Under the guidance of Christian I successfully serviced my first wristwatch. This particular HMT watch I bought new from a HMT dealer in India about 4 years ago.
HMT 17 Jewel movement is based on a Miyota Citizen 0201movement from the 60’s. The finish on this watch resembles that of Soviet era Russian watches. I have already removed the Para shock balance jewels.Christian helped me with the wire springs. It is a fine art to get them in place without it flying across the room. I was required to look for them several times on the floor..Slowly coming apart. I’m in no rush to complete this watch, as that will only increase my chances of mangling it.There is actually decoration on the mainspring barrel!I clean oil and reuse the original mainspring, as it is still in good nick. I have some problems with the balance not moving freely, because I had fitted the jewels the wrong way with the flat side pointing downwards, after they where turned around it swung like it should.Success the movement is put together with all the pivots intact and an un-mangled hairspring unlike a very unlucky Candino watch that I tried servicing once. I will come back to that particular watch when I’m ready to undo the damage.Not bad at all for a 35 dollar/2100rupee Made in India watch! I really love this watch. Just look at the awesome 60’s design of the dial, no lumen is saved here. The case is in reasonably good quality steel considering the price. (I apologise for the dust on the outside of the crystal)
The watch stopped last night, and after adjusting the second hand it was moving freely again.