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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Here is another before and after. An Aseikon branded Ruhla calibre 24 from 1976 (April 5 to April 11, 1976 to be precise). What were you doing that week in 1976?

    Here are the before shots. The watch was covered in thick crud around the crystal and the back.

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    The watch had probably suffered from condensation during the latter part of its life as the dial showed signs of having been wet at some point.

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    The crystal was in real need of replacement. I think originally it had a faceted crystal. It was certainly very thick but had obviously been polished down as it had probably received scatches and scrapes several time during its life. Here are a couple of profile images. You can see it is thick but like the surface of the sea!

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    The movement was absolutely fine. With a clean it was working perfectly and keeping time with practically no adjustment. This is what I like about Ruhlas. This week I have been working on two others. One from 1969 and another from 1972. Both are running very well with very limited attention from me. Not bad for nearly 50 years!

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Sekondtime View Post
    Here is another before and after. An Aseikon branded Ruhla calibre 24 from 1976 (April 5 to April 11, 1976 to be precise). What were you doing that week in 1976?

    Here are the before shots. The watch was covered in thick crud around the crystal and the back.

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    The watch had probably suffered from condensation during the latter part of its life as the dial showed signs of having been wet at some point.

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    The crystal was in real need of replacement. I think originally it had a faceted crystal. It was certainly very thick but had obviously been polished down as it had probably received scatches and scrapes several time during its life. Here are a couple of profile images. You can see it is thick but like the surface of the sea!

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    The movement was absolutely fine. With a clean it was working perfectly and keeping time with practically no adjustment. This is what I like about Ruhlas. This week I have been working on two others. One from 1969 and another from 1972. Both are running very well with very limited attention from me. Not bad for nearly 50 years!

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    That looks fantastic. Well done sir.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by EPK View Post
    That looks fantastic. Well done sir.

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    Thanks. It is another Aseikon to add to my ever growing sub collection of Ruhla powered Aseikons!

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Sekondtime, whenever you post a shot of your Ruhla collection there's always the wow efect :)

    Recently I bought a lot of parts for about $30. There were things I needed to complete a watch or two in it, but also about 9 working pieces for restoration.
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    I finished a Kirovskie using a dial I was looking for, and restored a Volna using these
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    Also there was an Almaz in the pile. I still need a crown and second hands for the Volna and the Almaz, so these two are under construction.
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    Anyway, the reason for this post is the seemingly non interesting Poljot auto in the top right of the above photo. That's the "before"
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    I'm keeping this one in the collection, and the reason is at the back.
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    It's a bit difficult to take a good photo, but what it says is:
    "From the Minister of People's Deffence, general Dobri Djurov,
    for the good work, 1984"

    Gen. Djurov was the commander of the "Chavdar" partisan squad (till 1944), and is the longest serving deffence minister, almost 29 years, till 1990. He had a major role in the ousting of Todor Jivkov as a leader of Bulgaria, thus effectivly ending the communist era in our country's history.
    How quickly times change.
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post
    Sekondtime, whenever you post a shot of your Ruhla collection there's always the wow efect :)
    Ivan, I might say the same about your restorations! And your interesting find; I can add to this with a Ruhla example.

    Some years ago, I received an enquiry about a Ruhla watch via my website. The watch was a Ruhla Quartz Calibre 13-33. The owner was the son of Major General Kamen Petrov. Major General Petrov received the watch from Dobri Dzhurov – Minister of People’s Defence Bulgaria in 1986. Major General Petrov's son kindly gave permission for the watch to be featured on my website.

    Here are some photos of the Ruhla and Dobri Dzhurov from my Commemorative Ruhla webpage.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Very interesting! Gen. Dzhurov was among the top 3 most important persons in the Party and the country. As the army commander, maybe the most important person. My guess is he answered directly to Kremlin.
    Now generation as young as 10 years younger than me don't remember anything about this time period.
    Didn't know ruhlas were presented by high officials in Bulgaria. Not surprised, though, DDR stuff was considered of very good quality in the eastern block. Higher than average.
    Now when I think of it, quartz wathes were very fashionable at that time and Ruhla had very stylish designs.
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post
    Very interesting! Gen. Dzhurov was among the top 3 most important persons in the Party and the country. As the army commander, maybe the most important person. My guess is he answered directly to Kremlin.
    Now generation as young as 10 years younger than me don't remember anything about this time period.
    Didn't know ruhlas were presented by high officials in Bulgaria. Not surprised, though, DDR stuff was considered of very good quality in the eastern block. Higher than average.
    Now when I think of it, quartz watches were very fashionable at that time and Ruhla had very stylish designs.
    You are right, many young people I work with have no knowledge that just 30 years ago, we were faced with nuclear Armageddon and that you couldn't just jump on a plane and hop over to Budapest or holiday in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. Now they think that if they haven't had at least 3 foreign holidays a year they are hard done by.

    I think East German products were considered higher quality within the eastern European nations and the USSR. East Germany was considered the top consumer economy within the communist states. So much so that I even came across a GDR television programme the other day online that was like watching one of the shopping channels on TV today. A whole programme was devoted to different types of electric kitchen whisks and their attachments! The Director of the People's Enterprise that made the whisks featured on the programme wearing his SED Party badge!

    However, it is a surprise that the Bulgarian Defence Minister did not issue Bulgarian watches like the Bluetronic/Pravets.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Guess the Ruhla was a present fit for a general, and the Poljot, although auto, for a lower ranking officer :) DDR, Hungary, and Czecoslovakia were considered more western countries in the eastern block. They are in the heart of Europe afterall, deeply connected (culturally and economicly) with the neighbouring capitalist countries. DDR was still Germany and the others were in the Austro-Hungarian empire before that.
    Funny you opened the subject about the bulgarian Buletronic. Last night I opened my Buletronic-20 for some service and cleaning, but didn't bother taking detailed photos. When I got it I didn't know about this thread, Dashiell told me about it much later. It wasn't too bad "before", but I will post the "after" anyway, as it is an excellent watch. The best in the Buletronic line. Also being issued for the delegates of the XII Communist Party congress in 1881 makes it extra special. Stainless steel case, and very stylish for a digital electronic watch.
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    Got this today, non working.
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    It's pretty bad, I know. First had to take kare of the mechanics. Ratchet spring from a donor, and it's actually working. Now when I write this it's even quite sharp.
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    Now the cleaning part. Took it all apart, special attention to the dial.
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    So far so good. The last part looked impossible but I tried anyway. The crystal is the original but in very bad shape.
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    Tried to polish it as much as I could, but the thing started falling apart. Got it together like a broken pot, but not much I could do about it.
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    So that's it. Poljot de luxe crystal replacement tomorrow. Again.
    Ivan
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post
    Got this today, non working.


    Now the cleaning part. Took it all apart, special attention to the dial.

    So far so good. The last part looked impossible but I tried anyway. The crystal is the original but in very bad shape.

    Tried to polish it as much as I could, but the thing started falling apart. Got it together like a broken pot, but not much I could do about it.
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    So that's it. Poljot de luxe crystal replacement tomorrow. Again.
    Ivan
    Well, doctor, you did all you could do. The kid is going to lose his eye anyway, but fortunately, surgery can do miracles with replacement organs nowadays. He won't be as sharp, but he'll do just fine !!
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