Ronda 5030.D

Ronda Caliber 5030.D

Ronda Caliber 5030 D Swiss Made

Brand Ronda
Caliber Number Ronda 5030.D
Type Quartz
Size (Lignes) 12 1/2”’
Total Diameter
28.60mm
Case Diameter
28mm
Height 4.40mm thick
Battery Cell Number 395 (1.5 V)
Claimed Battery Life 54 months
Jewels 6 Swiss parts / 13 Swiss made
Hacking? Yes
Functions Hours, minutes, central chronograph seconds, small seconds at 3:00, 12 hour counter at 6:00, 30 minute counter at 9:00, date at 4:00
Country
Swiss made or Swiss parts… assembled in unknown (comment below)
Known Models
Invicta 0690, Elliot Brown Bloxworth, Swiss Military Sealander (Too many to list. Add yours to the comments below…)

The Ronda caliber 5030.D is a Swiss made quartz chronograph watch movement found in many luxury and microbrand watches. It is part of Ronda’s Startech line of movements and is considered to be a repairable movement.

Swiss Made VS Swiss Parts:

According to Ronda, there are two versions of this movement: a gold plated Swiss Made version and nickel plated Swiss parts version. The Swiss Made version has 13 jewels and the Swiss Parts has 6 jewels. You can see some of the jewels below.

Power Saving Feature

The battery is claimed to last about 54 months in normal conditions, but if you are not going to wear your watch for a while, the 5030.D has a power saving mechanism when the stem is pulled out stem (aka hacking function). Reduction of battery consumption approximately 70%. It is not advisable to leave the chronograph second hand running because it will drain the battery faster and put more wear and tear on the gears.

Changing the Battery:

The wishbone or Y clamp has two prongs that are held into the case on one end and is held down by one screw on the other end. Be very careful when removing the screw because the clamp basically becomes a spring when it is loose and will catapult the screw across the room! The screw is very tiny and will be difficult to find. You can use a finger cot to hold the battery and clamp in place while removing the screw, or a piece of Rodico to hold it in place.

Video – Resetting the Chronograph to Zero:

After changing the battery, your chronograph seconds hand or subdial totalizers may not be not lined up to zero. You can use the following sequence to get everything lined up.

Instructions

  1. Pull the crown out two clicks to time setting position (position III).
  2. Press button A (top chrono button) and B (bottom chrono button) together for at least 2 seconds.
  3. The chronograph seconds hand will spin around one full turn, this is how to know you’re in correction mode.
  4. Press button A to advance the main chrono hand forward until it gets lined up. Long press to make it advance faster, short press for one second intervals.
  5. Press button B to go to the next hand.
  6. Press button A until the hand is lined up.
  7. Press button B to advance to the next hand.
  8. Press button A until the hand is lined up.
  9. Press the crown back in to position I.

Note: In the unlikely situation that the hands still won’t line up, or if they are moving around, there is a chance the hands are loose and need pressed back on.

Stem Removal

To remove the crown/stem, find the hole with the arrow. While the crown is in position 0, pressing this with your tweezers or other tool will allow the stem be unlocked so you can pull it out. Do not press too hard.

Ronda Caliber 5030 D Stem Removal

Replacement Price:

At the time of this post, replacement prices were found online at $27.95 for the Swiss Parts version and around $34.95-36.95 for the Swiss Made version.

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Mike in Ohio
Mike in Ohio
6 years ago

I have this movement in an Invicta Pro Diver Scuba 48 mm. I’m not real hot on chronometers, but the dial is fairly clean and easy to read. Over two years, the accuracy has remained dead on, within a second or two a month. About once a month, I set all my watches to time.gov, the official US standard. I have the 6 jewel Swiss part version. The only issue is that no matter how many times I have used the calibration procedure, the stopwatch central seconds hand is always off center by 1/4 to 1/2 mm. I am very… Read more »

Optimus Time
Member
6 years ago
Reply to  Mike in Ohio

Is this movement a chronometer?

Marcel
Marcel
6 years ago
Reply to  Mike in Ohio

here is fix for your stopwatch central seconds hand and others as well.
https://www.keepthetime.com/blog/how-to-set-an-invicta-chronograph-back-to-zero/
works for ronda 5030 and 5040 versions.

Bert Kanne
Bert Kanne
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike in Ohio

Similar issue here. I just received a watch with the same movement. The 30 minute counter on this watch, when reset, the hand is off to the left. I doubt Ronda is at fault. The watch company that assembled the watch put the hand on after the movement was installed under the watch face.

