Monday, 27 November 2017

Extremely Rare. Raketa Antarktida. "Antarctic Expedition" 24 hr Watch.

Extremely Rare, Raketa Antarktida 21 j "Expedition Watch".

This is something, of a grail for me. This particular Raketa, is much more substantial, than the ordinary run of the mill Raketas.It has a very unusual construction, the crystal, attaches to the inner steel case, which in turn, screws into the case back, making the watch water resistant and anti magnetic.

It has the correct early, cal;2623, Baltika, 24 hr movement, running seamlessly.

These watches, commemorate, the 16th expedition, to Antarctica, [early 70`s] .
There is some anecdotal evidence, that they were originally presented to the expedition  members. I could not possibly confirm this.

This particular watch, is in superb condition and i really do think it is one of the best constructed Russian watches, i have ever owned. It is certainly one of the best looking.

Friday, 24 November 2017

1st Generation Vostok Komandirskies. Black and White Dials

1st Generation Vostok Komandirskie. Becoming hard to find in original condition. Many, many watches seen on line, have either been relumed or worse redialed.
Although showing their age, these examples are original and 99% untouched, difficult to show on the black dial..

 The white dialed version, has a lovely inscription on the back, which again is original. [I am normally wary of inscriptions, can be used to add a bit of"colour" by the seller].

The black dial has a 2214 cal` movement, the white dial has a 2234.

Both watches were bought off an extremely trusted seller, thank you Ilya.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Raketa 24hr "Polar" Watch

I have been looking for one of these early Raketa "Polar" 24hr watches for a long time.
I have had the chance to buy a few in the past, but they were always way out of my budget.
I bought this one of a seller, new to me, for a very, reasonable offer.

As you can see , most importantly it has the correct Baltika cal;2623 21 j , early movement, note the narrow bevelled edge, to the movement.

Unusually, the case and dial, are in excellent condition. The one drawback is the tip of the central seconds hand has broken off, but i can live with that.

Keeps great time.

I have a second, rarer Polar, coming soon.

Sputnik. Rotating Disc. Tscheljabinsky Watch Factory.

Received this lovely original Sputnik today.Made around 1957,[Sputnik Launch] to early sixties.
The dials on these do suffer from premature aging, that`s the reason you see so many redials.
This one is in good condition, when you consider, it was as cheap as chips.
Finding a little bargain like this gives me more pleasure, than no end of more expensive grails.

The watch is keeping great time, looks as though it has been recently serviced.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Canoe. By Keith Douglas. [Remembrance week].

Keith Castellain Douglas.  Born  24th January 1920.  Killed In Action . 9th June 1940.


Well, I am thinking this may be my last
summer, but cannot lose even a part
of pleasure in the old-fashioned art
of idleness. I cannot stand aghast

at whatever doom hovers in the background
while grass and trees and the somnolent river
who know they are allowed to last for ever
exchange between them the whole subdued sound

of this hot time. What sudden fearful fate
can deter my shade wandering next year
from a return? Whistle, and I will hear
and come another evening when this boat

travels with you alone towards Iffley:
as you lie looking up for thunder again,
this cool touch does not betoken rain;
it is my spirit that kisses your mouth lightly.