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    McDonald’s 1990 russia watch

    Need help identifying this watch , particularly how it was given away , and how many etc , I don’t really know what it’s worth . But I can’t seem to find any others around
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    Re: McDonald’s 1990 russia watch

    Any help is welcome and thankyou in advance!

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    Re: McDonald’s 1990 russia watch

    I was a McDonald's manager way back when the Moscow store opened, and I remember there was a lot of Moscow McDonald's swag being put out—it was a very big deal at the time. McDonald's had a catalog from which employees could order lots of corporate-branded stuff (the Smilemakers catalog from Group II), and this may have come from that, but (I'm guessing here) more likely it was a given to people involved in the opening, or to Soviet officials that the company wanted to butter up.

    I actually applied to be one of the Western trainers sent to get it ready for opening, when they put out a call for Americans and Canadians who could speak Russian or Ukrainian, but my college Russian wasn't good enough. Had I gone, I might have come home with one of these. A nice souvenir of a moment in time, and a world that's gone forever.

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    Re: McDonald’s 1990 russia watch

    You had to be a Big Mac to get one of these I assume.

    Okay, sorry. I'll see myself out.

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    Re: McDonald’s 1990 russia watch

    As you can probably guess, this watch is merchandise commissioned by McDonald's to commemorate the opening of their Moscow branch. This is the less common gold bezel variant. The other one was modeled on the then-current Vostok Komandirskie army watch.

    There has been some dicussion over on the Russian forum:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f10/mc...ok-263409.html

    The fact that the other model was styled after Vostok, rather than being commissioned from Vostok themselves (plus the existence of some actual McDonald's Vostoks) has led some to think that these quartz watches are fake, but as you can see from the case back, the inscriptions are consistent with other McDonald's merchandise of the era.
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    I notice the other models do not have the opening date on them
    , which leads me to believe that they were given out at a later date. Does anybody know how many of my watch were given out , and how they were given away?

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    Re: McDonald’s 1990 russia watch

    Was this an eat in, or carry out item......?
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    Re: McDonald’s 1990 russia watch

    That's really cool man. I'd proudly rock one of these.

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    I would wear it , but I’m worried that it’s too rare and belongs in a museum etc . Are there a lot of these watches around ?

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