Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year.

I am now down to about 20 Russians,have also aquired a few interesting Non-Russians,and amazingly an old battered and abused, 15j Sturmanskie,added to the collection,that i have repaired,and seems to have been overlooked on e.bay.I will add to the blog in the New Year.
Just wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year in 2013

Friday, 16 November 2012

A Present From Mischa;Luch Ultrathin.

Some time ago,i helped a very knowledgeable Russian collector,Mischa,[a former Forum Moderator on]with some spares,i have done it before with other collectors,and certainly did not expect anything in return.
So,i was somewhat taken aback,and slightly overcome,to say the least,when the above virtually, N.O.S luch dropped through my letterbox,with its original packing box.
It is everything i love in a watch,understated in size and looks,with a truly beautiful textured dial.
I have not taken it off since i received it,i shall look after it and treasure it.
Thank You,Mischa.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Isaac Rosenberg. ;Break Of Day In The Trenches. Rememberence week.

Isaac Rosenberg
Isaac Rosenberg.1st World War Poet.;Died on the Somme 1st April 1918

Break of Day in the Trenches

The darkness crumbles away.
It is the same old druid Time as ever,
Only a live thing leaps my hand,
A queer sardonic rat,
As I pull the parapet's poppy
To stick behind my ear.
Droll rat, they would shoot you if they knew
Your cosmopolitan sympathies.
Now you have touched this English hand
You will do the same to a German
Soon, no doubt, if it be your pleasure
To cross the sleeping green between.
It seems you inwardly grin as you pass
Strong eyes, fine limbs, haughty athletes,
Less chanced than you for life,
Bonds to the whims of murder,
Sprawled in the bowels of the earth,
The torn fields of France.
What do you see in our eyes
At the shrieking iron and flame
Hurled through still heavens?
What quaver – what heart aghast?
Poppies whose roots are in man's veins
Drop, and are ever dropping;
But mine in my ear is safe –
Just a little white with the dust.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Selling the Collection

I will be selling the majority of my collection over the coming weeks,i would just like to thank all the people who have contributed to the blog,and helped me over the years.
Best Regards,

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Rare Beautiful Luch Ultra Thin Cal;2209 Added.

Have just received this beautiful Luch cal;2209 Ultra thin,this is an export version with a rare dial,in lovely condition.
I bought this watch off e.bay,from a great seller from Ireland,thank you Mischa.
I really do love the Ultra thins weather they be Luch or Poljot,or indeed,Raketa`s off the wall version.
Very wearable,understated and underrated watches.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

White Dial Sekonda Paddle Handed Strela Added.

                                                  1st picture on new strap and cleaned

I have been looking for One of these paddle handed Sekondas,for a very long time.Normally when they come up for sale,they are very expensive,[in my view,for good reason,as i think they, along with the Poljot version are the most cosmetically attractive].
Unusually for me,i bought this from a British seller,whenever i have bought from British or European sellers before,it has not been a positive experience,[that's why i prefer Eastern European sellers,who,99% of the time are honest].
When dealing with British or European sellers,there seems to be an unwritten rule,that if you can in some way fudge the description or ``omit`` to mention faults with the watch,it is not deception on the sellers part,but down to the buyers not asking the ``RIGHT``,questions.Incredible!.
That's why if ever i have to sell a watch,i try to be as honest,and give as much information as possible.
Having said all of this,i am very pleased with this sought after Sekonda.
It is very original,hard to explain,but has the right feel to it.
Movement is from 1965/66 which ties in with Sekonda early production.
It is in outstanding cosmetic condition,keeps good time,chronograph functions as it should and nothing has been tampered with,[unusual for one of these].
It even has its original crown,and all though not cheap,was at the low end of what they now sell for.
But.......and it is a small but,the seller neglected to mention the crown is not setting correctly....A simple repair,but not a great victory for honesty.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

A Further Vostok Precision [cal;2809] Added.

