Friday, 21 January 2011

Russian Watch Literature/Reference Books.

Well,its a bit of a desert out there,reference books wise,i have listed below the Russian watch books i own,so feel able to comment on.

The most prolific author is Mr.Juri Levenberg,you may have encountered his name before on various watch forums,some seem to have a problem with him.I DON`T.I am extremely thank full to him for taking the time to produce these books, in the past.I still use them all the time,for reference and find them invaluable.They offer a good overview with good pictures,and rare watches,there are also some mistakes and double posts but in the cultural desert that is Russian watch literature, as i say they are invaluable.I think you can still buy them through his e.bay Sonnenflash alter ego.

[1]Russische Armbanduhren 1 [ISBN 3-7667-1168-7] German And English]
English [ISBN 0887408737]
Good overview of all the major Russian makers,many pictures mainly circa 70/90`s.Also has a section on Chronometers and aircraft clocks.Good starter book.Slightly less information on Raketa.

[2]Russische Armbanduhren 2 [ISBN 3-7677-1173-3] In German another nice overview,on all makes,slightly more on Chaika and Raketa.

[3]Uhren Aus Russland 96 -SammlerKatalog Nr 7[Russion Watches 1996]
In German Again,i use this a lot has some quite rare watches in from 50`s and 60`s.Has some limited English translations.

[4]Uhren Aus Russland SammlerKatalog Nr 8 [Russian Watches 1997]
German again,with small sections in English mostly watches from 70`s to 90`s,plus section on Russian "Homages".

The other author is Michael Ceyp,I have two books of his both in German,although i believe there were English versions,both difficult to get hold of.

[1]Faszination Russische Uhren [ISBN 3-929-902-24-9]

Again a good overview of Russian watch factories,with a lot of back ground information,although nowhere near as many pictures as Levenbergs books.

[2]Faszination Sowjetische Uhren [ISBN-3931785351]
I use this book regularly contains information and pictures of watches from 30`s to 50`s so is of interest to me.

I just wish there were some more available,maybe Mark Gordon or Ill Phil will bring out a book at some time in the future.Always remember the web sites listed in my favourite links are easy to access via my  links section.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Early 17j Hacking Sportivnie with two piece case back



I forgot i had this watch,now back on song after i replaced center seconds hand with a spare i had.These 1st MWF sportivnies are great watches,come in a variety of  styles,this is an early one with two piece caseback,they also come in later single caseback.This is from 3rd q 57.They can still be bought cheaply,hard to find with the correct hand sets though,as the center seconds hand at least, gets used as replacements for Sturmanskies,Franken or original.

Friday, 14 January 2011

1st MWF Sturmanskie 3133 Stainless "Issued" Watch Added.





Just received this Stainless Sturmanskie cal, 3133.I have said before that these 3133 chronographs are not my favourite Russian watches,[i have had maintenance issues before,that probably coloured my judgement],but,this watch,has partly restored my faith in the 3133`s.

Among the many versions of the 3133 cal` you can get,[this is a reissue]these airforce ones are my favourite,i already have one,but that has the older two piece reset lever,this one has the newer single piece reset lever.[Hence reissue]

I bought this off a new seller on e.bay,for a very reasonable price,the listing pictures were poor,there was no movement shot,so it was a bit of a gamble,but the seller was extremely honest,[he also dispatched it in record time].

When first received,i realised why there was no movement shots,the caseback was extremely difficult to get off,after persevering,imagine what a pleasant surprise,to find an issue mark of 4Q-88[i know they are faked,but this is original].Also note Production number under 10000,another sign of originality.

Now i am the first to admit that i wasn't aware that the Russians ever had Military issue marks,but i have since seen on Mark Gordons excellent site,that he has a couple of issued Sturmanskie`s listed,I also remember sometime ago Tammo answered questions on a forum,confirming,the Russians used Military Issue marks on Sturmanskies,unfortunately,i can`t reference it.

I have to admit,that if you want pristine NOS watches this is not the watch for you,it has lots of wear and years of dirt on,but that just adds to its charm,there is a slight anomaly with the crown at 9,as,unlike the other stainless crown and pusher,it is,very worn ,chromed brass,probably a replacement,could even be original,who knows what was used at 1st MWF at the time.
It keeps exceptional time and chronograph functions work perfectly[which is a miracle,going on past experience!].
I am extremely pleased with it,and as ever with any watches i have with patina,will not be doing any restoration.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Watch links update;Dmitry`s Russian Watch Collection; www.ussr-watches.ru

I will be updating the watch links favourite links, with Dmitry`s ,breathtaking watch collection.; http://www.ussr-watches.ru/   along with other priceless information contained their in,
I am still looking at his collection with astonishment,it contains many rare Russian watches,i did not know existed.

Most Worn Russian Watch.

I try to wear my Russian watches as much as possible,unfortunately i cant wear them to work as they would get broken very quickly,[i work on a refinery as a rigger].But i do wear them in the evenings and at weekends,i have found however that the above Sekonda tends to get worn more than most,as it is so easy to read in all light conditions,something that is becoming more and more important to me as i get older!
I have put it on a rather sudden di-modell strap,which  is a bit large and over the top,but is very comfortable.
A simple elegant Russian watch to wear and not worry about.