Molnija Mainspring Hunt
October 16, 2013 8:22 PM Subscribe
I have a Molnija watch with a busted mainspring (picture of front
). I've taken it to my local watch repairman and he couldn't find a replacement through whatever channels he had, but maybe RussianWatchFilter knows more?
posted by 23 to grab bag (4 answers total)
A while ago I was winding my watch and there was a whirring noise and it lost the ability to build tension. I took it to a local watch repairman and he identified the problem as a busted mainspring and said he could find a replacement. He ended up not being able to find a replacement, instead fixing the spring somehow for a reduced price with a warning it would be more delicate and probably not reparable if it broke again. It's been about two months since the fix and while winding there was a small snap and it won't build pressure again.
The watch is not in great condition and not high quality to begin with. While I'm looking for a replacement, I have used this particular watch for probably eight years and it would be nice if I can get it fixed. A quick search online shows several people trying and failing to find mainsprings.
So, as far as specific questions:
- Is there a good source for watch parts that I'm not finding on Google?
- How can I find the model number of my watch or other information to help searching?
- Do you know a source for Molnija mainsprings in particular?