Only browsed a few posts in this thread, but really impressed with what is achieved.
Makes me look at older watches in a different light when I see them listed.
One question, where do you source replacement crystals?
Will they be originals or more generic closest fit ones?
Used some acryllic replacements, have a watch guy that supplies some, but that's last resort. I keep some watches with cracked crystals, just cause they are the originals.
It's difficult, that's for sure.
I have a supply of newer acrylic crystals and several years ago, I managed to acquire a set of older unused crystals. But, I have mostly worked my way through the majority of the useful sizes now.
I also do as Ivan does. If the crystal has just a small crack or an unobtrusive hairline crack, I will keep it as it not worth the effort, expense and authenticity to change it.
I need a hand to finish this one. Literally.
Got it as non working, but I like to play with copper dials, so I'm always up for a challenge.
Broken ballance and a missing click spring, took my last spares.
Then the fun part - the dial. After some treatment with the so called "Kamburov's green stuff" , I got to this
Skipping some steps ang jump to the crystal. It was a subject of the last conversation, and you can see I had to scrape the dird out with a blade. It was so thick.
So in the end I have a Pobeda one hander, untill I find a minute hand that is.
I have looked through the 1957 catalogue which shows the different hands for Pobedas and I cannot see this style. Are you sure it is original to the watch?
This looks quite similar
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