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Zim factory was un underdog of Soviet watchmaking. For decades it produced simple watches mostly on 2602 caliber. Design-wise, I separate the Zims into 2 categories: beautiful and ugly. I think there is no middle ground in Zim designs. :)
Mostly simple watches. Frequently under-appreciated. For example, this watch I bought in the USA for 10$. It was on ebay for 7 days. No bids except mine. The watch is basically new. Why? It had a broken balance and probably spent 60 years in a drawer. (Broken balance explains a bit why nobody wanted to buy it). I think this is a fantastic old watch. It is made from anodized aluminum and is quite small and light. Simple design. As an additional bonus it came on an a very interesting (to me) bracelet. I believe the original owner put it on this bracelet in the 60s so I will obviously keep it this way.
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I saw this a few days ago, but wasn't sure how many Zim's I had "acquired". I use this term as I can't recall buying a Zim, they have all been included in bundles.

First up.
This is typically what I think of when I think "Zim". A very plain movement. Simple construction, but possibly "loved to death".
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It came in a bundle of broken Pobeda's I bought (because one watch had a TTK-1 dial). A non runner with no hands.

Next. Another broken one from the same bundle. At least it has 2 of the 3 hands required.
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This broken one was also included. Note the bend wire spring bar. No crown.
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Then... It happened!
Another dead Zim from the bundle, but "Wow". What a nice movement!
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The next Zim I received was sent as a "gift" with another watch I'd purchased. The seller asked me not to throw it away if I didn't like it.
It looks like someone scratched their name on the dial, but this one is a runner! Just in need of a nicer dial.
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An honourable mention goes to this one.
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I can't even remember where this re-dial came from. Another bundle no doubt.

Lastly, I have this runner also. Very much like Odessa200's in the opening post, but not in as good condition.
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It was purchase as a "Red 12" and I used the dial elsewhere. I was thinking of using this set, but don't like the hands.
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However, looking about here, I see that my old Zim's deserve some love.
I'll keep my eye out for a few more "bundles". I might end up with some worthy dials. ;)
 

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Well, you know this is right up my alley, with my admiration for the 2602 movement and all! My latest buy was this 1980s model. Barebones, sans the super-funky "port window" case and fantastic dial design with yet another funny 12, but more than serviceable as a daily beater. No doubt what ZiM themselves intended!

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A while ago I could not ignore this ZIM, for only a few bucks, a completely new and unused watch. I have bought it mainly because it came as what we call today a "full set" with all the paperwork (stamped) from VE Foreign Trade , sold in the 80` in East Germany. I would say it belongs to the rather beautiful category.

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But to me it seems a bit confusing, this watch with its "stone-age" handwind movement without shock protection, was imported to East Germany with its own strong watch industry in the 1980`s.
The smart guys already were crazy for digital watches, otherwise Glashütte Automatic or Quarz for a "man of importance" and maybe Ruhla for the ordinary Joe . . .
 

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A while ago I could not ignore this ZIM, for only a few bucks, a completely new and unused watch. I have bought it mainly because it came as what we call today a "full set" with all the paperwork (stamped) from VE Foreign Trade , sold in the 80` in East Germany. I would say it belongs to the rather beautiful category.

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But to me it seems a bit confusing, this watch with its "stone-age" handwind movement without shock protection, was imported to East Germany with its own strong watch industry in the 1980`s.
The smart guys already were crazy for digital watches, otherwise Glashütte Automatic or Quarz for a "man of importance" and maybe Ruhla for the ordinary Joe . . .
Very nice find - I have a similar one, but slightly used and unfortunately with a crack in the glass.
 
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