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During the late 1980s, Russian fashion exploded with popularity in Italy. This time period boosted growth for Russia’s oldest factory, St. Petersburg-based Petrodvorets Watch Factory, which started to manufacture watches in 1961 for the Red Army, the Soviet Navy, as well as for civilians. Named in honor of the first human in space, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagaruin, the Raketa (rocket in Russian) timepiece was created. By the 1980’s, Petrodvorets Watch Factory ended up producing over 4.5 million watches each year.
One of these models was the popular Raketa “Wind Rose,” “Azimuth,” or “Compass” (Raketa didn’t name its models, and all these names were given by Raketa enthusiasts). Its bigger brother featured a second crown, which allowed the wearer to rotate the inner bezel to use the watch as a compass; however, this Wind Rose is the slightly simpler version and does not have this feature.
Raketa’s mechanical watches produced in Petrodvorets were exported to many Eastern Bloc and communist countries and were considered one of the most durable and reliable movements there, the Ak-47 of watches at the time, if you will.
For additional info, check out this article by Worn and Wound!
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