Saturday, 12 March 2011

Poljot Dolphin Amphibia Diver Reastoration Update.

Following on from my previous post,i approached this next stage of the restoration of my Poljot Dolphin Amphibia with some trepidation.I have done minor repairs to my watches before,particularly hand replacement,but i do know what a pain it can be,and how ,sometimes it doesn't always go to plan,and Stephen Burrage is sometimes left to pick up the pieces.
I have never attempted reluming before,but that turned out to be the easy part,the first picture is of a hand set[from just received Amphibia,photo previous post].
As you can see the hands are upside down waiting for reluming,on toothpicks,the only thing i could find that was acceptable.I used white and green Burgeon lume for both watches.
As you can see from this picture of the poljot Dolphin,when i originaly received it,it had wrong handset on,and wrong caseback.

I already had the correct case back,and was lucky enough to drop onto an original hour and minute hand,although they were the wrong colour[hence the reluming ].and when i received the other Amphibia i had my Large central seconds hand.
The reluming went o.k,maybe the white on the hands is a bit to white?
But,i have never had a watch,including Chrono`s,where,the handset was so difficult to get right,it took me most of the day,as ever in these situations,its best to leave it when you become frustrated,and come back to it.
But in the end i am very pleased with the result.
I will be returning to the `Green` Amphibia mentioned in the previous post,when i receive the other central seconds hand.

Poljot Amphibia Received

Just received this Poljot Amphibia,Many Thanks must go to Steve,the seller of the Dolphin,for the kind heads up on this watch for sale on e.bay,a very kind courtesy.I was surprised how cheaply it went,its very original,there were several versions of this watch,see Dimitrys excellent site,listed on my favourite links section, he has most of them.This one has the yellow numbered bezel,it also has the cal 2627 H movement,this is correct.Most had the cal 2616 H fitted.Its not in perfect condition,in fact i originally bought it to use as spares for my other Poljot Amphibia,[i am going to use the central seconds hand,because it needs reluming,which i am going to do myself,hopefully!,it will be relumed white,i have another central seconds hand coming that is already lumed the correct shade of green,so is ideal.i will be updating when received.Anyway a great addition to the collection.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Vostok Amphibia Swing lugs cal 2209 Added

The only Vostok Amphibias i like,2209 Swing Lugs.Why swing lugs Apparently  at the time Vostok didnt have the capability to machine the stainless case with lugs on,hence Swing lugs.This one still has its original small dot central seconds hand[often replaced].Its in very good condition,and will sit well with my other one.
These Vostoks look great on the wrist,keeps great time.
Has some space history.
The watch was bought off a trusted seller.

Another Zvesda [Zvezda] Received.

I do love these little Zvesdas,This has the slightly larger square case,Cal 18-1 3rd Q 1952,the strap came with it,and i think suites the watch well,you can still buy these Zvesdas cheaply,i wear them regularly.