Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Sekonda 17j.Textured/Linen Dial.



I have not been feeling to well lately. {kidney stones]. So imagine what a pleasant surprise it was, when my wife came home from our local shopping centre with this Sekonda in her hand bag.

She has never shown any interest in my watch collection, but like most Women she has got a photographic memory, when needed!!

My wife paid the grand total of £2 for this Sekonda, manufactured during the last gasps of the 1st Moscow Watch Factory. [Poljot].It was on a market stall selling Militaria.

The watch looks as though it has had very little use and is running, it also has a rather beautiful textured dial.

Really has cheered me up.

Vostok Precision Cyrillic.Textured Dial. Cal;2809. 22j.



Another simple understated Vostok precision received. Came in record time.
This is the later Vostok version, as opposed to the earlier Volna.
In lovely condition, keeping excellent time.

I know i keep stating this, but these watches are still very cheap, you really can still pick up bargains, with a little patience and research.

These watches were tested to chronometer grade status by the Russians. The cal;2809 movement, like many other Russian Calibres, are incredibly robust. They can be set up to be supreme time keepers, with their swan neck regulator.

Another great addition.

Check out my other precisions, via the Collection links on the right hand side of my home page.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Czechoslovakian. Air Force Issue .Pobeda. Restoration.

 Czechoslovakian Air Force Issue Pobrda. These watches are Rare and starting to command high prices at auction.The above picture shows final restoration.
The watch had been on ebay for some time, with a high buy it now price.. Unfortunately with the wrong case, movement and hands.
At this point i would like to thank Marian,[the seller],After i pointed out the only original Part was the dial, he made me an incredibly generous offer, which i accepted.
The pictures below are the restoration in pictures.
 Non original movement and case.
 Non original Hand set and crown
 Donor 1st MWF Movement
 Picture with dial removed from Franken movement. [two screws].
 Czech Dial on donor movement. Pobeda dial by the side.
Dial attached to correct movement with correct hands mounted.

Back to picture one. This watch shows all of its use and patina and many years of its history plastered all over its dial,. A military watch, just by its raison d`etre should show some form of wear, this one has obviously had a very hard life.Great to bring it back to its original spec.

Great addition to the collection.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Shturmanskie 15j. light Restoration.

   Watch before Reluming.                                     
 Hands and crystal dismounted .
 Hands mounted on Tooth pick, ready for reluming.
 A lake of lume...Very difficult to get correct shade. I actually started with two tiny amounts.
 Hands relumed and remounted. crystal off.

Finished article. Quite pleased with the end result.

As promised another light restoration on a 15j Shturmanskie as issued to Gagarin.
Really is a particularly well preserved example. An excellent addition to the collection.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

15j Shturmanskie.



15j Shturmanskie. As Issued at flight schools in the Soviet Union. I can never resist a Shturmanskie, particularly in this condition. Very lucky to purchase it of a seller from Ukraine, new to me.

This particular watch, is running very sweetly and was issued in 3rd Q 1953.
The dial has the sparkly type texture, which is correct. The early 15j Shturmanskies [49/50] had the "flat" dial. As of course, did all of the 17j variant.

I will be giving the watch a very light restoration, [re luming hands]. I am going to keep the central seconds hand, as it is. I have seen to many now, including Tammo`s original discourse, with the hand unpainted.

I will update when finished.

As a matter of interest, i will be undertaking a much more comprehensive restoration, of an uncommon Pobeda. When i receive the relevant parts i will commission  a photographic record.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Rare Vostok Precision. 22j. ["Export"].



Rare. Vostok Precision, 22j. "Export".

Firstly, i would like to thank Yevgen. For another seamless deal. We have had many pleasant transactions over the years.[he even included a spare crown, because he was not happy with the one on the watch, free of charge.].

I am sure it is well known by now, of my wish to re acquire, some of the rarer Vostok precision types. They can still be found, relatively cheaply, harder to find in decent untouched condition, though.

This particular model does not appear often , it would have been manufactured in the late 60`s. Keeps great time and comes with a charming inscription.

You will note i have put Export in exclamation marks. I think the term is nonsense in conjunction with the Russian watch Industry. I think batches were sent out on a need to supply basis.The need for foreign currency was the main driver.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Vostok 300m Tonneau, With New Boots.

Vostok 300m Tonneau, with new Boots.
Just bought this one piece leather strap, to put on the Tonneau. A very difficult watch to get "right".
The main problem being, i don`t like metal straps....which does tend to limit my options somewhat.

Supremely comfortable to wear, if not as, aesthetically pleasing as i would like.

Couple of new additions coming soon.