Raduga URSS watch made for export with 2809 movement. Is it chronometer version of Vostok??
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    Raduga URSS watch made for export with 2809 movement. Is it chronometer version of Vostok??

    Hi!
    i already post this question on a old - old thread and if i think better it is best to post it here:
    i have just got a Raduga (Rainbow) URSS watch made for export. My question is if it is the chronometer version of 2809 inside and if the year of production can be deduced...
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    Re: Raduga URSS watch made for export with 2809 movement. Is it chronometer version of Vostok??

    Nice watch!!!
    Sometimes it's hard to tell chronometer from non-chronometer 2809, as they were not marked. Nontheless, 2809 surely is among the very best watch movements made in USSR and better than many Swiss basic calibers of the time :)
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    Re: Raduga URSS watch made for export with 2809 movement. Is it chronometer version of Vostok??

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    Nice watch!!!
    Sometimes it's hard to tell chronometer from non-chronometer 2809, as they were not marked. Nontheless, 2809 surely is among the very best watch movements made in USSR and better than many Swiss basic calibers of the time :)
    Well I would hope so, as the chronometer 2809 is basically a copy of the Zenith 135.

    The 2809s that met the similar-to-COSC chronometer specs have a Reed's regulator and 22 jewels. Those that did not meet the specs were designated 2809B, contain 18 jewels and have a basic regulator.
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    Re: Raduga URSS watch made for export with 2809 movement. Is it chronometer version of Vostok??

    Again, it's probably not THAT easy. The 22 j movements were used in Vostok Precision and Volna (later plain Vostok) watches. It's said the VP were the chronometer, while Volna/Vostok - not. But I have no good proof of this theory for you.
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    Well I would hope so, as the chronometer 2809 is basically a copy of the Zenith 135.
    Not an exact copy. Just the fact, that it has been designed to leave as much space for the balance as possible. The layout and gear train arrangement are completely different from the Zenith 135.
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    Re: Raduga URSS watch made for export with 2809 movement. Is it chronometer version of Vostok??

    I think the scarce sub second 2802 was much more like the 135 and the 2809 is the c/s version with center second pinion driven by the double 3rd gear. I wonder what's the Zenith's center bearing for... in 2802 it's for the center arbor that just carried the cannon pinion, that's all. In 2809 the cannon pinion is simply placed on a hollow, fixed post.
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