This rare, Russian, USSR, Zim men's vintage military wristwatch would be an excellent and unique addition to your vintage watch collection!!
Very rare and manufactured in the 1970's, at the Maslenikov Watch factory, the chrome plated case measures 34 mm across, excluding crown and lugs, has been hand polished to a brilliant luster. The dial is an unusual silver gray and in very good condition and is complimented by bold black hour and minute hands, large black numbers, black outer chapter, and subsecond dial at 6 o'clock.
The highly revered Zim 16 jewel, cal 2602 manual wind Soviet movement has been recently professionally oiled, serviced, and adjusted, sets and winds smoothly, is running strong, and keeping very good time.
It has a snap-down back and has been fitted with a new genuine leather black strap with stainless buckle.
STOCK CODE: Z-30
About the Brand:
History of Zim Watch Movements
ZIM / ЗИМ (Maslennikova Watch Factory)
In 1906, the Russian Emperor Nicholas II issued an official decree entitled, “On the construction of military plants at public funds”. The result was the establishment of the Provisional Economic Commission for the construction of the Samara Pipe Factory. The same year, construction began on another plant which would produce aluminium tube and capsule sleeves for three-inch rapid-fire guns. By September, 1911, the factory was completed, and workers celebrated the grand opening of the Second Pipe Factory in Samara, Russia.
The Second Pipe Factory staffed some 2500 workers and was primarily responsible for producing fuses for artillery shells. The factory was so large that a residential village was established nearby. This settlement was aptly named, “Workers”. The plant closed briefly in 1918, then reopened in 1923 under a new name, Maslennikov, named after the first chairman of the Samara City Council, Alexander Maslennikov. (The full factory name, Завод имени Масленникова, is often abbreviated ЗИМ, or ZIM). During World War II, ZIM fulfilled orders from the Ministry of Defense to produce ammunition for the armed forces.
After the war, ZIM began production of civilian goods, namely the caliber 2602 watch movement intended for Pobedas. This caliber entered production in 1950 and continued to be produced until the factory eventually shuttered in the early-2000s. With a production spanning over five decades, this made the ZIM caliber 2602 the longest-produced caliber of any Soviet watch movement.
Beginning in the 1960s, production at ZIM expanded greatly to included electronic devices, medical equipment, sewing machines, and automobile parts. Specialized subdivisions of ZIM were responsible for building residential houses, schools, kindergartens, dormitories, restaurants, and sports facilities. Given the sheer size of the plant and the enormous number of factory employees, ZIM developed an urban transportation route including tram, bus, and trolley lines.
In the 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, ZIM was in deep financial crisis. By the late 90"s, the plant’s total debt reached about 1 billion rubles. In 2005, the factory declared bankruptcy, and by June 30th, 2006, the factory had shuttered. While a few of the original buildings connected to the plant remain today, the majority of the factory now stands in ruins.
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