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Question of a Chinese automatic movement

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June 03, 2017, 19:05
Mark Cross
Question of a Chinese automatic movement
Question of a Chinese automatic movement

One of my son-in-laws traded for an Armitron automatic wrist watch with a Chinese automatic skeletonized movement.

The balance tries to go, but the watch does not run. I can't tell if it's a broken main spring or otherwise. There just seems to be no power going to the balance. The second hand does not move either when the balance IS moving after a few twists of the wrist, so something else must be amiss.

Are these Chinese Armitron's worth the time/effort/money sending to someone to fix, or did he just make a bad deal?

Apparently he traded for it, and that's the way it was when he got it. It was part of a bundled trade for some other things, so he was ok with it not running when it arrived, but asked me if it was worth the money to get it fixed?

I've never dealt with Chinese movements, manual, automatic or otherwise, and if he had asked, I would have recommended he just steer clear, but since it's here, he's stuck with it.

There are no markings on the movement, but on the case back it says "TY2807V 20/4518TGP China Movement Water Resistant 165 feet All Stainless Steel"

So, wrist watch gurus, what are the thoughts on bothering with this watch?

Anything you can tell me will be MOST appreciated.

Sorry no photos. I don't own a camera.

Regards! Mark
June 03, 2017, 21:15
Peter Kaszubski
Mark check the ofrei page I link it and look for similar or same movement and let me know I will be ordering some parts from them and can order one for you and replace it no charge only pay for movement if you find same one that is.
June 03, 2017, 23:57
Mark Cross
Thank you Peter! I'll do that tomorrow and will be in touch if I see it!

Regards! Mark
July 16, 2017, 20:01
Tom Dunn

A lot of chinese movements are actually Seagull
which as Peter will tell you is a very dependable movement. Problem is, they're not worth much.

In your case, I wouldn't spend over 10-15 bucks getting it running, which is an impossibility most likely. Heck, I'm selling (let me correct that...I'm TRYING to sell) the same movement right now here in the WW For Sale the SUG watches BNIB and I can't get any takers at 45 bucks! (about 18 under my cost.)
So there you opinion on em.

Tom Dunn...
December 04, 2017, 21:54
Wesley Clay Wilkins
Mark, do you also sell glass crystals for pocket watches? 16 size mostly and at what cost?
Currently I am paying $100.00 for a them. OUCH!

It is what it is!
December 05, 2017, 08:44
Dr. Debbie Irvine

Hello Wesley,

That price sounds outrageous!

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William's are of optical quality, the very, very best, nothing is finer.

December 05, 2017, 23:38
Jonathan M. Fixley
Williams crystals are the finest made and he is great to work with! JMF