I thought that I should write something about the Poljot Okeah that recently came into my collection. I did some research about the wristwatch before I bought it of course but my intention is to gather some of the information here. Don’t know if it’s possible but I’ll try. Consider this a “living document”. Here is a guide with very detailed information about the 3133 movement for those that want to study the evolution of the Poljot 3133 chronographs closer. Guide to Poljot 3133 chronograph watches
The Okeah wristwatch came in late in my collection. I’ve been trying to keep a straight line with marine watches only and I know, the Okeah is a marine watch. It was originally given to officers in the Soviet Union Navy but it was a bit too Swiss for my collection. Don’t get me wrong. The Swiss watches are fantastic! The best in the world but my collection is about Soviet era wristwatches.
The Okeah is developed from the Swiss Valjoux 7734 movement. Very much in this wristwatch is Swiss. The machinery and patents was bought from the Swiss Valjoux factory in the mid 70s since it was outdated there. Poljot then modified the movement so that it runs with the frequency 3 Hz ( 21 600 vph ) instead of the original 18 000 vph from the Valjoux 7734. Poljot added 6 more jewels to 23 jewels compared to the original movements 17 jewels.
The first Poljot Okeah was made 1975. The first chronograph “Okean” (caliber 3133) was produced for the space station “Sojuz-23.”
I bought the Okeah with a very comfortable leather strap. It looked good but found an original Okeah metal bracelet to match with this iconic watch.
Changing the bracelet was easy. No surprises.
My wrist isn’t very small. It’s not very big either but it’s not that small. The bracelet was gigantic! I regulated the bracelets clasp or lock almost to the bottom of the scale and the bracelet would sit just loose. The clasp was – in some positions – sticking out from the bracelets links in a way that it could get stuck in my clothes or something else. I don’t like to change things on these rare wristwatches. Regulate watches is one thing but changing or modifying is another. If I keeped the bracelet like it came, I would risk loosing the whole wristwatch. The bracelet might open by it self and fall off. Better to remove a link so that the bracelet fits properly. Pretty easy done and I’m saving the link of course.
The original crystal is a flat acrylic glass. Not domed like for instance Vostok Amphibians. I wouldn’t call this a diving watch like the Amphibians anyway.
The caseback on these early, military issued, Okeah:s are supposed to have this caseback. Poljot later produced Okeah chronograph also for the civilian market but those didn’t have this caseback. The cases on those civilian Okeah was chromed brass. The cases for the military issued Okeahs was made in stainless steel.
Judging by the guide that I mentioned above I would say that this watch is from about 1981.
I don’t know if this photo show so much but on some watches you can see traces of a human hand polishing the watch before going out to the first owner. I take it that there was some craftmanship in making these watches. These small traces is one of the things that I like with the Russian watches. It’s not just machines all the way to a finished watch.