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
6 years ago

Yes it is. Central chrono seconds, 3:00 is perpetual seconds, 6:00 is 12 hrs., 9:00 is 30 min. I have the six jewel swiss parts version.

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
6 years ago

I’ve used the word chronometer, chrono, or stopwatch four times now, so we can assume it is a Chonometer. Now can we get back to my original question? I have followed the hand position reset several times and my central chrono hand is still slightly off center. Is there any other way to fix this without opening the case back.

Jerry
Jerry
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Kelly

I think you mean “chronograph” not “chronometer” that’s why people are confused.

Stephen Kn
Stephen Kn
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Kelly

You said “get back to your original question” but there was no question in your original post. To answer the question in your third post I must first ask you if your chrono second hand is off by seconds or it is stuck between the seconds?

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
6 years ago

I apologize for misspeaking and saying chronometer when I meant chronograph. I will be the first to admit that I am brand new to horology. I have heart disease and have to be on oxygen 24/7. Sometimes my O2 level can drop and this can cause me to not think as well as I would like. I am aware that my Invicta with a 6 jewel swiss parts movement is not COSC certified. I am a little disappointed, not because I was treated like a dumb ass, but because no one followed through with an answer to my question. One… Read more »

Optimus Time
Member
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Kelly

No one is picking on you. It was a legitimate question asking if this movement is a chronometer based on your original comment. Thanks for clarifying.

Alan
Alan
5 years ago
Reply to  Michael Kelly

TY for your cander, take care of your health.

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
6 years ago

Re Ronda 5030.D; The central chrono hand on my Pro Diver Scuba fails to reset exactly at the 12:00 mark. This watch uses the Ronda 5030.D movement. I have performed the hand position reset procedure several times. The hour and minute sub dial hands line up perfectly. The chrono seconds hand always comes to rest about 1/2 mm to the right of vertical. Is there anything else I could try to fix this. I am not experienced enough to uncase the movement and I don’t want to go through Invicta hell by returning the watch to them for correction. Does… Read more »

Stephen Kn
Stephen Kn
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Kelly

Do you have a pic? The only reason I ask is because 1/2 mm to the right doesn’t explain much without seeing it.

Marcel
Marcel
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Kelly

here is fix for your stopwatch central seconds hand and others as well.
“https://www.keepthetime.com/blog/how-to-set-an-invicta-chronograph-back-to-zero/”
works for ronda 5030 and 5040 versions.

Cartarache
Cartarache
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael Kelly

Clean with rodico and lubricate the pivots.

johnnyjohnny
johnnyjohnny
6 years ago

you could always buy another of these movements online, just google it. it is only about $50 and you could have an EXPERIENCED watchmaker put it in…although most watchmakers you would go to should be able to order this for you. i would NOT go to a battery change place…only a true experienced watchmaker, you could get a NAWCC recommendation from their website. the movement while xlnt, is not expensive, at most it would cost you $100, probably including a battery change and a cleaning of the inside of the watch. not a bad deal to have it replaced if… Read more »

johnnyjohnny
johnnyjohnny
6 years ago

PS…SORRY i did not mention that this is a ronda 5030 movement, and you can get either the swiss 13 jewel for a few bucks more, or the 6 jewel you have in it now.

Matt
Matt
5 years ago

Dissapointed to see this cheap movement in the new junkers bauhaus Chrono I purchased, after knowing it’s in Invicta..

Ian
Ian
2 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Cheap doesn’t equal bad, Ronda Startech 5000 series are in fact great movements. Amazingly accurate (1 sec/3 months) and very reliable. Good for Junkers to put them in their watches instead of more expensive and worse movements.

Dutch
Dutch
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt

I have various Rondas from 505s to a rare microrotor 70s Harley- Mathey- tissot has a ton of decent watches with prices that beat Invicta( im sorrY no HSN watch for me) and it has been around longer than Rolex , have always been Swiss and they use the super dependable Ronda house. Its TAG that gets me- overpriced watches that cannot justify the price tag, just selling the name, and yes use the same affordable Ronda movements that cost as little as 30$. Then they have the gall to demand 1500-3000$. Research before you buy, not just the outside!… Read more »

Der Dicke
Der Dicke
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt

@Matt, you’re just being biased because Invicta uses it too (i.e. Invicta-shaming), you’re just selling yourself short, thát’s a pity, coz this movement is a very accuraten one. 😉

Mike in Ohio
Mike in Ohio
5 years ago

Being used by Invicta is no reason to call it junk. They also use Sellita and Valjoux. Of course, Invicta uses the 5030D Swiss parts movement that’s assembled overseas. It still remains quite accurate. Ronda is a respected Swiss movement maker. They just started making their own automatics again for the first time since the Quartz revolution.

