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    What movement can I put in my Leonidas chrono

    So long story short . A while ago I bought a Leonidas that might be a fake or a Frankenstein watch that just doesn't run well. I believe it to be a landeron movement but my watchmaker told me he couldn't get parts for it and he just couldn't get to work right . Anyways I really like the watch and was thinking of just purchasing a landeron 48 or something like that complete so I can get this guy working again.

    My question is would a landeron 48 - 148 248 be something that would fit considering the size and dial layout . Or maybe a valjoux 7730-33 .

    Also is there a site other than eBay that I can buy a movement complete?


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    Re: What movement can I put in my Leonidas chrono

    You should consult a different watchmaker first.

    You have a Landeron movement in your watch; they made - literally - millions of these movements. Parts are very widely available from both materials houses, as well as specialist 'obsolete' parts suppliers. Perhaps the issue is that your watchmaker didn't or doesn't want to research and source parts. It's not an uncommon attitude, and for that reason I repeat myself: get a second opinion. Or: ask him what it is that he thinks he needs, source the parts yourself and supply him. There's a resource thread on the Watchmaking forum on this site with a comprehensive list of parts places, great and small.
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    Re: What movement can I put in my Leonidas chrono

    He actually even brought it to another watchmaker . They both concluded the same . Either way parts and time add up. I was just thinking that if I can get a donor movement it would probably cost me cheaper than buying parts one by one until it's resolved


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    Re: What movement can I put in my Leonidas chrono

    Why do you think it is a franken/fake, looks fine to me.

    I agree with Habitant, find another watchmaker. L48 is a tough, basic old beastie, and shouldn't prove challenging to repair.

    Also, chronos cost more to service - even if you get another movement, it will need servicing. So you'll be back to square 1.

    No, a Valjoux will not fit. L48,148,249 - but then you will have a franken.

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    Re: What movement can I put in my Leonidas chrono

    ^^^ actually some members on this forum even thought it to be franken movement .. Let me post the first thread I made


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    Re: What movement can I put in my Leonidas chrono

    Leonidas chronograph help.
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=2329682


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    Re: What movement can I put in my Leonidas chrono

    I will take your advice and go see another watchmaker first . It's just that everybody that I ask about older watches , he's basically the one they tell me to go see .


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    Re: What movement can I put in my Leonidas chrono

    Perhaps he's not big on chronographs. There are a lot of springs to go missing there! WHERE - roughly - are you? Maybe someone can suggest an alternative watchmaker.

    The cost of buying a donor mvmt, striping it down and finding that the parts you need are in good condition will also cost you. Typically, a chrono service is listed at around USD$200/GBP£150 (just internet prices). A donor mvmt will cost you around USD$50-100. Taking it apart will cost USD? So, I come back to my original point. A decent watchmaker will be able to do the work; if he doesn't want to source the parts, then let him tell you what he needs and you can source them for him. That's the cheapest way forward. But your man hasn't inspired much confidence in me so far.
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    Re: What movement can I put in my Leonidas chrono

    I'm in Montreal . He's taken apart my old JLC memovox alarm and done a wonderful job and when he couldn't get the Leonidas to work right , he brought it to another watchmaker and he said the same thing.
    I've been looking at eBay for donor movements and they seem to be in the 150$ range and even then they're missing pieces or not working .
    I'll keep you guys posted on my adventure with this Leonidas . I appreciate the help


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    Re: What movement can I put in my Leonidas chrono

    Find out what parts he needs, and buy a donor movement for the parts, if it's cheaper going that way.
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