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The Akita caliber 9ME00 is a quartz triple date movement that was made in Japan. It is an unadjusted, 0 jewels movement. This caliber has been discontinued and is no longer available unless you find it in an existing watch. There is not much information available on the 9ME00, please share what you know in the comments section of this post.
There appear to be other variations of the “9ME” base movement, such as with a moonphase complication. It is unconfirmed whether the different variations had their own caliber number (ie: 9MEXX).
At the time of this post, an example of the moonphase version was posted by this ebay seller (ikspecs) with a lot of 36 9ME00 movements for $210. This picture is below, but they only show the front of the movement which is not signed with the caliber number. If anyone contacts the seller for more info or images, please share in the comments.
To remove the crown and stem on the 9ME00, look for the stem release button as pictured below. Gently press it down with your tool and pull the crown out. This button will only be fully visible when the crown is in the correct position for removal.
As mentioned above, the 0ME00 has been discontinued, however, sometimes you can find old watches on eBay with this movement. You may be able to use them for parts. At the time of this post, there was a “Racer” brand watch with this movement listed as a broken parts watch for about $6 plus $10 shipping from Spain.
Examples of watches with this movement:
The Akita 9ME00 movement pictured on this caliber listing was found in a Le Chat watch. The pictured were submitted to the site by community member Stephen T. Below is the dial side of his watch.