Ronda 5030.D

Ronda Caliber 5030.D

Ronda Caliber 5030 D Swiss Made

BrandRonda
Caliber NumberRonda 5030.D
TypeQuartz
Size (Lignes)12 1/2”’
Total Diameter
28.60mm
Case Diameter
28mm
Height4.40mm thick
Battery Cell Number395 (1.5 V)
Claimed Battery Life54 months
Jewels6 Swiss parts / 13 Swiss made
Hacking?Yes
FunctionsHours, 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
3 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… Read more »

Optimus Time
Optimus Time
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike in Ohio

Is this movement a chronometer?

Marcel
Marcel
3 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
1 year 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
3 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
3 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
3 years ago
Reply to  Michael Kelly

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

Stephen Kn
Stephen Kn
3 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
3 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… Read more »

Optimus Time
Optimus Time
3 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
2 years ago
Reply to  Michael Kelly

TY for your cander, take care of your health.

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
3 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… Read more »

Stephen Kn
Stephen Kn
3 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
3 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.

johnnyjohnny
johnnyjohnny
3 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… Read more »

johnnyjohnny
johnnyjohnny
3 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
2 years ago

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

Mike in Ohio
Mike in Ohio
2 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
2 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
2 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
6 months 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… Read more »

Kevin
Kevin
6 months ago
Reply to  Caliber Corner

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… Read more »

Robk
Robk
6 months 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
5 months 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
2 months 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… Read more »

MM
MM
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.
2 months 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
13 days 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
2 hours ago
Reply to  Curt

I have the same issue!

Curt Shaffer
Curt Shaffer
44 seconds 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
4 days 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.

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