Unique Soviet Watches In The Italian Market: Komandirskies

@timebehindtheironcurtain We continue our journey focusing on Soviet watches manufactured for the Italian market, which we started here and continued with a chapter dedicated to Raketa. Today, we shall examine Komandirskies, one of the most famous lines of watches from the USSR. Perhaps the most characteristic feature of the line is the large number of dial types and cases that can be found under the label. The first thing worthy of mention is that the Komandirskie design was conventional for a military watch, at least until the late 1980s. It is not completely…

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Unique Soviet Watches In The Italian Market: Raketa

@timebehindtheironcurtain In our first instalment, we talked in general terms about special Soviet designs for the Italian market. In this post, I want to talk about the role played by Raketa in this market. As you may well know, the Raketa factory located at Peterhoff has been producing watches since the 1950s, and was an early and sizeable exporter, mostly under the Sekonda brand. In the 1980s, though, it started using its own name internationally. Previously, it had avoided this due to the association of the Raketa name with certain…

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A Little Insight Into Dmitry Buyalov (Meranom)

@timebehindtheironcurtain Nota: Esta es la entrada original. La versión en castellano la encontraréis en este vínculo. Today, we proudly share with you an interview with a very special person in the world of Russian watches: Dmitry Yuryevich Buyalov. You might already know of him as the mastermind behind the website and the designs of meranom.com, of which he is the co-owner, as well as being the design director at Buyalov Watches. I first met Dmitry back in the summer of 2016. As a devoted Russian watch enthusiast, I planned a short…

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Entrevista Con Dmitry Buyalov (Meranom)

@timebehindtheironcurtain Hoy, nos enorgullece enormemente compartir con todos vosotros una entrevista con una persona muy especial en el mundo de los relojes rusos: Dmitry Yuryevich Buyalov. Quizás ya lo conozcáis como el cerebro detrás de la web y los diseños de meranom.com, de la que es copropietario, además de ser el director de diseño de Buyalov Watches. Conocí a Dmitry por primera vez en el verano del 2016. Como un devoto entusiasta de los relojes rusos, planeé una breve peregrinación a los lares donde se fabrican los relojes rusos. Por ello, me puse…

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Unique Soviet Watches In The Italian Market: The Beginning

@timebehindtheironcurtain Hello comrades. Today, I would like to write about Soviet watches imported into the Italian market in the late 1980s. It was highly fashionable to be seen wearing a “Soviet style” piece, as is evident from this article. The watches were imported by two main companies, Time Trend and Mirabilia. You can normally differentiate these Italian-market versions from their Russian counterparts by two distinctive features. They came in special packaging, and they were fitted with leather straps bearing the brand and the inscription CCCP on them. Many of these…

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