Matt
Matt
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike in Ohio

I’m glad and supportive of the Swiss movement (pun intended) , I actually praise Invicta for using their movement. I guess what I’m saying is that I would have expected something more from junkers in line with their price point difference. Thanks.

Jose Nelson
Jose Nelson
5 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Why do people shit on Invicta so bad? Invicta are no worse than any other watch brands ripping you off. Just because you don’t like the style or size doesn’t mean they are junk. This comment proves the point. Even Junkers uses the same movement and everyone think Junkers is a great brand because they are clean designs. Probably still made in China like everything else but have a Swiss movement put in. JUNKers.

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Kevin
Kevin
4 years ago

I recently bought an NOS 2010 Luminox 3081 chrono with this Ronda 5030.D movement. As far as I can find, it’s the 6 jewel version. I set the watch about 1.5 weeks ago to the atomic clock online, and it’s still dead on. Coming from the mechanical and auto watch world, this is a very welcome change; set it and forget it. The chrono functions all work perfectly, and everything is lined up exactly as it should be (more due to great design and assembly by Luminox). The 5030.D seems so far like a really solid and accurate quartz movement.… Read more »

Kevin
Kevin
4 years ago
Reply to  calibercorner

No, I haven’t taken the back off yet. I don’t want to break the WR seal. So it should be a 13 jewel version? That’s great to hear! Thanks for letting me know! So far it’s been an excellent timekeeper, and the chrono lines up perfectly in all sub-dials. It’s a nice change from having to re-set my mechanicals and autos every few weeks because they run too fast or too slow, or run out of wind.

Robk
Robk
4 years ago
Reply to  Kevin

I had one of those back in the day. I recall the movement was the gold version with Swiss Made across the bottom of the dial. Swiss Made means the 13j version. Good solid chronograph movement. Reading this makes me want another one!

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago
Reply to  Robk

Yeah, I really love my Luminox. But I do hate that they’re still trying to capitalize off of the SEALs. I almost didn’t buy it because of that.

So just over a month later and this Ronda movement is off exactly where it was when I set it: approx .5 second fast. It hasn’t moved from that time whatsoever. Pretty damn accurate so far.

MM
MM
3 years ago
Reply to  Kevin

I have this 13j 5030.D movement in a Gevril Tribeca 2109. I can not believe the great accuracy. I have G-Shock Casioak that loses 2-4 seconds per month (which is great, not complaining) but the Tribeca chrono is dead on losing a second about every 3-4 months. Honestly, I has far exceeded my expectations. It is so accurate I have stopped using time.gov to maintain my mechanical watches and use it instead.
Anyhow, was just doing some research on the movement when I found this post so I thought I would share.
Best to all…

MM
MM
3 years ago
Reply to  MM

I did not mean to break up (in the middle of this conversation) this discussion. My apologies, I thought I was posting at the end.

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago
Reply to  Kevin

3 month accuracy review:

  • I haven’t re-set the time since first receiving it 3 months ago,
  • Same control: USNO time through my iPhone on my home wi-fi,
  • It is now ahead by approximately 2.25+/- seconds.

This movement is an incredibly accurate little timekeeper! And except for the mineral crystal that is easily scratched, I’m really enjoying the Luminox chrono. Much different for me from my typical attraction to mechanical field watches. I highly recommend them.

Ron
Ron
3 years ago

Does anybody know who sells movement spacers for the 5030.D? I see everything except a 12.5 Ligne out there in the world … there has to be someone who makes movement spacer rings for this movement … it can’t just be a “finding it by luck” thing … can it??

Pete T.
Pete T.
3 years ago
Reply to  Ron

It’s not easy to find and it’s specific to the movement because the buttons are built into the spacer I think. Try ebay?

Curt
Curt
3 years ago

Can someone help me with which screwdriver to use to undo the little (internal) battery spring/clip thingy?

It’s smaller than all the precision screwdrivers I own. I just want to change the battery, but can’t get past that clip.

Thanks,
.curt

Dave
Dave
3 years ago
Reply to  Curt

I have the same issue!

