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    Hello everybody ! I signed up specifically on this forum to ask for advice, as you seem to be much better informed than me on the subject I'm a french student and I am looking to acquire a vintage Copernicus Raketa as my first mechanical watch. I fell in love with it when I discovered it on...
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    Hi Guys, I have seen a couple of nice Raketa Kopernik watches with blue dials and green dials for sale (see attached photos). Do you know if these blue and green faced versions are original designs? Or are these watches likely standard white or black faced models that have been repainted? I...
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    Dear comrades, this is my first post here. My dive down the horological rabbit hole has landed me on my ancestral birthplace - that of the USSR. Specifically, the watch brand Raketa and some of its iconic models. Finally landed a decent example of a Kopernik (man the price for these is...
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    Dear friends, I wish to thank from the bottom of my heart [name removed at the request of sender] from Chelyabinsk for sending over this catalog. This catalog and the watches contained within are so incredibly difficult to find that not even the Petrodvorets Factory Museum had any physical or...
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    Hi folks. I need help finding the correct size screws to hold my 2609 HA movement in the Raketa case. The current screw heads are too small to keep it steady so the movement is wiggling around in the case. Does anyone know a screw size that will work, or where I could get them? The orange arrows...
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    Hello friends, I have just finished translating and explaining the newly signed agreement between Raketa and Total Vostok LLC. This article includes a link to the original Russian language press release for those of you that read Cyrillic. Click here to read the full article- ad free Thanks...
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    It is my distinct pleasure to announce we have located, scanned, and uploaded five years of Raketa Catalogs to Raketa Watch Club freely available for you to peruse. I'm hoping to be able to collate, render, and upload at least one a week for the next month. As ever a big thank you to the...
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    There is a thread on the Public Forum titled "Most beautiful movements". This got me thinking about some of the more attractive Soviet movements. I consider the better examples to be from the 1940's - 1960's, so thought I'd share a few examples here for others just starting out with Soviet...
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    Hello, I had been following Poljot alarm watches on ebay and recently discovered russian watches in general, which was a big wow! Decent prices on mechanical watches!! I've bought a Komarskie which is the first mechanical watch I've opened :) It's now having a hydrochloric acid bath, and I'm...
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    Hi all, My name is jesaya, just join this fantastic web yesterday :), so anyway i came across this beautiful vintage raketa wrist watch what i like about this watch is the hand i have never seen anything like that, i want to know what you guys thing about this piece, i don't know alot about...
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    Hi all, My name is jesaya, just join this fantastic web yesterday :), so anyway i came across this beautiful vintage raketa wrist watch what i like about this watch is the hand i have never seen anything like that, i want to know what you guys thing about this piece, i don't know alot about...
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    I have just received this beauty of a Raketa 2628.H watch that I ordered some weeks ago. The setting of the time, date and days are working surprisingly smoothly. I like the untraditional way to set the date by pulling the crown instead of turning it. I am, however, quite cautious about winding...
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    I browsed this magazine yesterday and couldn't believe that there was a real Russian Watch featured. What a nice surprise to see this among the typical 99.99% Brands you see every day in magazines like this. Phil
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    I just bought this after reading quite a lot of articles about spotting fakes but I'm still not sure if what I bought is original. Any help would be highly appreciated.
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    Hello All, Just purchased my first Russian watch off of Ebay. It is the Raketa Goroda(Aka world timer). I am enjoying the watch so far, but am interested to know what the inscription says on the back. Wondering if anyone speaks enough Russian on here to translate, or had an idea where I could...
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    OK, in an effort to answer my own question from WRUW... The Raketa "perpetual calendar" watch comes with a year wheel, turned with the 4 o'clock crown, that covers a 21-year span. I have a USSR-marked example, probably from the 1980s, that has a 1980-2000 wheel. One sees lots of these...
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    Thanks for reading! I purchased this Raketa on eBay on a whim, looked gorgeous to me. I have yet to receive it in the mail, but in the meanwhile, I was hoping that someone here might be able to identify it. Has anyone come across this one before?
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    Hi I saw this Raketa Big Zero watch on Etsy website, and was wondering if this was authentic or a franken...
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    When I first put on the 2019 manufacture Raketa Amphibian I had a weird sensation of deja vu. Had I done this before? It wasn’t until two weeks later that I would realize the clever ways Raketa has kept their language both consistent and modern in aesthetic and industrial design. My brother had...
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