A Shopwarn Friend Returns!

09 Apr

Its back. My clock repairman had his mettle tested but was triumphant in the end. I received a call form the clock man on Friday this week and so took him another to work on while picking up my old friend. This clock is certainly nothing to look at. It appears as though it has been through a war or worse, 30 years of service on a submarine. In any event I include a poorly done photo so that if anyone can read Cyrillic and is disposed to translate please do!

Found on Ebay in the Ukraine-bought on a larkThe winding stem is at the bottom of the brass case and I did not catch it in the photo.  Unlike my other clocks which all require winding keys this one has its winding stem attached as a knurled knob. In any event I am happy it has been fixed, cleaned and regulated. So far so good.

Thanks for reading my Blog. Best, Chas W5PG


Posted by on April 9, 2010 in Maritime, Radio


5 responses to “A Shopwarn Friend Returns!

  1. Julian G4ILO

    April 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    My wife Olga is Ukrainian. She says the three words say “Plant Nautical Instrument” or “Nautical Instruments Factory” in better English. It was a factory founded in 1804 (or possibly even earlier)in St. Petersburg (later Leningrad.) In 1939 the plant was renamed “Navigation Instruments Factory” and was relocated to the Urals until after the war. The “CCCP” shows it was made in Soviet times, so some time between 1917 and 1939.

    The “G.Y.” means “gyro device”. It was a trade mark of Soviet gyro compasses.

    • w5pg

      April 10, 2010 at 12:58 am

      Thanks so much Julian and of course Olga! Ive wondered what that was. Someone else with a Sub clock said he had it on good authority that his lettering was saying something like The Enemy Is Listening….wouldn’t that be hoot to have scribbled across your clock face? So far she is keeping reliable time. I have all my radio room clocks (with quiet periods marked) hanging on my wall for tomorrows Maritime Radio Day celebration/activity day.Thanks ever so much! Best and have a wonderful weekend. Best, Chas

  2. UU1CC Andy

    April 9, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Wow, Chas, it’s really rare pre-WWII clocks, my congratulations!
    And another note – Julian made a serious investigation in the internet, so that I can’t to add any extra information.

    73! Andy

    • w5pg

      April 10, 2010 at 1:01 am

      Thanks Andy! Yes that was quite an investigation to be sure. Now recall that tomorrow is Maritime Radio Day so see if you can hand out a QSO or two to the shore stations and ships that are planning to be on air. Thanks again for your offer to help and your interest. Best, Chas W5PG


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