Curt Shaffer
Curt Shaffer
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

I ended up using a sharpening stone and sharpening a spare precision flat head screwdriver down to the fine thinness. It worked. Sigh.

Good luck.

Chris
Chris
3 years ago

I have this movement in a Graf Zeppelin LZ 129 chronograph. Good accuracy. It’s lost approximately 2 seconds over a period of 3 months. Not too shabby.

Serge
Serge
3 years ago

Ich suche 200 Ronda 5030.d dringend
looking for 200 Ronda 50.30 urgent

Andrew
Andrew
3 years ago

Victorinox is using the Ronda 5030.D in their relatively new FieldForce Chronograph line-approx. 20 style/color variations. Unfortunately, they did not include the correct instruction manual, so after finding out movement name from Victorinox customer service, I was fortunate to find this site to fix sweep second hand alignment. Customer service agent had no knowledge or link to the movement instructions. Thanks for this site!

Gary Wells
Gary Wells
9 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

Aloha my watch keeps great time but i cant for the life of me get the hands to reset and spin? Any suggestions on what I am doing incorrectly? Just bought it off of Jomashop as a new watch and they mentioned the battery might be dying? Any thought’s on this? Thanks!

Richard Baggaley
Richard Baggaley
3 years ago

My Zeppelin Hindenburg LZ129 has this movement. It was good to get the manufacturers owners book for the movement with the watch.

johnson
johnson
2 years ago

Opened and verified
Swiss Military- Hanowa Men’s Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch WR100 – 06-5204.04.007
has The Swiss Made version has 13 jewels Ronda caliber 5030.D movement

johnson
johnson
2 years ago
Reply to  johnson

Nice watch but the quoted “Scratch Resistance Sapphire Crystal” glass is in fact only sapphire COATED glass

enrique
enrique
2 years ago

hi all,

would like to know the electrical requirements for this caliber. please.

Yianni
Yianni
2 years ago

Hi all.
I just acquired a Wenger Aerogrqph with this movement and am largely pleased with it. If I had a complaint it would be with the hour subdial, which is less than clear since the time accrues gradually rather than stepping into place each half hour.
I’m trying to get the crown to release and having a difficult time as the push point isn’t working. Is there something specific I need to do for these movements, I’m afraid to push too hard.

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Pete P.
Pete P.
2 years ago
Reply to  Yianni

That is a nice looking watch. For removing the crown, did you make sure the crown is against the case not pulled out? Are you sure you are using something narrow enough to fit in the hole? On mine I was using a pin that I thought was getting in there but it was tapered so it wasn’t reaching down all the way to press the button.

John
John
1 year ago

The 5030.D has engraving on the back that says “13 Thirteen Jewels / Swiss R9” what does the “R9” mean or stand for?

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Mike Chase
Mike Chase
1 year ago

Thank you for this helpful info on the Ronda 5030.D movement. Mine is installed in a lovely Zeno Watch Basel Men’s Pilot Watch, 4773Q-BL-i1— the 13 jewel, gold colored Swiss made version.

your instructions on how to reset the hands was perfect! My hour counter at the 6 position was not lined up properly, until I followed your very clear directions. Now I can really enjoy this watch!

Mike

Clutch
Clutch
1 year ago

Happy New Year to all.
I would like to replace the 5030.D Swiss made movement of my Bulova 64B115 and therefore I am preparing to disassemble.
4 screws secure the case back.
I extract the stem.
I try to remove the movement holder but the dial is fixed to the case and therefore the hands slip off.
Do I have to remove the glass?
Thanks for the reply

WatchSkipper
WatchSkipper
1 year ago
Reply to  Clutch

Is it the square watch? Can you post a pic of the back showing the movement holder and movement? The hands are now off and floating around between the dial and crystal, but the movement and dial won’t lift out? Looking at that watch it doesn’t look like a way to remove the bezel or crystal from the top so the movement probably is intended to come out the back.

Clutch
Clutch
1 year ago
Reply to  Clutch

Many thanks for the very fast response, here are the photos:

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WatchSkipper
WatchSkipper
1 year ago
Reply to  Clutch

Have you removed the two screws on the movement holder? In the pics the screws are still there.

Clutch
Clutch
1 year ago
Reply to  WatchSkipper

no sir, forgive me, I’m not practical and I thought I’d unscrew them after extraction

WatchSkipper
WatchSkipper
1 year ago
Reply to  Clutch

Did that work?

