I've fallen in love with a Russian

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I've fallen in love with a Russian

Post by Guest on Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:24 am

I ran accross this watch today by accident. I was actually searching for a different watch but fell in love with this one. It uses a 3133 caliber. Does anyone have any experience with this russian movement or know of the best place to buy? I found a couple on ebay but I'm concerned about counterfiets and thought maybe it might be cheaper somewhere else. Here's a couple of borrowed pics.


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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:41 am

Very nice,vintage chrono look. I like it.
Unfortunately the non quick-set date is a deal killer for me. I have a couple of Russians that I like but never wear because of the date issue.
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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:44 am

Nice looking Strela, doc. The Poljot 3133 is the Russian version of the Valjoux 7734 (the Commies bought the rights and machines to make them.) I've owned a couple of them, and they're pretty good hand-crankers. One nice thing is they have an absurdly high power reserve (one of mine ran for over 60 hours on a full wind.)

Practically every Russian-made chrono uses the 3133 or some variant (they made them with mechanical dates, 24 hour subs, and I've seen some that even have moonphases.)

Beware of a lot of the ebay sellers, particularly a guy named Juri Levenberg, who Frankens the shit out of these things. I've kinda fallen out of love for the Russian stuff, so I can't give you a great place to buy them. A nice export Strela like that should run you, I'm guessing, around $400, maybe a little more.
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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:46 pm

@ Fog. Damn, I didn't realize it also lacked the quickset date. I had a Vostok 3 hand like that and it drove me insane. I might live with it for a while for this one though.

Thanks Conjourer for the info. I was a little nervous about ebay sellers from Russia especially. I read in another thread where a ton of counterfiets come from there as well. $400 sounds pretty reasonable.
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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:28 pm

Ditchdoc wrote:@ Fog. Damn, I didn't realize it also lacked the quickset date. I had a Vostok 3 hand like that and it drove me insane. I might live with it for a while for this one though.
Thanks Conjourer for the info. I was a little nervous about ebay sellers from Russia especially. I read in another thread where a ton of counterfiets come from there as well. $400 sounds pretty reasonable.

John makes a very good condensation, I may add 3133's are but bullet proof, here is a place I like...
http://www.russia2all.com/
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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:32 pm

Thanks for the link Eddie!
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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:33 pm

eddiea wrote:
Ditchdoc wrote:@ Fog. Damn, I didn't realize it also lacked the quickset date. I had a Vostok 3 hand like that and it drove me insane. I might live with it for a while for this one though.
Thanks Conjourer for the info. I was a little nervous about ebay sellers from Russia especially. I read in another thread where a ton of counterfiets come from there as well. $400 sounds pretty reasonable.

John makes a very good condensation, I may add 3133's are but bullet proof, here is a place I like...
http://www.russia2all.com/

Craig Hester's company (Russia2all) is a great one to deal with; you're sure to get a real (as opposed to Franken) watch, and his service is superb. Some of his prices, however, are pretty high. There're a lot of threads at WUS talking about the best dealers and so forth.
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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:47 pm

Yeah. I was just noticing the prices were a bit high. I've read some good things about a couple of ebay sellers but they have limited selection. I'd almost rather pay a little more to assure I get a genuine watch
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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:01 pm

I bought a few Stramanski (sp.); one in the mid 95 and one around 03. The second one came from the pre-Hester owned Russia2all. Didn't have a lot of luck with them. The materials in the movement seemed subpar and they only lasted a few years. I got in when they we're cheap so no big loss. I'd like to get them fixed but no one will work on the Russian 3133.
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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:43 pm

That's disappointing. I thought the 3133 might be built a little better than the average chinese stuff. I liked the look of it and hoped it was a HQ alternative to Swiss. I had heard that it was basically a 7734. The power reserve reports (50-65 hours) were impressive as well. Thanks for the info betterskills.
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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:50 pm

betterskills wrote:I bought a few Stramanski (sp.); one in the mid 95 and one around 03. The second one came from the pre-Hester owned Russia2all. Didn't have a lot of luck with them. The materials in the movement seemed subpar and they only lasted a few years. I got in when they we're cheap so no big loss. I'd like to get them fixed but no one will work on the Russian 3133.

Try emailing this guy, BS: vr2001@gmail.com. His name's Vitali, and I met him once at my store. He's a Russian trained watchmaker who works in the Pac NW. I haven't emailed him recently, nor have I used his services, but he seemed like a nice guy.
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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:19 pm

Thanks for the heads up! I'll look into it.
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