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    My Nakzen Pagoda is now mechanical

    Hi everyone,

    I modded (butchered for some) my Nakzen pagoda watch to a mechanical

    Running inside (and peeking from the date window) is now a 23 jewel Luch 2209 movement.

    Hand winding with sweeping central seconds hand. Coming in at a total 7.3mm thickness. Combined with all stainless, waterproof case and sapphire crystal, its hard to beat for the price tag!

    The silver sunburst dial was too shiny for me, so i sprayed some paint onto it. blue and white, one after the other. Then cleaned the indices.

    Getting the hands to fit is a pain, but somehow managed to resize and stick them on. With better quality hands i hope to be able to resize the holes more precisely and get better seating.


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    Re: My Nakzen Pagoda is now mechanical

    Congratulations. There is a lot of satisfaction to be gotten from a successful project like yours. Could you tell more about what it took to get that movement to fit, why you chose that movement, etc.

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    Congrats. No pics about its innards though?
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    Re: My Nakzen Pagoda is now mechanical

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    Congratulations. There is a lot of satisfaction to be gotten from a successful project like yours. Could you tell more about what it took to get that movement to fit, why you chose that movement, etc.
    As far as my inexperienced and non-perfectionist self is concerned, the movement is a direct fit. The "winding stem hole" lined up with the hole on the case without any spacers etc. Pulling and pushing the crown, winding and setting time all work with the same "feel" as on the donor watch. Good enough for me.

    I had to remove the dial feet from the dial, then lightly attached the movement to the dial with small piece of double sided tape.

    The stem needed extension, Cousins have them at reasonable price. Size 10 threads. A larger crown is on the way, for now fitted one i had lying around.

    Originally i wanted to use ST1812 with auto winding mechanism removed. However, that did not fit. Without the bridge, >0.5mm sticks out of the back - cannot close the snap-in case (i was afraid to even try, can easily damage the exposed fragile parts). As far as total thickness, including hands, is concerned, the 2209 and ST1812 are equal - within 0.1mm as good as i can measure. Need to find another case for the ST1812.

    The 2209 fit directly, the back of the movement is almost flush with the open case, and the cover can be snapped back in. I had bought the Luch watch with the intention of using the movement in a larger case.

    The original plastic movement holder in the Nakzen is also a good fit. Holds the 2209 movement nicely in place, very convenient. Glad it worked out so simply.

    @c185445: Am outside now, will take photos of the "innards" and add to the post.

    Next challenge is to get even thinner with this combination. I believe there is more than enough room at the front end, between the seconds hand and the sapphire... the thinnest 2209 watch i have seen (on the forum somewhere) was 6.5mm with the acrylic crystal. That would be the ultimate goal for me ... might need to switch to a thinner, non sapphire crystal ..
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    Good job!





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    Re: My Nakzen Pagoda is now mechanical

    Your words make it sound like you did a real hatchet job on the watch but the pics tell a totally different story. Nice work.

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    Re: My Nakzen Pagoda is now mechanical

    Thank you for the detailed description. Getting the movement and hands to fit and clear in a fairly thin case could have been a challenge. The result is good looking.

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    Re: My Nakzen Pagoda is now mechanical

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