Polish Bounty – Poljot, Slava and Ruhla.
A few weeks ago I was in Poland for a wedding. So one day I walked around the local town and happened to stick my head inside a second phone shop, and to my surprise this little random shop sold everything from old radios to grandfather clocks and old watches. He had a lot of 1970’s watches and this 1970s Poljot stood out to me, firstly because it is a groovy looking watch and secondly because of it’s amazing condition. And I have been thinking of getting a Russian watch for some time and this is my first. In the ’70 Poland was locked behind the Iron Curtain along with all the other communist states. This must have been a fancy watch by those grey day’s standards. But it appears to have gotten very little use!
1970s Poljot manual wind
17 jewel manual wind movement
10 microns gold plated brass base metal case
Made in USSR
When I got back to my missus’s parents house (or missuski ) I shower her father what I had bought. He was not impressed that I had paid 25 quid for it. Not impressed at all that I paid that much for an old Russian watch that most were thrown away. So he then went off to the basement and gave me two of his old watches. He can’t remember exactly when he bought them, but said it was at least 20 years ago, more than likely in the 1980s. A very nice gesture and great to know that he bought them new and wore them for years. I will now care for them.
1980s?? Slava manual wind
21 jewel manual wind movement
20 micron gold plated brass base metal case.
Made in USSR
This is quite a large watch. I was impressed to see a 21 jewel movement, 20 micron plated and some basic circular machining on the inside of the case back. It must have been a decent watch back in those grey commie days. It has seen better days but still runs strong and accurately.
0 jewel manual wind movement
Made in the DDR
Chrome plated base metal case with rotating bezel showing capital cities.
Out of all the Ruhlas that I own this is the first that I could actually seeing myself wearing. It is quite an impressive chunky watch that has presence. The case actually feels to be decent quality and it’s the first that I have seen with the case locking ring and caseback arrangement (just like the Russian watches use). The bezel rotates but I have no idea of it’s purpose? Maybe to dream of visiting places with colour and freedom?
“One case back ring to Ruhla them all!”
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