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Hello: a special task force is working at Raketa Watch Factory on the re-edition of the Geiger watch. This is not an easy project but this will be a very very very very cool watch.

I take this opportunity to post a link to a very interesting article published by the online magazine Monochrome concerning the Raketa Watch Factory:
https://monochrome-watches.com/5-things-ive-learned-when-visiting-raketa-a-russian-manufacture-and-how-different-it-is-from-switzerland/
Bit late to the party;-):-!
https://www.watchuseek.com/f10/raketa-factory-article-5201607.html
 

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Does anyone know the differences (besides the dial) between the two watches in the picture below (original pics borrowed from Raketa's website)? The reason for asking is that at the Raketa website the white one is a Sukhoi model, while the blue is a Tupolev (see links after the pic).

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Sukhoi (white)
https://raketa.com/w/en/product/raketa-sukhoi-0199/

Tupolev (blue)
https://raketa.com/w/en/product/raketa-pilot-tu-160-s307/
My understanding is that they are just named colorways.
 

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Does anyone know the differences (besides the dial) between the two watches in the picture below (original pics borrowed from Raketa's website)? The reason for asking is that at the Raketa website the white one is a Sukhoi model, while the blue is a Tupolev (see links after the pic).

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Sukhoi (white)
https://raketa.com/w/en/product/raketa-sukhoi-0199/

Tupolev (blue)
https://raketa.com/w/en/product/raketa-pilot-tu-160-s307/
One difference is that the blue is a limited edition, 200 made. For all we know, they didn't make the white in great numbers either, and they won't be producing any more per their website.
 
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Hello: wanted to share with you the interesting story of the Raketa Big Zero watch model.

The Soviet watch design that conquered the capitalist world!

With its bold black & white minimalistic dial with a big zero, the Raketa Big Zero is one of the most famous Soviet watch designs to have crossed the iron curtain and to have conquered the hearts of the western capitalist world.
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It was first popularized by Gorbatchev in the 80s when he initiated in the USSR a series of radical reforms known as Perestroika. During an international political summit in Italy, he was asked to explain what “Perestroika” meant. He simply showed his Raketa Big Zero watch and said: “It’s like on my watch: the Russian people want to start everything from zero”. This immediately made the headline of Italian newspapers.
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The Big Zero design strikes to the heart of Russian mentality. Indeed, the Russian people, always extreme in their passions, have often erased the past to start everything from zero. The Russian avant-garde artistic movement broke with classic precedents and introduced a radically new artistic vision of the world. Another example is the Russian revolution which wiped out the former order to create a new socialist world … which was itself brutally wiped out by Gorbachev’s Perestroika to be replaced by capitalism!
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Was this bold design with a “0” created with such a symbolic aim? Raketa’s old Factory workers don’t exactly remember anymore, but, in any event, they all say that it is more logical to start counting from “0” than from “12”. Indeed, like everything else in life, time always begins at “0”. The People must have related to this simple concept, because this watch quickly gained mainstream worldwide popularity and was nicknamed “Big Zero” by the public (this name was not invented by marketing specialists).
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Although the “Big Zero” concept might seem obvious to most of us, Raketa is still very often asked to explain why its watches have a Zero on their dial. Many people don’t understand this decision which directly challenges the internationally established convention that there should be a “12” on the dial of every watch. The Raketa Big Zero watch therefore continues to find itself at the avant-garde of time reading with its innovative "Big 0" concept.
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The Raketa Big Zero continues to this day to be manufactured at the Raketa Watch Factory (in Saint-Petersburg). It has the Raketa automatic movement 2615.
 

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Hello: wanted to share with you the interesting story of the Raketa Big Zero watch model.

The Soviet watch design that conquered the capitalist world!

With its bold black & white minimalistic dial with a big zero, the Raketa Big Zero is one of the most famous Soviet watch designs to have crossed the iron curtain and to have conquered the hearts of the western capitalist world.
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It was first popularized by Gorbatchev in the 80s when he initiated in the USSR a series of radical reforms known as Perestroika. During an international political summit in Italy, he was asked to explain what “Perestroika” meant. He simply showed his Raketa Big Zero watch and said: “It’s like on my watch: the Russian people want to start everything from zero”. This immediately made the headline of Italian newspapers.
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The Big Zero design strikes to the heart of Russian mentality. Indeed, the Russian people, always extreme in their passions, have often erased the past to start everything from zero. The Russian avant-garde artistic movement broke with classic precedents and introduced a radically new artistic vision of the world. Another example is the Russian revolution which wiped out the former order to create a new socialist world … which was itself brutally wiped out by Gorbachev’s Perestroika to be replaced by capitalism!
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Was this bold design with a “0” created with such a symbolic aim? Raketa’s old Factory workers don’t exactly remember anymore, but, in any event, they all say that it is more logical to start counting from “0” than from “12”. Indeed, like everything else in life, time always begins at “0”. The People must have related to this simple concept, because this watch quickly gained mainstream worldwide popularity and was nicknamed “Big Zero” by the public (this name was not invented by marketing specialists).
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Although the “Big Zero” concept might seem obvious to most of us, Raketa is still very often asked to explain why its watches have a Zero on their dial. Many people don’t understand this decision which directly challenges the internationally established convention that there should be a “12” on the dial of every watch. The Raketa Big Zero watch therefore continues to find itself at the avant-garde of time reading with its innovative "Big 0" concept.
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The Raketa Big Zero continues to this day to be manufactured at the Raketa Watch Factory (in Saint-Petersburg). It has the Raketa automatic movement 2615.
apart from the new green color did you make any other change recently to the watch?
 

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I wonder how a watch like this would look with the zero at the bottom of the dial and the number 6 would be where the number 18 is today?
I'm not so good at astronomy but I'm thinking that the sun is shining the most at noon ( top of the dial ) and the least at midnight ( bottom of the dial ).

 
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apart from the new green color did you make any other change recently to the watch?
Hello: the case is now thinner than previously (used to be 13.4mm, now 12.5mm), the crown is shorter (it used to be longer) and we added better anti-reflection coating on the sapphire glass. These small changes make a big difference!
 
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I wonder how a watch like this would look with the zero at the bottom of the dial and the number 6 would be where the number 18 is today?
I'm not so good at astronomy but I'm thinking that the sun is shining the most at noon ( top of the dial ) and the least at midnight ( bottom of the dial ).

Hello: please note that this watch is a not an official Raketa watch. There are actually quite a lot of fake Raketa watches on the market with Chinese movements.
 

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