This, custom-made, Soviet men's vintage Sputnik satellite wristwatch would be an excellent and unique addition to your vintage watch collection!!
With a movement manufactured in the 1980's, at the ZIM watch factory, the all polished stainless steel case measures 39 mm across, excluding cushion crown and lugs and surrounds a white dial with silver center that contrasts sharply against silver luminous hour and minute hands, raised silver numbers and markers, silver outer chapter, and unique revolving satellite sub-second dial that indicates the seconds in a small window.
This is a handmade "Marriage" watch meaning that it has a vintage movement that has been placed into a new case and back thus, a marriage, between the old and new.
The manual wind cal. 2602, ZIM 15 jewel, manual wind movement has been recently professionally oiled, serviced, and adjusted. It sets and winds smoothly, is running strong, and keeping good time.
It has a see-through back, making it possible to see the watch movement as it runs, and has been fitted with a new, genuine leather, black, 1-piece Nato strap with stainless hardware and buckle.
ZIM / ЗИМ (Maslennikov 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 aluminum 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-90s, 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.
Please Note: All of our vintage Soviet watches are serviced and restored by professionals in The Ukraine. Their shops are now, for the most part, shuttered during the conflict there. We hope that peace is restored soon and that we can, once again, offer their products to you and that our friends and business partners, their families, and fellow citizens of Ukraine can live in peace!
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