Anyone who collects Russian watches knows that most of them seem to come from Ukrainian dealers.
[Edit: I'd originally said that a proportion of them are also "created" by Ukrainian watchmakers, which was tactless and rude of me. For the record, I have bought about 900 Russian watches from dealers in Ukraine and elsewhere, and the proportion of "Franken" watches is equally high amongst dealers from all countries! Apologies for singling out Ukraine.]
So the question is: why Ukraine, in particular? Is there some ancient Ukrainian law that says "Every man over the age of 18 must be able to wield a sword, drive a plough and assemble a Raketa from random parts"? Is watchmaking considered to be a really macho thing in Ukraine, so that all young men compete for girls on the basis of how quickly they can redial a Strela? Is there some famous Ukrainian TV show called "Pimp my Poljot"? I mean, just, why Ukraine? Why not one of the other small countries in the former USSR like, oh, I dunno, say, Russia?