Just received this lovely Vostok Precision,off one of the many trusted sellers,i use from Ukraine.
Keeping quite exceptional time,and very original,with,in this instance,a non Cyrillic dial.
Its in excellent condition[slight wear to the dial].
Although prices for these understated watches are still reasonable,It is becoming increasingly difficult to find Vostok or volna cal;2809 in this condition,they tend to get ``cosmetically upgraded`` rather allot,by hopefull sellers.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Franken Of The Week. Sputnik.

There seems to have been an influx recently of Sputnik Frankens of all types.
This particular version is a Franken of The extremely rare Sputnik award watch.
Compare with my original pictured below. They are becoming more difficult to tell apart from earlier more clumsy versions.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Another Early Okeah Restored/ Repaired

Above photo`s,are of another Okeah,i have restored,this is an early one,note the small case type Okeah print on the dial.It also has a nice early movement,with all of the usual pointers,[grey gear wheels being the most prominent],it now keeps perfect time,chronograph functions as it should.
The picture below,is of the Okeah,before restoration,note the dial indices have been put on the wrong way and relumed.[An example of someones previous attempt at restoration?]
I had a terrible job trying to get the wrong indices off and putting the correct ones on,not a job i wish to repeat.
As you can see from the first restored photo the indices i have put on,could do with reluming,i have left them original though,i much prefer the slightly battered look,compared to the  over restoration that some insist on.
Overall very happy with the result.A watch with Character and Russian Naval History.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Another 1st MWF Okeah [Reissue] Repaired/ restored

This is another watch i have been meaning to repair for some time,the dial has some ageing,but is acceptable.It needed a small seconds hand,a couple of pushers and a resetting lever on the movement,I still have a few spares left so affected the repairs myself.
Although the case is stainless,this is a later reissue,the movement has the later single piece reset lever.
As i have already said,i still have a very small selection of spares.
Several years ago,i was lucky enough to drop onto a collection of extremely battered,incomplete 3133`s including Okeah`s,thankfully,i had the luck to purchase them.
I am extremely pleased with the result,and am wearing the watch at the moment,keeping perfect time,chronograph functioning as it should.
Below is a picture of the now meagre spares supply..

1st MWF 23j Automatic Restored/ Repaired

I have had this lovely Poljot Automatic,from the 70`s/80`s,hanging about for awhile,it came to me incomplete,amongst some other watches which i had bought for spares.I have now had a sort out and put some hands and crown on,and it is now running perfectly.The above pictures are before;

 The above pictures are after repair/restoration,will be going in my odds and sodds section.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Amphibia Selection.

A selection of Poljot and Vostok Amphibia`s,now becoming Rare or very Rare in any condition.The 300m being the rarest of course.

Friday, 22 June 2012

14k Gold Poljot [1st MWF] watches back from service.

One of the problems of owning a collection of watches is maintenance,despite Russian watches being virtually bomb proof,even they still need an occasional service.
I love the rose gold colour of the Russian Gold,very easy to wear..

Monday, 4 June 2012

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date,

I purchased this Rolex,last Christmas,i am not normally interested in anything non-Russian.
Once i had satisfied myself,it was original,I bought it from the junk/second hand shop,that had it for sale.
Although it was not working,it was extremely cheap.
Once i got it home,i managed to get it going.
Though it functioned erratically,it had obviously been well worn,there was an 1957 inscription on the back,and the lume had been rather clumsily re-done.
But when i thought about ,it ticked all of my preferences,it was from that 50`s,era of lovely understatement,[Not the Ghastly modern Rolex ``taste``],it had its use and history written all over it.
So,i decided to send it to Steve Burrage,who,once again worked miracles,it keeps completely perfect time,as a Chronometer Should.
Both serial numbers are present ,between both lugs,Model no` is 6534 and Rolex movement is the renowned cal;1030.
When i bought it,it had a cheap plastic ,worn strap,with its Rolex buckle on!
It has gone in the ``Odd`s and Sodd`s`` section of the blog,i wear it regularly and best of all everyone loves a nice surprise at Christmas... 

Friday, 1 June 2012

Favourite Watch Links Update.

