This watch belongs to William, and it’s a Russian Vimpel, made by Kirova. It has 23 jewels, and that’s all I know about it. Maybe one of my readers can identify the movement and shed some light on it?
I also know nothing about Russian hallmarks, but the case looks like 9ct rose gold to me.
Case and bracelet are very well made.
One of the case clamps and the winding stem are pretty rusty, but apart from that, all looks well. The movement is fully wound and not beating, so there will be dirt.
Rust and dirt on the case back.
The dial is in great condition.
Rust on the keyless works.
I take the balance out and start taking the movement apart.
The gear train is a bit funny, with two intermediate wheels driving the third wheel.
Here are the two intermediate wheels.
The winding mechanism is not short of wheels, either 😉
All ready for the cleaning machine.
I start off with the obligatory new mainspring.
Then I put the balance jewels back in.
All nice and clean.
The wheel train is back together.
With the balance in, this won’t win a medal, but the watch will work reliably and accurately enough.
Now it’s time for the bottom plate.
The dial and hands go back on.Great looking, very elegant watch!