Poljot chronograph. Movement : Poljot 3133 calibre with 23 jewel, waterproof to 5 atm. This calibre has been upgraded version of Valjoux 7734. Dial: Black, 24 hours, chronograph subseconds and the dial houses a day date window. Case: Brushed mate stainless steel. On the back case there is an inscription reads: it is ordered by the Ministry of Defense, Russian Federation and incused emblem of Russian? (Soviet) bombing troops. The calibre 3133 is now made by Maktime company. Poljot brand Pilot model has been manufactured by Moscow Classic Company, Moscow, and my watch has been sold by J.L. For more information about the Poljot watches please click on this link: POLJOT.

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  2nd State Watch Factory Pocket Watch 1936. Movement : Type-1  calibre with 15 jewel, anchor escapement. The Soviets purchased bankrupt Dueber-Hampden and Ansonia watch factories in 1929 with the help of Amtorg Trading Corp. In April 1930 the steamboat with the American equipment aboard left for Russia. Twenty-eight freight cars full of machinery and parts were transported from Canton to Moscow. At about the same time the building of the First State Watch Factory (FSWF) was started as a ‘top-priority’ project. The main block was built on the previous location of a Tobacco Factory called  “Krasnaja Zvevda”  (Red Star) in Voronczovskaja Street, Moscow (see photo below left). Work commenced in February 1930 and was finished by June 1930. he project was completed on October 1st, 1930 and the First State Watch Factory (Первый Государственный Часовой Завод - 1ГЧЗ) came into being. By November 7th the Public Commissariat for General Engineering (HKOM) ordered the manufacture of the first 50 pocket watches. These watches were presented at a ceremonial meeting in the Revolution Theater, now known as the Bolshoi Theater. Interestingly, some movement plates of these early watches were still stamped "Hampden Watch Co. Canton, OH", as the old US stock was used-up. These watches are very collectible today, but beware it's a relatively simple task to put a 15j Dueber-Hampden watch movement into an early Soviet Type-1 case.Reference: Hampden Watches The movement is marked NKOM(Public Commisaariat) 2CHAC ZVD (2nd Watch Factory) MOSCOW, 15 KAMNEI (15 Jewels) and 1930. Mark Gordon, one of the leading authorities on Soviet and Russian watches states as follows: "The 2nd State Watch Factory did not begin producing Type-1 timepieces until 1935. During the first year of production, this factory used movements manufactured at the 1st State Watch Factory and so signed (name changed to 1st Moscow Watch Factory Kirov at the end of that year) which the 2nd State Watch Factory inserted into the cases they made. The earliest signed and dated Type-1 movement actually produced by the 2nd State Watch Factory that I know of is a 15-jewel wrist-case model made in 1936." Reference.  This movement bears the 1936 date stamp, however the number "6" is not well aligned. Dial: Off white. Arabic numerals and seconds dial at 6 o'clock. The dial marked "2 Chas. Zavod" (2nd Watch factory). Case: Chrome plated brass.
Ref: The history of the movement and more can be found at Mr. Garrat's blog at :HAMPDEN WATCHES

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Soviet Military "Saucepan" Wrist Watch 1945. Movement : Type-1  calibre with 15 jewel, anchor escapement. This watch was produced by 5th Watch Factory.Mark Gordon tells the short history of the 5th Watch Factory as follows: "When the German army invaded Russia in June 1941, there was a mad scramble to move the Soviet Union’s ‘war production’ out of harm’s way, from the Moscow area to the East, far from the front lines. The 2nd Moscow Watch Factory was one of the factories that was moved… The plant was relocated to Tschistopol on the Kama River in the Republic of Tatarstan, about 500 miles (800km) from Moscow. Factory 53, as it was designated, produced a variety of precision machined material for the war effort. But, most famously, it produced the clunky ‘saucepan’ military wristwatches that utilized a Type-1 pocket watch movement. The movements produced in this factory were signed with the number ‘53’ in an elongated pentagon. The 2 Cyrillic characters in the movement signature are actually an abbreviation for '5 Завод' which can be translated as 'Factory #5' or '5th Watch Factory. After the war, the factory became the "Tschistopol Glavpribor watch factory NK MV 835". The exact details of how this transition happened -- whether it was a name change, a merger, a change in management, a relocation, etc. -- are unclear." See : Reference.  Dial: Off-white or beige. 24 hour dial, outer hour chapter is reserved for AM and inner hour chapter is for PM. Seconds dial is at 9 o'clock which is a characteristics of this type of watches. Hands are blued steel. Case: It gives the name to the watch. Saucepan shape case is made of chromed brass.

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Soviet Pobeda Wrist Watch 1956. Movement : 41M with 15 jewel, anchor escapement. This watch was produced by 1st Moscow Watch Factory.Chrome plated case. White dial with arabic raised gilt numerals, gilt hands and gilt centre seconds hand. Steel snap back case.


Soviet Raketa Wrist Watch circa late 1960s. Movement : high quality 2609A with 21 jewel, anchor escapement, breguet hairspring. This watch was produced by Petrodvorets  Watch Factory in St. Petersburg.Chrome plated case. White dial with raised arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o'clocks and metal hour markers, silvered hands and centre second hand.  Click on the thumbnail to view the other pictures of this Raketa 2609 A

MOCKBA (MOSCOW) Soviet  Wrist Watch circa early 1960. Movement : 2603 calibre with 16 jewel, anchor escapement, breguet hairspring. This watch was produced by the 1st Moscow Watch Factory.Chrome plated case. White dial with black arabic numerals, blued steel and lumed hands, red centre second hand. Click on the thumbnail to view the other pictures of this wrist watch.