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.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Extremely Rare Military Vostok Precision Cal;2809A Received.


This watch is extremely rare.I have enclosed a period cat` page from 1968 showing the watch.
It has the Correct Vostok 2809 A movement installed.

I never actually thought i would ever add this rarest of the Vostok precisions,to my collection.
It was for sale on e.bay U.K,of all places,it went for a ridiculously low price,most undervalued.
The extremely honest seller/collector,had shown excellent pictures,i can only assume the other bidders out there had not done there homework and thought it was a Franken [Fake].

I have only seen this type a hand full of times on the Russian forum,[the best and most knowledgeable forum].

The seller advertised it as having military connections,and there is anecdotal evidence that it could have been military issue.
Great Result.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Beautiful Raketa Cal;2209 Ultra Thin With Original Bracelet

Just Received this beautiful Raketa Cal;2209,in stunning condition,from one of my trusted sellers in Ukraine.Thank You Vladimir.
The watch comes with its man sized original strap,again in stunning condition.
The watch keeps excellent time,i will be wearing it regularly.
On a more important note,i truly hope the situation in Ukraine is settled amicably,with no more deaths.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Another Restored Cal;2415 Poljot Automatic.

Another Classic Poljot Automatic Cal;2415 Restored from the depths of my parts bin.Although not one of more memorable dial types,it`s still a valued addition to the collection.The crown is a temporary replacement,,just to get the watch ticking again.Keeps exceptional time.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Franken Of The Week. 17j Sturmanskie Gagarin.

After a few requests,have decided to do a few more "Frankens Of The Week".
I have seen a few of these Imitation 17j Sturmanskies appearing on e.bay.
Biggest give away,Dial.look at the font used for Sturmanskie.The letters should follow an upright stance,and not curve round,as they do on this dial.
And of course the hands,although the correct shape,are not blued,they have been painted black.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Raketa Ultra Thin Cal;2209 in beautifull condition.

Just received this Raketa cal;2209 in beautifull conditionI have said many times before,how much i love these quirky Raketa`s.I will upload a picture of the movement when time permits.
Keps exceptional time.