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    Raketa Watch Factory

    Hello,

    This is David Henderson-Stewart from the "Raketa Watch Factory". I’ve wanted to join your Community for a long time, but for many reasons have only now finally managed to take the Big Step.

    For those who don’t know, "Raketa" is a Russian brand created in 1961 in honour of the first manned space flight by Yuri Gagarin ("Raketa" means "space rocket" in Russian). Raketa quickly developed into a very large watch factory producing up to 5 million mechanical watches/year.

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    When I discovered Raketa, I was literally stunned by its uniqueness: it was very different from most of what I had seen in the Western world, in terms of strong history, full manufacture and unusual designs of watch models. Some of these models have become quite famous, such as the 24 hour Polar watch with its unique case construction, the Copernicus watch with its round hands or the Big Zero model with its zero on the dial (instead of the conventional "12"):

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    When in 1991, Communism and the Russian economy collapsed, the Raketa Watch Factory gradually shrank over the next 2 decades from a gigantic factory with 7.000 specialists to a tiny factory with 20 watchmakers working in terrible conditions. This was when I first visited the Factory, in 2011. Despite Raketa’s huge difficulties struggling in the new global market economy, I discovered that the production technology, watchmaking know-how and spirit had survived. Based on these elements, the Factory gradually re-built and modernised itself. My life & work have since then been tied to Raketa.

    There are today approximately 100 specialists working at the Factory. They are particularly proud of continuing the legacy by still producing 100% of Raketa's own robust mechanical movement and making watches with very strong values.

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    Today, the Raketa Watch Factory produces automatic watches organized in 3 different collections along the lines of its historic models:

    • tool watches for professionals such as cosmonauts, polar explorers, submariners,
    • curiosity watches that, for example, go counter-clockwise, and
    • classic watches based on the famous Raketa Big Zero model.


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    I would love to share with you the passion of Raketa’s designers and watchmakers for respectively designing mechanical watches with a very original identity and producing them using "old school" production methods.

    Regards, David

    PS: By the way, the Factory is open to visitors. So if any of you ever comes to Saint Petersburg (Russia) - one of the most beautiful cities in the world - you’re welcome to contact me for a visit. The watchmakers will be happy to show you all of their know-how including the most complicated & secret operations relating to the production of the hair-spring of Raketa’s mechanism.
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    I'd love to see a revival of the classic Big Zero, or the latest iteration with the revised dial design, utilizing the 2609 movement. No use for the automatic with smaller numbers, in my life...
    Watches are life. Live to Watch, Watch to Live. Do you even Watch, bro?

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    I have some.oldie Raketa. My mother in law lives.in Lithuania and she finds pieces.Here and there.
    I don't have too many watches! I have too few wrists!

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    Re: Raketa Watch Factory

    Privet David,
    Thanks very much for joining us amateurs of Soviet & Russian watches !!

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    Hi:) Very Nice way of presenting the factory:) I have read quite al lot about your history, and i really like the idea of a company producing their movement in house. I have started to collect russian watches, and my plan is to buy both vintage and modern day Raketa watches. So far its been mostly Vostok and poljot. My only worry is the quite steep prices. Why is it that these watches are so expensive compared to a brand like Vostok? ( even compared to their exepensive models) I know Vostok has started to manufacture parts in Chine, and i guess this is the case (literally) for you too?

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    I can recommend St Petersburg, I visited once as part of a trip to Russia with school when I was 15, it's beautiful.

    You should put those 2014-ish Atoms back in production with the red & green dials! I have the green one, have been searching without luck for a red now for a year.

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    What a great post, thank you so much for sharing part of your experience with Raketa. I love Russian watches and hope to someday take you up on a visit to St. Petersburg.

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    I’ve wanted to join your Community for a long time, but for many reasons have only now finally managed to take the Big Step.
    We welcome you, but wasn't the factory posting here before...?
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    Welcome David. Great to see Raketa as a Watchuseek sponsor.

    And look! another new member because if this thread. Welcome kickback72.
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    Re: Raketa Watch Factory

    Quote Originally Posted by kickback72 View Post
    Hi:) Very Nice way of presenting the factory:) I have read quite al lot about your history, and i really like the idea of a company producing their movement in house. I have started to collect russian watches, and my plan is to buy both vintage and modern day Raketa watches. So far its been mostly Vostok and poljot. My only worry is the quite steep prices. Why is it that these watches are so expensive compared to a brand like Vostok? ( even compared to their exepensive models) I know Vostok has started to manufacture parts in Chine, and i guess this is the case (literally) for you too?
    We know that is is sometimes an issue because many people are indeed still used to the idea that Russian watches are necessarily cheap watches. I will try to explain Raketa's positioning (without commenting on Vostok because I unfortunately don't know enough about them). Raketa's DNA is "Russian Manufactured": when you wear for example an automatic Raketa "Big Zero" model on your wrist, you wear 242 components, approx. 90% of which are produced every day at the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg. Raketa's philosophy is also to produce watches with a high quality standard: Raketa is not using any "old" stocks of components (with doubtful quality) left over from the past. All of this requires very significant investments in continuously trying to modernise the "in-house" production equipment, improve all the production processes and have the best possible specialists. Basically, it's a very expensive privilege for a "small" watch brand to have its own "real" Manufacture producing quality watches ("big" brands with their own real manufacture, such as Rolex for example, can benefit from economies of scale). All of this being said, Raketa's prices are very reasonable compared to other truly in-house manufactured watches that you find on the world market.
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