Clutch
Clutch
1 year ago
Reply to  WatchSkipper

yes, thanks for the help, very kind 🙂

Der Dicke
Der Dicke
1 year ago
Reply to  Clutch

I don’t know whether you’ve to remove the watch glass, but I’d expect “yes”, because I can’t see any other better option, @Clutch. Good luck and safe progressions. 😉

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

I have a 5030.D in a BMW watch. I have changed the battery recently. The main second hand works fine but the watch (timepiece) isn’t working.
Can anyone help and tell me what might be wrong

Paul
Paul
1 year ago
Reply to  calibercorner

Hi,
Thanks for your quick response.
The watch had stopped completely so I replaced the battery thinking that’s what would be the problem. However, as I say, the second hand works fine but not the actual movement. I notice there is no movement on the three small dials either. I will try another battery as you suggest, just in case

WatchSkipper
WatchSkipper
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Which second hand are you talking about here? The big one in the middle or the small one on the right side?

Paul
Paul
1 year ago
Reply to  WatchSkipper

Hi, It’s the centre second hand working but nothing else

BradTech.
BradTech.
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Your “second hand” should be represented by the (upper right-most) ‘small dial’ closest to the date* where-as that large(r) center ‘hand’ taking to rotation implies chronographic engagement/activity *speaking of which… most/all their manuals imply that ever turning the crown in position II (2of3) for the purpose of directly adjusting its date during their ‘phase change’ which Ronda depicted to fall “between approx. 9 PM and midnight” serves responsibly for mechanical damage leading to misfortunate failure (as would with most others) more importantly, had that turned out to be housing their thirteen (13) jewel bearing ‘Swiss’ caliber version …or its rather… Read more »

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Paul
Paul
1 year ago
Reply to  BradTech.

Thank you Brad. I’ll try resetting and see what happens.

BradTech.
BradTech.
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Can we at least get the word on whether it turned out to be housing their thirteen (13) jewel bearing ‘Swiss’ caliber version …or its rather nickel plated “6 SIX JEWELS” variant of “SWISS PARTS” assembly ‘in your case’ (pun intended) instead?

BradTech.
BradTech.
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Your “second hand” should be represented by the (upper right-most) ‘small dial’ closest to the date* where-as that large(r) center ‘hand’ taking to rotation implies chronographic engagement/activity *speaking of which… most/all their manuals imply that ever turning the crown in position II (2of3) for the purpose of directly adjusting its date during their ‘phase change’ which Ronda depicted to fall “between approx. 9 PM and midnight” serves responsibly for mechanical damage leading to misfortunate failure (as would with most others) more importantly, had that turned out to be housing their thirteen (13) jewel bearing ‘Swiss’ caliber version …or its rather… Read more »

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BradTech.
BradTech.
1 year ago
Reply to  BradTech.

Bear you at least the diligence of serving our community back reporting on curiosity over whether it turned out to be housing their thirteen (13) jewel bearing ‘Swiss’ caliber version …or its rather nickel plated “6 SIX JEWELS” variant of “SWISS PARTS” assembly ‘in your case’ (pun intended) instead?

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Hi,
I have changed the battery again, putting in a new 395, unfortunately still no luck.

BradTech.
BradTech.
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Your “second hand” should be represented by the (upper right-most) ‘small dial’ closest to the date* where-as that large(r) center ‘hand’ taking rotation implies chronographic engagement/activity *speaking of which …most/all their manuals imply that ever turning the crown in position II (2of3) for the purpose of directly adjusting its date during their ‘phase change’ which Ronda depicted to fall “between approx. 9 PM and midnight” serves responsibly for mechanical damage leading to misfortunate failure (as would most others) more importantly, had that turned out to be housing their thirteen (13) jewel bearing ‘Swiss’ caliber version …or its rather nickel plated… Read more »

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Malcolm Ng (Singapore)
Malcolm Ng (Singapore)
1 year ago

I picked up a second-hand watch with a Ronda 5030.D movement (date at 6pm) and the movement has stopped working but the case is in good condition. I was thinking to teach my son about how quarts and automatic movements differ by converting the watch to an automatic movement. Does anyone here know of a suitable movement that can be substituted in place of 5030.D? Thanks!

Dadou
Dadou
1 year ago

That’s a great idea but you’d be better off to go in reverse and convert an automatic to a quartz imo.

Malcolm Ng (Singapore)
Malcolm Ng (Singapore)
1 year ago
Reply to  Dadou

Perhaps! However, quarts to auto first. Any suggestions Dadou?

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