Here's my current collection, mostly Chinese but also plenty of Russian, Europeans and some vintage Brits, so they're all in one place.
Beijing ZhuFeng - the one that got me into this mess in the first place
Beijing BeiHai - the second most beautiful object in the Solar System
Beijing ZunJue - the fourth most beautiful...
Beijing ZunDa (white dial) - yet another beauty
Beijing ZunDa (black dial) - hmmmmm
Beijing Liaoning - a *dive* watch? By BJWAF? Surely not...
Beijing Model One Reissue - must resist, couldn't resist, didn't resist...
Sea-Gull 1963 Reissue - everyone should have one
Sea-Gull Sun Yat-sen - celebrates a Chinese hero
Sea-Gull Dragon King - sub divers *can* be good looking
Alpha Paul Newman, aka The Panda - ok, it's a homage. But just look at it!
Maranez Layan - another homage, and Thai. But I bet yer it's made in China
WUS 2012 Dual Crown - a flawed beauty is still beautiful
Sea-Gull ST5 (blue dial) - wot got me into VCMs
Shuangling 40 Zuan - stunning, innit?
Shuangling 20 Zuan - equally stunning
Tainjin WuYi - an oooooooold and cleeeeeeean Chinese watch. Ca. 1960
Yanan SHI-102 - almost as old as the WuYi. Bought on a whim
Sea-Gull ST5 (black dial) - wot, another ST5? That should be enough...
Sea-Gull ST5 (green dial) - ok, now *that's* enough. Enough.
Parnis Radiomir Homage - handed it over to me dad when he admired it. Now he's threatening to leave me his Rolex Submariner in his will. Can I have the Parnis back, too?
Getat Luminor Homage - thought I could wear a watch this size, but I couldn't. Shame
Getat Radiomir Homage - never quite bonded with it like I did with the (amazing, innit?) Parnis. Too sterile?
Getat California - actually, it's in with my spare straps 'cos the lug screws are all threaded. The strap falls off if I as much as look at it. Shall fix it, one day. Maybe
WOW. And I thought I was sick. :D
Baume et Mercier 18 Carat Gold - bought on a whim (a most expensive one, this was two thousand quid fifteen years ago) whilst on holiday 'cos I spotted it in a shop window. The perfct dress watch that I (erm) wore daily for about ten years. The gold case and sapphire crystal still looks fresh as a daisy. People forget that the prior popularity of gold was more to do with durability than with intrinsic value.
Stowa Flieger No Logo Auto COSC - bought after months of plotting 'cos even I could see (after, erm, ten years)that a bloke can't be wearing a three thousand dollar watch daily. Good looking, a bit sterile, perfectly made and perfectly detailed. Reminds us all that Jörg Schauer is first and foremost an artist.
Stowa Landeron 248 - bought on a whim on Ebay because I couldn't resist the price or looks. The gold-plate is all but worn away, but I'll replate it one day.
Smiths Everest - a very good looking watch indeed. Wears nicely in the office now that I've swapped the heavy bracelet for a decent strap. The bracelet is excellent, by the way, but I just don't warm to 'em.
Strela 3133 - bought from Juri Levenberg 'cos I knew I could never find a vintage Strela 3017 without the usual inner markers. Which is exactly what I found days after this was delivered. Ah well. Gold markers and hands are very nice indeed. And nice to know I have one of the last available 3133 movements that'll ever be manufactured.
Vostok Amfibia 1967 - bought after a lot of worrying in case it's too big. Well, it is but somehow I don't care. I *love* this watch's vintage looks, especially on this thickish mesh. I call this my Bond villain watch, 'cos I could imagine any number of the baddies on the original Sean Connery movies wearing something just like it. 'Cept Goldfinger, obviously.
Strela 3017 - dunno what happened with this photo 'cos it's amplified the inevitable dings and dial scratches way buying what yer see with the naked eye. Must try again one sunny day. Anyways, this is *the* Russian watch that I'd hankered fit since sniffin' around the Russian forum one sleepless night. Bewitched, I was. Rarer than hen's teeth, I understood. So I bought a modern 3133-powered Strela instead. Then found this, nipped onto the Russian forum to confirm authenticity, then snapped it up sharpish. Mine. All mine...
Raketa 24hr Radio Room - my first Russian watch bought out of curiosity for a 24 hour dial. Opened up the package, took one look at the silver dial with it's reds and blues, and was bewitched. I *love* this watch. It's right up there with almost all of the vintage Chinese watches that I've grown to love.
Raketa Red Twelve - bought from a pal 'cos I loved the archaic political statement of colouring the twelve red. How daft is that? But still it has its charm. But is it for me? Not sure, so inevitably it'll end up sold onto to someone who better deserves it. Ah well.
Raketa Kopernik - bonkers, innit. That hollow moon "eclipses" the gold sun once an hour thereby causing Copernicus to spin in his grave. Still, a charmingly flippant bit of Soviet design.
Poljot Signal Alarm. I briefly had two, but gave one to a pal who showed interest in it. Can't remember which, and too lazy to open the watch box to see which one remains. Anyway, the alarm is, erm, alarming. Jumped out of me socks when I wound it up for a test.
Smiths De Luxe - the oldest watch I own, being a 1953 model. It's gold plated, but from the times when gold plated *meant* plated and not just waved over a bit o' gold vapour. The dial is remarkably racy for its day; no numbers, tiny dots of lume. And it's British, sah.
Smiths GB Crosshairs - good looking Smiffs from their less posh Welsh factory, see? Ca. 1967, according to the good book,
Smiths GB Pembroke - a more retro looking Smiffs, this time from about 1964.
Timex GB Army, Civilian and Junior - ahhh, therein lies a story of a 48 year old WIS, an empty bottle of wine (me second, hic), and access to Ebay; nostalgic to lay his hands on his long lost first junior Timex (sniff) wot I *loved* to bits. Literally. Anyway, on the third try the mists of time finally parted enough for me to buy a true Timex GB Junior (it's the black dial with a date), having erroneously bought a Timex GB Civvy (white dial) and then the actually quite collectible Timex GB Army watch. Shall sell the non-juniors off just as soon as I have the patience to deal with Ebay, post offices, wrapping, etc.
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