Manufactured in the Russian Federation (USSR) between 1960-1988 this is a rare men's open face Molnija "Lightening" pocket watch in very good condition.
The nickel plated brass case measures 44.7 mm, 1.76" in diameter, excluding crown and bow and features an ivory dial that contrasts beautifully with blued heavy moon hour and minute hands and bold numbers. It has a black outer chapter with 24 hour military red numbers, and sub-second dial at 6 o'clock.
The crystal is bright, and the 18 jewel, cal. 3602, movement has just been cleaned, oiled, and adjusted, winds smoothly, and keeps excellent time.
Note: the cal. 3602, 18 jewel movement is revered in the watch industry and, so well built and reliable, that it was continued for over 50 years!
This very rare timepiece will be a centerpiece of some lucky collector's vintage watch collection!! Will it be you, or someone you know?
Please Note: All of my vintage Soviet watches are serviced and restored by professionals in The Ukraine. Their shops are, for the most part, now shuttered during the conflict there. We hope that peace is restored soon so the Ukrainian citizens can live in peace and that we can, once again, offer their products to you.
Stock Code: M-11
ABOUT THE BRAND:
The Molnija (Russian word for lightening) clock and watch factory was opened on November 17, 1947. The company's main customer was then the Soviet Union Department of Defense, providing them with wristwatches, pocket watches and table clocks. Unique clocks were also produced specifically for use in Soviet tanks, fighter aircraft, submarines and, eventually, spacecraft.
Molnija's main product is mechanical pocket watches with military, religious and historical motifs. About 80% of the work on most of the watches is done by hand. Some Molnija movements are used in oversized men's wristwatches.
The company ceased production in October 2007. However, new Molnija pocket watches are still available on the market (presumably old stock) and typically sell for between $150 and $250.
Today the factory "Molnija" produces technical watches for aircraft and ships, and is actively developing new markets
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