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Frankensteining Sturmanskiestein 
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Post Frankensteining Sturmanskiestein
So, I wanted a 24 hour watch. Ordered one off ebay. Out of Ukraine. My theory was that the watched looked goid, the movement looked good. The case didn't look cheap. Must be ok.... I was wrong.
It was a poorly converted 12 hour movement 2609.HA.
The hour hand slips. Never figured out if it kept proper time.
It was definitely one of those kick me moments. My 24 hour Sturmanskie was really Sturmanskiestein. A fake.


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Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:08 am
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Post Re: Frankensteining Sturmanskiestein
So what to do? Put it where it can't be seen for a year, pull it out and decide it's worth saving.

With no watchmakers with Russian knowhow here, I decided to give it a heart transplant. I'd put a ronda 515.24h quartz GMT in place of the 2609 handwind.

They are almost the same size.ImageImageImageImage

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Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:17 am
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Post Re: Frankensteining Sturmanskiestein
Now, I bought hands, but am still waiting on something I can replace the gold with.

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I also had to shave the movement spacer because it was interfering with the hands. Now, i need a spacer for the dial.... Or do I?

I decided to order a custom dial to replace the fake. It's going to be a 2 piece, so hopefully it won't need the topside spacer.

So in the new year, I hope to have a new face on Sturmanskiestein.

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Good progress :thumbup:

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Post Re: Frankensteining Sturmanskiestein
:clap: looks good

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Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:59 am
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This is the dial I will be using. I'm thinking grey center, white outer ring(top layer), and yellow/green bottom layer. Contemplating the base colour after looking at render.
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Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:33 pm
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Or maybe this...Image

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Here it is... Getting there. Need to sort out the hands and find a new crystal since this one is now chipped.(damn it)
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Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:00 am
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I need a 35mm crystal. I think I'll go high profile acrylic fome. Im stuck for hands though. 120/70 and the only ones in my collection that fit are too short or wrong shape. Maybe I can paint these?Image

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Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:04 am
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Post Re: Frankensteining Sturmanskiestein
Just to note, this us a quartz gmt movement - Ronda 515 24h. The gold hand is the 24h hand and it's 160 or 165 and I haven't had any luck finding a hand to replace it with. The one I did order just won't go.

Also, I learned a valuable lesson about picking your colour scheme before buying hands.Image

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What a journey! I love it. I would definitely paint the hands for the time being, until you can find new one's. I actually like the short hands. Have you tried Otto Frei for hands? As for a Crystal, I buy mine from Cousins UK.

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Post Re: Frankensteining Sturmanskiestein
I will play with the hands I have. I actually got some from Otto Frie. Maybe they'll work out, i thought thry would when I imagined the project. Maybe they still will.

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New look options.
Sanded the original blued hands to steel. A little hard to see. Still have a set of the blued that are original.

I like the contrast of the white sword hands, but i wish the minute hand was longer. Looks like it has a Seiko influence with the short hands like this.

I tried a set of silver leaf hands, but they were impossible for me to read. So, no pics.

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Thoughts on the two hand choices???

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Second option :)

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Post Frankensteining Sturmanskiestein
nice build...for me like the first hands option [THUMBS UP SIGN] i like the shape


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Went with the first set... For now.
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Post Re: Frankensteining Sturmanskiestein
Cleaning up and found my baton hands. They are gold, but I put them on to see the shape. Definitely the right style. Not super keen on the gold, but I read it easier than the grey steel hands.
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Ok, got my watch back from my watch guy. Replaced the crystal for all of 90 rupees. That's $1.39 USD. Also found an old dead watch I totally forgot about, and poached the silicon strap off it. I like it.
The new baton style have reasonable lume and it all kinda matches.
I'd say this one is finished for now with a potential hand update in the future.

It's alive.... alive!!!
I guess that makes me Dr. Sturmanskiestein. ImageImage

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Bored and waiting for my kid. She left me her manga, so rather than read it, it became a prop.Image

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