Sunday, 19 October 2014

Extremely Rare Slava Amphibian. An Ongoing Restoration.

As well as a core of 50 watches in my collection,i still have several restorations on the go. Mainly because the watches themselves are rare,and parts are hard to come by.
I bought this extremely rare Slava Amphibian,many years ago,the dial had been replaced with a more modern Slava Dial.The original dials on these Slava Divers,do seem to suffer from premature ageing,a bit like the Poljot 30j diver  still in my collection.
Since i got the Slava Amphibian,i have been looking for an original dial,i have tried all of my contacts,and drawn a blank.
Recently,i have been thinking of putting the Franken dial,back on,so that i can at least use the watch,it is a large watch with some presence.I shall have a think about it.

Saturday, 11 October 2014


As i have said before,i have not been collecting Russian watches recently,but i do still go to second hand markets when i have the time,the watch bug is still in me.

I recently bought this Trench watch at one such market,i am not an expert on these,but it felt right,and i was very taken with the very sad story that emerged when i read the accompanying paperwork.
The box, with the watch,had just been thrown in another larger box,as if it had just been discarded.

 At this point,i would like to thank David at[link on the right hand side of this blog],for his freely given time and knowledge regarding the basic pin pallet movement,and watch itself,when asked later via e.mail.

On the Case back is a dedication,to an officer in the RFC, Lt.G.J.Hatch[Royal Flying Corps,precursor to the RAF],with a very old hand written note giving the history of the young man,who tragically was killed in action 6/4/17.

I have found out some further information.This flying officer was attached to No, 8 sgn, and he had the misfortune to have to fly an aircraft called the Be2c,two seater,[The Be2c was responsible for the slang term Fokker Fodder]. An aircraft designed by the Royal Aircraft establishment and was obsolete before  it was introduced years earlier.He was shot down,along with his observer Cpl. E.Langridge,by D.R Frankel,who was C/O of jagdstaffel 4,[and an "Ace"].D.R Frankel,was killed in action,just two days later on 8/4/17,[Bristol Fighters],flying an Albatross D111.

 As well as 1st ww poetry,i have always had an interest in 1st ww aircraft types,and the Be2c was a particularly poor design.I do wonder how an aircraft such as the Be2c,which was obsolete during the Fokker scourge,[Fokker Eindekker,1916],was still flying in 1917 and facing an Albatross D111,which technically was light years ahead.The increasingly unfashionable term, Lions led by Donkeys does come to mind.

The men who had to go up in them,were to say the  least,very,very brave,with incredibly high casualty rates.

I will be sending the watch to Steve Burrage,who hopefully can work another miracle,the watch is running,but is galloping.

Whatever the out come i will treasure it.

Saturday, 4 October 2014


I was extremely sad to learn that,My friend Mischa recently had his watch collection stolen.
The collection itself was quite breathtaking,with some extremely rare and definitive watches.It took Mischa many years of hard work and great knowledge to aquire.The only good news is, the fact that, neither he or any family were injured during the act of theft.
Please follow the link Mischa has provided,to see the watches involved.

The watches are extremely rare and distinctive,so should be easy to spot if and when they come up for sale, either privately,by e.mail,or on any of the popular auction sites.
Thank You.

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.