Excuse-me if I'm wrong but I haven't found a specific subject dedicated to the “BIG ZERO” (yes, there is many little subject about this watch, like this one https://forums.watchuseek.com/f10/rak...ic-466171.html but I haven't found THE one !) and I was very surprised about that !
The “BIG ZERO” is a very iconic and an highly representative watch from soviet watch industry, because of its design but also because of its story.
The “BIG ZERO” appears in 1983 in a small round case, with a white dial but also with a black one
Originally designed for visually impaired's people, the watch was seen in 1985 on the Gorbachev wrist when he visits Italy : as journalists ask him why its watch has a zero and not a twelve, he answers "The Russians are starting all over again from zero !"...
This watch was produced in several versions for many years during soviet era and also during the 90's but one can find many fakes and frankens watches based on it's design for sale.
Since few years, Raketa produce a new version of the “BIG ZERO” called “Raketa Petrodvorets Classic”.
The “BIG ZERO” style doesn't refer to a case but to the dial : bold numbers, the bold hands and the bold zero where we usually found a twelve on most of the watches. All the genuine Raketa “BIG ZERO” from 80's and 90's were powered by a 2609.HA caliber.
Most of the “BIG ZERO” were produced by Raketa but one can also find Slava “BIG ZERO”, Renaissance “BIG ZERO” (Renaissance is another brand from Raketa, usually specialized in making watches with stone dials based on Raketa models) and recently also Luch “BIG ZERO” !!!
It also seems that french Slava factory in Besançon, France, have produced “BIG ZERO” during 80's with soviet calibers named “R2609” (and механизм CCCP written on dial), but so far nobody has been able to confirm that point.
Considering these 4 points (2609ha caliber, bold numbers, bold hands, a 0 replacing the 12), may I suggest you to show us your all different “BIG ZERO” watches ???
To begin, here are the 3 “BIG ZERO” I own (I'm not particularly collecting this model) :
From left to right : a classical mid-80's cccp “BIG ZERO”, the french mid-80's (механизм CCCP) “BIG ZERO” and an unknown Renaissance “BIG ZERO” (I've never seen this watch before buying it !)
P.S.: sorry for my eng... globish : I'm french, it's not an excuse but...