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    Hello! I mentioned in another thread a Russian watch that I think was intended mainly for Pilots. I was referring to this 1ГЧЗ/Valjoux 61 One-Button Chronograph.

    It was manufactured in the third quarter of 1941, and has a movement by Valjoux. It was made more or less exactly when the war started on the eastern front, and I like to think is saw action there, but naturally that is pure speculation from my side. These are quite rare watches, and at least for me, this historical piece is a dream come true.

    I do sadly not know a lot about the historical aspects of this model, but I do have some technical facts for you.

    Movement:
    • Originally designed as a pocket watch movement.
    • Swiss ébauche assembled by 1ГЧЗ (First Moscow Watch Factory) starting in 1940.
    • Column-wheel actuated chronograph movement which has a 30 minute register and a continuous seconds register.
    • Single-button actuator mechanism starts/stops/resets the chronograph.
    • Fully gilded.
    • 17 jewels.
    • 18,000bph.
    • Breguet spring.
    • Compensation balance.
    • Not shock-protected.


    Dial:
    • White with sub-dial registers at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock.
    • Modified "cathedral style" hour/minute hands and dial numerals are painted with radium-based lume.
    • Blued central second/constant second and accumulator.


    Case:
    • Three-piece chrome-plated case with swing lugs.
    • Slightly domed mineral/glass crystal.
    • 43mm diameter not including the crown.
    • 12mm thick.
    • 16mm lugs.



    The dial lacks some of its lume, but is well kept considering its age.


    The crown winds the movement, sets the time, starts, stops, and resets the chronograph - all in all five functions! It is a fairly complex and delicate mechanism.


    The movement shines of gold! The picture is from the seller.

    I have planned to make better pictures at a friend who has a photo box, but I am currently expecting a few very interesting additions, so I have postponed that session a week or two. I hope you like the watch despite my crude shots with my compact.
    -Lars

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    Wow, Lars!

    Another incredibly informative post. As I said in the previous post - I've never seen these watches before. You really do have a very, very nice collection!

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    Another superb post, Lars, really appreciated. I particularly like that crown.

    I'm guessing that you have had to venture into Ukranian territory for these rare watches as I can't imagine where else you would find them?

    I have bought a few watches from there and been very lucky - all were actually better than described or appeared in the photos - but you do have to be careful. They always seem to take ages to arrive but when the packages do turn up they seem to be from a different age, wrapped up in brown paper, tied up with string and full of cyrillic newspaper packing.

    I have just finished reading an interesting biography called "Luftwaffe Fighter Ace" by Norbert Hannig, who flew Me 109s then FW 190s with JG 54 on the eastern (Leningrad) front. He talks of dogfights with Lavochkins, Stormoviks and Yaks. The following paintings are all by Stan Stokes, which will hopefully add a little contemporary colour to your fabulous watch...

    The highest scoring Russian Ace was Ivan Kozhedub, flying the Lavochkin La 5 and La 7. He is shown here in "Ivan the terrible" with the La-7 fighting a German Focke Wulf FW 190 (the germans referred to the Russians as "Ivans")...



    The one below is called "The costly victory" and shows Gunther Rall, in his Me 109D, taking out a LaGG 5 of the Soviet Air Force in the Great Patriotic War...



    This next one showing a Yak knocking out a Dornier is called "Pencil eraser" (the Dornier Do 17 was known as "The flying pencil")...



    The last one below, called "Black devil of the Ukraine", shows Erich Hartmann, one of the leading aces with 352 victories, shooting down a Yak on the Eastern Front with his Me 109...



    All of these prints by Stan Stokes and many more can be bought here http://www.oldgloryprints.com/Stokes_WWII_Europe.htm

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    Jon'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StampeSV4 View Post
    Another superb post, Lars, really appreciated. I particularly like that crown.

    I'm guessing that you have had to venture into Ukranian territory for these rare watches as I can't imagine where else you would find them?

    I have bought a few watches from there and been very lucky - all were actually better than described or appeared in the photos - but you do have to be careful. They always seem to take ages to arrive but when the packages do turn up they seem to be from a different age, wrapped up in brown paper, tied up with string and full of cyrillic newspaper packing.
    Fantastic paintings! I would love to have them in full size on the walls in my home. Yes, I do find many of my watches in Ukraine, but with one single exception, I have had no problems at all. The typical delivery time has been about seven days door to door, including customs. I do however keep myself reasonable updated on what sellers to avoid. With a couple of them, I have established a personal relationship, and they have helped me track down pieces that have not been on offer on ebay.

    If you are interested, I can show you a couple of very rare finds in a week or two. They are even older than the watches in this and the other of my threads. They are in fact from the very dawn of the Soviet union, more than 90 years ago. Just imagine what they have been through...
    Last edited by Lucidor; 22-02-2010 at 21:03.
    -Lars

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