Wednesday, 12 December 2018

A Pair of 15j Shturmanskies.

I can never resist 15j Shturmanskies, my favorite Russian watch.
I would just like to thank Blaz, a fellow Collector for a seamless deal.

Both very original and running Fine.[Blaz took the time to service one of the watches, because he wasn't happy with the way it was running].

The watches were made circa 1951 and 1953.

Great additions to the collection.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Raketa Thin. Cal;2209. 50 Anniversary, October Revolution.

Raketa Thin Cal;2209. 50 th Anniversary. October Revolution.

Great to have one of these in the collection again. Hard to find in good condition, Dials seem to deteriorate badly. Movements can be problematic.This one works fine.

Friday, 16 November 2018

1st MWF. Sekonda Cal;3017.[Strela].

1st MWF. Sekonda, Cal;3017. 19 jewels.

My favorite Russian Chronograph. [Much preferred to the agricultural 3133]. It was not cheap, they never are these days....But was not expensive compared to 3017`s on buy it now prices...

Condition is good, keeps good time, but it badly needs a service.[UK Purchase]. Never seems to happen with Ukraine/Russian purchases...

Nice movement from the mid 60`s.

This particular type of 3017, has space history. [allegedly]. Who knows.

You can see more 3017`s in my collection, using the drop down links section on the right of my home page.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Anthem For Doomed Youth. Wilfred Owen. Remembrance Week.

                Wilfred Owen. Killed in Action. 4th November 1918. Sambre_Oise Canal, France.

                                                   Anthem For Doomed Youth.

                 What passing_bells for these who die as cattle? 
                  -Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
                  Only the stuttering rifles`rapid rattle
                  Can patter out their hasty orisons.
                   No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
                   Nor any voice of morning save the choirs,-
                   The shrill, demented Choirs  of wailing shells;
                   And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

                   What candles may be held to speed them all?
                    Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
                    Shall shine the holly glimmers of goodbyes.
                    The pallor of girls` brows shall be their pall;
                    Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds.
                     And each slow dusk a drawing- down of blinds.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Rare. Czechoslovakian Military Issued Pobeda,

Rare Czechoslovakian Issued Pobeda.

This is the much rarer version of the Czech issued Pobedas. With Issue marks on the case back. As opposed to the imprinted dial version. See drop down list on the right hand side of this blog, to find this type.

As i said many years ago. You never find both together on the same watch, [imprinted dial and imprinted case back].

I must thank, once again, Micha Katz,[ formally ebay account Frantik], for this purchase, among others.A lovely watch.

Unfortunately, I also paid for an Czechoslovakian issued Shturmanskie. I have since heard nothing from him, i sincerely hope he has not met with a serious accident. I will update when i find out more.

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 model 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...