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    Russian pocket watches, need info.

    Hello all.
    from what i have read the Molnija pocket watches are "OK" in quality.
    and truthfully that stamped metal filigrie dial is rather lacking in the visual appeal dept.

    are there more Russian makers of P.W.'s?
    i like a "classic" .. waltham, Elgin .. look, and prefer one that doesn't look like it was made for a flea market seller.

    thanks, Dave

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    Re: Russian pocket watches, need info.

    Quote Originally Posted by bavarialand View Post
    Hello all.
    from what i have read the Molnija pocket watches are "OK" in quality.
    Molnija produce movements which are very reliable and are little changed (shock-protection added) for many years.
    The fit and finish on their pocket watches may not always seem level with the competition, but this is likely due to the nature of Molnija as a business:

    - They produce many pocket watches every day
    - 80% of the factory work is done by hand, so cheaper (potentially better finish) machining methods are not employed
    - They cost rather a lot less than a mechanical Swiss piece

    I really love Molnija and think they get much less discussion on there than they deserve... But I do really wish they made a plain-case pocket watch, or maybe a more expensive line of better-finished watches (hand-painting is lovely, but not my cup of tea).

    That said, there are a few more expensive skeleton watches by Molnija, but I don't actually know if they are true Molnija or just using their movement.
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    Re: Russian pocket watches, need info.

    May not be quite your cup of tea, but I think some of the Soviet pieces are a real treat. Like this fine example from 1955; shame about the broken hour hand.

    The third picture shows a watch made a few months later, with the balance dismounted to show the engine turning on the pillar plate.

    You can pick up something like this for £20-ish Sterling, which seems like a snip to me.

    b0r15

    Thanks to rproch, and A. Babanin for the stolen photos




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    Re: Russian pocket watches, need info.

    Quote Originally Posted by b0r15andc0 View Post
    May not be quite your cup of tea
    The Soviet watches are great because they are from a different era; A time when the Russian (and many other Soviet states) changed forever.

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