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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Raketa “Big Zero” – A Design That Crossed Frontiers

@therussianwatchcorner I think I can safely state that if there were any Soviet watch whose design had crossed frontiers and become recognizable throughout the world, it would be the Raketa “Big Zero”. But how did this model emerge? In what circumstances was it made? Is it still current? Let’s have a look at it… Without doubt, the first thing that grabs your attention about this watch is the arrangement and design of its dial with its oversized numerals crowned with a large zero (hence its nickname). Together with its hour…

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Raketa “Big Zero” – Un Diseño Que Traspasó Fronteras

@therussianwatchcorner Creo poder afirmar que si hay algún reloj soviético cuyo diseño ha traspasado fronteras y es reconocible por todo el mundo, se trata sin duda alguna del Raketa “Big Zero”. ¿Pero cómo surgió este modelo? ¿En qué circunstancias lo hizo? ¿Sigue siendo actual? Vamos a verlo… Sin duda alguna, lo primero que llama la atención de este reloj es la composición y el diseño de su dial, con sus números sobredimensionados y coronados por un gran cero (de ahí su sobrenombre). Junto a sus marcadores de forma triangular, pero…

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