View Full Version : Anyone know where I can buy one of these?

03-08-2010, 18:06
Found this on eBay from an american seller and they say that it's russian made. Taste issues aside I'd like to buy one for my girlfriend and wondered if anyone has seen one around anywhere? Was thinking of trying the shops/stalls on Arbat and VDNKh tomorrow. Hoping to pick one up before Thursday or I'll have to get it sent from the US, which will take 5-7 days...


If I have to I'll find a placeholder and wait, but it seems a shame as it's apparently made here! They're also apparently made in silver, which would be my preference, but I'd take either...



03-08-2010, 18:48
I found only this.
Actually, the factory is in Uglich. But you may try to visit VDNH shops and one jewelry store Кристалл used to sell the watches. It was very popular brend Чайка.
Good luck!

03-08-2010, 19:29
Wow, thanks for trying to find it online for me. I looked up the shop you mentioned (Crystal?) but I can't find out where it is in Moscow.
Like you say I found out the factory is in Uglich and that the brand is 'Chaika' but I'm not sure how to actually get my hands on one... I'll try VDNH tomorrow and then some of the touristy shops on Arbat. Just got to keep trying, I guess!

Thanks again.

EDIT: So now that I know it's a Chaika I want I'm still wondering where I would find them in Moscow...

04-08-2010, 11:38
It was just curious to find them on the Net cause i forgot that our country could make such interesting and beautiful things.)) I remembered that my granny had smth similar..
But I'm afraid now it's really hard to find it in Moscow shops.
Try this if don't find
г. Москва, Ленинградский проспект, дом 10, м. Белорусская (радиальная)

04-08-2010, 12:04
Phalanx1710, I think they are out of production already. You can find them at Russian internet auctions
At the following links they have not exactly the same but the same style and period

Otherwise you may check Izmailovo Vernisazh as well.

04-08-2010, 13:35
Thanks to Oskorbinka and Viola for your help. I managed to track them down on Arbat and, after a bit of haggling, I managed to get one for (probably the rip-off price but I don't really mind) 1,800r. And then a guy tried to take my wallet and repeatedly threatened to hit me in the face but in the end I got rid of him. Hurrah!

An adventure story to add to the gift for my girlfriend.

Thanks again... Dan :)

04-08-2010, 13:59
Not so expensive, especially if it works ;)

And then a guy tried to take my wallet and repeatedly threatened to hit me in the face but in the end I got rid of him. - that guy was watches seller or just another one??? 8)))

04-08-2010, 14:04
Yeah, the watch seems to work and it's a mechanical wind-up, rather than quartz, which is a plus.

The guy who tried to take my wallet was with a friend and they looked like they lived on the street. There were a few people who looked like him along Arbat. I was most surprised when, as I was looking around trying to see if anyone would help me (there were lots of people walking past), he said 'This is Russia, nobody will help you.' He was right, nobody did. Eventually I walked off and went into the shop with the biggest doorman I could see and they didn't follow me in. First bad experience in Russia but it's not going to put me off.

04-08-2010, 14:17
they looked like they lived on the street. - it is called "bomzh"

he said 'This is Russia, nobody will help you.' - in English??? 8)))

04-08-2010, 15:13
Phalanx1710, be careful next time. It's a common practice not only for expats but for russians too. But of course they prefer to rob you!
Can you make a photo of the gift??))

04-08-2010, 16:03
@FatAndy - His english was surprisingly good. Kept telling me to go to the ATM and give him 'five bucks' while his smaller colleague stood back and shouted at me to give him money and told me all sorts of helpful things about foreigners. This was in broad daylight and nobody batted an eyelid... Eugh. Sometimes it's tempting to fight in these situations just on principle but he held all the aces as one chance at my wallet or possessions and he would be off like a shot.

@Oskorbinka - I'll take a picture of it when I get home. It's not bad quality (could be better) and there seemed to be quite a few on Arbat with variations in mechanisms and face patterns. Also, the darkness of the amber changed with each watch and there were some similar painted enamel ones.

05-08-2010, 16:22
be carefull next time. better not to make shopping at Arbat and other popular among toursits places alone. Take somebody with you!

05-08-2010, 19:23
and not deep in my bag where i have to dig first. and i will bloody well use it...

06-08-2010, 01:55
one my friend had this spray with him, however the robbers could take it out of his hands before he use it.. so his eyes were hurt by his own pepper-spray. btw is was in the center of St. Pete.