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 beveled edge.

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.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

1st MWF. Poljot Chronograph cal 3017. [Strela]

1st MWF. Poljot. Chronograph. Cal; 3017.
These plain minute register chronographs, realy are totally understated,and come from a period, when Poljot were producing, some of there most beautiful and iconic designs.
I already have one of a similar design, slightly different font.
Has a nice movement in the 2000`s, putting it in the mid 60`s.
Another great addition to the collection.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Early Okeah. Cal;3132. 1st MWF.

1st MWF Cal;3132 Okeah. Early.

Just received this lovely early Okeah.
Note nice early rounded crystal. Small case Okeah font. off white lume. Nice early "clean" movement, with out More modern Poljot logo on the bridge.

Check out the picture with Genuine Okeah dials on. My Okeah has the small font type 2 dial. Not the earliest type 1 dial.

The only draw back is a reproduction purple bezel,[originals suffer from premature ageing].

The off white lume and small case dials with purple bezel, have always been known. However the the theory of the Poljot logo on bridge ,is a more recent inovation/,theory [and is being thoroughly catered for by the more upmarket Ukraine watch dealers!!].

I know recognize that, [ignorance is bliss!!] my preconceived notions about early Okeahs are wrong.
1st Generation Okeaks would have had the poljot logo on bridge.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

1st MWF. Sekonda. White Dialed Cal;3017 Chronograph .Strela.

1st MWF Sekonda. white dialed 17j Chronograph cal; 3017.
One of my favourite 3017 types. This paddle handed dial is the most arresting.
This watch would have been made in the 70`s
A much missed new addition to the collection.

Vostok Precision. Cyrillic Dial. Cal; 2809.

Vostok Precision. Cyrillic Dial. 22 jewel.
As i have said many times before these watches are still incredibly cheap.
They are an ideal watch to start collecting, if you are new to Russian watch collecting, as opposed to the normal Vostok Amphibians, everyone seems to start with.

Russia`s only attempt at a wristwatch Chronometer, they really are, quite unique and a pleasure to wear. One of my favourite calibers, i shall continue to build up my caliber collection, whenever i spot a bargain , like this.

The watch runs seamlessly, a great addition to the colletion.