Friday, 30 June 2017

Vostok Amphibia Swing Lugs. Paddle Hands.

Vostok 200m Amphibia, swing Lugs with Paddle Hands.I had been watching this lovely original watch for some time. I could not understand why no one had shown any interest. It was cheap, quite rare and original,

I can only assume it was condition?True it is showing its age,Crystal is crazed, lume is flaky.

I just class this as patina and it makes it more desirable in my book . I understand some collectors want everything NOS or highly "restored"Which, is fine, but it`s still nice to find some little gems in the rough..

Keeps great time, these old Vostoks, just seem to keep on going forever.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Vostok Amphibia Swing Lugs.

I received this Vostok swing lugs recently, just been waiting to locate an original crown, for it.
You often find these Vostoks with later squared off crowns on, as a replacement. always nice to bring one back to its original state.
This one is in nice condition and has a reassuring patina.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Rare 15 j Pobeda

I have been searching for one of these Rare 15j Pobedas, for a long time. I had one many years ago and sold it. This watch is incredibly original. case dial hands and crown all original. They do appear on e. bay from time to time, but rarely with correct hands and crown.

The hand set is a perfect match for a 17j Shturmanskie, including blueing, as opposed to Sportivnie hand sets that are so often used in Franken Shturmanskies, with there non blued hands.. The dial also suffers from ageing due to the radium paint.

I often think this Pobeda was something of an early cue for the later 17j Shturmanskies, with there handset and Sportinie style case.

A little treasure, bought from a great seller, who accepted my e.bay "offer".

Extremely Rare 1938 1st MWF Aircraft 8 Day Chronograph Clock

An Extremely Rare 1st Moscow Watch Factory 8 day aircraft clock from 1938.This early Russian made clock, is based on the Jaeger Chronoflight from the 1930`s.
The Soviets Bought a number of Jaegers, then started manufacturing them from about 1937.

One of the quirks of these early clocks is that the the lower minute dial runs backwards when activated. As opposed to the later versions that run normally.

As you can see from the case back, it has been slightly modified,[note phillips screws!].
The dial Hands, movement and case are original though, and working surprisingly well.

An amazing rather battered survivor, with its history written all over it.
A most unexpected find

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Poljot 30j Amphibia 20 ATM

Poljot 30j AutomaticAmphibian. This watch is a bit of a mystery. It was cheap, but also intriguing.
Could be a Franken. it has rare components, case off rare Sekonda export 29j. Rare case back of 30j Tonneau Amphibian. Correct dial, [though sterile] for 30j Amphibian .
Everything fits and goes together well, [very un franken!] keeps excellent time. A bit of a conundrum.
I am edging to it being a quite rare early Poljot Amphibian, or even a one off.
However it could be a total mash up!!

Vostok Precision. Textured Dial.

Vostok Precision. Cal;2809. Textured Dial. Always a welcome to the collection. these watches can still be bought for reasonable money, hard to find in good condition, though.
This particular watch, has a lovely textured dial, and is in overall, fantastic condition. The seconds hand, has probably been painted red, should be gold.
A pleasure to wear.
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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Pobeda 15j. [Light Restoration]

15j Pobeda. One of my favourite watches. Bought of a great seller from Ukraine, new to me.
Gosh what a struggle to find one in good original condition, i have changed the crown it came with, to a pillow crown, same as Shturmanskie, which would have been original to the watch when new.
Its funny, but this simple purchase, has given me more pleasure than watches costing much much more.

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Rare. Poljot Amphibian Tonneau 100m

Just received this Poljot Amphibian 100m, from a great seller from Ukraine, who i have had many happy dealings with.
I was surprised it went so cheaply. This version is considerably rarer than the more common 50m. [see the drop down links to my collection, on the right hand side of the blog].
This is larger and heavier than the 50m version.
This version, also has an unusual case back locking system,[compared to the 50m versions].
You can just see on the bottom picture, a small key on the case back, that locks in to a small recess in the movement case ring, at 12 o`clock.
This particular watch, is in really excellent condition and keeps quite superb time.
A great addition to the collection.