Cardinal wrist watch – 18 jewels, with alarm clock
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Beautiful vintage watch manufactured on 1st Moscow Watch Factory “POLJOT”
The Cardinal watch brand has its roots in the Wein family (formally Weinzieher). The Wein family originally emigrated to the US from Ukraine and would go on to form important branches of the North American watch industry. The foundations were established in 1904 with the incorporation of Weinstrum Watches, later to be known known as Wein Brothers. Eventually, the larger family enterprise dissolved into various individual undertakings.
Cardinal watches were produced from the 1960s through the 1990s by numerous Soviet factories, including Raketa, Poljot, Slava, ZIM and Molnija.
Cardinal was a Toronto-based watch company founded in 1923.
The watch is mechanical and does not need batteries to operate.
Original soviet “Cardinal-POLJOT” has mechanical lever movement and manual winding.
CASE SIZE 42x36mm(with crown)
LUG WIDTH 18mm
FUNCTIONS Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Alarm
Mechanical lever movement
Watch been fully serviced by a professional watchmaker and keeps good time.
Comes with NAGATA leather strap included.
Modes of payment:
- Credit Cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover)
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About the watch factory
1st Moscow Watch Factory (1.MWF, renamed to POLJOT after 1964) – the biggest and oldest of soviet watch factories.
Russian watches have a rich and interesting history dating back over 80 years with the creation of the First Moscow Watch Factory, which today manufactures Poljot watches.
A highlight of Russia’s watch history came in 1961 when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin took the first ever flight into space with a watch from the First Moscow Watch Factory.
POLJOT Brand History
Poljot watches are manufactured by the First Moscow Watch Factory. The factory began producing watches in 1930, and started using the Poljot brand name in 1961.
Poljot watches are higher-end Russian watches and cost more than most Russian watch brands. An average Poljot watch costs around $300. Some gold President-series Poljot watches sell for upwards of $10,000.
The Sturmanskie watch manufactured by the First Moscow Watch Factory has the distinction of being the first watch in space.
In 1966 the First Moscow Watch Factory was awarded the highest Soviet award, the Order of Lenin, for developing the national watch industry.
In 1992 the administration of the Russian president selected Poljot to be the rewarding watch from the President of the Russian Federation.
In recent years, the First Moscow Watch Factory scaled back production. Some of its equipment was purchased by Volmax, a Russian watch company launched by ex-Poljot employees. Volmax now uses the term “Poljot” for some of its watch movements.