Thursday, 26 January 2017

Volna Precision, With textured dial. Cal;2809



Once again. No surprise on this purchase. Beautiful, textured dial Volna Precision, Cal; 2809.
These watches, can still be purchased very cheaply. Harder to find in excellent original condition, like this one though.

Bought off a seller from Ukraine, i have used several times before, all with good results. Keeps great time.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

A Present From Mischa.

Sometimes, in life, something happens to leave one totally overwhelmed. This is such an occasion.

I have known Mischa for some years, in that time i have seen him build up a once in a life time collection, only for it to be tragically stolen, from his Moscow flat. Through out this time through good and bad , he has always kept an admirable positive perspective on life. [Something that would have been beyond me].

Imagine my surprise, to receive through the post,[out of the blue], a package from Mischa, as a gift, containing, some complete watches and incredibly rare spare parts, as i say, i was completely overwhelmed.

I will use the parts, in future projects. which i would never sell. [Some years ago Mischa sent me as a gift A beautiful Rare NOS Luch 22j watch, which until recently, until i started collecting again, was the only Russian watch i had left and would obviously never sell]

Thank you Mischa. You are a Gentleman. [An increasingly rare breed]

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

1st MWF Hacking ["Issued"] Shturmanskie Cal;31659 Chronograph.







1st MWF Sturmanskie cal;31659 Hacking. I bought this watch incredibly cheaply. It also came with an original Poljot Bracelet,[just prefer to wear a leather strap].I might put the original metal strap on, it just looks better.

This a second generation version,with blue infill dial, quite early movement,
, with date on bridge.
Unusually it has its original crystal,which has come up a treat with a bit of polywatch,stainless steel case back and pushers, are very good.

I have put the issued in brackets and quotes,because, of course, this is total conjecture. The only genuine Russian issued watches i know of, that can be verified, are the original 15j Sturmanskies.

The only draw back with the watch, is that unfortunately, the indices have been relumed. It keeps great time though,chronograph operates faultlessly .

One of my most missed watches.

There are still bargains out there.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Cyrillic Poljot Kosmos. 29j Automatic, Date Pointer.


Poljot Cyrillic 29j Automatic, date pointer. Bought as part of a job lot. My favourite Poljot  29j Watch, from my favourite Russian watch making period. The 60`s.
This ones in beautiful, correct condition, with the early snap on back.
Keeps superlative time.

Friday, 13 January 2017

1st MWF Vymple . Cal;2209 . 23 Jewel.


1st MWF. Cal;2209 Vymple.
I think the pictures speak for themselves.My favourite Russian Watchmaking Period.
Simple, cultivated design, speaks volumes,
And taste, in this instance....comes incredibly cheap.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Vostok "3 Aka" Komandirskie.Hacking.Cal;2434. As new.



Vostok Komandirskie "3 aka" Hacking movement. As issued through ministry shops. Supposedly.
Has a charming inscription, on case back. It is in beautiful condition.

I could not resist it, don`t tend to go to much for the Vostok diver type, but this has always been an exception to the rule.

Has the Cal;2434 Hacking movement installed, as you would guess, running very sweetly.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

15j Pobeda. Cal;2608. Non Hacking

15j Pobeda. Non Hacking. I have always had a complete soft spot for these watches,i managed to find this one, as cheap as chips. I could not believe how difficult it was to find an original one.
Most of these watches get stripped for parts, note this still has its original pillow crown.

I am still looking for its brother, the version with black hands and red central seconds, you can find them for sale, but are normally not very original, particularly, missing the pillow crown. [surprise surprise!]

I bought this off a charming  seller from czechoslavakia. It bought me more pleasure than a lot of more exotic finds.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Raketa Amphibia.


Raketa Amphibian. This is one of two watches i missed the most from my previous collection.
I used to wear my previous one constantly, Just love the "out there" design.
These watches are so easy to wear, for everyday use,lovely size.[My pet hate, the current, "fashion,taste"for ghastly blocks of iron on the wrist...].

I am sorry i digress,... this great watch keeps great time and the screwed crown is fully operational.

Whilst it waits for new boots, have put it on the old faithful temporary nato

Further updates will appear.