Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year.

An early happy New Year,as i will be to far gone later on.
I hope everyone has a great 2012.
Best Regards,
Russ Cook.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Another Grail Arriving Soon.

I am looking forward to receiving another one of my absolute grails,will post pictures when it arrives.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Poljot cal;31659 Hacking Sturmanskie [Reissue] Added.



Recently received this 31659 cal` Stainless, Hacking Sturmanskie Reissue from a great seller in Finland.It was actually advertised as cal;3133 [without picture of movement] with the chronograph not functioning as it should.I took a chance on buying it ,because it was a very reasonable price and was worth the gamble of it being a 31659 cal,which i have wanted for awhile.This type of case came in Cal`31659,form,i have also,however, seen a 3133 cal` installed.

I was obviously overjoyed when i received it to find the Late, cal;31659 installed,as i have said before i can do minor repairs,in this case,resetting the hands manually, and adjusting the movement cam screws to get the chronograph functioning correctly,[i notice the small chrono` hand is still slightly out,i will readjust].

The watch is in excellent condition,with stainless case,keeps excellent time,as i say it is a later reissue,[later movement,Original dial would have been greyer].It just goes to show,if you have a limited budget,as i have,you can still find a real bargain,if you have patience and a little knowledge.

P.S. My thanks to Boris,you are correct it should have the winged Large chrono hand.......for some reason my memory convinced me that this version could have both types of Large chrono hand to be original........i actually looked for one with this hand version!....I still love the watch though,everything else is good.

Regards Russ.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Cyrillic Poljot Amphibian Diver Added.



Just received this Poljot Amphibia,from a charming Russian seller.I am slowly building up quite a collection of Amphibia`s,i find them very easy to wear,[Not to big,one of my bug bares!].This i an automatic,cal;2616,keeps quite exceptional time.It has the Cyrillic dial and quite a plain caseback,compared to some of my others,the text on the caseback reads` Water resistant.`
I am very pleased with It.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Siegfried Sasoon. Aftermath. Rememberence Sunday.




 Siegfried Loraine Sassoon CBE. MC. Born 8th September 1886 Died 1 September 1967                                        
 
HAVE you forgotten yet?... 
For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you're a man reprieved to go,
Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.
But the past is just the same--and War's a bloody game...
Have you forgotten yet?...
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never forget.

Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz--
The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
Do you remember the rats; and the stench
Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench--
And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
Do you ever stop and ask, 'Is it all going to happen again?'

Do you remember that hour of din before the attack--
And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads--those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?

Have you forgotten yet?...
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you'll never forg
et.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Poljot Cyrillic Automatic cal;2415 Added.


Just received the above Cyrillic Poljot Automatic,to add to the others in my collection,i never can resist these understated,and underrated,watches from the 60`s and 70`s,this ones a nice early one.
The watch has a charming dedication on the caseback,also keeps excellent time,i have given the crystal a polish with polywatch and cleaned the case.
As i have already said these watches are underrated,i purchased it off e.bay for £20,an absolute bargain.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

A Brace Of Sputniks.






Just received these 1st MWF [Poljot] Sputniks,its becoming very hard to find original ones now.So a big thanks must go to Robert Prochowicz,for being such an honest seller,[check out Roberts great collection in my favourite links section].
They are in great overall condition,keeping excellent time,i have been after an original Sputnik,at a reasonable price for some time,[i had to sell one i had before and always regretted it],so,it was a very pleasant surprise to end up with two.
They were, of course,made to commemorate the successful launch of the Sputnik satellite in October 1957.
Great additions to the collection.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Another Poljot 3017 [Strela] Chronograph,For Restoration/Repair.


