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    Question Raketa World Time and a strange observation

    I have a weak spot for the Raketa World Time, so when an opportunity opened to get a NOS example... It is an Italian export and a little bit different from the used domestic version I had since before. I have noticed a peculiar thing regarding the cities and time zones printed on the bezel. After this discovery, I have compared to other pictures of this model and they all share the same strange feature.


    It came with box and papers. The manual is in Italian.


    The plating is not gold, it's titanium nitride.


    Now take a close look at the bezel. I have rotated it so that Moscow is at the top. Each tick and each city represent one time zone, equals one hour. To the immediate left of Moscow is Geneva, Switzerland in central Europe. This happens to be also my timezone in Stockholm, Sweden. And the next zone to the left is London, Great Britain. The problem is however, that this is incorrect! Between Geneva and Moscow is two time zones, not one. Was this different in the 1980's or did Raketa make all their watches with this error? What is going on here?


    Here side by side with my used Raketa World Time. The "error" is here as well.

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    Re: Raketa World Time and a strange observation

    Here's mine -- a different, more recent model, purchased at the Petrodvorets factory store in 2005. Moscow and Geneva are one time zone apart here, as well:


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    Re: Raketa World Time and a strange observation

    Even export version in the same
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    Yes, they are all like that. Roman and Cyrillic, major cities and Antarctic bases. Every version has the same error. I can only guess that Western Europe and Britain were on summer daylight saving time when the researcher in Petrodvorets first looked into it.
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    Re: Raketa World Time and a strange observation

    Regardless of the error, I want one!!!

    Where would I find such a watch?



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    Re: Raketa World Time and a strange observation

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucidor View Post


    Was this different in the 1980's or did Raketa make all their watches with this error? What is going on here?

    Per wikipedia:

    Daylight saving time was reintroduced in the USSR (Moscow Summer Time) on April 1, 1981, by a decision of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, and its practice continues into post-Soviet times.

    Before that, when London was on DST, there would only be a 2 hour difference with London.

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    Re: Raketa World Time and a strange observation

    Quote Originally Posted by Senignol View Post
    Where would I find such a watch?
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    Re: Raketa World Time and a strange observation

    Watch22, that probably explains it then. The watch was designed before 1981 in a time when Moscow did not have DST. But I think it would have been more intuitive to make all zones without any DST and leave that compensation to the user.

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    Re: Raketa World Time and a strange observation

    [QUOTE=Lucidor;3398271]The problem is however, that this is incorrect! Between Geneva and Moscow is two time zones, not one. Was this different in the 1980's or did Raketa make all their watches with this error? What is going on here?[/I]


    Continental drift.
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    Another one error: Moscow and Gorki (Nizhni Novgorod) are in one timezone!
    Was this other in 80-s?

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