I wonder if anybody else has seen one of these? (or possibly I'm the only veteran here who hasn't seen one before?)
Recently I was at the watchmaker's when an antiques dealer came in with a mixed bag of old watches. A 1960s Poljot caught my eye so I asked for a closer look. The dial suggested something like a 2409, but the case was too thick. It didn't match any 'Poljot'-branded watch that I knew. The dealer went to get some money, leaving the stack of watches for the watchmaker to look over. The watchmaker opened up the Poljot and we looked inside it. Then he gave his opinion that the dial was the original for this case, which surprised me. The dealer returned and accepted $20 for the watch and I took it away, very happy. I'll be getting it serviced fairly soon.
So here it is. The dial look to be a typical early 1960s Poljot for export.
The words "MADE IN USSR" can barely be read beneath the 6. Probably a good thing on certain markets. The Deco numbers are interesting, and the lumed second hand is rare for this vintage, but the lume dots on the even numbers only is kind of wierd.
The back is the usual export item.
My guess is that the "FOREIGN" stamp was probably added upon entry to the UK.
Now here was the drawcard for me; the 17 jewel Sportivnie movement with hacking function.
The Sportivnie was manufactured until 1962, so the stock of cases and movements would have been used up shortly after, and besides, the 'Foreign' stamp marks it as being sold in the UK, so it must pre-date the launch of Sekonda in 1966. When did they stop using date stamps on the civilian movements? After 1959? If everything is original on this watch, then my best guess is that the last of the Sportivnies were used to broaden the product range for 1st Moscow Watch Factory's early 1960s export push. 'Poljot' brand was only adopted on all their watches on the domestic market from 1964, however it is likely to have been used fairly widely for export prior to that in preference to more Russian-sounding names like Vympel, Kirovskie and Sportivnie.