Repairing older Russian watches

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    Repairing older Russian watches

    I know the other thread was locked, but without needing to go into any political issues, the main reason many US watchmakers don't want to work on them is because they can't get parts for them.
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    Re: Repairing older Russian watches

    Quote Originally Posted by mrsnak View Post
    I know the other thread was locked, but without needing to go into any political issues, the main reason many US watchmakers don't want to work on them is because they can't get parts for them.
    +1. Not unlike working on older american pocketwatches. Some watchmakers are willing to give customers advance notice that it may end up being not fixable. Others are unwilling to get into an argument over payment for labor on a watch that ends up being not economical to repair.

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    Re: Repairing older Russian watches

    That is not limited to Russian watches.

    Chinese watches and even Seikos are sometimes hard to source parts for.

    Some movement makers just don't care about long term repairability....
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    Re: Repairing older Russian watches

    Often it comes down to the individual market. In the UK, you can get four-decade-old NOS parts from the original distributor, but I do not know if the distributors in other countries are as good, such as Cardinal in Canada, for example. And if Russian watches - or for that matter, any brand of watch - is/was not extensively sold in a certain country, sourcing parts would of course be an issue too.

    Some years ago there were some "watch wreckers" in Russia who bought vast quantities of older watches for the purpose of melting down the cases for gold, and the movements were sold by weight. Several members bought a few kilogrammes of those movements and they become valuable parts sources. Here in Australia, Russian watches have never been distributed to any significant extent, so I like to get a few spare movements from fellow members as stand-by parts sources and they certainly come in handy at times.

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