I have said before,i had a collection of parts and incomplete 3017 chronograph watches,which i had accumulated over the years,i have used various parts to keep other 3017`s going,i did make another 3017 up from parts,as reported on previously[a lot of hassle!],i have also donated parts to collectors who were in need.
I have now managed to locate and bring together all of my parts collection,and decided to make a complete Chronograph,for restoration.The watch is running,all be it,erratically, the chronograph function is not working correctly,the wath would have been manufatured circa 1973..
I will be tentatively sending the watch to Steve at Rytetime,as usual, for repair,and no doubt testing his good nature once again,[in a good way],he has become used to me sending him complete, basket cases.
This will be an ongoing project,and will not be finished in a hurry,will report on progress over time.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Early Vostok Precision Added.




Just received this early Vostok Precision,from a charming seller in Austria,its in beautiful condition,both case and dial,[dial is in such good condition,thought it could possibly be a redial,on balance, after  closer examination and after having studied various excellent examples on the Russian watch forum,Watch.ru,i am pretty convinced.].Has a nice early movement,The watch would have been made early 60`s. Will post better pictures when i have more time and light.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Raketa 22j Ultrathin [2209] Received




Just received this Bargain Raketa Ultrathin,the prices of these cal 2209 Raketas are starting to creep up.[i missed out on an earlier auction because the price reached a ridiculous level,].

So i left a small bid on this one,imagine my extremely pleasant  surprise,when i ended up winning it for £31. In fact, it was such a bargain,i thought perhaps i had missed something and it was not what it seemed,so i checked up on some old catalogues for reference[picture included],and it is indeed original,just like my other 2209`s.
The condition is quite excellent, [just small plate loss to rear of lugs],winds and sets beautifully,keeps exceptional time.Just goes to show,there are still bargains out there.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Vostok Hacking Komandirskie `Red Star` Received.[3AKA3 MO CCCP]



Just received this Komandirskie in beautiful condition,with hacking 2234 movement in.Has the `ministry` 3AKA3 MO CCCP dial,though wether it actually means anything is a bit of a mute point .It is in beautiful condition and keeps exceptional time

Saturday, 6 August 2011

1st MWF Vympel [Ultra Thin] Received.



These early Poljot, Ultra thins are becoming vary hard to find these days,i have been looking for one for some time.Bought this one of a trusted e.bay seller.It is totally original,has a nice early movement,the dials do tend to suffer due mainly to age and use,the dial on this one,has some signs of ageing,but,is acceptable.
Winds and sets well,[sometimes they can wind quite roughly],keeps excellent time.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Updating Blog Photo`s

I am trying to update blog Photo`s[painfully slowly].It should make the photo`s magnified.At my current rate of progress it should take several weeks............

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Favourite Watch Links Update. NHT Watches. Nuno`s Watch Collection.

Another update of my favourite watch links,this time a link to Nuno`s superb watch collection, NHT Watches.  Another comprehensive collection,with many watches i would dearly love myself,including a collection of Vostok watches that is second to none.
All in superb condition.
http://nht.blogs.sapo.pt/
To access my Favourite links section,just scroll down the right hand side of my Blog.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Favourite Watch Links Update.Robert Prochowicz Fantastic Watch Collection

I have just updated my favourite watch links section With Robert Prochowicz from Polands,watch collection site.This is another stunning and extensive Russian watch collection,a much valued addition to the Russian watch historical database.   http://www.prochowicz.com/watches/Watches_Gallery.php

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Vostok Swing Lugs 2209 Added.



Just received this Vostok swing lugs of a trusted seller.It is very original,[has that great original look and feel,unlike some],has correct Crown and small seconds hand.Some of these Vostoks have space history.This type of Swing lugs,MAY have been worn by Juri Romanenko on Soyus 38.Anyway as i have said before these Vostoks are extremely easy to wear,a very nice size[Thats in subtle,not the modern trend,for grotesquely large],keeps great time,a lovely addition to the collection.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Another Luch Ultra thin added.

I always find it hard to resist,these beautiful ultra thin watches,whether they be ,Poljot or Luch or even, slightly left field,Raketa`s take on them.
I have several  versions of each,and i am always on the look out for more original versions,they must be in good condition though.The Poljot versions ,have started to creep up in value,as have the Raketa`s.
You can still pick up the Luch versions quite cheaply,if you look carefully.All versions are a lovely subtle watch to wear,great on formal or informal occasions,the 2209 movement,when properly serviced can be extremely accurate.                                                                          

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Divers Get New Boots.



