Ronda 9018

 
Ronda 9018

Ronda 9018

Description

Somewhen in the late 1970ies, one of the last and best selfwinding pin lever movements, the caliber Ronda 9018, made in Lausen, Switzerland, was released. If you see it, you wouldn’t guess, that it is “just” a cheaper pin lever movement, as it absolutely reminds of a true “better” pallet lever movement.

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With a diameter of only 8 34 lignes, less than 20mm, it is not only one of the very few pin lever movement with a diameter of less than the ubiqutuous 10 12 lignes, but together with another caliber by EB, it is the smallest selfwinding pin lever movement, ever made.

base plate

base plate

The base plate alone is very nice, since it isn’t just a pillar construction but massively made, and all bearings, except those of the mainspring barrel and the center second contain rubies.

gear train

gear train

The gear train is very modern, with directly driven center second and an indirectly driven minute pinion. The four movement gears are located under one single bridge, where the rubies are pressed into rectangle-shaped holes. Not a very nice solution, but certainly very much cost-efficient.

The two shock protection bearings (with three legs) bear the screw-less annular balance, which beats with 21600 A/h.

side view of the gear train

side view of the gear train

The gear train is made in a way, that it could also be regulated by a pallet lever, and there even existed that version, as Ronda 9038.

Ronda 9018 without selfwinding mechanism

Ronda 9018 without selfwinding mechanism

The Ronda 9015 is its relative with manual winding only.

selfwinding mechanism

selfwinding mechanism

The selfwinding mechanism consists of two large reducing wheels, of which the first one is locked by a pawl against backwinding. There’s an additional moveable exchange wheel, connected to the oscillating weight, which is responsible, that during manual winding, the oscillating weight is decoupled, and under normal circumstances, the oscillating weight winds the movement in one direction only.

closed selfwinding mechanism

closed selfwinding mechanism

The oscillating weight is axle beared and locked by a flap at 6 o’clock.

dial side without date mechanism

dial side without date mechanism

On the dial side, you see the yoke winding system and the open mainspring barrel, whose outer gear, which is connected to the mainspring barrel by a slide coupling, drives the minute wheel.

date indication mechanism

date indication mechanism

The Ronda 9018 uses an odd but very efficient date indication mechanism. The large switching wheel at 9:30 has got one longer tooth, which advances the date ring.

If you turn back the time, the ratchet at 11:30 drives the date ring forth, while the longer tooth of the switching wheel is moveable and doesn’t interfer here.

switching wheel with moveable tooth

switching wheel with moveable tooth

It’s a nice detail, that three of four springs on that movement are connected to the covering plates and so can’t fly away. You only have to hope, that they don’t break…

Ronda 9018 dial side

Ronda 9018 dial side

In the lab

On the specimen shown here, the oscillating weight was dissolved into two parts, since the outer weight is just plugged into the rotor plate. According to a crack in the crystal, a hard hit must have been responsible.

In the workshop, the oscillating weight was fixed and a full service was made. The rates are now very good, except in one position (see later):

For such a small pin lever movement, the rates are excellent! Only the rate "dial up" is a bit bad, but it's due to the hard shock described above, which also affected the balance, which now has got a noteable runout!

Timegrapher result



horizontal positions
dial up +46 s/d 287° 0.1ms
dial down +11 s/d 237° 0.1ms
vertical positions
crown right (12 up) +9 s/d 257° 0.5ms
crown up (3 up) +11 s/d 237° 0.1ms
crown left (6 up) +17 s/d 254° 0.2ms
crown down (9 up) -1 s/d 256° 0.3ms

Technical data

Manufacturer:Ronda
Caliber:9018
Number of jewels:17
Escapement:Pin lever
Balance types: anular balance
Shock protection(s): ?
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Counterclockwise
Moveable stud:yes
Adjust mechanism:Hairspring key
Construction:
  • lever
  • escape wheel, seconds wheel, third wheel, large driving wheel
  • mainspring barrel
Construction type:solid construction
Winding mechanism:yoke winding system
Setting lever spring:3 hole(s)
Features:SCD, AUT, QG, RDR
Functions:hour, minute, second, day, selfwinding
A/h:21600
Size:8 3/4''' (measured: 19,3mm)

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