My next Russian pocket watch project – a “Raketa” (you have to love that name). Very unique design, and very 70s I would say. It has a date display and central second hand as well, and it comes in a very sturdy case. Let’s see what’s inside!
I'm certainly not the first one to open this case - plenty of scratches around the slot. The lid has a serial number on the inner side and some hand-scratched marks - probably from a service
As usual, the movement comes out through the front after the glass and the winding shaft have been removed
After removing the hands and the dial, we get our first view of the bottom plate with the date ring
Cover plate off, pawl and pawl spring removed
Bottom plate cleared
Time to turn the movement around. First, we remove the balance cock
Balance cock with balance removed. The balance cock is mounted with a little brass plate between the cock and the plate - this is used at manufacturing time to adjust the correct distance between the top and bottom jewel of the balance staff
Balance spring removed from the balance cock. To remove the balance spring from the balance wheel, I push it out of its groove with a pegwood stick starting very carefully at the point where the hairspring enters the groove, slowly tilting the hairspring up until it reaches 90 degrees to the balance wheel and comes off. Very fiddly, and the hairspring is easily deformed!
Pallet bridge and wheel bridge removed. I like the way the Russians mark the screw on the transmission wheel with three groves so you won't forget that it opens clockwise
Close-up of the pallet fork
Well executed pinion and wheel
With the central wheel bridge removed, you can clearly see the escapement wheel
Top plate cleared
With the lid taken off the barrel, you can see the main spring
Hairspring removed from the balance wheel
Parts ready for the cleaning fluid
A well made pocket watch! Everything is pretty standard here, and all the parts are made to a decent standard. Nothing fancy, a sturdy work horse that will keep on ticking for a long time if properly taken care of.