Vintage Russian Alarm

A Russian watch from my vintage (2) collection (60’s to 90’s)

A gold plated Poljot “Signal” watch which is maybe from the early 1990’s (further inspection of movement could maybe pin it down more exactly).

Poljot "signal" Alarm watch

Manual wind 2812.1 18 jewel movement from the First Moscow Watch Factory (1MChZ, Kirova, Poljot) with alarm complication.

The hour & minute hands and winding is managed by the crown set @4 and the surprisingly loud mechanical alarm is both wound and set anti-clockwise with the upper crown.

Poljot Alarm - 18 jewels with alarm pointer

Gold plated case with stainless steel screw back with alarm off button inset into the base.   The watch is 42mm lug to lug by 37mm width including the crown and 12mm depth.  So quite a nice sized watch.

Overall condition is excellent, dial, crystal and plating are all really good and a few cosmetic scratches to the base near a small inset.  Not shown here but this little stub contacts the end of the small anvil which is struck by the alarm striker.

Alarm sound post

The sound stub (as I call it) just comes through the case-back and assists in amplifying the sound.   The alarm runs for maybe around 10-15 seconds before running down (it may manage longer but I haven’t wound it fully).

And it makes for a pretty loud alarm too  (it also vibrates somewhat) – rather like a high pitched cell phone on silent ring and VERY practical  (When I first got this watch I set it in the kitchen to try it and my wife heard it in the lounge next door!).

To set for a wake-up call – set the alarm the night before by pulling out the top crown – set the hour – wind it up then push in to set and that’s it.

I have to say it’s far better than most of the quartz alarm watches I have – as I frankly rarely hear the darned things with their little electronic beeps (maybe these are just for the young of hearing!)

I simply have to make a point about many of these older Russian watches in that they really are excellent quality movements and invariably keep very good time – as this one does and they are really not expensive.

Let’s face it – try finding a true mechanical alarm watch today at reasonable cost . . . . . . it is not easy!

The first image by the way shows it sporting a new Birkenstock leather strap which compliments it well and I think it looks pretty good.

There’s no doubt that I’ll be collecting a few more of these  Soviet made timepieces – they are classics after all and you don’t see these designs too often.  The “before the wall came down” ones are probably more collectable but all of them are certainly different.

Dugena gold

New but old Dugena

A gold plated Dugena hand wound Swiss Made model with an unusual “sunburst” heavily textured dial with Louis XV hour and minute hands.
Shown here with a Hadley USA 12K Gold Filled expanding bracelet with an alternative (last image) open ended calf leather strap..

Dugena vintage gold

Very unusual too are the numeral markings with black infills and signed Swiss Made.  All contained in a 20 micron (Geneva) stamped two tone textured gold case, which is a better gold thickness than many watches today.
The bezel holding the glass is satin finished and the rest high polished giving a different tone effect.  The back is stainless steel and also marked Swiss Made.
The case also has very small sculpted lugs which has and requires curved spring pins.

Sunburst dial & "grandfather" hands

Unable to get an image of the movement at the moment as the case back is very well fitted and my old Bergeon won’t shift it (I assume it screws there being no slots or apertures visible to suggest press back).

Above shows the Hadley bracelet which I fitted to see how it looked ( and it looks pretty awesome to me!) and the last image shows it with a classic Condor calf leather strap (open ended this one as it had to be very thin at the end to fit the tiny space left around the curved spring bar).
Virtually NOS condition and I have to say it is really perfect.  It is also a very neat watch to wear at 34mm dia and 7.5mm depth.
Timekeeping is really good at just seconds per day which is a nice surprise – so I’ll really have to see that movement sometime

I seem to be building a collection of Dugena watches and this is my oldest one to date.

This 1950/60’s model is signed as Swiss Made which is interesting to me as  in 1927 (founded 1917) they relocated their manufacturing facilities from Switzerland to Germany.  The name is in fact an acronym of (Deutsche Uhrenmacher-Genossenschaft Alpina) or German Watchmaker Association Alpina.  Also the Dugena brand when it started life was a actually branch of the Swiss Alpina Watch company, though it became a separate brand later.
In 1948 they relocated again because they were in the east side of the Berlin wall and set up in west Germany at Darmstadt.

So confusing to say the least – but one thing is not confusing or even uncertain – they are fine watches.

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