I knew I had seen that trimmer somewhere before, it is the same as on a Ruhla Calibre 28. The trimmers were imports from Japan.Now there's something you don't see every day - a red display digital BULETRONIC. The only bulgarian watch brand, produced for a short period of time at the end of the 70s, beginning of the 80s. About 10 different models were made, this one is M10 CH, whatever that means.
I've been looking for one for nostalgic reasons, so today I was given a non working one, to see if it can be saved.
Heavily oxidated, but with the right materials magic can happen. Enjoy!
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That's interesting to learn. There must have been some reason to concentrate this sort of production there. Maybe there was a research institute locally or something? I would not be surprised that because Ruhla imported them from Japan for its own watch production, that Ruhla then sold them on to Bulgaria in the fraternal socialist economy.I just never bothered taking them out the box to set them on summer time
Buletronic was produced in the Pravec semiconductors factory, which was producing personal computers (IBM tech) and electronics for the soviet space program. Bulgaria was the only non soviet state to have more than one cosmonaut in space thIntercosmos, but judging by the accuracy of these two, there's no wonder no buletronic was ever worn in space.
Bulgaria was never the cutting edge of watch production, so there must have been some help from friendly experienced watch makers like Ruhla and the russian watch factories. Pravec probably produced some elements for their production, colaboration was in the essense of socialist economy. It's just watches wasn't their thing, they had no tradition in it, but they were probably forced to produce a bulgarian watch, cause it was a question of prestige, and someone had to do it.
I'm happy they did, as these watches are fun, pretty good build quality and a cool collectable nostalgia. Maybe theres a setting to calibrate the thing, I don't know. Never was familiar with quartz tech.
Thanks !Congrats on your new 40 year old watch! The stylish monochrome design and the stainless steel case have let this watch age really well. Also the 20mm. lugs allow for wider bracelets. It is a vintage watch that you can actually wear on every day basis.
I may try regulaing my, as Secondtime advised, and get them some more wrist time.
Enjoy the weekend!
For a moment, I thought it was going to be a Ruhla! But alas no.Not a russian, but this one was in a lot of mostly russian broken watches.
Thanks, my friend! At the beginning of my watch obsession I was buying off many broken watches from antique shops. One of the first was a Ruhla chronograph, black dial, golden subdial. I was nowhere near the knowledge and experience I have now, so I just kept it in a box. Later I met my Ruhla collecting friend (I've talked about his collection) and I gave him absolutely everything Ruhla related. Now maybe I would have kept the chrono, but then again, if it came to me once it will come to me again. I will get my chance to work and play with one soon enough. If I ask him he will probably sell me one of his, but where's the fun in that?For a moment, I thought it was going to be a Ruhla! But alas no.
But nevertheless, a good job done on the Seiko. Seconds hand doesn't look out of place. Sometimes replacement hands are a poor fit even if they are original. The tolerances are so small just a slight variation in manufacture and they can be too loose or too tight.
Are you sure you haven't got a Ruhla in that batch of watches?
Thanks.Nice, keeping it real.
What lume do you use and how do you apply it, if you don't mind me asking?
Thanks, John!That is quite the classic Russian bracelet too!
I have a few old Soviet ones and they are all "OK" at best...
Good to have for originality tho, even if not for daily wear.
Yeah, for originality mostly, I guess. I have a good collection of Poljot, Vostok and Raketa bracelets (stainless steel), and I don't really wear them. However, I didn't have this particular OKEAH type bracelet, and finding it in the trash was really cool.
My most comfortable bands are actually a recent DIY invention of mine. I needed comfortable bands for my work watches, and I liked the idea of elastic bands the cosmonauts used over their space suits. Kinda like the french Marine Nationale type bands. I just needed a band that will allow me to quickly pull the watch up my arm, in case I have to get my hands durty or in the scratch zone.
The answer came from the most unlikely place. Please don't laugh at me - men's pants suspenders. Don't remember posting this, so there it is. Easily adjustable for the perfect fit, washable and breathing
Maybe I should patent this stuff
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