After I've bought my second Chaika 3050-KR, which has been shipped from Ukraine some days ago, I kept searching for another vintage Soviet timepiece. However, when I've stumbled upon a Luch 3055 and a Luch 2356, I was very undecided whether to choose the electromechanical 3055 or the more conventional 2356. The decision was tricky, 'cause despite the electromechanical quartz movement makes the 3055 a rather unique watch, from the technical point of view (only Timex and Golay produced electromechanical quartz watches), the reliability problems that plague the caliber 3055 led me to choose the 2356, technically more conventional and robust than the fragile 3055.
But right in the moment I was about to buy the Luch 2356, I've found something else on Etsy:
And... I was attacked by a sort of instinct, which made my inner voice say:
"You have a Chaika 3050-KR that is traveling from Ukraine. Why don't you continue to collect Soviet watches with the CRP-3050 movement, and take the Poljot version? Its style is very nice and sporty, and hey! The crown at 4 o'clock is rather unusual for quartz watch with the 3050 caliber. Plus, the dial is blue, which is your favorite color. Hey man, do not miss this opportunity! "
So, I listened to my inner voice, and I changed my mind on the second purchase, focusing my attention on this Poljot 3050. Unlike his older brother, the Chaika 3050-KR (usually known as the Chaika Resonator), the Poljot 3050 didn't debut in 1977, but presumabily around 1979, and was the first quartz wristwatch produced by the First Moscow Watch Factory. This model probably dates back to the early '80s. It was available with a chrome plated case or with a titanium nitride one, plus, the dials were available in different colors, such as dark gray, green, purple, blue and champagne.
The movement is the well-known CRP-3050, quartz movement with 10 jewels and four coils, the firs quartz movement entirely Soviet made. Conceived for the Chaika 3050-KR, the movement fitted into this Poljot is probably the post '77 one, optimized for mass production. Unlike its Chaika counterpart, the Poljot 3050 uses different fonts for the calendar, with a more rounded style rather than the square looking one used by the Uglich-made watch.
The dial has a textured effect with vertical lines, and has a nice gradient blue effect. The Poljot logo is located at 12 'o clock. In the middle part, the dial is interrupted by thin horizontal white stripes, where you can clearly see the "Kvartz" word to indicate the peculiarity of the movement, which was the pride of Soviet engineering, although there were several difficulties to make it economically viable. Although not visible from the photos, the bottom is marked with "Sdelano V SSSR" (Made in USSR) which, curiously, was missing on the dial of the Chaika.
The hands are chrome-plated and decorated with a white strip of tritium, which allows them to be visible in the dark, and the seconds hand is white, contrasting with the gradient blue of the dial, creating a very pleasant effect.
The only "little" issue is the chapter ring that is a bit crooked (it often happened to see Poljot 3050 with the chapter ring not perfectly straight), but it is an almost imperceptible detail and can easily be fixed by a watchmaker . The crystal is acrylic.
The case is chrome-plated, and has a "TV" shape. Its size is quite significant for its times: 38x50mm, while the thickness is 12mm, due to the raised caseback that prevents the chrome-plated case to touch, thus protecting the plating. The watch has light scratches due to everyday use, while at the back you can see some chips and dings probably due to the use of improvised tools to open the caseback. You can notice that there's nothing on the caseback except for the serial number: it is clear that back at those times, the novelty factor that characterized the Chaika 3050-KR, which reported proudly on his back the "Kvarzevi Rezonator" (Oscillator quartz) word in order to emphasize to customers the uniqueness of its movement, was long gone.
If we compare the Chaika 3050-KR with this Poljot, we can see immediately how the styling of wristwatches changed after a few years: compared to flamboyant and eccentric styling of the 3050-KR, immediately recognizable in its funky and massive '70s shape, as well as the three-dimensional chapter ring, the Poljot 3050 has a more conservative and conventional styling, with a nice sporty touch, emphasized by the crown at 4 'o clock and the chapter ring that contrasts with the particular texture of the dial. I also like the chromed accents above and below the calendar window, and the Poljot logo at 12 o'clock, which was made in two versions (the first one you see here, fully chromed, while the second variant has a white outline in the inner part, in order to emphasize the logo). I already imagine it with a steel bracelet, in order to give it a sportier appearance.
And tomorrow, the Poljot will begin its journey from Latvia, along with the second Chaika 3050-KR, that is coming from Ukraine.
The "Saga" of 3050 continues with this Poljot, which I hope will not face the same end of the first Chaika...!
More pictures and "live" impressions to follow when the watch will arrive here in Italy.