India is known for old watches with rotten cases and movements, a gaudi colored dial with a print inspired by any famous model from any brand. E.g. the Omega Ranchero is avalable with every brand (including Omega) and every color (inclouding black).
I've now and then posted here, that among this trash sometimes amazing gems show up. Moreover I search since long for Ricoh movements, to get them the first time into any archive - mine in this case. But for this purpose one can't pass India. And finally I noticed: They exist, the samples without corrosion damage, with untouched original dial, and well running movement. One needs to search long, but finally is rewarded with a ridiculous price, since already the origin country keeps most serious bidders away, while newbies bid the same diisregarding condition.
And here is the reason to become happy:
Maybe a bit over-polished, but I don't know how it actually should look. Crisp dial, and even a day display im matching color.
Smooth gasket seat without the typical appearance of the Grand Canyon, lugs without deep grooves and with still defined contours. And the movement needed just a fitting crown, some adjustment to the hairspring, and a third screw for the rotor post - peanuts compared with the average (even outside India).
Here the archive entry for the movement with an interesting detail:
bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Ricoh Auto
If you have time enough, it may be worth while to study items from India. A good approach may be to browse all offers from a seller. This one for instance clearly stated which dials are original, and which are redials, and after my oppinion he was always right, although most dials were well above Mumbai standard.
Regards, Roland Ranfft