Alistair sent in this great looking DiaStar Magic, and it’s not working at all. When it comes to funky case and crystal design, it doesn’t get much better than what Rado used to do. This is as space age as it gets!
Even though the movement is marked as a Rado 2798, but in reality, it’s an old friend, the ETA2789.
The dial has suffered a bit, but there isn’t much I can do about that.
Bottom plate with day and date ring.
The day/date change mechanism now visible.
The gear train.
And here is our culprit – one of the case clamps broke in two, and a bit got stuck on the barrel. No wonder the watch isn’t working!
The second hand arbor has a bit of rust on it, but that will come off.
The mainspring is still in very good shape, and I will leave it in the movement.
All ready for the cleaning machine.
The cleaned parts ready for reassembly.
As I’m reusing the mainspring, I wind it up again.
Wound and ready for the barrel.
The barrel wall got some braking grease, and the mainspring itself gets some mainspring grease.
The balance jewels are back in.
With the wheel bridge back in, the gear train is moving. You can now see the ETA stamp and calibre number.
And the base movement is ticking again.
Oh yes, baby!
The auto-winder bridge is back on.
And the bottom plate comes back together.
Hands and dial back on.And cased.