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What's the "good" Russian stuff?


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The one thing I respect about Russian products is they don't rip-off anything. They make their own designs and truly are the king's of mechanical simplification! However I'm just not even remotely a fan of Vostok. Their movements don't have a quickset date function which is unacceptable in every way to me, and overall what they produce is just unimpressive to me. I loved the modding options at first, but even that is extremely limited and, frankly, I'm over it.

I've owned several vintage Russian pieces but that's not what I'm looking for. I want current production, high quality timepieces. Anything Russian in that regard?

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Raketa is the obvious one. I've one of the modern ones and it's a pretty decent watch. Slava also make some interesting reissues that are around the £300 to £500 mark but I've no experience of them - hopefully that'll change soon as I intend to splash out on one the new "Televizors"

Konstantin Chaykin if you have seriously deep pockets.

My Raketa:

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1 hour ago, Lampoc said:

Slava also make some interesting reissues

I've had a look at a new "Television Set", but is the 2427 movement any better ? Or the same old "hit or miss" quality ?

@ around £500 new plus import add ons, I can think of others with less "risk" attached.

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38 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

I've had a look at a new "Television Set", but is the 2427 movement any better ? Or the same old "hit or miss" quality ?

@ around £500 new plus import add ons, I can think of others with less "risk" attached.

No idea if it's better! Probably not as it had a pretty poor reputation for reliability in the first place. I have plenty of spares though.

If you order direct from Slava it's pretty easy to knock another 15% off (already tried) and yeah, £500 might be a bit risky but I really, really want one ;)

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