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  1. Soviet flatties - Penza - part 2

    Today the most interesting Zaria flattie - the 2015 automatic.
    The movement is nowadays pretty much known, and some pieces are seen in various colections,but when I was getting started many years ago, the only known 2015 (and incomplete) could be found on one Russian website.

    That's the watch. It's a ladies' watch AFAIK, but with it's 16mm strap and size almost as big as the Vesna I've just ...

    Updated 01-26-2017 at 04:30 AM by pmwas

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  2. Repair of broken lope end of South Bend Pocket Watch main spring

    Quote Originally Posted by rpm7653@aol.com View Post
    I have a brand new main sping for a South Bend Pocket Watch. I broke the lope end. Can I reuse this spring by putting a new hole in it? If so, what is the best way to put the hole in?

  3. Soviet flatties - Penza - part 1

    This blog post is an introduction to a 'bigger' one comming up next week.

    As most of you here is probably not very much familiar with Russian watchmaking history, just a brief note about USSR's 3rd maker - the State Watch Factory in Penza.

    The factory was set up in cooperation with French Lip in 1930s and at ...
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  4. Samuel Curtis Roxbury No 549

    Today I have an enormous privilige to show one of these to you...

    I aquired one of the world's first movements made with interchangable parts, in a mass production fashion.

    I've got to admit I've not done extensive research, so please excuse any inaccuracies - comments appreciated...

    Perhaps the expression 'mass production' is not exactly the best here, as only 1000 were made before the factory went out of business, but it's about the technology, not quantaties ...

    Updated 01-17-2017 at 11:33 AM by pmwas

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  5. Soviet flatties - continued

    Getting on with my Soviet flatties blog, today I present the details of Poljot/Luch 2209 ('Vympel') movement.

    Vympel was introduced in the 1960s by 1st Moscow Watch Factory. The brand name Vympel was later abandoned and Poljot/Poljot de Luxe brands were used.

    IMO the most interesting 2209 Poljot would be this stainless steel 'atom' dial piece:

    Of course solid gold ones are lovely ...

    Updated 01-15-2017 at 02:01 PM by pmwas

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