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    Admiring Russian/Soviet watches found online

    Hi all,

    Thought it would be fun to start a thread that is somewhat opposite of the franken thread, that highlights and appreciates fine Soviet and Russian pieces found on the web, but not necessarily in your personal collection. The fact is Russian/Soviet watches have increased in price quite a bit so there are some very unique and interesting pieces out there that may be beyond many of our means, but I thought it might still be fun to highlight them and have a conversation about them.

    To kick things off, I wanted to show this Officer's Award Pavel Bure that has been on ebay for a while. It seems dropped dead gorgeous, fully 14k pocket watch, with excellent detailing of the royal court seal and a professionally well done inscription (something that I've found is quite rare with Russian pieces in general for some reason - inscriptions aren't done well and many seem sloppy, this one seems perfect).






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    Spotted this stunning example on a Russian craigslist site of a military issue pilot watch based off the one button chronograph movement:







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    Quote Originally Posted by mvmt View Post
    Spotted this stunning example on a Russian craigslist site of a military issue pilot watch based off the one button chronograph movement:
    That one is a Grail watch - modified valjoux 61 movement apparently. There is a homage project in progress through the watch.ru forum (https://forums.watchuseek.com/f10/rei...es-937903.html). What I would give to get my hands on one of those and its chronograph sibling (photo is from Misrob's collection) Name:  image-723139413.jpg
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    What is that? When was it made?

    (I now want to refer to all GMT watches as "Grinvich" watches )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chascomm View Post
    What is that? When was it made?

    (I now want to refer to all GMT watches as "Grinvich" watches )
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novokuznetsk#History

    Before 1961, since Сталинск was renamed in 1961
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    Re: Admiring Russian/Soviet watches found online

    Wouldn't mind having this pair. Not too old or historic but some delicious soviet machinery: [url=http://www.ebay.com/itm/Very-rare-Russian-marine-chronometer-deck-watch-POLET-/251530995570?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a906a 6772]Name:  set1.jpg
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    Re: Admiring Russian/Soviet watches found online

    I think it's prefer the one with radium lume (spotted recently on a Russian sales forum);

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    Re: Admiring Russian/Soviet watches found online

    Another clock. This one with a sub second dial (must be for a submarine!): 1 MCHZ Chronometer Vintage 1958 USSR Russian Navy Marine SHIP Submarine Clock | eBay

    Balance looks like it could withstand a direct hit. I wonder what the terminals are for. Is this some kind of hybrid?

    Could this be connected to the very interesting prototype in Mark's collection #1529?

    http://www.ussrtime.com/cgi-bin/details.pl?id=1529


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    Re: Admiring Russian/Soviet watches found online

    Quote Originally Posted by mvmt View Post
    I think it's prefer the one with radium lume (spotted recently on a Russian sales forum);

    Probably with the 24 jewels movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chascomm View Post
    What is that? When was it made?

    (I now want to refer to all GMT watches as "Grinvich" watches )
    Very strange dial, because:
    1) Ohotsk is small "town type settlement" (just not a town!) in Habarovsk region ("Habarovskiy kray"), and Magadan is much bigger city in the same (msk+8) time zone.
    2) Since 1956 Ohotsk and Habarovsk are in one time zone (msk+7).
    3) Gorky is written as "ГОРЬКИИ", but correct is "ГОРЬКИЙ" - in russian we newer use "И" instead of "Й", this is different letters!
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