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    Re: Suspect a cheap knock off movement replaced in vintage Rado

    The number is 636. 3425. 4

    I think there is some confusion. The watch maker told me the movement is new, not vintage. He said it is a new ETA movement and that it just comes randomly with a either Chinese/English or some other language with English. Are you saying that if this is a perfectly good movement I could ask him to swap in my old white day/date wheel?

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    Re: Suspect a cheap knock off movement replaced in vintage Rado

    Helpful. The watch is keeping perfect time. I've had it two weeks with the new movement in it. The logo does rotate, someone asked about that. Would it not rotate if this was a fake?
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    Re: Suspect a cheap knock off movement replaced in vintage Rado

    A 2836-2 is in fact the correct movement for that watch. This means your watch is no older than 1982. Dr. Ranfft, who frequents this forum shows a picture of a generic 2836-2 with an Asian day wheel:

    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: ETA 2836-2

    And yes, a qualified watchmaker should be able to swap the day wheel.
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    Re: Suspect a cheap knock off movement replaced in vintage Rado

    I'll point out that "swapping" the date wheel isn't a trivial task; to get at the date wheel, the movement must be uncased, hands and dial removed, and dial-side date complication at least partially disassembled. If he has to do part of that anyway to resolve the "rattling", great. Otherwise, he'll be investing no small amount of time to do it.
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    Re: Suspect a cheap knock off movement replaced in vintage Rado

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    I'll point out that "swapping" the date wheel isn't a trivial task; to get at the date wheel, the movement must be uncased, hands and dial removed, and dial-side date complication at least partially disassembled. If he has to do part of that anyway to resolve the "rattling", great. Otherwise, he'll be investing no small amount of time to do it.
    I am taking the watch in tomorrow. I asked to look at the movement and for him to listen to the rattling. I will also bring in the old movement to see if he can swap out the wheel. Good to know its not an easy task. Thanks.

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    Re: Suspect a cheap knock off movement replaced in vintage Rado

    Here is the movement. I'm not sure if this is macro enough. It say's "Swiss Made" and I did see the ETA logo when I looked under magnification.

    He said the "rattling sound" is the rotors.

    The color of this movement is silver. The old Rado movement was bronze/gold colored. Also, the old movement was 17 Jewels and this one says 25. Does this matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by aditya View Post
    I think asking him to open it up and show you the movement would not be an unreasonable request. You could also take some macro pics.

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    Re: Suspect a cheap knock off movement replaced in vintage Rado

    A couple of things jump out at me, although there are more knowledgeable people here who I'm sure will put me right.
    The rotor isn't signed Rado. Not a major fail but nice to have.
    Also, I'm not sure whether a Voyager would have that movement spacer. I only have tc cases in my collection and none of those have spacers.
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