Regarding the Poljot fakes:That would not be hard. Volmax are only releasing small production runs, of quantities too small for economical case production using Soviet-era technology. Whoever they buy the cases, crowns, hands etc from, will make enough to be able to sell them to Volmax at an acceptable price, and then sell off the surplus to whoever wants them. Those other customers also have access to the same Maktime movements that Volmax use.Originally Posted by michele
Curiously the situation can go the other way, too. For example the first of the colourful (non cartoon) 'USSR'-marked Raketa 24 hour dials that appeared during the time when the factory seems to not have been making any complete watches. Such designs subsequently appeared on the company's own catalogue. I guess they saw a successful product built with Raketa parts and decided to order some of the same dial designs for themselves. For a while you could tell the difference between factory and external 'Raketa's because the authorised product was signed 'Made in Russia', but when they started using identical dials to the unauthorised products, it became a 'matter of opinion' as to what is a 'fake'.
Sorry for the rant, but when this forum has been accused (on a certain well-known social network) as being 'in the hands of pirates' because of discussions of this sort, it bothers me.