A new watch...
Oct 26, 2008 at 9:18 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 4

eightbitpotion

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So I'm in the market for a new watch after running through the watch-fi threads, but I have my eye on one that's only been commented about twice on the forums. I'm interested in a Poljot, Aviator to be more specific, but I've never even seen a russian watch- are they any good? I'm looking for a mechanical, and something 'unique'- but sadly I need around 38mm (40mm at max) because my wrists are so weak and flimsy. Anyone have an idea?
 
Oct 26, 2008 at 11:32 AM Post #2 of 4

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I know the Russian watches used to be available on e-bay, but I have not seen them in quite awhile. They looked great for the money. I also like the cosmonaut watch.
Here's what you want but it's 42mm......

Russian Poljot Watch CHRONOGRAPH Shturmanskie GAGARIN - eBay (item 270289797647 end time Oct-26-08 08:52:57 PDT)

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or at the same seller.........

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Oct 26, 2008 at 1:06 PM Post #3 of 4

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Originally Posted by amphead /img/forum/go_quote.gif
I know the Russian watches used to be available on e-bay, but I have not seen them in quite awhile. They looked great for the money. I also like the cosmonaut watch.
Here's what you want but it's 42mm......



Yeah I like that gargain, but I'm more interested in how the movement is. The only thing I know that's russian is the AKs and vodka.... I like both, so figured this might be worth the money. The movement says "-20/+40"... and I'm just wondering if this can be tuned better, or if I just need to look for something else.

I've also been looking at the Junkers and Luminox/Tracers.
 
Oct 26, 2008 at 5:42 PM Post #4 of 4

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I had one of those 31j Vostok watches for awhile. They're alright. They are rugged and keep running, but aren't that accurate. Also, they're fairly large watches. I think most of them come in around 42mm or 43mm. You will need to replace the band on one, too. They're allegedly leather, but they must have used a very stretchy and weird feeling part of the cow.

If you want to spend a little more for a nicer watch, take a look here:

Home of WestCoasTime

I've bought from them and have had excellent service. Though their watches aren't a "name" brand, they're well made. They have heavy stainless cases - I've taken mine in the ocean and used it as a beater. No problems and it still looks and runs great. Also, most of their watches have a ETA 2824 inside. Some snobs look down on the ETA as "generic," but it's an accurate and reliable automatic movement. Best of all, there are so many 2824s, you will never have a problem with it being serviced or getting a replacement part. For the price, there's nothing better on the market. So if you put one of those in a nice stainless case with a sapphire crystal, well, who cares if it's a recognizable brand? That's a good watch at an affordable price, which is what you get here.

If you'd like to spend a little more for a brand, the least expensive "classic" aviator is probably the Fortis Flieger:

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I owned one of these for a few years and loved it. Would still have it, but a friend went wild over it and he has it now. I replaced it with a Fortis Cosmonaut and, more recently, picked up a Sinn 656. Both of those might interest you, too.
 

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