Ronda Caliber 509s

Ronda Caliber 509

Ronda Caliber 509

Manufacturer Ronda
Caliber Number 509
Type Quartz
Linges 10.5”’
Diameter
23.9mm
Height
3mm
Battery Number 371 (1.5 V)
Battery Life
45 months
Current Consumption
1.28 μA to 1.85 μA (max)
Stem 401-1483
Hand Sizes 120/70/20
Jewels 1
Functions Central hours, central minutes, central seconds, big date at 3:00
Country of Manufacture Switzerland or Other (Swiss Parts)
Known Models
Mondaine EVO2 Big Date (Add your watch to the comments below…)

The Ronda caliber 509 is three hand quartz watch movement with a big double digit date at 3:00. This movement is part of the Powertech line. There are two versions of this caliber: Swiss made and Swiss parts. Both versions are nickel plated with one jewel. It is considered a repairable movement.

Big Date Changeover:

One of the most common questions about this caliber is the functionality of the date change from the 31st of the month to the 1st. The date on the Ronda 509 does not flip from 31 to 01. It goes from 31 to 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39… then to 01. The reason for this is because in order to obtain look of the big double digit date readout, the movement uses two date wheels instead of one.

There is nothing to be concerned about and it doesn’t mean your watch is fake. Even Ronda officially acknowledges this as part of the movement’s functionality by stating: “Big date without direct change from 31–01”.

How it works:

Both date wheels have the same size of font, but the diameter of each wheel is different: The inner wheel is for the first digit. This wheel only needs 0, 1, 2, and 3. These numbers are repeated 3 times in a circle. As for the outer digit, it goes from 1 to 0 (10), repeated twice.

The inner datewheel only advances once for every nine times the outer rings advances. Therefore, when the date gets to 31, the movement still needs to cycle through the rest of the numbers until it reaches zero again on the outer datewheel.

Ronda Caliber 509 Dial Side Big Date Datewheel

Big Date Location:

The most common configuration of the big date on the Ronda caliber 509 is two digits side-by-side at 3:00. It is also possible for a watch design to feature the double digit date at 6:00 with the numbers stacked on top of each other. A tilted big date is also possible at 4:00. These positions are not exactly interchangeable. For example, the 6:00 date will need different datewheels with the numbers printed vertically.

Ronda caliber 509 vs 519

There is a similar Ronda caliber 519 which has the same layout with a double digit date at 3:00. The main difference is that the 519 is a larger movement with the diameter being 11.5”’ (25.60mm) vs the 509 measuring 10.5”’ (23.3mm). Both movements are 3mm tall.

Accuracy

According to Ronda, the caliber 509 should keep time within -10/+20 seconds per month with an operating temperature of 0 to 50 degrees Celsius.

Power Reserve

A fresh battery (cell 371) should last for 45 months. This caliber has a power saving (hacking) function that stops the second hand when the crown is pulled out. Doing this will reduce power consumption by about 70%.

Caliber Number Location

Ronda does not stamp the metal part of this movement with the caliber number, instead, you can find a reference on the outer plastic part of the movement.

How to change the battery

There is a metal locking mechanism for the battery that just uses tension to hold it into place. Gently put your tweezers or other tool in the hole and slide it over – not too hard and not too far. The battery will pop out like in this video. Do not remove the screw. (The image below is of a similar caliber with the same battery changing process.)

Ronda Caliber 513s Battery Replacement

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. (The image below is of a similar caliber with the same stem removal process.)

Ronda Caliber 513s Crown Stem Removal

Replacement Prices

At the time of this post, replacement prices for this watch movement were found in the range of $9.45 – 19.99 USD.

In Ronda’s words:

  • Repairable metal watch movement
  • Power saving mechanism with pulled out stem: Reduction of consumption approximately 70%
  • Interchangeability: All versions 10½”’ with same movement height 3.00 mm and stem height 1.50 mm
  • Very powerful stepping motor
  • Big date with quick change

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Why Big Date Movements Do Not Change the Date From 31 to 01 Watch Movement | Caliber Corner
2 years ago

[…] common questions is about the functionality of the date change. On some big date movements, such as Ronda caliber 509 and caliber 519, the date does not changeover from the 31st of the month directly to the 1st. There […]

Neil Alan Dalson
Neil Alan Dalson
1 year ago

Junkers has used this movement in the Ju 52 low end model. At least up until about 2010. I think they changed the movement after that but I’m not sure what they changed it to.

The hacking “power save” function is unfortunately necessary. The movement uses a lot of power. Battery life has been 8 to 10 months on average in mine, though it is possible that there are other components in my specific model that are causing this. I haven’t found anyone else with the same model to confirm.

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1 year ago

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Tim Barrass
Tim Barrass
1 year ago

Looks like my Mondaine Big Date A669-30308-16SBB also has this (I say looks like as I’m quite new here). Now to work out what in detail I’d need to do to replace it, as a battery replacement didn’t work.

Stu
Stu
1 year ago
Reply to  calibercorner

Is this a common issue? I have exactly the same issue with the same watch.

Fil
Fil
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim Barrass

Same issue here, the movement stops and even with a new battery the situation does not improve. Also, when trying to change the date, it is difficult to turn the crown and the date does not change if not for a day only and then gets stuck…

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