Saturday, 9 November 2019

Remembrance Sunday.Isaac Rosenberg, Through These Pale Cold Days.


Isaac Rosenberg. Died Somme. 1 st April 1918



Through These Pale Cold Days.



Through these pale cold days
What dark faces burn
Out of three thousand Years,
And their wild eyes yearn.

While underneath their brows
Like waifs their spirits grope
For the pools of Hebron again-
For Lebbanons summer slope

They leave these blond still days
In dust behind their tread
They see with living eyes
How long they have been Dead.

Raketa Early Cal;2603 Rare case.



Raketa Early Cal; 2603 in Rare case.

An understated Raketa, from the best period of Russian watchmaking [60`s]. Again thank you Ilya for a seamless deal under the ebay "offer" process.

Watch is running well, with its early Cal 2603 movement, Note the Narrow Chamfered edge to the movement.

Comes with a charming inscription on case back.

A quality strap will be sourced, for this lovely watch.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Rare Original Slava Amphibian



Rare ORIGINAL Slava, 21 jewel Amphibian.

I have put this watch down as rare, mainly because of the fact that it is original. Plenty have shown up recently, most are Frankens. Either with Kapitan dial or incorrect case back.I have also seen several over the years, where the seller or the unfortunate buyer  claiming authenticity, when clearly the watch in question has a fake dial, either retouched or copied from an original.

The original watch, has an unmistakable dial. Grey in colour with very feint striations.Very hard to copy. You often see the Fakes with a darker coloured dial, but correct in most other respects.

Once again, i would like to thank Ilya, for another fine purchase, bought under the ebay "offer" process.

Watch keeps great time, with a lovely Patina.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Rare Early 1st Generation Vostok Amphibia Swing Lugs cai;2209




Just received these Rare early 1st Generation Vostok Amphibia Swing Lugs.

Thank you Slava.

Had been watching these for awhile. Could not understand why they were so reasonably priced.
They are not perfect, quite considerable patina, they would have been manufactured early 70`s. But once again, just adds to their charm. They have the curious early latin case backs, Vostok did do an early type of Cyrillic case back. In my opinion the Latin ones are rarer.

Great additions to the collection.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Beater Strela.

Beater Strela.

Been awhile since i have posted. I have always loved the 3017`s. But, recently because of their value, have been a bit wary of wearing any from my collection on a regular basis.

So decided to make a beater. It has not left my wrist since.

The watch is made up of spare parts. The case is an original older version as is the movement, with later balance. The dial was a gift from my old friend Mischa. The central seconds hand is a modern replacement. The hour and minute hands are original the small counter hands....i have not a clue, just ones i had laying about.

Keeps excellent time.





Saturday, 11 May 2019

Zarja Jump hour stays in the collection.

The zarja did not get near to reaching my Reserve, so will be staying in the collection.
A rare thing indeed. Virtually unobtainable and working perfectly.

The Rarest watch, i am ever likely to own. A blessing in disguise!

Thursday, 9 May 2019

NOT Selling the collection.

I have had several emails recently under the misconception, that i am selling all of my collection.
The fact is, i have over 150 watches and a relatively limited budget. Every so often, i sell a few watches, to fund another purchase, not necessarily concerned with watches. I am also interested in vintage trials motorcycles.

I am still extremely interested in Russian watches,but the collection will wax and wain to some extent over the coming years .Until recently i have been an avid buyer,unfortunately sometimes i have to sell