Monday, 5 November 2018

Anthem For Doomed Youth. Wilfred Owen. Remembrance Week.

                       
                Wilfred Owen. Killed in Action. 4th November 1918. Sambre_Oise Canal, France.

                                                   Anthem For Doomed Youth.

                 What passing_bells for these who die as cattle? 
                  -Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
                  Only the stuttering rifles`rapid rattle
                  Can patter out their hasty orisons.
                   No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
                   Nor any voice of morning save the choirs,-
                   The shrill, demented Choirs  of wailing shells;
                   And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

                   What candles may be held to speed them all?
                    Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
                    Shall shine the holly glimmers of goodbyes.
                    The pallor of girls` brows shall be their pall;
                    Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds.
                     And each slow dusk a drawing- down of blinds.
                                                   

Friday, 2 November 2018

Rare. Czechoslovakian Military Issued Pobeda,



Rare Czechoslovakian Issued Pobeda.

This is the much rarer version of the Czech issued Pobedas. With Issue marks on the case back. As opposed to the imprinted dial version. See drop down list on the right hand side of this blog, to find this type.

As i said many years ago. You never find both together on the same watch, [imprinted dial and imprinted case back].

I must thank, once again, Micha Katz,[ formally ebay account Frantik], for this purchase, among others.A lovely watch.

Unfortunately, I also paid for an Czechoslovakian issued Shturmanskie. I have since heard nothing from him, i sincerely hope he has not met with a serious accident. I will update when i find out more.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Slava 60 second Split Second Stopwatch


Slava 60 second Split Second Stopwatch.

Another in the bargain basement category Of Russian watches.
This is the slightly Rarer 60 second version and in perfect condition.

Still use these to time internet auctions,slightly more interesting than using one of those ghastly automatic computer sniping tools.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

14k Rose Gold Luch Ultra Thin. Cal;2209



14k Rose Gold Luch Ultra Thin Cal;2209.

I bought this of a lovely seller from France. It was cheap, the seller accepted my sensible offer, outside of  ebay. Once again the ridiculous buy it now prices currently on ebay for Russian Rose gold watches, really are in cloud cuckoo land. If they go to auction, they reach a fraction of the buy it now price.[Thats why they sit on ebay for years!] So if you want to buy one wait for an auction.

Having said that, this model is one of the less successful Luch design,s in my opinion .
I just don`t think the colour of the dial goes with the lovely Rose Gold Case.

Still, glad to have it though...

Friday, 7 September 2018

14 k Rose Gold Vostok 17j Dress watch.


Vostok 14k Rose Gold 17j Dress watch.

Have always loved the Russian Rose gold watches, such a lovely colour on the wrist.
The trouble is, most on the internet, are ludicrously over priced, on buy it now purchase.

When they are left to go to auction, they fetch a fraction of the buy it now prices.

This watch is in lovely condition and would have been made in the early 70`s.

One typically Russian "design feature"is the lume. the dial has lume on the outside of the dial indices, but none on the hands.....Making the watch impossible to read in the dark.Quirky to say the least.

The movement is the ubiquitous Cal;2409A 17j

Very pleased to have one back in the collection again.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Czechoslovakian Elchron Factory. Military Issue Stopwatch.

Czechoslovakian Elchron Factory Military Issue Stopwatch.

I am still looking for Cal;3017 Czech` issued military watch to go with the Pobeda. In the mean time dropped on to this quite rare issued stopwatch, note the issue engraving on the dial. Thank heavens for the czech system of issue marks. Something the soviets never got round to.

A big thank you to Micha Katz, for finding it for me.

I do think there is a lot of Rubbish/wishful thinking talked about Russian Military watches. The only genuine issued Russian watch i know off, is The 15/17j Shturmanskies.

I always put all other "military" and "issued" Russian watches in quotation marks, as it`s all based on anecdotal evidence.

I digress....Very pleased to add this little gem.

Poljot Automatic 29j Dress Watch. Cal;2415


Poljot Automatic 29j Cal;2415.

 The best period of Russian watchmaking. Simple Elegant. Understated.