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    Quote Originally Posted by Raketa Watch Factory View Post
    This posts addresses the price issue discussed above. We know that we are on the high limit. For this reason, we are not planning to take prices higher any time soon. Our plan is to offer better watches for the same price. By the way, we have a lot of really exciting models lined up to come out this year. We know that many Russians feel "left out" (as very rightly said by Odessa200 above). Unfortunately, it's impossible to keep prices at a level satisfactory to most Russians while at the same time trying to offer the best possible watch - at least as long as we don't reach a sufficient level of sales allowing us to do economies of scale (we're still a very very very very small brand in terms of volumes). We're unfortunately bound by the rules of the market capitalistic economy in which we live! This being said, it's a mistake to think that in the communist economy, soviet watches were easily accessible to the average Russian comrade: the average salary in the Soviet Union was approx. 100 rubles/month and the average Raketa watch was approx. 35 rubles (even thought the Factory was producing more than 5M watches/year, thus benefiting from huge economies of scale). I've had this conversation many times with Raketa's "old" specialists (still working at the Factory) and they always confirmed to me that Soviet watches were really not that cheap for them to buy during the Soviet times. D.
    Keeping the brand very small in terms of volume is a wise strategy, I think.
    Volume will come later.
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    Okay Mr. Henderson-Stewart hear me out:

    Collector party at the watch factory, keepsakes for collectors, anniversary watch that can be pre-ordered and delivered to collectors at the party....let's say a modern design between €1,000-3,0000 AND maybe a meet and greet with the Raketa watch makers.

    When I saw the factory in 2013 I couldn't believe how amazing it was, bring people in to see it to celebrate.

    PS- Wall clocks
    PPS- Merchandise
    PPPS- I'd make an appearance which is PRICELESS (if you ask me)
    PPPPS- maybe you have the watch makers deliver the watches to the customer to foster a relationship between the factory and the collectors.


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    Thanks for these very good ideas!
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    Happy 80th birthday to our main engineer Ludmilla Y. She joined the Raketa Watch Factory in 1957 and, since then, has participated in all the main achievements of Raketa: she was part of the engineering team that developed Raketa's manual movement "2609", the manual 24 hour movement for the famous Polar watch, she fought for the survival of the Factory during the difficult post-soviet times and, more recently, has developed Raketa's counter-clockwise automatic movement. Today, Ludmilla Y. still heads Raketa's engineering department! Her latest achievement was to organise the production of the limited re-edition of the above-mentioned Soviet Raketa Polar watch. Ludmilla Y. is really an extraordinary woman, the soul of the Factory and certainly the most talented watch-engineer I have ever met!
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    Wished it was, its a "Trottered" Robin MK2, still gets loads of attention and when ppl take fotos I gets them to make a donation to Cats Protection hehe
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    Happy 80th birthday to our main engineer Ludmilla Y. She joined the Raketa Watch Factory in 1957 and, since then, has participated in all the main achievements of Raketa: she was part of the engineering team that developed Raketa's manual movement "2609", the manual 24 hour movement for the famous Polar watch, she fought for the survival of the Factory during the difficult post-soviet times and, more recently, has developed Raketa's counter-clockwise automatic movement. Today, Ludmilla Y. still heads Raketa's engineering department! Her latest achievement was to organise the production of the limited re-edition of the above-mentioned Soviet Raketa Polar watch. Ludmilla Y. is really an extraordinary woman, the soul of the Factory and certainly the most talented watch-engineer I have ever met!
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    What a heart warming message, the changes she must have witnessed in her years, the brink of nuclear war, the collapse of the Soviet, hardship and hard work and still she carries on proving how tough these Russians truly are :)
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    The 2609 is a beautiful movement. I've bought a display glass back just to able to look at the movement on one of my vintage Raketas.

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    I found this 2609 movement a few years ago. Now it's one of my future projects to find a case and dial for the movement. I love this movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raketa Watch Factory View Post
    Happy 80th birthday to our main engineer Ludmilla Y. She joined the Raketa Watch Factory in 1957 and, since then, has participated in all the main achievements of Raketa: she was part of the engineering team that developed Raketa's manual movement "2609", the manual 24 hour movement for the famous Polar watch, she fought for the survival of the Factory during the difficult post-soviet times and, more recently, has developed Raketa's counter-clockwise automatic movement. Today, Ludmilla Y. still heads Raketa's engineering department! Her latest achievement was to organise the production of the limited re-edition of the above-mentioned Soviet Raketa Polar watch. Ludmilla Y. is really an extraordinary woman, the soul of the Factory and certainly the most talented watch-engineer I have ever met!
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    Happy Birthday from New York!!!! Love the watches Ludmila had created!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raketa Watch Factory View Post
    Happy 80th birthday to our main engineer Ludmilla Y. She joined the Raketa Watch Factory in 1957 and, since then, has participated in all the main achievements of Raketa: she was part of the engineering team that developed Raketa's manual movement "2609", the manual 24 hour movement for the famous Polar watch, she fought for the survival of the Factory during the difficult post-soviet times and, more recently, has developed Raketa's counter-clockwise automatic movement. Today, Ludmilla Y. still heads Raketa's engineering department! Her latest achievement was to organise the production of the limited re-edition of the above-mentioned Soviet Raketa Polar watch. Ludmilla Y. is really an extraordinary woman, the soul of the Factory and certainly the most talented watch-engineer I have ever met!
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    Please send greetings to Lyudmila from Bulgaria! With wishes of good health for her and her family!
    I also noticed the Pobeda logotype at the back, which reminded me that the brand production was resurected at the factory in recent years. I have a big affection for Pobeda. What movements are powering the new pobedas?
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    What did happen to Pobeda? I'm sure they used to have a section on the website but I can't even find a link to them now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by system11 View Post
    What did happen to Pobeda? I'm sure they used to have a section on the website but I can't even find a link to them now.
    Yeah, a lot seems to have been removed from the website.

    I’d love a modern Pobeda Red 12, with 2609 movement and 20mm lugs.

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