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Vintage watch Raketa Saint Petersburg, mechanical watch, Russian wrist watch mint quality, big case watch

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This is authentic Russian big case watch Raketa Saint Petersburg.

Watch is working good and keeps time.

Strap is new (unused)

Size: 3,3cm / 1,3" diameter
Year: 1990 - ?

Manual wind (works without batteries), mechanical movement.

It has great visual condition.


Raketa (Russian: Paкeтa) brand watches have been manufactured since 1962, first in the Soviet Union and now in Russia, by the Petrodvorets Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg, the oldest factory in Russia. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1721 as the Peterhof Lapidary Works to make hardstone carvings. Raketa watches were produced for the Red Army, the Soviet Navy, for North Pole expeditions, as well as for civilians.

April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin made the first flight in the history of mankind in outer space on the rocket Vostok 1. In honor of Yuri Gagarin the Petrodvorets Watch Factory named its watches "Raketa," or "rocket" in Russian. At the height of the Cold War, however, the name "Raketa" was perceived negatively in the West, as the word was associated with the latest generation of Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles, the R-16.

Before the Petrodvorets Watch Factory began to produce watches, it produced objects made of precious and semi-precious stones for the Tsar and his family. Later, it began to produce goods for military manufacturers as well as jewels" for the watch industry. In 1949 the factory released the first watches under the names Zvezda and Pobeda. The factory's own watches, sold under the brand name Raketa, first appeared in 1961 and the factory also began to manufacture its own movements, like the «Raketa - 2609N». Over the years, the Petrodvorets Watch Factory produced more than two dozen versions Raketa movements. Some were equipped with features such as automatic winding, calendars, 24-hour models for polar explorers, anti-magnetic watches (for use in case of a nuclear attack), as well as watches for the military. Mechanical Raketa watches produced in Petrodvorets were exported to many Eastern Bloc and communist countries and are considered one of the most durable and reliable movements in the world and by the 1980s Raketa was producing 4.5 million watches a year.


Raketa (Petrodvorets Watch Factory)
1721, Establishment of Petrodvorets jewel-cutting industry.
1930, Establishment of 1st State Precision Jewel Factory.
1940, Sole supplier of jewels to 1st State Watch Factory.
1944, Factory destroyed by war.
1949, Factory rebuilt and begins production of Zvezda and Pobeda watches.
1954, Establishment of Petrodvorets Watch Factory.
1962, Raketa brand launched.

Vintage watch Raketa Saint Petersburg, mechanical watch, Russian wrist watch mint quality, big case watch

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