Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Cyrillic Strela Received.

Just received this Cyrillic strela date 1963/64,I have been looking for one of these,with this type of dial configuration,for some time.I have replaced the large central seconds hand with an original.
Other than that it is in quite glorious original,[note older style rounded lugs]  untouched condition,[unusual for one with this dial type,as i have said before,this and the rarer numbered version,also in my collection,seem to get redialled or retouched,with quite ghastly results].
As is common with these watches,keeps quite amazing time,chronograph functions as it should.
I know some collectors love to have their watches in perfect condition,i am the opposite,i know the dial has aged,the crown worn,but to me,this just makes it extra special,it gives the dial especially a lovely colour and patina,and looks really quite special on the wrist,and of course, reflects its long,treasured history.It will be worn with pride.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Incoming early 3017. Strela.

As i have mentioned before,i have a particular interest in 3017 chronographs,Ultra Thins,14k Rose Gold watches,Vostok/Volna precisions and early Type 1`s.Unfortunately limited funds preclude me from buying indiscriminately,but now and again something comes a long from a trusted seller that i can afford.

I am awaiting delivery of an early 3017 chronograph[Strela],of a dial configuration,i have been after for some time.It will not be perfect,these early ones seem to be particularly susceptible to ageing.In fact if you are offered a perfect one,be very suspicious,and check it out thoughLy,by checking against my strelas listed on the pages section on the right hand side,or,even better use Ill Phils or Mark Gordons excellent web sites, listed again,on the right hand side,under `favourite links` .

I will post pictures when received.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Sekonda with vostok 18j movement.

Just received this Sekonda,spent sometime considering whether to buy it, because of the slightly rough application of lume,[this was common on some of the Sekondas and Poljots,towards the end of production].I am very pleased with it though,looks great on the wrist,comes with a Vostok cal 2214 18j movement,which is correct.