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    Benefits of socialistical command economy

    Hi fellows,

    Berlin just shifted the opening of its new airport a year or so, if I remember right because something is wrong with a water tap connection or a toilet. Impossible for launching a watch in the former USSR. If somthing didn't fit it was made fitting - subito or even earlier.

    Here a demonstration example, a setting lever spring with four (4!) latch positions:



    They have the following functions:
    1) winding
    2) neither nor, crown rotates idle
    3) setting
    4) none, because unreachable for the latch pin

    Four latch positions? Only three working? Neither quickset date nor a variant with such feature? Complete nonsense?

    No, the serial number explains the reason:


    It is just a child of command economy: If a spring didn't work properly in precisely the moment when a product was planned to be introduced, they filed so many gaps into it that at least two allow to wind and set the watch.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft
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    Re: Benefits of socialistical command economy

    Thanks for posting that - it certainly made me laugh! Obviously, communism wasn't as inflexible as we always thought.....!

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    Re: Benefits of socialistical command economy

    Me too. Great entertainment and social attitude example.

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    Re: Benefits of socialistical command economy

    LOL.

    However, like the venerable AK47, could it have been designed as being easy to service and able to withstand a lot abuse?

    Soviet thinking wasn't entirely wrong. They knew their soldiers were drunk half the time and that third world army types were not exactly clean. Hence, the AK had that thinking built in. Same with a few of their aircraft. Loose tolerances allowing for a little dirt...

    In this case, I agree. If it didn't work as designed, hammer it

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    Re: Benefits of socialistical command economy

    interesting thanks for sharing
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    Re: Benefits of socialistical command economy

    I did not get it. Could be my lack of cultural knowledge, or i am unable to follow the part about the serial number.
    I know this thread is 2 years old, but my curiosity got the better of me. Anyone care to elaborate?

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    Re: Benefits of socialistical command economy

    Quote Originally Posted by anirudhkitt View Post
    I did not get it. Could be my lack of cultural knowledge, or i am unable to follow the part about the serial number.
    I know this thread is 2 years old, but my curiosity got the better of me. Anyone care to elaborate?
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    Re: Benefits of socialistical command economy

    Quote Originally Posted by anirudhkitt View Post
    I did not get it. Could be my lack of cultural knowledge, or i am unable to follow the part about the serial number.
    I know this thread is 2 years old, but my curiosity got the better of me. Anyone care to elaborate?
    Thanks for bringing this back....Missed it and it was a interesting and amusing read....Thanks Roland...
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