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    General information:

  Poljot-International and Basilika watches are high-quality mechanical timepieces with:
  • Precisely regulated and refined movements
  • Vaulted mineral or sapphire crystal glass
  • High grade stainless steel or gold cases with glass back
  • Water resistant to as minimum of 5 ATM (50 meters)
  • Additional functions on most models

All Poljot-International and Basilika watches (PI & B) are produced in Alzenau, Germany. A booklet showing a test trial run and signature of the watchmaker who has assembled the watch is supplied with each shipment, assuring you of the highest standard in our quality control.
The service is carried out by highly experienced personnel with special knowledge of Russian and Swiss mechanical watches.

Every watch received in our workshop for repair is first checked by a watchmaker before that an estimate is prepared. Once a confirmation is received by the customer the watch will be repaired (normally within 10 working days) and later returned to the customer.

All our watches are supplied with a 24 months warranty. Repairs under warranty are made immediately after the first arrival check.
All customers are entitled to get after-sales service with efficient supply of spare parts and information on repair or replacement parts.

We have service-points all over the world. For details please call us on +49 6023 919955 or see on our website under Sales points for a list of our specialised shops and distributors.

Frequently asked questions:

  • What is the difference between a normal watch and a chronograph?
    A chronograph is a complicated mechanical timekeeper unifying two functions within one watch, a normal function for telling the time and a stop watch. The stop watch can be started and stopped by pressing the pushers on the case’s side. The upper pusher is for starting and stopping the chronograph function while the lower one is for resetting the hands back to zero. The work of the stop watch is indicated by the central seconds hand and the minute counter scale in the small sub dials.
     
  • What is the quick date setting?
    For many Russian watches the so-called “quick date setting” is used in order to set or change the date. It works by moving the hands first clockwise and then anti-clockwise between 23:00 hours p.m. and 3:00 hours a.m. and continue the same operation until the desired date is displayed.
     
  • Which are the accuracy deviations of Poljot-International and Basilika watches?
    As all Poljot-International and Basilika watches undergo an individual adjustment and regulation their accuracy deviation is lower than most standard mechanical watches. The deviation ranges between the limits of –15 s until +15 s per day.
     
  • What can I measure with help of the tachometer scale of chronographs or pilots’ watches?
    To establish the speed of a vehicle or aircraft, first use the seconds hand in the stopwatch to determine the time in seconds needed to cover 1 kilometre of the route (e.g. 10 s or 45 s). The speed can be read on the tachometer scale opposite the corresponding marking on the second scale (accordingly 352 or 80 km/h). If the time needed for one kilometre is more than 60 seconds, divide 3.600 by the number of seconds. For example, 3.600 /90s = 40 km/h or 3.600/120s = 30 km/h.
     
  • How can I set a moon-phase function?
    The setting of the moon-phases has to be done always before the setting of the date or the time. The crown has to be in it’s furthest position and the moon has to be moved by turning the hands in a clockwise direction so long until the moon has reached the position one day to its present-day-position in accordance with the moon-calendar (the moon changes its position automatically between 2 and 3 o’clock a.m.). Only after this, the date and the time can be set.
     
  • What about the water resistance?
    Can I take a shower or swim with my PI or B watch on while it is on my wrist? Most of our watches have a water-resistance of 3-5 ATM. This means, they are protected against rain water or sweat, but the watches are not appropriated for swimming or taking showers, because the water pressure can be too high for the seals.
    On the other hand, it can happen that under the watch glass appears condensation water, especially after abrupt changes in temperature - this is not a defect, the condensation water will disappear after a while. It is absolutely necessary once 1 year to have the water resistance checked by a specialist.
    Within the PI brand collection, there models that are suitable for diving watches such as f.e. “Red October” with 20 and 30 ATM water resistance respectively. These models have an additional protection cap over the crown and can be used for swimming and diving.
     
  • What is a sapphire crystal glass?
    This glass consists of synthetic sapphire crystals (Al2O3) being extremely hard (surpassed only by diamond); it is even more breakproof than mineral glass and very scratch-resistant; the production (especially of vaulted glass) is very expensive, that’s why this glass is mainly used for luxury watches. The top of the range models of PI and B are fitted with sapphire crystal glass.
     
  • How often does a mechanical watch need a service?
    Of course it is necessary to make a repair or an overhaul when the watch does not work fluently.
    If the watch was handled with care, a total overhaul will be necessary not before 3 years of wearing.
    However, for keeping up the water-resistance and the functionality of the crown, it is necessary to repair or to have it checked by a watchmaker not less than every 12 months if the watch was is worn daily.
     
  • What means an overhaul in contrast to a partial repair?
    A partial repair includes for example:
    • Replacement of the glass (if there are no splinters in the inner part of the movement),
    • Adjustment of the accuracy (after an impact or shock),
    • Replacement of the crown/the pushers or another part of the movement.
       
      A total overhaul has to be made after 3-5 years and includes the following steps
    • Outer checking of the case, the dial and the hands
    • Measurement of accuracy and amplitude on the device
    • Test of water-resistance
    • Before the case will be opened, it is cleaned for avoiding dust to get into the movement
    • After the case was opened, the inner part is cleaned, too, and the condition of the grease is checked
    • After this, the movement is taken apart, all parts are cleaned and lubricated, the gaskets and seals are replaced and the water-resistance is re-established
    • After the assembling and closure of the case, a trial run is made during 3 days with the watch in different positions (the watch remained lying and hanging at the cyclowinder).
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