Monday, 31 December 2018

14k Rose Gold Cyrillic Poljot 23j Automatic Watch

14k Rose Gold Cyrillic Poljot 23j Automatic.

I received this watch, some months ago,[Forgot To post on blog......] from a great seller from Poland, who was new to ebay with zero feedback, so perhaps this put some people off buying?The price was very reasonable.

The watch is running seamlessly, with its beautiful, rose gold case, in excellent condition, with hallmarks clearly ledgible, [not always the case on this particular version], with the added bonus off a charming inscription.

The dial has a small blemish at 5 o clock, which i would normally leave, but could possibly be improved with careful cleaning.

A great Addition.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Vostok Precision .Cal;2809. 22j

 Vostok Precision, Cal; 2809 22j.

This precision, is one of the more un common versions of the cal;2809.

They seems to suffer from ageing to the dial. This watch, although not NOS, is in really rather good condition.

It was very cheap.the precision's are still,a relative, bargain. I was surprised it stayed on ebay,for so long......

A very welcome and quite rare addition to the growing Cal;2809, precision collection.

I will add a picture of the movement, at a later date.

Monday, 24 December 2018

14k Rose Gold Raketa Cal;2209.

14k Rose Gold Raketa. Cal;2209.

This watch was purchased non running. It was cheap. However the import charges our wonderful government, charge are not....

I love the Raketa cal; 2209, particularly in Rose gold and i am very pleased to have it.

These watches look very understated on the wrist, especially when paired with a quality thin leather strap.

I have a donor watch arriving, anytime soon, then i will effect a repair.

Will update when finished.

Raketa cal;2209 in box.

Raketa cal;2209 in box.

Still can`t believe how cheap these Raketas are.This one is in beautiful condition and was bought off the ebau offer process, very reasonably.

However the quirky Raketa cal;2209 movement is known to be fragile, from personal experience, so questions need to be asked of the seller if you think of buying one. Particular attention needs to be paid to the winding setting complication.

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. 50th 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

Extremely Rare. Czechoslovakian Military Issued Pobeda "Majetek Vojenske Spravy".

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...

Friday, 7 September 2018

14 k Rose Gold Vostok 17j Dress watch.

Vostok 14k Rose Gold 17j Dress watch.

Have always loved the Russian Rose gold watches, such a lovely colour on the wrist.
The trouble is, most on the internet, are ludicrously over priced, on buy it now purchase.

When they are left to go to auction, they fetch a fraction of the buy it now prices.

This watch is in lovely condition and would have been made in the early 70`s.

One typically Russian "design feature"is the lume. the dial has lume on the outside of the dial indices, but none on the hands.....Making the watch impossible to read in the dark.Quirky to say the least.

The movement is the ubiquitous Cal;2409A 17j

Very pleased to have one back in the collection again.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Czechoslovakian Elchron Factory. Military Issue Stopwatch.

Czechoslovakian Elchron Factory Military Issue Stopwatch.

I am still looking for Cal;3017 Czech` issued military watch to go with the Pobeda. In the mean time dropped on to this quite rare issued stopwatch, note the issue engraving on the dial. Thank heavens for the czech system of issue marks. Something the soviets never got round to.

A big thank you to Micha Katz, for finding it for me.

I do think there is a lot of Rubbish/wishful thinking talked about Russian Military watches. The only genuine issued Russian watch i know off, is The 15/17j Shturmanskies.

I always put all other "military" and "issued" Russian watches in quotation marks, as it`s all based on anecdotal evidence.

I digress....Very pleased to add this little gem.

Poljot Automatic 29j Dress Watch. Cal;2415

Poljot Automatic 29j Cal;2415.

 The best period of Russian watchmaking. Simple Elegant. Understated.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Poljot 30j Amphibia. Screw Crown.

Poljot 30j Automatic, Amphibia, Screw Crown.

Not the 1st MWF`s finest moment. But irresistible all the same.
Originally. It was thought because of there rarity, these might have been experimental pieces.
But over the years, more and more have shown up,[with the obligatory dial damage].

In a way they are a one off, they have a slightly different case design to the "normal" amphibia  and of course they have the wacky and poorly engineered reverse crown thread.

Still very glad to have one back in the collection though. Very reasonably priced, as well.

I have carried out a very minor restoration, i have replaced the central seconds hand and bezel with  originals.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Extremely Rare.Original. Vostok Compressor Automatic Amphibian. SOLD.

Vostok Compressor Automatic Amphibia.

These watches are vanishingly rare. Certainly in this condition.
They do come up for sale, from time to time, but many have defects, damaged case, wrong hands and wrong movement.

And of course some non original versions, that have been put together out of original and reproduction parts.

This particular watch, is completely original and in beautiful condition.[Thank you Slava].
Importantly, it has the correct cal; 2416 automatic movement and case back.

What surprised me when i received it, was the quality and size compared to normal Vostoks. [Rather like another watch in my collection, Raketa Antarctida "Expedition"]. It is certainly not another run of the mill Vostok.

Both the crowns are screwed, the case back also feels heavier than normal.

It keeps superb time and has an impressive feel and look on the wrist.

A very important addition to the collection.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Rare. Sputnik Award Watch. Tschistopolsky Watch Factory. Cal;2602. [Light Restoration].

Very pleased to have received this Rare Tschistopolsky Sputnik Award Watch.

I had one before, but had to let it go. This particular watch was incredibly Cheap. Mainly because it was missing its seconds disc.[picture 2].Luckily, i was able to source one very quickly, you can see the replacement ticking away happily, [ picture 1].

These watches have been heavily Frankened, over the years, although, the copies have got steadily better. I have never quite understood why, because the copies do not sell for high prices, any profits on them must be very small.

The Sputnik Award watch, has the cal;2602 installed, running sweetly.

A pleasing addition to the collection.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Sekonda 17j.Textured/Linen Dial.

I have not been feeling to well lately. {kidney stones]. So imagine what a pleasant surprise it was, when my wife came home from our local shopping centre with this Sekonda in her hand bag.

She has never shown any interest in my watch collection, but like most Women she has got a photographic memory, when needed!!

My wife paid the grand total of £2 for this Sekonda, manufactured during the last gasps of the 1st Moscow Watch Factory. [Poljot].It was on a market stall selling Militaria.

The watch looks as though it has had very little use and is running, it also has a rather beautiful textured dial.

Really has cheered me up.