RAKETA ZERO mechanical watch – 19 jewels
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Manufactured on Petrodvortsovsky watch factory, USSR
There’s a famous story about the RAKETA Big Zero watch being worn by Mikhail Gorbachev in the 80s.
While in an official visit to Italy, he was asked by local journalists what perestroika meant for Russia. Gorbachev replied that Russians decided to start their lives from zero and showed them his own Raketa wristwatch which read 0 in lieu of the 12 mark.
The trade mark ‘RAKETA’ is on the dial.
The watch is mechanical and does not need batteries to operate.
Original soviet “RAKETA” has mechanical lever movement and manual winding.
CASE SIZE 41x41mm(with crown)
LUG WIDTH 18mm
MOVEMENT R 2609
FUNCTIONS Hours, Minutes, Seconds
Watch been through a recent service by a professional watch tech and keeps good time.
Comes complete with 18mm genuine leather NATO handmade strap!
Modes of payment:
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Fast international shipping: this watch ships out from Ukraine (with tracking number) within 2 business days!
Russians live from zero
About the watch factory
The Petrodvorets Watch Factory «Raketa» was founded by Peter the Great in 1721. Factory was producing wide range of items, including jewels for watches since 1930.
Factory was devastated during World War 2, restored in 1949 and was making “Pobeda”(Victory) and “Zvezda” watches. In 1954 renamed into Petrodvorets Watch Factory.
Since 1962 “Raketa” watches are produced which became the trade mark of the factory.
The Petrodvorets Watch Factory is one of the rare watch factories in the world that fully manufactures its own movements from A to Z, including hairspring and escapement.
Other band names produced on the factory include Baltika, Leningrad, Mayak, Neva, Pobeda, Raketa, Rossiya, Svet, Start.
Read more about on of few surviving soviet watch factories on factory’s website.