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Ronda 1017


Ronda 1017, leider unvollständigRonda 1017, leider unvollständig


In the 1970ies, Ronda launched their caliber series 10xx/11xx/12xx/13xx, which made out one base caliber (1011) almost two dozen of variations with different features, with pin- and pallet lever and with different beating frequency.

To that series belonged also the Ronda 1017 shown here. It was a pin lever movement with day-date indication, center second and (here) 21 jewels. With a diameter of only 10 1/2 lignes, it beloged to the smallest movements of the series.

base platebase plate

The base place shows, that this movement is massive and a pillar construction at the same time. You cannot see more of the construction, only that all important bearings (except the mainspring barrel and the center second) contain rubies. Interestingly, the round deepenings are not concentric with the ruby bearings, which make them look a bit odd.

If you look exactly, you can also see four blind jewels on the outer side of the base plate. None of these jewels has got a technical purpose, but together with the three cap jewels on the movement bridge, the otherwise 14 jewel pin lever movement is transformed into an impressive 21 jewel movement.

cap jewel platecap jewel plate

The three movemend side bearings of fourth, third and second wheel have got cap jewels, which are mounted in one single platelet. Oddly, the most significant bearing, the escapement wheel bearing, has got no cap jewel!

 gear traingear train

The gear train of the Ronda 1017 is contemporarily modern with mainspring barrel, second wheel, third wheel, center second wheel and escapement wheel. The gear train is driven on the dial side only by the outer gear of the mainspring barrel.

side view of the gear trainside view of the gear train

The anular balance is not shock protected. It still beats with slow 18000 A/h and regulates a pin lever movement.

empty dial sideempty dial side 

On the yet empty dial side, you see, that the hands are driven by the mainspring barrel.

For a pin lever movement, it's a bit unusual that it uses a compareatively expensive yoke winding system. It is very elaborate made with the setting lever spring being the setting lever at the same time.

You can also see the four blind jewels beneath the outer edge of the dial plate.

calendar workingscalendar workings

As often, Ronda uses a calendar mechanism with unusual quickset function: At 1 o'clock, there's a moveable star wheel, which only enages with date ring, when turning back the time. It then advances the date. A slippable finger of the switching wheel at 11 o'clock ensures, that no harm occurs, when it simultaneously engages with the date ring during 11 and 12pm.

lower side of the switching wheellower side of the switching wheel

Imaging, that there's an additional lever at 9 o'clock, which is reponsible for locking the date ring into its proper position. Unfortunately, this lever has got very good flying abilities...

calendar mechanism with mispositioned spring at 1 o'clockcalendar mechanism with mispositioned spring at 1 o'clock

The date correction star wheel at 1 o'clock is held in position by a spring. This spring shall be left (and not right, as on the photo) from the axle.

closed calendar mechanismclosed calendar mechanism

The lever at 5 o'clock ensures proper positioning of the weekday disc.

Ronda 1017: Dial sideRonda 1017: Dial side

The weekday disk has got only one language and covers up the date mechanism.





 Technical data

Number of jewels21
Escapementpin lever
Balance cock directionclockwise
Movement constructionFork
Escapement wheel, Fourth wheel, Third wheel, Large driving wheel
Mainspring barrel
Winding mechanismyoke
Setting lever spring1 holes
FunctionsHour, minute, second, day, weekday
Beats per hour18000
Size101/2''' (measured: 23,2 mm)
Inventory ID 17043
Ronda 1017RondaRonda101710 1/2'''Ronda 101721 Jewels, 10 1/2''', 18000 A/h, SCD,QG,JG,RDR




This movement was donated by Rolf-Jürgen. Thank you very much for the great support of the movement archive!