Giving my Zissou some air. This is a wristwatch that I bought early in my collection. A wristwatch with an automatic 2416b movement in a 420 case in stainless steel. The dial is the Zissou. It’s called Zissou because Bill Murray wore a watch like this when starring in the movie “Life Aquatic” where the main character is called Zissou.
The odd thing about this dial is that it doesn’t say anywhere on the dial where the watch is made. I guess it makes the watch a “transitional” watch? That’s what watches – that was made in the short period after the collapse of the Soviet Union but before the period when Russia was established as a country – are called.
The second hand used to “jump around” in a nervous way when rotating around the dial but now it’s calmed down and moves pretty smooth.
As a small collector of wristwatches I like to see the watches in the condition where they are as near their original configuration as possible but I see no harm in changing bezels and other stuff that are easy to change back to the original state. Just as long as the watch isn’t damaged.
What do you think?
I’ve changed the bezel on my Zissou to give it a more summer look.
Y’all remember the rock that was in my way from last week?
Well, it’s not anymore.
Found this strange shaped Vostok a few years ago. I liked the shape so I bought it. Maybe it’s some kind of prototype that’s come outside the factory walls, I remember thinking. I asked some good friends but this is some kind of private project. A factory worker that’s done something during a coffee break. The seller claimed that it’s made by Vostok. I liked the shape anyway and the unique look.
The 18 mm band is the only detail that I didn’t like. I’m liking the 22 mm bands more.
Never thought that I would buy a Russian metal bracelet but now I tried one on the reshaped Amphibian and it’s quite comfortable. Looks better than with the leather strap.
A few years of collecting Russian watches has left me with a small stock of spareparts. It’s not organized in any way but I try to be careful with the spareparts. They might come in handy some day or I might even be able to help another collector improve their watch. As a collector, almost nothing gets thrown away at my place.
Some of my watches has come to me in a pretty poor condition. The charm with the Russian watches is that even if the watch looks in a poor condition the watches often works. Replacing a bezel or replacing a crown can radically change the look of the watch. Giving them many more years in use.
I found this little lot among my spareparts tonight. The cromed brass crown for Vostok 2209 is often pretty damaged after many years of daily use.
I seem to have reached the age where birthdays aren’t so important anymore. Not my birthday anyway. But I do try to make them special even if I went to work last night. I wore my favorite Russian watch on the arm. The Vostok Amphibian 30 ATM, type 350. How old I am? Not so relevant. *lol*
I was born at the hospital just a few hundred meters from where this photo is taken. A long time ago.
Gathered some spareparts and modified an old automatic 710 ministry case from Vostok Amphibian 2416b a few years ago. The dial and paddle hands is from Favinov. The bezel is a custom made detail. It gave this old watch a totally new look.
Almost all my free time is spent out in my little yard on the countryside outside Stockholm. It’s a real pleasure really. Clean air. The silence. The beautiful light.
This magnificent bird is what met me when I arrived. You can’t see much of it but I recognize the screams it makes. It’s an eagle.
My project this summer is to make a nice dry spot under my small cabin. I’m digging out a hole in the ground so that I can fill the hole with gravel or rocks later. This will make rain and snow flow away under the cabin. The problem is that I keep finding these giant rocks where I shouldn’t find it. Well, I’ve found a method of getting rid of them. I drill holes in the rocks. Fill it with expanding cement. Split them – sometimes several times – until they get the size when I eventually can lift them out of the hole.
The drill is a hard metal drill with 30 mm diameter. I take long breaks after every hole so the drill cools down. It’s my way of giving the drill a longer lifetime.
Every hole is about a finger deep.
It’s not all about work when I’m out there. I take the time to relax of course. That’s the reason why I bought the place.
This is a Vostok Amphibian with a Super Compressor dial in a ministry case. I thought that the dial was another version of the dial of the Super Compressor but a visitor on this blog pointed out that it’s the same dial. It must be, he said, because the date window has the same position on both dials. He is probably right. I haven’t had the time to compare the dials properly yet. This watch is for sale by the way. If anyone is interested just let me know.
The rock is filled up with the expanding cement. Now it’s just waiting. I’ll be back here next week to see how much of the rock is split and if I can lift parts of it out of the hole.
I checked the rock after 18 hours and not much has happened.
One of the fun things with collecting is the possibility to help others in their collecting.
I found these necktie hands for Vostok Amphibian 2209 many years ago. They are pretty rare. These are not original parts but close enough. Thought that they might come in handy for future projects so I bought a few. Now they did. A very good friend needed a pair for a project so I sold him a pair.