|Date/Report Number ..070710.PM811Y0.67 Item: VINTAGE 1959 2612 POLJOT DUAL CROWN AND MAINSPRING MILITARY WATCH|
|Description of item: VINTAGE 1959-1965 POLJOT
MILITARY ALARM WATCH WITH DIAL SIGNED; POLJOT,18 JEWELS, MADE IN USSR AND ORIGINAL, HASHED
SECONDS CHAPTER RING, RELUMED HANDS WITH SWEEP SECOND AND RED-TIPPED ARROW ALARM HAND AND
IS PROTECTED BY A HIGH DOMED ACRYLIC CRYSTAL. POWERING THIS WATCH IS THE 18 JEWEL 2612
MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT THAT FEATURES DUAL MAINSPRINGS FOR TIME KEEPING AND ALARM,
SHOCK PROTECTED BALANCE AND JEWELED HAMMER STAFF AND IS HOUSED IN A BASE METAL CASE WITH
DUAL CROWNS AND A TWO PIECE STAINLESS STEEL CASE BACK. Features manual-wind alarm
sweep second Data 11.5''', Dm= 26mm, H = 5.85mm 18 jewels f = 18000 A/h power reserve 47h
alarm 15s 1959-1970 ENGINEERED FROM SAME MATERIALS AS FAVRE LEUBRA AS-1475 .ATTACHED TO THIS WATCH IS THE MILITARY
GREEN NYLON NATO-G20 STRAP WITH BRUSHED KEEPERS
CONDITION OF THE WATCH IS FINE
Estimated Retail Replacement Value $ 686.00
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Founded in 1930 under orders from Stalin, the First State Watch Factory was the first Serious Soviet watch and mechanical movement manufacturer.Through it's USA-based trading company Amtorg, the Soviet government bought the defunct Ansonia Clock Company of Brooklyn, New York in 1929, and the Dueber-Hampden Watch Company of Canton, Ohio. It moved twenty-eight freight cars full of machinery and parts from the USA to Moscow in order to establish the factory. Twenty-one former Dueber-Hampden watchmakers, engravers and various other technicians helped to train the Russian workers in the art of watchmaking as part of the Soviet's First Five-Year Plan
In 1935 the factory was named after the murdered Soviet official Sergei Kirov AND produced Soviet watch brands including Poljot.
STALIN WAS FAMOUS FOR MURDERING HIS COMPETITORS OR THOSE HE THOUGHT WERE AND THEN NAMING THINGS AFTER THEM AS IF TO SAY HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MURDER.
With the Germans closing in on Moscow in 1941, the factory was hurriedly evacuated to Zlatoust . By 1943 the Germans were in retreat, and the factory moved back to Moscow, adopting the "First Moscow Watch Factory" name
Watches and movements produced by the factory always met high quality requirements, because in addition to serving for civil needs they were used to equip the soviet army.
In 1959, First Moscow Watch Factory developed the first Soviet Wrist alarm clock "signal" 2612
On April 12th 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space and the watch he wore was a Poljot!
Russian president selects the Poljot 3133 watch as a government gift.
In 1965 cosmonaut Alexei Leonov wore a FMWF Strela chronograph during his historic first space walk, thus cementing Poljot's place in space history.
Poljot watches have accompanied various astronauts in space journeys from different nations including Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine. The Poljot watch even has a world record for duration of a space adventure,