Sunday, 23 November 2014

STURMANSKIE "ISSUED" 15j [GAGARIN] RECEIVED.

 15J original Sturmanskie,as used by Gagarin 3rd Q 52. I have said before how these are my favourite Russian watches.And one of the only Russian watches,that can be guaranteed "issued".In my opinion,they are still undervalued,and can be picked up cheaply.I bought this of a new seller,to me, from Ukraine.Thank you Natalia.The watch needed reluming,so i thought i would show the reluming process,in my own rather chaotic fashion!
 Here is the watch with crystal removed,showing its original dial,in beautiful condition.
 Here hands have been removed,and are located upside down,on a tooth pick,already having had the lume applied,using a watch oiler.[always apply the lume on the hands underside].
 I know it looks a bit like a car crash,thought i would show the lume,during the mixing process,it takes a bit of patience to achieve the correct "antique shade".
 Hands re lumed,and remounted,crystal still off.A quite satisfactory result.
 The job completed.Keeping excellent time.A treasured addition to the collection
Picture of the Hacking movement,courtesy of Natalie.

Because of my limited budget now,i thought i would never be able to afford an original 15j Sturmanskie again,and in such good condition.It just goes to show with a little patience,bargains,are still out there.Very pleased.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Siegfried Sasoon. Christ And The Soldier. 1916. Rememberence Week.




 Siegfried Loraine Sassoon. CBE. MC.

Christ And The Soldier. 1916.

The straggled soldier halted -- stared at Him -- Then clumsily dumped down upon his knees, Gasping
"O blessed crucifix, I'm beat !"


And Christ, still sentried by the seraphim, Near the front-line, between two splintered trees, Spoke him:


"My son, behold these hands and feet."


The soldier eyed him upward, limb by limb, Paused at the Face, then muttered,


"Wounds like these Would shift a bloke to Blighty just a treat !"


Christ, gazing downward, grieving and ungrim, Whispered,


"I made for you the mysteries, Beyond all battles moves the Paraclete."
The soldier chucked his rifle in the dust, And slipped his pack, and wiped his neck, and said --
"O Christ Almighty, stop this bleeding fight !"


Above that hill the sky was stained like rust With smoke. In sullen daybreak flaring red The guns were thundering bombardment's blight. The soldier cried,


"I was born full of lust, With hunger, thirst, and wishfulness to wed. Who cares today if I done wrong or right?"


Christ asked all pitying,


"Can you put no trust In my known word that shrives each faithful head ? Am I not resurrection, life and light ?"

Machine-guns rattled from below the hill; High bullets flicked and whistled through the leaves; And smoke came drifting from exploding shells.


Christ said


"Believe; and I can cleanse your ill. I have not died in vain between two thieves; Nor made a fruitless gift of miracles."


The soldier answered,


"Heal me if you will, Maybe there's comfort when a soul believes In mercy, and we need it in these hells. But be you for both sides ? I'm paid to kill And if I shoot a man his mother grieves. Does that come into what your teaching tells ?"


A bird lit on the Christ and twittered gay; Then a breeze passed and shook the ripening corn. A Red Cross waggon bumped along the track. Forsaken Jesus dreamed in the desolate day -- Uplifted Jesus, Prince of Peace forsworn -- An observation post for the attack.


"Lord Jesus, ain't you got no more to say ?"


Bowed hung that head below the crown of thorns. The soldier shifted, and picked up his pack, And slung his gun, and stumbled on his way.


"O God," he groaned,"why ever was I born ?"


The battle boomed, and no reply came back.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

A MIXED BUNCH OF RUSSIAN "DIVERS"

I have been trying to get the remaining collection,in some sort of order.Thought i would take a picture of my Russian Divers,i find i am wearing these watches more and more,the main reason being,as i have mentioned before,there ease of sight. The Raketa Diver,always was,and is a particular favourite.

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

1ST WORLD WAR TRENCH WATCH, WITH R.F.C INSCRIPTION. A RARE FIND WITH A VERY SAD STORY.






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 vintagewatchstraps.com.[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

THEFT OF MISCHA`S WATCH COLLECTION.

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.https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bpn6yj67h...NHLwMCP7a?dl=0

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.
My apologies for any inconvenience to those bidding.