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    Stainless Alpina 598

    I got this watch lately and its good except the mainspring is bad. I cant find anyone selling one for a Alpina 598. I can do this job myself so I will tuck it away and keep my eye peeled for a mainspring! 33mm without the crown is a nice size for this watch!









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    Re: Stainless Alpina 598

    If you measure the mainspring then you should find a mainspring for the watch. You don't need a Alpina 598 mainspring just one that will fit
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    Re: Stainless Alpina 598

    I very much like the look! All that wonderful space on the dial, also with a very nice tan. And the orange (?) arrowhead and golden dots almost start making me think of Miro.

    And yes, if you can get the length, width, and thickness of your mainspring, you can find a replacement. Otto Frei has a wide selection, for example.

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    Re: Stainless Alpina 598

    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyNorton View Post
    . . . . I can do this job myself . . . . . .
    Sure?

    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    If you measure the mainspring then you should find a mainspring for the watch. You don't need a Alpina 598 mainspring just one that will fit
    How do you know that his current spring is the optimal width, thickness or length?

    Quote Originally Posted by OPChagall View Post
    . . . . . And yes, if you can get the length, width, and thickness of your mainspring, you can find a replacement. . . . . .
    If you measure the barrel, cover and arbor you can calculate the mainspring dimensions.

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    Re: Stainless Alpina 598

    The mainspring dimensions can probably be checked in the Ranfft archive entry for the movement, although it'd probably be best to check that in Bestfit, as the Archive sometimes gets things wrong. Contemporary replacements may be thinner, but are usually made of stronger materials than the original ones, so if it's only slightly thinner, it shouldn't be a problem - recently had a mainspring in my Certina replaced (the old one broke, and upon servicing, a genuine Certina replacement snapped as well!) with a contemporary one (according to what I've recently learned, some of the original Certina mainsprings had a tendency to break easily - appears to be an issue with a faulty batch of them), which is thinner alright, but as far as I know, the amplitude with the new mainspring is perfectly fine.
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    Re: Stainless Alpina 598

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    The mainspring dimensions can probably be checked in the Ranfft archive entry for the movement, although it'd probably be best to check that in Bestfit, as the Archive sometimes gets things wrong. Contemporary replacements may be thinner, but are usually made of stronger materials than the original ones, so if it's only slightly thinner, it shouldn't be a problem - recently had a mainspring in my Certina replaced (the old one broke, and upon servicing, a genuine Certina replacement snapped as well!) with a contemporary one (according to what I've recently learned, some of the original Certina mainsprings had a tendency to break easily - appears to be an issue with a faulty batch of them), which is thinner alright, but as far as I know, the amplitude with the new mainspring is perfectly fine.
    Bestfit is full of poor recommendations.

    It's best to stick with the manufacturer's specs.

    In the absence of these compute them.

    All carbon springs are failure prone in comparison to modern alloys.

    Carbon and alloy springs have very similar values for their Young's modulus of elasticity.
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    Re: Stainless Alpina 598

    omg You found some jackpot recently!
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    Re: Stainless Alpina 598

    Jules Borel lists the mainspring for yours as 7X9X13.5. If you can't find it there, try CousinsUK. As Pity says, measure the barrel and arbor to check the measurements.
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    Re: Stainless Alpina 598

    ...and Ranfft gives it as 1.60 x 10.5 x 0.12mm. Take your pick.

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    Re: Stainless Alpina 598

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    ...and Ranfft gives it as 1.60 x 10.5 x 0.12mm. Take your pick. . . . .
    Take your pick indeed.

    Your choice.

    Do the math or roll the dice:
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