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Hello all!

Look what came in the mail:





The condition is really good, small scratches and the usual, but nice for a old watch. My first Soviet and my first mechanical watch!

As I am a newbie to this game, what can you tell me about it? I mean, yes I know the basics, where it was made and so forth, but something else? Actually, my knowledge of it is actually limited to "made in/near Leningrad CCCP". So anything is useful! I'm guessing I can overwound this watch and that is really bad thing?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Welcome to the forum!
Your Raketa ("Rocket" in Russian) was made in the Petrovorets Watch Factory (St. Petersburg) for the late '60s/early '70s export market (English wording) and should have a version of the 32yh sub-second dial movement found in many different watches of that time, similar to pictured below but probably shock-protected and with one additional jewel. If your watch is functioning properly you should be able to wind 20-25 times before you will begin to feel a slight resistance which means you are approaching a full wind and you need to apply less force.



Get used to having people ask to see more photos of your acquisitions, especially the movements. We are a curious bunch. Enjoy your watch!
 

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Yep, I'll second all of that. It'll have a Raketa 2603 movement (26mm diameter; and "03" is a code meaning that it has shock-protection and a sub-seconds dial), similar to the one in [schnurrp]'s photo but with shock protection on the balance wheel. It also has one additional jewel which, if I remember correctly, will be in the centre of the movement (where the photo shows a simple metal bearing).

For winding, you'll feel a definite and fairly sudden resistance when it reaches full wind, and it's difficult to accidentally overwind it. It should run for at least 30 hours on one wind, unless the movement is very dirty in which case it may run for less.

Yours is in nice condition. If there are any small scuffs or scratches on the crystal (which is acrylic), you can buff them out with a metal polish like Brasso, or with a specialist watch crystal polishing compound (but Brasso is just as good, and more easily available).

Mechanical watches, ideally, need servicing every ten years or so. But it does no harm to leave it longer than this - you'll notice the watch running erratically if it really needs servicing. You can expect an accuracy of a few minutes per day or better - often much better if the watch has been carefully regulated. The 2603 movement is very robust and should go on for many years yet. One last comment: the watch isn't at all waterproof, so keep it dry!

Cheers,
Paul
 
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