^^^ Those are some handsome watches. What happens, though, if you need a warranty repair or servicing down the road.
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Poor man's watch thread - Page 410post #6136 of 66989/22/16 at 3:26pmpost #6137 of 66989/22/16 at 3:42pmQuote:
The watch community is full of people who are familiar with working on these watches, there are plenty of service manuals available, and any competent watchmaker who can safely service an ETA movement will be able to work on these. I highly recommend them, check out the Russian watch section at WatchUSeek forum for more info. Meranom is the online retailer most people go to for their simple watches. For chronographs, I like poljot24.depost #6138 of 66989/22/16 at 3:45pmpost #6139 of 66989/22/16 at 3:52pmQuote:
In the course of normal wear, there is nothing in these watches that would warrant replacing; there are thousands of perfectly working examples that date from the 70s and 80s floating around. They are built tough and resist shocks very well. In the event of parts necessity, the factory that (to this day) produces these watches will sell any parts that are needed, and whole donor movements can be bought for a few dollars. It is pretty much a non issue, to be honest.post #6140 of 66989/22/16 at 3:55pmQuote:Originally Posted by DerangedGoose
In the course of normal wear, there is nothing in these watches that would warrant replacing; there are thousands of perfectly working examples that date from the 70s and 80s floating around. They are built tough and resist shocks very well. In the event of parts necessity, the factory that (to this day) produces these watches will sell any parts that are needed, and whole donor movements can be bought for a few dollars. It is pretty much a non issue, to be honest.
Parts are routinely replaced in a full servicing. And stuff sometimes breaks in any mechanical device, watches included.
But it's good to know that parts are available from the manufacturer. That's the short answer to servicing concerns.post #6141 of 66989/22/16 at 5:19pmpost #6142 of 66989/22/16 at 7:09pmpost #6143 of 66989/22/16 at 9:11pmQuote:
I misworded my original post, I didn't mean to make it sound like the watches are out of production. Only the older style Raketas are. Vostok Amphibias are produced in numerous variations.
As for parts, these watches really will go decades with simple oil and cleaningpost #6144 of 66989/23/16 at 12:38ampost #6145 of 66989/23/16 at 4:47ampost #6146 of 66989/23/16 at 7:20amQuote:Originally Posted by mimo
Daylight pics another time, but I am loving the pure silliness of it, right out of the...er...tube: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)Quote:Originally Posted by mimo
The silliness of the Shark Diver (at least this one) is that it's so tall, with massive square lugs that really exaggerate its nominal 45mm case width. It feels like carrying a car alternator on the wrist, but that's kind of what I wanted. At under $400 with the Miyota option, it's a very accessible indulgence.
Great PMW selection! I have three from Helson and love them all - a Skindiver and two Sharkmasters. The Shark Diver has been on my radar for a while, but I want to go with the 40mm version. My Skindiver has a Miyota engine in it (the Sharkmasters are ETA) and it has a pretty good power reserve and keeps really good time. Definitely some good value in Helson.
(Not pictured is my recently acquired PVD Sharkmaster)post #6147 of 66989/23/16 at 7:55amDaylight, outdoor vs indoor, the blue is very subtle:
It's thick, of course:
The rubber strap was comfortable, but I liked the look of the leather-lined worn canvas from Panatime. Suits the steam-punk-tool aesthetic of the big bronze beast, I think.
But Madame says the pimpy croc is better.
There is something wonderfully wrong about this watch. The same kind of wrong as a 44 year old guy in a three piece tailored suit and hand-welted shoes driving a V8 Camaro. I am delighted with it.post #6148 of 66989/23/16 at 10:32amQuote:Originally Posted by Wowee Zowee
@DerangedGoose lovely watches. What is that classic gold dress watch? Is it in production?
These watches are not currently being produced, but were made in significant numbers. They are usually known by the movement code, which was the Luch 2209. However, this movement was shared across Raketa, Luch, Sekonda, Vympel, Poljot, and Vostok model lines. They were produced in chrome, gilt, and solid gold cases of many different dial combinations.
Here is a good resource on this famous movement to get you started:
The first watch is a Vostok Amphibia in the 710 model, also known as the ministry case. This specific dial and hands combo is usually seen on the Special Edition, or SE models. Meranom is the retailer for these:
My personal recommendation is to get one of the standard edition models at half the price, and add the hands / bezel you want. I personally prefer no-date models to preserve symmetry, but both are available. Here is a watchuseek thread detailing some of the excellent mods available for these watches:
There are several people out there making custom bezels for these watches that will take seiko or other inserts (custom hands and dials are available too) such as dr. seikostain, favinov, and pers, whose bezels I personally favor as they are totally machined and do not use inserts:
The second watch you asked about is the Sturmanskie reissue chronograph, a tasteful reissue of the famous soviet pilot chronograph. This is the black face model:
Grey is also available, and this retailer sells restored vintage chronographs for less than $300 in some cases (this is an excellent deal, but be aware that some of those particular watches may not be 100% historically accurate, as the military models used a stainless steel case, while the civilian models had chromed brass. Also, sometimes you will find a post-USSR movement in a CCCP marked watch, or a movement assembled from pieces ranging across dates. I personally dont bother with such details too much, as all of these watches will function to the same high degree mechanically, but its important to some people)
The sturmanskie line has now expanded to other, modern models as well. These are consistently the best deal you can get for mechanical handwinding chrongraphs finished to a high degree ($399 for the one below)
Explore the rest of their offerings; there are some very handsome watches out there.
Another good retailer is poljot24.de, run by Julian Kampmann:
Edited by DerangedGoose - 9/23/16 at 11:45ampost #6149 of 66989/27/16 at 4:49ampost #6150 of 66989/27/16 at 5:41am
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