friend found me a NOS Kirovskie dial, like a month ago. Today I decided to spread all Kirovskie parts I had, with the vague intention of putting a watch together. I had 4 movements, 3 cases, and some other parts.
Spent 3-4 hours replacing parts, back and front, and nothing seemed to work.
Finally I got to a point when every part was cleaned and lubricated (including incablocks), and right then - bingo! It started hesitantly, but after 30 minutes it picked up speed and settled into normal function. I used the time to do some cleaning and polishing. Finally I put it all together and got this:
I'm not sure about the colour of the seconds hand, but golden was all I got. So far it's been keeping good time, but we'll see how that goes, may need some regulating.
I still consider this a time well spent.
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