Saturday, 24 March 2018

Rare 1st MWF Poljus "Expedition" 17j Watch



Rare 1st MWF Poljus, 17j watch.
Just received this rare Poljus, in beautiful condition, Keeping perfect time.
Once again, i would like thank Boris [Koutouzoff],for agreeing to do a deal on another quite stunning watch from his excellent collection. I wish i could afford to buy them all..

The strap Boris sent with the watch was an added bonus and compliments the watch perfectly.

I have put expedition watch in quotation marks, as there is some anecdotal evidence, that they were used on expeditions, they certainly have an unusual construction having anti magnetic shields, both front and back, suggesting some sort of tool watch.

A great addition to the collection.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Cyrillic Poljot Cal ;3017 [Strela].






Just received this lovely early Cyrillic Strela, Minute Dial. From Boris.
Beautiful watch, running seamlessly.
I much prefer these elegant early 3017`s, compared to the later 3133`s.
They were produced during the very pinnacle of Russian watch making and design.
Many Thanks Boris.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Extremely Rare. Zarja Jump Hour Watch




Extremely Rare. Zarja Jump Hour, Cal`;2206.Pensa Movement.

Only 1500 of these watches were ever produced.[Possibly less]. One of the reasons they are so vanishingly rare is because they are very delicate, even in general setting operation. And are extremely difficult to repair.

The movement has a strangely constructed dust cover. I have not shown pictures of the movement, as i don`t want to disturb it to much. In fact, this is one of the few watches in my collection, i do not intend to wear, because of its vulnerability.

The watch, itself, is in simply stunning condition, and running and setting perfectly.
I must thank ,once again, Slava for a seamless deal, one of many over the years

An important addition, to the cpllection.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Rare "Military" Vostok Precision. Restored.



Rare. Vostok Precision "Military" Watch.
I bought this watch, many months ago.I took a gamble on doing a restoration on it, because this type of precision, is so difficult to find in good condition.
It was not running and had the wrong hand set on. It has proved incredibly difficult to find the correct hands.
Luckily, last week a Franken Precision appeared with an original set of hands on, unfortunately they had been repainted black [very poorly]!! [picture below].
I dismounted the hands and scraped the black paint off, with difficulty. [picture below]
I mounted the stripped and de lumed hands, [upside down],on a toothpick, mixed up some vintage lume, [again difficult to achieve correct colour] and applied to hands using an oiler. [picture below]
We are then back to the first picture with lume applied and hands remounted, with watch running.
I am quite happy with the result. Unfortunately, during the paint removal process, i damaged the brass lacquer on the hands, but, i think they are still acceptable.
Very pleased to have this particular model, back in the collection again.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Extremely Rare. Raketa Antarktida. "Antarctic Expedition" 24 hr Watch.





Extremely Rare, Raketa Antarktida 21 j "Expedition Watch".

This is something, of a grail for me. This particular Raketa, is much more substantial, than the ordinary run of the mill Raketas.It has a very unusual construction, the crystal, attaches to the inner steel case, which in turn, screws into the case back, making the watch water resistant and anti magnetic.

It has the correct early, cal;2623, Baltika, 24 hr movement, running seamlessly.

These watches, commemorate, the 16th expedition, to Antarctica, [early 70`s] .
There is some anecdotal evidence, that they were originally presented to the expedition, members themselves. I could not possibly confirm this.

This particular watch, is in superb condition and i really do think it is one of the best constructed Russian watches, i have ever owned. It is certainly one of the best looking.

Friday, 24 November 2017

1st Generation Vostok Komandirskies. Black and White Dials






1st Generation Vostok Komandirskie. Becoming hard to find in original condition. Many, many watches seen on line, have either been relumed or worse redialed.
Although showing their age, these examples are original and 99% untouched, difficult to show on the black dial..

 The white dialed version, has a lovely inscription on the back, which again is original. [I am normally wary of inscriptions, can be used to add a bit of"colour" by the seller].

The black dial has a 2214 cal` movement, the white dial has a 2234.

Both watches were bought off an extremely trusted seller, thank you Ilya.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Raketa 24hr "Polar" Watch



I have been looking for one of these early Raketa "Polar" 24hr watches for a long time.
I have had the chance to buy a few in the past, but they were always way out of my budget.
I bought this one of a seller, new to me, for a very, reasonable offer.

As you can see , most importantly it has the correct Baltika cal;2623 21 j , early movement, note the narrow bevelled edge, to the movement.

Unusually, the case and dial, are in excellent condition. The one drawback is the tip of the central seconds hand has broken off, but i can live with that.

Keeps great time.

I have a second, rarer Polar, coming soon.