The hands, first of all, need to be blued. Since the Gagarin shares so many parts with the ordinary sportivnie sometimes non-blued hands are used from a sportivnie. Do the hands glow? If they do, it's been re-lumed. The color of the hand lume and dial lume should be fairly close. On that one they're not but the discoloration of the lume at the base of the hour hand indicates some age so it's hard to say for sure. I think it would be best, also, that the second hand be long enough to reach into the second marks on the perimeter.Hello everyone - seeking your expert opinion on this Sturmanskie 17j. I've been looking for a piece like that in not a terrible state, but have some doubts about this one:
- the hour and minute hand are either new or have been relumed (is it possible to tell the difference?)
- the case looks a bit too clean/polished compared with the condition of the dial
- most worryingly, the Geneva stripes appear to not be present on all plates
On the bright side:
- the crown looks the right shape
- the dial shows age (faded red, greenish edges, faded loom)
Finally, what's the going-rate for a watch in this condition (assuming it's mostly legit)?
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It's hard to comment on the case without some more pictures but it's quite possible that the case was moved from a nicer sportivnie, impossible to say. These cases can be re-chromed but that would be obvious.
From what I can see, the movement looks fine. Since this is a common movement from that time any little differences could be chalked up to period repairs/replacement and could be reversed.
A positive for this one is that on the dial the red star on the "flying bomb" has not been re-painted as is often done by sellers "dressing" it up.