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Hello F10 friends,

Like many, i regularly used Mark Gordon's ussrtime website to explore the variety of the Soviet horological industry. In the midst of all the rarities and oddities the waterproof variant of the slava stopwatch peaked my interest and it acquired a permanent spot on the grail list. Sadly Mr. Gordon is no longer with us and his website went dark. Thanks to forum member Afka his legacy can still be enjoyed and admired through a facsimile copy at https://www.ussrtime.info. I searched for this model for quite some time and had already forgotten about it until Luis965 showed an unusual and presumed prototype waterproof stopwatch. See Luis his example at https://www.watchuseek.com/f10/strangest-slava-stopwatch-ever-4933021.html .

I started looking again and managed to find one, a presumed early piece with with 60's movement. Then as luck would have it not a month later an 80's piece like Mark's appeared on ebay and i just had to have it. I couldn't find much about these and just a few snippets of information can be found here: https://www.watchuseek.com/f10/slava-rattrapante-stopwatch-naval-version-670431.html

Enough words, due to the rarity and thus small sample size i would like to show my findings below.

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80's on the left with the text on the dial and presumed 60' on the right. Both weighting the same hefty 250 grams each. Big groove on the side unlike normal version.

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80's piece with red gasket, like Mr. Gordon's example at https://www.ussrtime.info/152.html.
He mentions Stainless steel housing and flat crystal, my example has a domed crystal and plated case.

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60's piece, domed crystal, plated and with a yellow gasket

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80's caseback on the left and 60's on the right. Same size and construction but different finish. Appears to be stainless.

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A little engraved T is present on the 60's piece. Its also present on the rare waterproof zlatoust stopwatch from Mr. Gordon. What it means is unknown but both have English dial.
https://www.ussrtime.info/154.html

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Disassembly of the 60's piece, we can already see a difference with a standard stopwatch. A movement holder! After some correspondence with Luis965 we found out that his example doesn't have one.

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Details of the gaskets on the crown and pusher

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Sliding the gaskets forward reveals springs

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Empty case, unlike the normal version where the bezel with crystal can be removed its one piece here. It appears the 60's case has more threads then the 80's one.

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The movement is held by means of a guide pin (on the left side at about 9 o clock in the picture) and a tube under spring pressure which goes into the crown tube. To remove the movement one must press down the crown forcing the little tube to go down and keep it there by inserting a small needle to avoid it springing back and locking with the case..

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Detail of the tube held captive by the needle

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Detail of the little tube. This little bit also acts on the start/stop lever.


Thanks for taking the time out of your day to look at my lengthy thread! I know stopwatches is not everyone's cup of tea but i hope it will inspire you all to break the Vostok saturation.
 

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Hello F10 friends,

Like many, i regularly used Mark Gordon's ussrtime website to explore the variety of the Soviet horological industry. In the midst of all the rarities and oddities the waterproof variant of the slava stopwatch peaked my interest and it acquired a permanent spot on the grail list. Sadly Mr. Gordon is no longer with us and his website went dark. Thanks to forum member Afka his legacy can still be enjoyed and admired through a facsimile copy at https://www.ussrtime.info. I searched for this model for quite some time and had already forgotten about it until Luis965 showed an unusual and presumed prototype waterproof stopwatch. See Luis his example at https://www.watchuseek.com/f10/strangest-slava-stopwatch-ever-4933021.html .

I started looking again and managed to find one, a presumed early piece with with 60's movement. Then as luck would have it not a month later an 80's piece like Mark's appeared on ebay and i just had to have it. I couldn't find much about these and just a few snippets of information can be found here: https://www.watchuseek.com/f10/slava-rattrapante-stopwatch-naval-version-670431.html

Enough words, due to the rarity and thus small sample size i would like to show my findings below.

View attachment 14262329
80's on the left with the text on the dial and presumed 60' on the right. Both weighting the same hefty 250 grams each. Big groove on the side unlike normal version.

View attachment 14262333
80's piece with red gasket, like Mr. Gordon's example at https://www.ussrtime.info/152.html.
He mentions Stainless steel housing and flat crystal, my example has a domed crystal and plated case.

View attachment 14262335
60's piece, domed crystal, plated and with a yellow gasket

View attachment 14262347
80's caseback on the left and 60's on the right. Same size and construction but different finish. Appears to be stainless.

View attachment 14262401
A little engraved T is present on the 60's piece. Its also present on the rare waterproof zlatoust stopwatch from Mr. Gordon. What it means is unknown but both have English dial.
https://www.ussrtime.info/154.html

View attachment 14262351
Disassembly of the 60's piece, we can already see a difference with a standard stopwatch. A movement holder! After some correspondence with Luis965 we found out that his example doesn't have one.

View attachment 14262371
Details of the gaskets on the crown and pusher

View attachment 14262377
Sliding the gaskets forward reveals springs

View attachment 14262379
Empty case, unlike the normal version where the bezel with crystal can be removed its one piece here. It appears the 60's case has more threads then the 80's one.

View attachment 14262391
The movement is held by means of a guide pin (on the left side at about 9 o clock in the picture) and a tube under spring pressure which goes into the crown tube. To remove the movement one must press down the crown forcing the little tube to go down and keep it there by inserting a small needle to avoid it springing back and locking with the case..

View attachment 14262399
Detail of the tube held captive by the needle

View attachment 14262397
Detail of the little tube. This little bit also acts on the start/stop lever.


Thanks for taking the time out of your day to look at my lengthy thread! I know stopwatches is not everyone's cup of tea but i hope it will inspire you all to break the Vostok saturation.
Thanks for the fun and informative post! Stopwatches are a fun diversion for the collection -- hard to stop clicking them over and over.
 
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