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    I should add that it didn't take me more than 30 minutes to take apart, clean and put back together all oiled. Off course, I've done it before a few times and trinoculars help a lot... But a good watchmaker can do the job fairly fast, and once resolved it runs good and looks reliable to my judgement.
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    A few more repairs done on some ETA clones and since I had some 4813 and SK donor movements I've noticed the date wheels of the three are interchangeable.

    I would very much like to buy just the SK movements, Although I doubt they'll be much cheaper as a whole SK watch.

    They are so nice to upgrade 2813 watches with! But also as a project movement they are great!

    1. You don't need to clip dial feet, and when a new dial is used you can firmly bolt it down with all four pins as the SK (even though the stock dial in the AM0184 comes with just two pins) has four screws in place and accommodates all four dial feet! It is therefore compatible with ETA dials and 2813 dials.
    2. All you need are a set of ETA hands, these fit, with only the minute hand needing some work to firm it up, depending on tolerances. You can gently squeeze it a little to shrink the hole slightly when needed.
    3. You can get away with an ETA date wheel, when needed, but many dials will have fitting date windows.
    4. They've got more stones as a 2813 and when adjusted well they run very sweet, and unlike an ETA wind very effortless, and time sets faster, date flicks fast, it is high beat...

    The crown stem is also pretty long in the SK watch due to the case size.

    So all in all, I will probably buy a lot more of these as donor watch.

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    Re: Starking Automatic

    AM0184 case size should be 40 mm but I've seen some photos online it looks much bigger (42 or 43 i'd say). Brightling007 can you confirm the size of this watch?
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    Re: Starking Automatic

    It really is 40mm without crown, and 47,9mm from the top of the lugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brightling007 View Post
    It really is 40mm without crown, and 47,9mm from the top of the lugs.
    The watch does wear big, though, given that it’s pretty much all dial. My 40mm diver watches, despite being the same in diameter as the Starking, wear much smaller, by comparison.

    I have 6.25” wrists, and the Starking wears bigger on my wrist than I would like.

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    Re: Starking Automatic

    Starking was originally establish in the early 1990's (1990-1993 depending on which company timeline you read) as Shenzhen Jieyong (Starking) Clocks and Watches Co., Ltd. (or Shenzhen Xing Huang Watches Limited).

    In 2014 (or 2005) they founded the Shenzhen Jingrui Movement Co., Ltd. to produce tourbillon movements. They currently offer a wide range of mechanical and quartz movements, including the 25J SK Series 1813 (HiBeat A2813). The 1813 seems to be a modified 2813 design, with three extra jewels and an upregulated 28,800 movement, that decreases the power reserve from 42 hours, to about 34 hours.

    1813 Full dimension drawings


    Features: 3-pin / calendar
    Dimensions: ø26mm
    Thickness: 5.18mm
    The median: 2.03mm
    Frequency: 28800 times per hour
    Gem: Diamond 25 (25 jewels)
    Movement type: automatic winding / manual winding crown

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    I'm impressed, both with what you dug up, and the legacy this company does seem to have! Would you say this 1813 movement is for sale somewhere?

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    Re: Starking Automatic

    Looks like Starking offers a more expensive high-beat movement , too (AM0161, 150 USD)
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    Re: Starking Automatic

    Quote Originally Posted by Ale De Alis View Post
    Looks like Starking offers a more expensive high-beat movement , too (AM0161, 150 USD)
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    More expensive, but 'just' 21J.. Interesting nontheless being high beat.
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    Re: Starking Automatic

    I secretly hope it's a ETA 2892 clone!

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