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    Raketa Polar with city inner rotating bezel

    I have been looking at several of these watches which I have seen referred to as raketa polar antarctic submariner. I was wondering what I need to look out for when trying to spot frankens with these. I have seen some with chrome bezels and others with black, some with all black hands and others with a different coloured second hand. They also seek to come in a export version in English and a domestic version. I have put a few photos of one I have been looking at but could do with some generic pointers as to what I should be looking out for with these.

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    Step 1: Please look at the catalog. This watch was 1st made in the USSR and now Russia continue to make them. What you listed is a Russian copy. I see nothing wrong with it.
    Maybe more options were introduced but I always look for the original soviet copy as pictured in the catalog: black bezel and all black hands. On a soviet copy the movement would be stamped with 2623.H. An added benefit and assurance that you are getting 24h watch. Make sure the lot description does specifically mention 24h as I’ve seen frankens with the wrong movements.

    Soviet versions have made in USSR
    Russian: made in Russia

    Both Cyrillic and export versions exist and both are fine. Whatever you prefer.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Raketa Polar with city inner rotating bezel

    Looks good to me for what is shown although missing is view of crystal profile. Sometimes the original crystal is replaced with a bulging conventional one causing distortion of the printing at the perimeter. I would ask for a side view picture to confirm.

    Often the Russian versions had the movement identity stamped on the mainspring winding gear like that one. Soviet versions were stamped on the main bridge.
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    Re: Raketa Polar with city inner rotating bezel

    There is also this version for export to Italy.
    This watch was given to doctors as a promotional gadget for Zestril.
    This version has the names of cities written in Italian

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    Re: Raketa Polar with city inner rotating bezel

    Thanks schnurrp and capannelle, very interesting details

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    Re: Raketa Polar with city inner rotating bezel

    I really like the look of that dial. So much going on with the dual crowns, multi cities. It just drips with Cold war intrigue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horo Monger View Post
    I really like the look of that dial. So much going on with the dual crowns, multi cities. It just drips with Cold war intrigue.
    Totally! The watch is made in the 80s. The coldest part of the cold war: USSR and USA boycott each other Olympic games, etc. Meanwhile, the watch that is produced for the Soviet Comrades, has NY, Chicago, LA, etc, etc. I would not be surprised to see socialistic places like Havana, etc but major US cities.... why would a Comrade even need to know time in such places? No one ever traveled to USA except a few hand selected trusted comrades (from kgb). Definitely something strange with the selection of the cities... 🙂

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    Re: Raketa Polar with city inner rotating bezel

    "Polar Antarctic Submariner" Rather over-egging the pudding in my opinion.

    Technically, the Raketa 24-Hour called "Polarnye" is quite a different watch with a steel case and crown guards. The style of watch that we're looking at here might reasonably be described as "Antarctic" if it has the world-time ring marked with the names of the Antarctic bases. This one with the city names would be better described as "world-time" or "traveller" or something like that.
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    Re: Raketa Polar with city inner rotating bezel

    One thing to note is that these are also produced new by some company. I got one of those and though it makes the purists turn over in their graves like a watch winder, I kind of like it aesthetically. ;) And it's just a very nice, accurate, mechanical 24-hour watch.

    I do wish they wouldn't print 'USSR' / 'CCCP' on new watches that are clearly not from that era, but okay.

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    Re: Raketa Polar with city inner rotating bezel

    New? Your watch looks like one of the last products made by Raketa before the takeover by the current owners. There was a brief period when they were putting 'Made in USSR' on some of their dials (according to images on their on-line catalogue). If your watch really was made more recently than that, then I would say it was made with stock Raketa parts, and not by a 'company' as such.

    This is what a legitimate non-Raketa-made Raketa-homage looks like:

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