I seem to have taken to the various forms of Russian Divers,[a few examples pictured],this surprises me,because i have always been attracted to the more understated,dress type of Russian watch,[Automatics,Precisions and 3017`s],I think its the divers modest size and ease of reading.
As i am wearing them so much,i decided to buy some new straps for them,i have always preferred leather straps,but decided to go for rubber.
When the straps arrived i was pleasantly surprised,they were of a lovely soft type of rubber,so,very easy to wear.
99%,of the time when ever i require a new strap,i go to the same supplier, thestrapshop.co.uk   i have found there straps to have been of a consistent good quality,and service has been 1st class.
I intend to buy some more of the same type,to put on my Vostok Amphibia swing lugs.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Another Poljot Amphibian Diver Added.




Recently received this Poljot amphibian Diver.Great condition,as you will see,from my others,this has a slightly different case and dial configuration,[lume has been applied by hand] There were several versions of this Poljot Diver,all quite rare,This version is original and correct with 2616 cal automatic movement.One unusual aspect is the raised metal peg,on case back that locates into provided hole on movement holder.I have tried to show this in pictures.This is uncommon on other Russian watch designs.
The charming dolphin design on case back is featured on other versions,but not all.It is not present on my other two versions,who`s case backs are plain,[including the Dolphin dialled version,surprisingly].
One of the reasons,i became interested in the Poljot and vostok divers,was the fact that they were a nice wearable size,unlike some of the modern swiss versions,wich are the size of wardrobes,and about as subtle.One of my pet hates.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Poljot White Paddle handed Strela

Wearing this today,these really are a great looking watch,i have had this watch for several years,bought off a charming Gentleman,from Germany.The watch is in great condition,this version and the Sekonda version often come up for sale on e.bay,they should all have a later movement no` fitted.Late 60`s/70`s earliest.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Vostok/Volna Precision week.



Have not posted for a while,due to family commitments, Decided to wear a different precision for each day of the week,a few pictured.
The precisions are one of my most favoured Russian watches,all the ones i have acquired over the years are supremely accurate and reliable,and once again, considerably underrated.
I have explained before the Russians had there own testing procedures similar to cosc Swiss chronometer standards,and yet,if you look carefully you can still pick up a beautiful Vostok/Volna precision chronometer,in good condition,relatively cheaply,try doing that with a Swiss make.
Great watches,prefer,as ever the gold plated ones,superb on the wrist.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Poljot Dolphin Amphibia Diver Reastoration Update.

Following on from my previous post,i approached this next stage of the restoration of my Poljot Dolphin Amphibia with some trepidation.I have done minor repairs to my watches before,particularly hand replacement,but i do know what a pain it can be,and how ,sometimes it doesn't always go to plan,and Stephen Burrage is sometimes left to pick up the pieces.
I have never attempted reluming before,but that turned out to be the easy part,the first picture is of a hand set[from just received Amphibia,photo previous post].
As you can see the hands are upside down waiting for reluming,on toothpicks,the only thing i could find that was acceptable.I used white and green Burgeon lume for both watches.
As you can see from this picture of the poljot Dolphin,when i originaly received it,it had wrong handset on,and wrong caseback.

I already had the correct case back,and was lucky enough to drop onto an original hour and minute hand,although they were the wrong colour[hence the reluming ].and when i received the other Amphibia i had my Large central seconds hand.
The reluming went o.k,maybe the white on the hands is a bit to white?
But,i have never had a watch,including Chrono`s,where,the handset was so difficult to get right,it took me most of the day,as ever in these situations,its best to leave it when you become frustrated,and come back to it.
But in the end i am very pleased with the result.
I will be returning to the `Green` Amphibia mentioned in the previous post,when i receive the other central seconds hand.