Hello, all. This is my first time posting here, as you can easily tell.
Although I have a small collection of watches, I somehow only recently became aware of 24-hour mechanisms and decided I needed one. Found this on eBay yesterday. I know it is beat to hell, but I quite like the visual effect of the wear and based on a bit of research believe that the movement is genuine. A couple of things have me confused, though:
- Although the face otherwise perfectly matches early examples of Raketa submariners, there is no "Made in USSR" text under the anchor.
- The serial number stamped on the backplate is only three digits (appears to be "888") rather than 5-6 digits
Any insight into these things would be appreciated. I probably over-paid for the watch, but as long as it keeps decent time after a service I don't really care. It's beautiful. :)
Here are the pictures from the eBay listing:
Now I wait patiently for it to get here from Ukraine!