Полет Сигнал/Alarm: A Milestone in Russian Horology

The history of mechanical alarm watches

The first alarm wrist watch was first introduced in 1947 by Vulcain. The Cricket watch was also nicknamed “The Presidents’ Watch”, since Eisenhower, Nixon and Johnson were all loyal customers and eminent ambassadors for the Cricket.

In 1959, 1st Moscow Watch Factory developed the first Soviet Wrist alarm clock “signal” 2612 (“Flight”). It was almost a copy of the A.Schild 1475. I can’t find much information on the AS and Poljot link.

Photos of the AS 1475 can be found at Ranfft Watches.

In 1978, the 2612 was slightly tweaked, thus the caliber code was changed to 2612.1.

A comparison between the 2612 and 2612.1.

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Soviet Horology Milestones

I will be posting a series of horology milestones of the Soviet Union which I wrote for BDWF Russian forum.

I have to thank Kevin for inspiring me to write my first milestone on the Poljot Signal, Полет Сигнал, a mechanical watch with alarm features after I posted my collection of the alarms, which is 1 of my favorite Soviet caliber.

My first Soviet Union mechanical watch is the Poljot Alarm 2612.1.

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and my alarm collection grew..

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Well, I will leave the milestone for the next post..

Молния / Molnija Pocket Watch

Finally, I got myself a pocket watch. A Молния / Molnija 3602.

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Model: Pocket Watch
Movement: Molnija 3602 manual wind
Jewels: 18
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds

It has a sub dial second hand.

Movement shot

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If you look at the movement shot, right on the top, there’s an inscription “85 2”. It means that this movement is produced during the 2nd quarter of 1985.

Inscription: “Made in USSR”

2nd Generation Boctok Amphibia

The 2nd generation of Boctok Amphiabia, probably dated between 1970s – 1980s.

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Model: Boctok Amphibian – 2nd Generation
Movement: Boctok 2209 manual wind
Jewels: 18
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds

It’s a Diver watch, up to 20ATM/200M with screwed in crown and the inscription below “Сделано в СССР” = “Made in USSR”.

A wrist shot
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Сделано в СССР

Восток Командирские / Vostok Komandirskie заказ По CCCP

When I saw this listing on eBay, it was listed as “VINTAGE RUSSIAN BOCTOK GENTS DIVERS WATCH”. Little did he know, it’s a Komandirskie with “заказ По CCCP” !

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For those who can’t catch my excitement, the Восток Командирские / Vostok Komandirskie is a Commanders watch and “заказ По CCCP” translated to “By the order of Ministry of Defense of USSR”. It was a military issued watch, a civilian version is available, but it will be “Сделано в СССР”/ “Made in CCCP” instead of “заказ По CCCP”

Movement: Восток 2214 manual wind
Jewels: 17
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date calendar

It has a screwed in crown, however I not very sure on the water resistance rating.

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