Help on this vintage Ruhla and Diantus???

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    Question Help on this vintage Ruhla and Diantus???

    I bought this lot of watches on eBay and there these two watches that really stood out to me.

    First is this Ruhla. I think it's German (?) or Russian, I can't remember.
    It's not running, but I really like the movement and I took a cotton swab to the dial and it looks much better.
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    That piece of metal fell out when I pulled out the crown, I know the screw that holds the crown in goes into that little piece of metal.
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    (please don't mind my headgear in the picture!!!)


    Next is this vintage Diantus handwind.
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    This watch is broken as well. When I turn the crown, all 3 hands move.
    I can't wind it either.
    It's not worth fixing, right?
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    Re: Help on this vintage Ruhla and Diantus???

    The Diantus has an EB movement - http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...&2uswk&EB_8805 or the 8815 I think.


    The Ruhla is German - a lot of information here: Short History of Ruhla Watches | Ostalgie-Ruhla Watches of the GDR

    I think the movement is a UMF 44 bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: UMF 44
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    Re: Help on this vintage Ruhla and Diantus???

    East Germany (DDR) to be precise. Maybe a UMF 54-32 (see picture on watchwiki under UMF44 http://watch-wiki.org/index.php?titl...erkansicht.jpg ). Same as UMF44 but nickel. Here you can see your watch 17jewels.info - UMF 44 Can you make a sharp picture of the Diantus movement so we can read the inscriptions on it? Has a 3 stone plate like the 4 stone plate of the 8802 (http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...&2uswk&EB_8802) Under the little shield with EB you see the caliber number.
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    Re: Help on this vintage Ruhla and Diantus???

    Quote Originally Posted by Cura View Post
    East Germany (DDR) to be precise. Maybe a UMF 54-32 (see picture on watchwiki under UMF44 Datei:UMF 54-32(5) Werkansicht.jpg ). Same as UMF44 but nickel. Here you can see your watch 17jewels.info - UMF 44 Can you make a sharp picture of the Diantus movement so we can read the inscriptions on it? Has a 3 stone plate like the 4 stone plate of the 8802 (bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: EB 8802) Under the little shield with EB you see the caliber number.
    It says EB 8800. Is it worth fixing? I like the Ruhla a lot.

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    Re: Help on this vintage Ruhla and Diantus???

    I think every watch should be fixed. I don't know what is wrong with the watches. Can be a small thing but it can also be more. I you ask if the cost of repair are higher than the value of the watch the answer is negative. Found a EB 8800 with the same config Vintage Nos Altimatic Stainless Steel Mens Watch Day Date. In Box Eb 8800 . Both have sweep seconds. On the Ranfft page bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: EB 8800 the picture is of a 1 jewel type. Yours has more jewels. Probably 17.
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    Re: Help on this vintage Ruhla and Diantus???

    Quote Originally Posted by Cura View Post
    I think every watch should be fixed. I don't know what is wrong with the watches. Can be a small thing but it can also be more. I you ask if the cost of repair are higher than the value of the watch the answer is negative. Found a EB 8800 with the same config Vintage Nos Altimatic Stainless Steel Mens Watch Day Date. In Box Eb 8800 . Both have sweep seconds. On the Ranfft page bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: EB 8800 the picture is of a 1 jewel type. Yours has more jewels. Probably 17.
    Yeah the movement I have is 17 jewels.
    The Diantus seems pretty messed up. I turn the crown and all the hands move around. I can't wind the watch either.

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