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Another post set me looking for the website where I bought an oversize Soviet pilot's watch a couple of years ago. Turns out to be: http://www.russiansouvenirs.com/poljot.htm As you can see, the Russians do big and overbuilt as well as anyone-- several 42mm designs that will bust your wrist. Poljot, by the way, means "Pilot" and is Russia's oldest watch company, maker of their submarine clocks and astronaut watches. Most of the movements are derived from Forties era Hamilton, Buren, or Swiss movements-- manual wind double register chronos. I paid $250 for a nice 39mm chrono, but there are a lot of other designs available. Best of all, a Poljot is a legitimate brand, not a knockoff. YMMV. I have no connection with these guys other than one purchase.
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if i were to buy a russian watch, i'd want anything written on it to be in russian. just my 2 cents.
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if i were to buy a russian watch, i'd want anything written on it to be in russian. just my 2 cents.
I have a old USSR watch from this factory, with all russian on it. works good, vry chunky, cost me maybe $50 back a few weeks after the berlin wall came down.
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if anyone is interested in really wellmade and attractive alternatives to panerai at very reasonable price check out this site: www.erkenwatch.com
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i'm usually the one on this board who argues that it doesn't matter where something is made, but in this case it does seem strange that erken watches don't state where they are made. some of the models say 'designed in italy.' none of them say 'swiss made' or 'made in italy' on the watch. i'm just curious...
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Here is the picture of my Poljot Traveller 5 Chronograph: I bought it 1.5 years ago at a low price of $200 in a limited edition of 999 pieces. It keeps good time, looks beautiful, and the size is still acceptable for my wrist (38mm). Most military and chronograph watches are bigger than 40mm. It makes a great casual watch, and would be of great value to people on a tight budget.
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i'm usually the one on this board who argues that it doesn't matter where something is made, but in this case it does seem strange that erken watches don't state where they are made. some of the models say 'designed in italy.' none of them say 'swiss made' or 'made in italy' on the watch. i'm just curious...
if the website is to be believed the watches are sesigned and assembled (swiss parts?) at the erken workshop in italy. http://www.erkenwatch.com/about.html i have bought 2 of them and find them to be very nicely designed & wellmade..imho much better value and styling than most of the watches one can buy in the $200 to $500 price range..
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About Erken Watches: Our watches are individually handcrafted in a small workshop equipped with the most advanced instruments, which allow us to achieve the highest quality standards for optimal watch performance. Our master watch-maker, Luca Lamberti, personally supervises every phase of the production. His more than 20 years of experience as a watchmaker, coupled with a profound love of these fabulous instruments, has given birth to a production unit that, while small, is enriched by the technical and artistic values that represent the great tradition of Italian craftsmen.
it doesn't specifically say they are made in italy. i'm suspicious because, in my experience, when something says 'designed in...' it usually means 'made in china.' being made in italy is such a selling point that i don't see why their watches wouldn't say it on the dial. i was just curious because i don't like deception.
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