ISA caliber 9232 is 0 jewel quartz movement that is made in “Far East” aka China.
Time setting on the caliber 9232 is straightforward. Pull the crown out one click to set the date, two clicks to set the time.
Although this model has two pushers similar to a chronograph watch, the central second hand is a running seconds indicator and not a stopwatch style chronograph. The top pusher on the side is used to adjust the month (subdial at 12:00). The bottom pusher sets the 24 hour hand (subdial at 6:00) by advancing it forward one hour per push.
There are several variations of the ISA caliber 9232. The main differences between them are the last four digits which indicate the calendar complication layouts. All variations are the same 23.30mm diameter and 4.13mm thickness. All take the same 371 battery cell.
9232/1920 – Hours, minutes, central seconds, date window at 3:00, month at 12:00, day of the week at 9:00, 24 hour time at 6:00 (both pushers)
9232/1940 – Hours, minutes, central seconds, date window at 3:00, 24 hour time at 6:00 (bottom pusher only)
9232/1930 – Hours, minutes, central seconds, date window at 3:00, month at 12:00, day of the week at 9:00, 24 hour time at 6:00 (both pushers)
9232/1950 – Hours, minutes, central seconds, date window at 3:00, day of the week subdial at 9:00 (no pushers)
9232/1960 – Hours, minutes, central seconds, date subdial at 3:00, 24 hour time at 6:00 (both pushers)
9232/1970 – Hours, minutes, central seconds, date subdial at 3:00, day of the week at 9:00, 24 hour time at 6:00 (both pushers + pusher at 10:00)
Swiss Made or Far East?
Many ISA movements are listed as possibly being Swiss Made or Far East. Only Far East examples of the caliber 9232 have been found. If you have one stamped Swiss Made, please share it in the comments below. Despite the company being called ISA Swiss and a Swiss flag in their logo, the ISA caliber shown above is stamped China. ISA does/did have a China branch called ISA Pacific Co., Ltd. with a Hong Kong address.
Estimated Battery Life
The estimated battery like of a fresh cell is approximately 32 months. There is a power saving or hacking function that is engaged when the crown is pulled out to time setting position.
Installing a New Battery
There is a metal tab with a hole holding the battery in place. You will need to carefully place your tool in the hole on the tab and gently slide it over. This will allow the battery to be released. When installing a fresh battery cell, wedge it under the lipped edge near the VSS stamp on the movement, then press down (with rodico or while wearing a finger cot), you must also be holding the tab to the side until the battery is pressed completely down, then you can allow the tab to slide back over the battery where it should have enough resistance to hold it in securely.
The caliber 9232 has a reset button or current breaker near the battery cell location. After replacing the battery, you may need to perform the following reset procedures:
After battery insertion, or if movement does not work correctly after battery setting, a reboot can be carried out by connecting the indicated capacitor with metallic tweezers. This operation is far better than removing and reinserting the battery and thus ensures a correct restart of the movement. After that, the movement is in the same configuration as after a battery change and an initialization procedure has to be carried out as described previously in this instructions manual.
At the time of this post, this movement was found at replacement prices of $19.95 – 27.95 USD. It should be noted that we were only able to find replacement movements stamped FAR EAST ASS’Y and not Swiss Made.
Invicta Usage As Pictured
This movement was found in an Invicta model 0369. On Invicta’s site, they name this watch Invicta Specialty model 0369. Other sellers call it an Invicta Swiss II. Amazon lists this timepiece as having a “precise Swiss-quartz movement.” Invicta Stores description states that this “timepiece is powered by a finely crafted Swiss Quartz movement.” The movement pictured is stamped Far East Assembly and China with “Swiss Parts Movement” on the caseback (pic here). Note: there are versions of the model 0369 that has a caliber VD51 inside and Japan chronograph across the back.
ISA caliber 9232 Datasheet (unavailable)
Picture submitted by James the ISA caliber 9232 in his Invicta 0369 watch.
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