Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Cyrillic Poljot Kosmos Automatic 29j Day Date Pointer


Just received this rather lovely Poljot Kosmos, day date pointer.I have always had a great love for these,made at a time when the 1st MWF, were at the top of there game,with the sublime cal;2146 movement.

These old Poljot automatics,look great on the wrist,this one keeps superb time,all functions work as they should.The watch itself is in very good original condition,with the correct early case back. The crown however is not original,but i have a spare,and will replace in due course.

I bought the watch under the offer process,on e.bay of a lovely seller,new to me,from Ukraine.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Extremely Rare Issued Czech` Pobeda Received

Just received this extremely rare Issued Czech` military Pobeda watch from 1957. It has the 41m 32yh 15j movement,keeping seamless time.These watches came in two types,one with Czech issue marks on the dial,[as above] and two,with written issue marks on case back. I have never seen a watch with both.
I must thank the extremely honest seller from Checkoslovakia,for this watch. I bought over the Christmas period,and our wires got a bit crossed,but the seller,[thank you jindra,frantik 123],still managed to get the watch to me.
I am extremely pleased to have found this watch,it has everything i like,similar to 15j Sturmanskie,and very understated.

1st World War R.F.C Trench Watch After Repair by Steve at Rytetime

Have just received the R,F,C Trench watch,see previous sad story], back from Stephen Burrage.Once again he has accomplished a minor miracle.The watch was gaining a half hour in every hour.The watch crystal had been clumsily glued on.also the pin set that changes the hands was not operating.He repaired all the defects,and it is now keeping excellent time,[which is quite something for a pin pallet movement].I could not recommend him more highly.[Follow the links to his website in my favourite links section,on the right hand side of the blog].
I have purchased a new hand made bund strap,off of David at vintagewatchstraps,as usual he has done a great job,and the strap compliments the watch superbly.

Sunday, 23 November 2014


 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


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.