I have recently purchased this rather original Russian 24 hours dive watch. This is the only 24 hours dive watch I have ever seen, and I love it. Of course, it is ridiculously big and heavy - unwearable, really - but it is also quite beautiful.
I had read a
warning on ebay about fake Russian dive watches aka fake Zlatoust watches
, but I did not care that it was not the type of watch actually used by Soviet divers in the 1970s and that this was only a recent Zlatoust copy.
After getting this watch, I got intreaged and I wrote to the "Agat" factory which makes the Zlatoust watches to ask them about my model. I got a reply from their deputy director, Sergei Ivanovich Fedotov, who told me that Zlatoust had stopped making any diving watches 30 years ago and that "somebody" had "covertly" issued a series of Zlatoust fake watches. I was rather puzzled. So not only was this not an original Soviet dive watch (which I knew), but it was not even a Zlatoust :think:
I then noticed on various sites on the Internet that very similar watches were sold under the brand name Moscow Classic (see here
). I emailed Craig at Russia2all who replied that he had never seen my model in the Moscow Classic brand. So that does not appear to be a Moscow Classic either o|
The guy who had written the "Beware of fake Zlatoust dive watches" on ebay had written this after opening this watch: "What I found was the same cheap wind up movement that the Russians put in those Harley Davidson Pocket watches that they sell for about $30.00 USD
Yeah, but mine has a 24 hour mechanism, and it seems to be very accurate, at that. :-s
The guy who sold me the watch, via ebay, shipped in from Finland and only told me "I bought it in Russia". Nothing more.
So, can anyone help me identify this watch? Who is the manufacturer? What is this model? What kind of mechanism does it have inside?
Lastly, do you think I can take it diving if I don't go too deep (say 90 feet)?
Many thanks in advance for your pointers!
PS: I don't think that this watch is chrome plated, it sure looks like stainless steel to me. On the back there is a print of an old fashioned diving helmet and the number 4574