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General Secretary, Central Committee, Communist Party USSR Chronograph!

I only saw this watch once and had to have it! It was too... outrageous.

This is the ancestor of the later day Prezident Rossii (President of Russia) Putin chronographs. But whereas with the Putin watch we have mere Neo-Czarist sleaze and nouveau-riche bad taste, I present to you an exquisite example of glorious Official Monumental Soviet Kitsch! This one makes the Putin watch look like a humble Raketa in comparison. No mere crest of the state. Instead, the portait of Leonid Brezhnev himself, outlined in gold, surrounded by a golden circle, his signature in gold letters, and not one, but FOUR red stars.

These commemorate the four times (only) he was named Hero of the Soviet Union (only Marshal Zhukov had got it 4 times, for defeating the ****s!) Brezhnev sort of awarded it to himself! As if the gold on his face is not enough, the bezel is painted black to provide contrast to the majestic gold letters: GENERALNY SEKRETAR TsK KPSS: General Secretary, Central Committee, Communist Party of the Soviet Union. All this with gold hands and a pristine white dial, sitting on a HUGE gold-tone case!!! Ah, gold, this most socialist of metals! A HUMBLE watch, no? It is so overdone and monumentally kitsch that I actually like it!

I am sure the General Secretary personally approved the design and perhaps even conceived it! I wonder, were these given to official visitors? Who was then the lucky recipient? Or were they for sale? Who would buy them, except of course crazies like me? At any rate, it is limited issue, 004/999! Another very socialist thing, the limited production individually numbered watch! And yes, a superb 3133 is ticking inside; this is the equal of any Sturmanskie in the field or in a stormy Politburo session. Waterproof also so it can be worn in the steam bath (best thing in the morning for a vodka hangover). And of course, the chronograph function comes in handy when timing official speaches.

And yes! I am wearing this one to work. Proudly!
 

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nice one, :-! looks exciting to me.
Brezhnev was an imposing person, look at those eyebrows :)

Phil
Thank you. He certainly was quite imposing! If you look at the right side of his portrait, his left, you can see the four medals I mentioned hanging on his chest. He also got the order of Victory! Long after the victory...

So Comrades, has any of you seen one of these before? Please let me know. Also I am told that there was a Gorbachev version, but have not seen it. Of course in a few days we may see a franken 3017 Khrushchev...

OKEAH
 

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Not Soviet, not produced in USSR, and definitely an extremely posthumous item. :-x Very nice anyway. :-!

 

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Not Soviet, not produced in USSR, and definitely an extremely posthumous item. :-x Very nice anyway. :-!

Difficult to say that it is definitely post 1991...Postuhumous probably yes, but why the "CCCP khronoghraf" on the back then? Poljot had stated producing tourist watches before the fall of the USSR.
 

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Difficult to say that it is definitely post 1991...Postuhumous probably yes, but why the "CCCP khronoghraf" on the back then? Poljot had stated producing tourist watches before the fall of the USSR.
But not in that style. So far as I can tell, that case style was introduced in the mid-1990s.
 

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Difficult to say that it is definitely post 1991...Postuhumous probably yes, but why the "CCCP khronoghraf" on the back then? Poljot had stated producing tourist watches before the fall of the USSR.
More than posthumous, it looks posthumouristic!!!

Take into account that in 1988 the Politburo withdrew three of the four medals of Hero of the Soviet Union that were given to Comrade Breznev because they said he abused them, therefore if it was made in soviet times they should have placed just one star: they were pretty strict about it.
 

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Posthumous? :-|

Not Soviet ? :-x

But Comrades, I forgot to mention it was given to me by Leonid Ilyich (Brezhnev) himself in Kosygin's dacha in Sochi in 1981! Leonid Ilyich said to Aleksey Nikolaevich: Aliosha, take the watch I gave you off and give it to Comrade Semushkin (not my real name), right NOW!!. Kosygin had no choice... you see it was No. 004/999 and the 1st three were given to Brezhnev's mother, to Castro and to Brezhnev's mistress. Leonid Ilyich had designed the case himself and the 3133 inside has a date stamp 1-81! Too bad my camera (a Zorki given to me by Nikita Sergeevich, you know which one) is out of film and I cannot photograph the movement. It also has the old style silver wheels and reset lever and the serial number is the smallest I have seen: 0000!

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No ?

You don't buy it?


Comrades, you have demolished my sweet delusion that this was a Soviet watch that Brezhnev gave to minor visiting digitaries etc... and have reduced to to a mere capitalist trinket for Inturist tourists o| o| :-(


I will get over it, but it will take time.....

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Nice one!

Brezhnev had life-long insecurities born of his minor role in WWII. He used his political power to try to overshadow Zhukov. That's one of the main reason he awarded himself four times Hero of the Soviet Union.
 
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