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.

Categories: Spotlight, Watch reviews


4 replies

  1. Thats an awesome watch, have got a mechanical alarm in my collection but its not a patch on that Russian one.

    • Hi and thanks for your comment.
      It’s my first mechanical alarm and have to admit it’s a cracker – works a treat and as is often the case with
      these Russian watches it keeps remarkable time – they made their movements to good tolerances.
      Best regards.

  2. I doubt if the watch is from the 90s. More likely the early to mid 80s. The movement is 2612.1 which is a modification of the original 2612 movement that came out in 1978. The watches are excellent value. I am wearing an early mid to late 60s version now. Have an earlier version from about 1961 to 1965 in its way in the mail.
    The problem with Russian watches is that many watchmakers discriminate against them. I came across one guy who told me straight out that it was rubbish and that it was not worth working on it. Apparently it is a common reaction. I guess the ironcurtain still exist but now in the form of disdain, in the west.

    • Hi Marc and thanks for your interesting comment. You may well be right in your date assessment as earlier rather than later. I’ve always found it to be quite tricky with some of these Russian watches to accurately date them, as the movements were often in production for many many years. I agree with you regards the common misconception that Russian made movements are poor and even from those in the trade. In my opinion the quality of construction of most Russian watches is as good as you will find. No fancy embellishments either, but extremely good timekeepers, practical and hard wearing. In fact my collection is growing and I’ve had to devote a box especially for them! Hope your newest one is as good.

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