Aviator Watch Review (Model 26669/2155443)
Updated 19 Jan 2009 by Editor, RussianWatchGuide.com
I've always liked Aviator watches. I suppose the aviation-inspired designs appeal to me.
The latest Russian watch I've added to my collection is the Aviator 26669. I would call it an "entry-level" Aviator priced at the low end of the brand's price range. The watch retails for around $200 but I picked it up half-price during a blow-out sale at Russia2all.
If you're not familiar with Aviator watches, they are one of several brands manufactured by Volmax. A few years ago Volmax picked up where Poljot left off and has been building a solid reputation by manufacturing quality watches based on the tried-and-tested Poljot mechanical movements. Some of their more expensive watches use Swiss movements.
This particular watch I purchased uses the Poljot 26669 movement. It's a 17 jewel automatic movement that includes a 24-hour subdial and a day of the week indicator, which I can't read since it's in Russian.
The level of finish is good. And though I haven't had this watch for very long I don't expect to have any problems with the Poljot movement.
At 42mm, the Aviator 26669 is not a big watch, at least not by today's standards. It's hard to believe the size and weight of some watches on the market these days.
The watch has a sturdy leather strap. I prefer a leather strap over a metal bracelet. For me, a leather strap is more comfortable, although I do concede that a stainless steel bracelet often looks better. I often change the strap on my watches. That way I can radically change the look of my watch for little money. I think I will try a black rubber strap on my new Aviator.
The watch is water-resistant to 3 ATM.
Poljot 26669 Movement
Day of the week indicator
Brushed stainless steel case
42 mm diameter
Luminous hands and numbers
Water resistant to 3 ATM water
Cost: About $200
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