Saturday, 31 December 2016

Vympel. 1st MWF. Cal;2209



You can never have enough Vymples. This lovely watch came from a seller i have had many happy dealings with. Comes with its nice original, early, cal;2209, movement. Keeps excellent time. winds and sets as it should[can be problematic].

These watches are still incredibly cheap,[even more so under there later Luch moniker]. I know i have said this before, but they really are a clean, understated watch design. criminally undervalued at the present time.

Further updates will appear.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Vostok Amphibia. N.O.S. Radio Room.


What a lovely surprise. I had actually forgotten i had this watch. I bought this watch, many years ago, when i first started collecting, Russian watches. Its N.O.S, still has its original box and papework.
As i remember, i bought it from a seller in Thailand, or somewhere similar, at the time there was a flurry of these N.O.S amphibias, in various configurations.

When i found it, at the back of a drawer with some spares,it was still in its original box. As far as i am aware, it had been there for many years, i took it out ofits box, wound it,...and typical Vostok...started quite happily, keeping great time.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

300M Vostok. New Boots

Just purchased a new military style one piece vintage leather strap, for the Vostok 300m. One of my most wearable Russian watches, has all the prerequisites ,easy to read and not to large. A great and quite rare watch.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Rare. Poljot Orbita Cyrillic 29j Automatic


Poljot Cyrillic Orbita 29j Automatic Watch. First time i have owned one of these criminally undervalued watches. I have wanted one for a long time. the watch is in good condition, keeping great time. In fact, all of the 29j Poljots are undervalued, one of my favourite Russian watch types.

These watches look great on the wrist. Extremely tasteful. Perhaps that`s why the are so undervalued, taste seems to be very thin on the ground, in modern watch design.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Suicide In The Trenches, By Siegfried Sasoon.

Suicide in the Trenches

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.

Vostok 300m Wire Lug Amphibian. [1st Generation]



Vostok 1st Generation 300m wire lugs Amphibian. Just Received. I am blessed indeed, one of the watches i missed most, so comfortable on the wrist,easy to read dial,with those lovely paddle hands, and generously applied lumed numbers.

This has all the correct pointers. Firstly age! the case back dial, lume and dial all show signs of age and use. Heavier than normal Amphibian case back. Raised crystal and of course, wire lugs.A great example of simple effective Russian design.

I have ordered, one of Davids, vintage leather, all in one military straps.

This was supplied, by a much trusted seller.

Updates will appear. 

Monday, 7 November 2016

Original Cyrillic Strela.




Just received this beautiful Original Cyrillic Strela from a lovely seller, new to me, from Slovakia.
He was more than fair to me accepting my offer.
I have been looking for one of these for a long time. It is very hard to find an original one. Most have been re cased, with later cases.[The early cases seemed to readily deteriorate] You will note this has its original rounded lug Case. Dial is in great untouched condition, with strong colour, even the crown is correct, although well worn. This just adds to its appeal. The movement is running strong, and is again, correct, with its period, 1st MWF logo.
Very very pleased.
Further updates will appear. 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Vostok 300m Amphibia [Rare]



Just taken delivery of this watch, from Russia in rekord time. Purchase of an extremely trusted seller. Thank You Slava.
I love these 300m Vostoks.The trade mark hand set, is one of my favourite. This has all of the required attributes.. Thicker crystal, heavy case back, 22mm lugs. In great condition, some wear to dial and case,as is to be expected, keeps great time.

Further updates will appear.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Shturmanskie 17j [Gagarin] Issued watch.





Just received this beautiful, original issued 17j Sturmanskie. This stunning watch, is in peerless condition,keeps great time. I have put it on one of Davids One piece vintage leatcher straps, which i think enhances the watch.

Some experts think this may have been the type worn by Gagarin, on his epic space flight.

I bought the watch off a lovely seller from the Ukraine, who was new to me, but delivered a great service.

Further updates soon.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Shturmanskie Issued [Gagarin ] 15j Watch

Original 15j Sturmanskie. 4th Q 1952. Not a surprise , If anyone has followed this blog over the years, my favourite Russian Watch. Importantly, this one is "right", in that it has not been messed about with. Correct hands, Dial and winder, with a lovely patina on all. Hacking movement is correct and keeping excellent time. [pictures to follow].

I bought this watch of an excellent seller from Ukraine,who i dont beleive i have dealt with before, a pleasure to deal with.

Photographed on a temporary,strap. I have ordered some straps to compliment, this and oter watches arriving in due course.

Expect further updates as watches arrive in due course.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Favourite Russian Watch Links. Update

Just updated the Favourite Russian watch links section. A pleasure to add Dashiell`s, stunning collection to the blog. A great informative addition to the blog.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Buying some Russian Watches.

Have decided to purchase a few Russians. Mainly because i have missed them. Don`t seem to get the same enjoyment out of Swiss watches.

Having said that, i could never dream of trying to build the collection i once had. I am just going to try and find a few of my favourite Russian watches,.

I will purchase off sellers i have trusted over many years in the past.

I will update in due course.