Have just updated my favourite watch links section.
It is a pleasure to include Boris Koutouzoff`s Beautiful watch collection at;
  Another great collection to add to my favourite links section,on the right hand side of my blog.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

1st MWF 7j Type1 Received.

Just received this early type 1 [1937],crown replaced,it is showing its use,age and history with pride,something i love,patina is every thing in these watches.As i have said before,i am not a collector that needs Russian watches to be in artificially perfect condition,with every dot,lume and serif type to be gone over and recorded,i leave that to others.As long as the watches in my collection are original,apart from high wear items such as crowns etc,i am happy.

This watch was a bit of a bargain.Type 1`s, are not every ones cup of tea, all this history for £35.
This watch was made at the 1st MWF [Poljot],just before the second world war,still keeps great time,it is a large watch,[think pocket watch with lugs,which is what it is],unlike the other type 1 ,just purchased,[Paratroopers],it is not a comfortable wearer.Just wish i could know some of its history.

A great addition to the collection.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

2nd MWF 15j ``Paratroopers`` watch [Type1]

Just received this Rare type 1 from 2nd MWF,bought off an extremely trusted seller,from Ukraine.These watches are known as ``paratroopers watch``,these watches come up rarely,the black dial still has a fair proportion of its Radium paint,[hand painted],with its radium hands,this watch is very original.It also has a number,again hand painted, on the dial.
I have never been sure,along with other type1 examples in my collection,whether these numbers on the dial,[hand painted or embossed] are issue numbers.
A very welcome addition to the collection,also very easy to wear and see.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

A couple of type 1`s in transit.

I have been more drawn to the Russian watches from 50`s 60`s and 70`s.But,i have always had a soft spot for the earlier watch period,particularly,the basic,15 and 17j type 1`s.
I have not added to my collection from this era,for some time,mainly because of availability of original watches,[a lot of frankens out there], at a reasonable price.
I have just purchased a couple of type 1`s,[one is particularly rare],at bargain prices.
I bought the watches,off trusted sellers from Ukraine,under the e.bay offer process,i will update when they arrive.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Repair to Extremely Rare Sputnik Award watch.


Unfortunately i will have to effect a repair to the extremely Rare Sputnik Award watch [1],which has a broken balance.Unfortunately finding spares for this watch is not easy,so i have had to purchase another Sputnik type,2, in poor condition,sellers pictures,for £18,to effect a repair.I really dont like braking watches,but sometimes needs must.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Early Volna Precision

I am always on the lookout to increase my collection of Volna/Vostok precisions.This particular version,is a very early one 2nd quarter 1959.Cal;2809.This particular dial version has been on my wish list for a long time,unfortunately,most of this dial type that comes up for sale,have deteriorated very badly.This version is also unusual,in that,it has the manufacturers information at the top and bottom of the dial.The watch was cheap and an absolute bargain.

I bought this watch of an extremely trusted seller from Armenia,thank You Mari.Several weeks Before i bought this watch,i had contacted Mari,asking if i could purchase a spare part i was searching for,when i received the watch,the spare part was included as a gift.I was overwhelmed.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Repaired Strelas [Cyrillic and Black dial] received From Steve Burrage.

Just received the two Strelas back from repair From Steve,as usual he has done a quite miraculous job.
The watches are keeping perfect time and the chronograph functions are working as they should.
Cyrillic Strela has the original rounded lug case and would have been manufactured 1962.The small chrono pointer has been replaced,i have left it unpainted,as its easier for me to see.Some collectors get completely anal about these things,going on at length about font sizes,hand sizes nausea.
I am more interested in the history and to be able to make a classic watch usable/wearable again,rather than worring about,[in my opinion],pointless detail.
The black dialled Sekonda,manufactured 1966,again has had the small chrono pointer replaced,along with other parts,[crown],again,i have not repainted it,for the same reason as the cyrillic,it is easier for me to see,and wear.
I will not be carrying out anymore Strela restorations,it is becoming increasingly difficult,to source spares,particularly Paddle hands.If you do see spares for sale they are becoming too expensive to justify purchase.
Two great new additions to the collection.