Heuer 510.501 Chronograph glass fixed by Peter Gernsberger – RLX5513:
Used, abused and finally I fucked up the glass by dropping it twice on the floor. So this tough dude was on rest for about half a year now. On my recent trip to Frankfurt I was glad to meet Peter Gernsberger from RLX5513. He said he can fix it, so I gave him the chrono without any receipt and hardly knowing him, apart from some messages and spending some hours with him on that day. Precious to me, not just be-causeof it´s “steetvalue”. Peter fixed the Heuer within a bit more than 24 hours. No worries about the chrono being lost by DHL and probably to see my face in joy and disbelieve when he gave it back to me. Agreed was he will fix it within 2 weeks due to his busy schedule. The surprise hit me without any clue.
I´m hardly able to thank him enough for that favour. But in the trustful network of friends and friends of friends which I expanded also via be-cause there are ways to payback “debts” and favours.
Chestnut leather boots with felt – Santa Claus style: Quite a while ago I´m hunting for this kind of boots now. Actually after my last years debut as Santa Claus for a family member. For one thing I´m really interested in how the comfort and control is with this kind of “no laces no buckles” boot is. And the other thing is to figure out how to get in and out.
This boot has probably the nicest brown patina I ever saw on a pair of shoes/boots. A wonderful brown color like a fresh opened chestnut. They got the old school wooden shoe nails on the sole and the horseshoe style reinforcement of the heel. The pull on loops are all broken, this might be the reason it´s impossible to get in right now for me. (the size seems to be ok). Would be too sad to sell them on Ebay, but I will give it a harder try later and hopefully I´m getting out again.
Swedish boots from 1946 in brown (MCB 44): This week I saw an auction with a fixed price about this boots and it was instantly sold, luckily the seller had another one and I was quicker this time.
The seller got this boots right out of an barn from a friend in Sweden.
Amazing craftsmanship and I guess after some wear and break in he will look awesome. The only thing which troubles me is the leather sole and the iron parts on it. See the image of the heel, it has a iron rim like a horseshoe. I think about putting a rubber sole onto them, what do you think?
Wonderful vintage boots by Baltes Schuhe Germany, known for their production of German army boots. This pair is one of the first boots made for the army after the “Knobelbecher” around 1961. What I researched, the supplynumber / Versorgungsnummer is 8430-12-120-1178 . It has the original Vorwerk soles and you even can see the wooden nails in the leather part of the sole. A pity that boots like this are no longer produced.
Heuer 510 501 chrono watch with nato strap:
Given to me by my father around 20 years ago, about the time when I served at the army. I beat the cap out of it – damaged the original black metal band, never realized how expensive and actually nice this watch is. At this time, of course it had to have a camouflaged watchband which could be closed to avoid reflections from the watch glass. I was always a bit pissed off be-cause the chrono lost 5 minutes after a week.
This watch was for a long time forgotten in the basement, but worked fine with just some shakes and this after about 15 years of rest. I replaced the camouflaged strap with a bit more civil looking one. I know the glass should be replaced, but right now I think it add´s to it´s characteristic.
More images and more background info about this watch, check Heuerville.