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Author Topic: My new steampunk-flavored watch  (Read 1634 times)
veggiecar300
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« on: April 05, 2009, 04:29:41 pm »

Check it out, I love the "regulator-dial" feature... it's like reading a large number of complicated pressure gauges.  (Plus, it's huge on my skinny little wrists - like a pocket watch strapped on)  The back has a crystal, so you can see all the gears and stuff going on.

<img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3351/3414129423_2473d1f74c.jpg?v=0" />

<img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3659/3414935888_2de9d5f187.jpg?v=0" />

<img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3369/3414131021_d060b98b22.jpg?v=0" />

I got mine from these folks here:
http://suburbanclock.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=58

The picture they have shows a REALLY YELLOW dial, but as you can see from my snapshots above it isn't all that yellow... sort of like a yellowed-silver.  I was worried about that before I bought it, but am pleased with the result.  It's a nice price for a brand-new auto-wind mechanical... 21 jewel, sweep second...
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2009, 04:35:44 pm »

Just lovely! I would be very proud to own that Smiley


Also, I know all too well what it is like to have ultra skinny wrists Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2009, 04:39:31 pm »

Nice find.. very retro styling.
In case you're interested, their watches appear to use an interesting mix of Chinese (probably Seagull) and Russian (Poljot/Vostok/ Moscow Watch Factory) movements, depending on the model)..
 Incidentally, the reason the Poljots are assembled in Germany is due to a legal wrangle in Russia as to who owns the name and right to manufacture Poljots in Russia.
I once had a Poljot "Buran" chronograph with the 3133 manual wind movement.. Not the prettiest movement, but quite rugged..

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veggiecar300
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2009, 05:22:39 pm »

Just lovely! I would be very proud to own that Smiley


Also, I know all too well what it is like to have ultra skinny wrists Cheesy



...and I didn't even have to drill extra holes in the band on this one!  The band is huge too... really thick leather.  The regulator dial, pictured in my other post is definitely a Chinese movement.  It is marked all over it.  It did come with a 2 year guarantee though, and it looks decent. 

I have a Poljot Int. too.  Here is a pic:
<img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3376/3415093884_9f3113f544.jpg?v=0" />

The story that I put together, based on web research and the materials that came with the watch, is that the Russian Poljot set up a sales outlet in Germany before the wall fell - so that they could market more easily to the West.  They called this office "Poljot-International."  After the fall of the wall, Poljot-International is still around as a separate company.  In order to distinguish themselves from the cheaper Poljot-Moscow, they have newer designs and they refine the Russian movements somewhat... (whatever that means - maybe polish the pivots a bit, or do a more rigorous quality inspection)  Anyway, from what I've seen, the Poljot-International watches do look nicer than the Poljot Moscow watches.  I bought a Poljot Moscow watch for my friend and it looked A LOT rougher than my Poljot-International.  There was chrome plating coming off of the case after just a few years. 

I wear my Poljot-Int. watch (above) almost every day for several years now with no issues.  Still looks great and works like a tank Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2009, 05:45:29 pm »

That's probably closer to the truth with the two Poljots "companies" than the info I had (which came via an artcle in an old 'Watch Time')
I've had a few over here, notably the Buran, and a Poljot Aviator. Biggest problem with owning one in North America, is that its really hard to get parts if you need them, and most watch repair shops refuse to touch them.. Other than that,the watches were interesting, uncommon, and fairly well built..

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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2009, 05:50:46 pm »

Nice find.. very retro styling.
In case you're interested, their watches appear to use an interesting mix of Chinese (probably Seagull) and Russian (Poljot/Vostok/ Moscow Watch Factory) movements, depending on the model)..
 Incidentally, the reason the Poljots are assembled in Germany is due to a legal wrangle in Russia as to who owns the name and right to manufacture Poljots in Russia.
I once had a Poljot "Buran" chronograph with the 3133 manual wind movement.. Not the prettiest movement, but quite rugged..

Cheers
Harold



Wow, I just googled Seagull watches... very nice.  I'd love to have a tourbillion or fusee watch someday but can't afford one yet.  Poljot-Int has a nice tourbillion too, which is also cheaper than the Swiss, but too much for me still.
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2009, 10:19:08 pm »

very nice! I like the single-hand main dial design, with the hours and seconds on the subdials....

*looks at link* And pretty darn affordable too! Well done!
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2009, 01:10:21 pm »

theyre both VERY nice watches. but i prefer the second  Tongue
tourbillions are very nice. seen some videos of them. i would probably get lost in them more then my skeleton watch now  Tongue
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