Saturday, 19 July 2014

300m amphibia [An ongoing story]

The joys of owning Vintage  watches. I have tried to auction this 300m vostok 3 times so far,each time i have had to withdraw it due to maintenance issues.I would never sell a watch,in a condition that would disappoint me,if i were the buyer.So have decided to keep it,i will eventually send to Steve's,and have repaired.
Plus there is my total disillusionment with the truely tragic events that are happening in Ukraine
My apologies for any inconvenience to those bidding.

Sunday, 29 June 2014


I have had many requests to reinstate the blog again.Although i still have 40 odd Russian watches,i will not be collecting anymore.I will try to keep in touch via the blog with any questions,[favourite blog updates]etc,but please bare with me if ,i only drop in from time to time.
Thank You.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Re;Selling Watches.

Over the coming weeks,i will be selling most of my collection,[apart from the watches,that have been given to me as gifts or mementos].
Mainly for personal reasons,but,also because,i have realised,due to my limited budget,most of the watches that i would like to acquire are now out of my price range,by several multiples.
When i eventually close the blog down,the one thing i will miss,is all the very pleasant people i have met from around the world,through there love of watch collecting.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Favourite watch links Update.Andrew`s Great site.

Just updated my favourite watch links section with Andrew`s great site at
He has some beatiful and rare Russian watches,with great back ground information on Russian watch Industry.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Early Volna Precision Cal;2809 [Illustrated Dial].

Just received this lovely Early Volna Cal;2809 precision.I have been looking for one of these "rose" illustrated precisions for a long time.The problem has always been condition.These dials tend to deteriorate badly,so the ones for sale are either chronic redials or in hardly legible condition.

I realised i am never going to be able to either,find or afford one in exemplary condition,so picked this one,its in good condition,[though with obvious patina],has a nice correct, early movement which keeps excellent time.And,it was extremely affordable,something that,i am afraid,is becoming increasingly important to me.

The Trusted seller from Ukraine,was fast and efficient and managed to get it to my door in a hand full of days,which once again,is extraordinary,considering the sad and worrying events going on in that country.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Luch Cal;2209 Ultra Thin Received

These watches are criminally under priced.Just received this one from a very efficient seller from Ukraine.This is a late era Luch,possibly late 80`s,going by the funky font on the dial.
These watches never cease to fascinate me,the thin movements look so delicate,and yet seem to survive in large numbers.
They really do look great on the wrist,very understated.
One of the more common problems,is rough winding,but this one is sweet and smooth.
Where could you get a swiss calibre ultra thin watch for around £20.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Military "issued" Poljot, [1st MWF] Sturmanskie Cal;31659 Hacking Received.

I have just received this Military Poljot Stainless Steel "issued"[1-88] watch,it has the correct Cal;31659 Hacking Cal` movement installed.

I originally bought the watch from a seller on e.bay under the "offer" process.The watch was in poor condition,lume had fallen off and the hands were badly stained,The price of these Military Sturmanskies,would normally have been well out of my price range.But because of the damage,this one was cheap.

A trusted seller i have used many times in the past,[thank you Slava],interceded on my behalf,at point of sale.When he received it from the seller,he realised it needed serious mechanical repair.He then went ahead,and organised a complete mechanical and cosmetic overhaul,including reluming of dial and hands,using his own watchmaker.This he did completely free of charge.

I was completely unawhere he had done this.imagine my surprise when i received this,now,beautifully restored watch,keeping excellent time and working perfectly,including the hacking complication,[a common fault on these].

I find all of this completely overwhelming,especially when you consider Slava and his family are going through all of the worrying upheavals in Ukraine and all of the personal uncertainties this entails.

I will treasure the watch.Thanks once again Slava.