Monday, 17 September 2018

Slava 60 second Split Second Stopwatch


Slava 60 second Split Second Stopwatch.

Another in the bargain basement category Of Russian watches.
This is the slightly Rarer 60 second version and in perfect condition.

Still use these to time internet auctions,slightly more interesting than using one of those ghastly automatic computer sniping tools.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

14k Rose Gold Luch Ultra Thin. Cal;2209



14k Rose Gold Luch Ultra Thin Cal;2209.

I bought this of a lovely seller from France. It was cheap, the seller accepted my sensible offer, outside of  ebay. Once again the ridiculous buy it now prices currently on ebay for Russian Rose gold watches, really are in cloud cuckoo land. If they go to auction, they reach a fraction of the buy it now price.[Thats why they sit on ebay for years!] So if you want to buy one wait for an auction.

Having said that, this modal is one of the less successful Luch design,s in my opinion .
I just don`t think the colour of the dial goes with the lovely Rose Gold Case.

Still glad to have it though...

Friday, 7 September 2018

14 k Rose Gold Vostok 17j Dress watch.


Vostok 14k Rose Gold 17j Dress watch.

Have always loved the Russian Rose gold watches, such a lovely colour on the wrist.
The trouble is, most on the internet, are ludicrously over priced, on buy it now purchase.

When they are left to go to auction, they fetch a fraction of the buy it now prices.

This watch is in lovely condition and would have been made in the early 70`s.

One typically Russian "design feature"is the lume. the dial has lume on the outside of the dial indices, but none on the hands.....Making the watch impossible to read in the dark.Quirky to say the least.

The movement is the ubiquitous Cal;2409A 17j

Very pleased to have one back in the collection again.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Czechoslovakian Military Issue Stopwatch.

Czechoslovakian Military Issue Stopwatch.

I am still looking for Cal;3017 Czech` issued military watch to go with the Pobeda. In the mean time dropped on to this quite rare issued stopwatch, note the issue engraving on the dial. Thank heavens for the czech system of issue marks. Something the soviets never got round to.

I do think there is a lot of Rubbish/wishful thinking talked about Russian Military watches. The only genuine issued Russian watch i know off, is The 15/17j Shturmanskies.

I always put all other "military" Russian watches in quotation marks, as it`s all based on anecdotal evidence.

I digress....Very pleased to add this little gem.

Poljot Automatic 29j Dress Watch. Cal;2415


Poljot Automatic 29j Cal;2415.

 The best period of Russian watchmaking. Simple Elegant. Understated.


Monday, 13 August 2018

Poljot 30j Amphibia. Screw Crown.



Poljot 30j Automatic, Amphibia, Screw Crown.

Not the 1st MWF`s finest moment. But irresistible all the same.
Originally. It was thought because of there rarity, these might have been experimental pieces.
But over the years, more and more have shown up,[with the obligatory dial damage].

In a way they are a one off, they have a slightly different case design to the "normal" amphibia  and of course they have the wacky and poorly engineered reverse crown thread.

Still very glad to have one back in the collection though. Very reasonably priced, as well.

I have carried out a very minor restoration, i have replaced the central seconds hand and bezel with  originals.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Vostok Compressor Automatic Amphibian. Extremely Rare.





Vostok Compressor Automatic Amphibia.

These watches are vanishingly rare. Certainly in this condition.
They do come up for sale, from time to time, but many have defects, damaged case, wrong hands and wrong movement.

This particular watch, is completely original and in beautiful condition.[Thank you Slava].
Importantly, it has the correct cal; 2416 automatic movement and case back.

What surprised me when i received it, was the quality and size compared to normal Vostoks. [Rather like another watch in my collection, Raketa Antarctida "Expedition"]. It is certainly not another run of the mill Vostok.

Both the crowns are screwed, the case back also feels heavier than normal.

It keeps superb time and has an impressive feel and look on the wrist.

A very important addition to the collection.