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Old 03-23-2012, 10:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This 1980s vintage hand-wound alarm watch just arrived today. Bought it on the bay from a seller in Lithuania. I was in the market for vintage alarm watches (Bell-Matics included). I missed a nice little Swiss piece, but managed to snag this one. One outa two ain't bad (they'll never make a song out of that one). It has a 2612.1, 18 jewel movement (I believe it's a copy of the AS 1930).

It started right up, the alarm works really well, too (no discrete, quiet buzzing here, folks - when it rings, you know it!). Though it's way too early to really know, it seems to be keeping very good time. Not bad for a thirty-something-year-old watch. The inner ring lets you gauge the setting of the alarm by 1/4-hour increments.
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Very interesting!
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks awesome, the designs and aesthetic of the Russian watches really draws me in.

I've dabbled in Russian watches but unfortunately had very bad experiences with them. I still have a Vostok Amphibia, but to be honest, probably wouldn't buy another. I did have a Amphibia 1967 re-issue, but sent it back to Moscow 3 times to get the crystal replaced (it just shattered for no reason), the third time was for a refund. The damn thing broke my heart!

Shame, it's a really hot watch, weighs over 250 grams.




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Haloeight,

Why don't you try something from the early '60s through the late '70s, maybe an aviator's watch? That was the height of their space program and there was a lot of pride in their aviators' watches that went to space with Gagarin and others. I believe the early '60s is when the name went from 'FMWF' to 'Poljot' (meaning "flight"). Maybe I just lucked out on this one, but it is early '80s and after 2 days' running is only about 1/2 a minute behind. And I agree with you, the styling is pretty impressive. The crystal dome on this thing is 4 - 5 mm of the total 13 mm thickness of the watch! It makes the dial look like it's sitting inside a bubble!

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Haloeight,

Why don't you try something from the early '60s through the late '70s, maybe an aviator's watch? That was the height of their space program and there was a lot of pride in their aviators' watches that went to space with Gagarin and others. I believe the early '60s is when the name went from 'FMWF' to 'Poljot' (meaning "flight"). Maybe I just lucked out on this one, but it is early '80s and after 2 days' running is only about 1/2 a minute behind. And I agree with you, the styling is pretty impressive. The crystal dome on this thing is 4 - 5 mm of the total 13 mm thickness of the watch! It makes the dial look like it's sitting inside a bubble!

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I've looked wistfully at the Poljot and Shturmanskie chronos for a while. It's fairly tough to find any vintage Vostoks or Raketas in good condition and I hate wabi. FMWF was the First Moscow Watch Factory, which was constructed using looted equipment from Glashutte in Germany as far as I'm aware. But yeah, one of those chronos is on the list of stuff to get.

The Vostok Europe stuff can be pretty cool and the quality is a lot higher than the native russian stuff.
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FMWF was the First Moscow Watch Factory, which was constructed using looted equipment from Glashutte in Germany as far as I'm aware.
Nothing was looted from Germany, you need to do some research. The factory was founded in 1930 and all the equipment was purchased from the bankrupt Ansonia Clock Company of Brooklyn, New York, and bankrupt Dueber-Hampden Watch Company of Canton, Ohio including Dueber-Hampden former employees who trained the Russians in the art of watchmaking. After WW2 the factory was renamed to First Moscow Watch Factory and after Gararins first space flight a brand name Poljot (Flight) was introduced. The famous Strela chronographs had cal. 3017 which were based on old Venus 150/152 movements which Russians produced after purchasing the equipment from the Swiss. In the early 70s they purchased all the machinery and tools from Valjoux to produce their 7734 chono. Russians revised the movement, increased the jewel count from 17 to 23 and increased the BHP from 18000 to 21600 thus the cal.3133 was born which was in production until December of 2011.
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I like the chronos also and picked up this Poljot FMWF Kirova reproduction a while back. It's one of the few watches I've worn that generated comments from non-watch people.

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