Thursday, 20 March 2014

Military "issued" Poljot, [1st MWF] Sturmanskie Cal;31659 Hacking Received.

I have just received this Military Poljot Stainless Steel "issued"[1-88] watch,it has the correct Cal;31659 Hacking Cal` movement installed.

I originally bought the watch from a seller on e.bay under the "offer" process.The watch was in poor condition,lume had fallen off and the hands were badly stained,The price of these Military Sturmanskies,would normally have been well out of my price range.But because of the damage,this one was cheap.

A trusted seller i have used many times in the past,[thank you Slava],interceded on my behalf,at point of sale.When he received it from the seller,he realised it needed serious mechanical repair.He then went ahead,and organised a complete mechanical and cosmetic overhaul,including reluming of dial and hands,using his own watchmaker.This he did completely free of charge.

I was completely unawhere he had done this.imagine my surprise when i received this,now,beautifully restored watch,keeping excellent time and working perfectly,including the hacking complication,[a common fault on these].

I find all of this completely overwhelming,especially when you consider Slava and his family are going through all of the worrying upheavals in Ukraine and all of the personal uncertainties this entails.

I will treasure the watch.Thanks once again Slava.


  1. Hello Russ,

    This chrono is very interesting due to the color of the lume and due to the fact that small chrono hands are black.
    My last acquisition is quite similar but features the typical central hand, half unpainted / half black.

    Your chrono seems to be between 2 versions? I'd be interested to know why ;)

    All the best,


  2. Hello Boris,
    Your Chronograph looks wonderful,i have tried to follow the discussions on similar watches on the Russian watch forum,[i say i have tried to follow,as i have enough trouble with my native English,let alone Russian.]

    I can`t really add alot to the above description .As you know i have bought many watches off Slava,over the years,I did not originally buy this off him,but he interceded on my behalf.The watch was in extremely poor condition.The dial was very poor,all lume had fallen of.

    The hands were discoloured and have been relumed,The large central second hand,was in such poor condition,it was hard to know,what colour it was originally. The black minute counter was original to the watch .The movement,again is original,but not working correctly.

    Slava carried out a full restoration,of movement ,dial and hands.I am very thankfull to him,for the very unexpected,wonderfull gesture.

    Hope to speak to you again soon.
    Best Regards,

  3. arpaialino@libero.it19 June 2018 at 02:14

    salve ho un orologio della okeah con cal 31659 vorrei sapere qualche informazione

  4. Hello ,
    Okeah watch should have a cal;3133, not Cal;31659.

  5. This watch is very similar to mine, except the lume is slightly greener - mine is paler but not the whitish colour as on some versions - I work in pharmaceuticals, and to make every device exactly the same as the last, you should see the controls! I do not believe these controls were in place in an industry rewarding volume production. You can call them factory frankens, whatever, but I know the person I bought mine from could have replaced any 'strange' parts with 'originals' - he turns over many watches. I know mine has not had a re-lume - the lume is intact but very dull (aged) and a bit crusty, the hands and plots match. I have heard of 'non catalogue' Strelas being gifted in Russia etc. And heard Vostok are denying some watches which a good complement of people believe are genuine. So, to conclude, provenance of Russian watches is never going to include 'an extract from the archives'! And I bought mine because I liked it - I chose it over several others.

  6. Completely agree. Russian watch originality and provenance has always been a nightmare. Some of my favorite Russians are not very original, having been well used and modified, with any parts available to the local watchmaker, at the time.