I don’t get Russian wrist watches too often, and there is a good reason for that. It’s the value of these watches that normally doesn’t make it economical to service such a watch. But if you like them, and you want to wear the watch you have, it doesn’t really matter.
And here they are. Mounted on a little seesaw, the two gears at the top and bottom engage with the first wheel of the auto winder gear train – one for each direction of rotation of the oscillating weight. A pretty complex and sturdy construction, and quite typical of Russian watches.
The calendar works – I have already removed the plate that covers it, which also holds the pawl and pawl spring for the date wheel. No plastic, and a solid construction. The finishes of the parts aren’t Swiss, but that doesn’t matter. Reminds me of the Lada Niva I drove in the late 80s 😉 I was working as a teacher in a vocational training college in Cameroon, and needed a cheap 4×4. The Russian Lada Niva was just the ticket. A great off-roader, cheap, but solid. You just had to replace the timing chain and the U-joints of the drive shafts regularly.But back to the watch at hand. As you can see, no effort was spared making this one when it comes to the parts count.
I can’t get hold of a new mainspring, but the old one is still in good nick, and I put it back into the barrel. This is one of the few occasions I wear silicone gloves, as you don’t want to get skin flakes into the barrel.
The clutch is part of the “second” wheel, below the plate and between the upper small wheel and the minute wheel which is brass coloured. so the cannon pinion just has a loose fit as it doesn’t contain the clutch.
And we’re back in business. The dial is in very good condition, and so is the case.