Thanks for the info guys! I believe the car in the dial is a Lada 2101 also known as the Vaz BA3 introduced in 1970. It was basically a russianized Fiat 124 and I remember them being picked on, but still loved on Top Gear.
That would put the watch around 1995. It is still in remarkable condition though there is a tiny bit of cracking in the dial that can be seen in the right light.
If only my car knowledge and Keen eye for cars continued into the watch realm.
Thanks again for all the info and good news comrades!
Well I almost got there - second try could be Volzhsky Avtomobilny Zavod, the company behind Lada. Founded in 1966, so possible date for the watch would be 1991. This also fits with "made in CCCP" in the dial as the USSR folded at the end of 1991.
Can I respectfully ask expert opinion on the legitimacy, or otherwise, of the watch in this listing? I have my suspicions.
USSR. SOVIET wristwatch ZIM for pilots. Military Design (1). | eBay
Dub Rubb - the second example, a Komandirskie, has a caseback usually associated with export. There's some contemporary publicity showing that some models were sold in Italy by a company called Timetrend, but as the original labeling was in several languages, they may well have been sold in other European countries as well. However casebacks can easily be interchanged, and I don't think (not sure) that there is specific proof that this particular model was exported. Where is the seller located?
The first model, an Amphibian, has the movement marked SU but no "made in" on the dial. Possibly indicates it was made in the transition period c.1992. The lettering on the rocket has either faded or worn off.
Any thoughts on this?
I find the small hands on the sub-dials a little strange, and the application of the "VII" just a little off. So, is this a factory Poljot, or perhaps assembled after the main factory stopped production?
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