This rare, Russian, USSR, Slava (glory) 26 jewel calendar men's vintage wristwatch would be an excellent and unique addition to your vintage watch collection!!
Manufactured in the 1980's, at the Second Moscow Watch Factory the gold-plated steel case measures 37 mm across, excluding crown and lugs, and surrounds a beautiful gray guilloche, waffle-weave, dial that is complimented beautifully by bold gold hour and minute hands, raised gold markers, gold outer chapter, and both day and date windows @ 3 o'clock with quick set date feature.
The 26 jewel, manual wind, movement has been recently professionally oiled, serviced, and adjusted, sets and winds smoothly, is running strong, and keeping good time.
It has a screw-down back and is matched with a 18 mm new black, genuine leather, strap with gold buckle.
Please Note: All of my vintage Soviet watches are serviced and restored by professionals in The Ukraine. Their shops are now shuttered during the conflict there. We hope that peace is restored soon and that the citizens of Ukraine can live in peace and that we can, once again, offer their products to you.
THE HISTORY OF "SLAVA" WATCHES:
Slava / Слава:
After World War II, the reinstated Second Watch Factory shifted to focus more heavily on wristwatch production. In 1958, the factory name and logo were updated to Second Moscow Watch Factory, and in 1964, the factory was rebranded yet again to Slava (Слава, meaning “glory”). All subsequently-produced watches would bear this name on the dial.
Unlike watches produced at other factories in the USSR, Slava watches were always meant for civilian consumption, without military or aerospace pretensions. In the 1950s and early 1960s, production was limited to ladies calibers and rare semi-experimental designs, such as the Slava Transistor (an electronic movements using tuning fork and quartz systems, for which the factory was given a gold medal at the Leipzig Trade Fair in 1964). However, to remain competitive and satisfy growing demand for men's watches, the factory used a unique approach in which small movements were placed in larger cases, secured by a spacer. These men's watches powered by ladies-watch calibers would serve as a stopgap until the Slava Watch Factory could manufacture its own larger calibers in-house.
This in-house production of men's calibers would begin in 1966, when Slava designed its own line of caliber 24xx mechanical movements. The main feature of these movements was two mainspring barrels coupled together with an idler gear, which was designed to release energy from the mainsprings more evenly as the springs unwound. The base movement was modified over time to include multiple complications:
1966 – Calibers 2409 and 2414 launched
1973 – Calibers 2427 and 2428 launched
1989 – Caliber 2416 launched
The base 24xx movement design was unique in execution and enormously successful.
Slava also produced a number of stopwatches, pocket watches, alarm clocks, table clocks, and wall clocks.
From the 1950s through the 1980s, the Slava Watch Factory exported up to 50% of its products to various countries around the globe. In 1955, international sales began with exports to six countries; by 1965, this had increased to 36 countries; and by 1979, Slava watches were being exported to 72 countries all continents. A special partnership was developed with Italy, wherein specialty watches were produced for the Italian market with unique designs and case-backs stamped "CCCP".
Today, a company named Slava Trade House is leasing exclusive rights for the production of Slava watches, movements, and parts. The manufacturing facility is located in Ulgich, Russia at the factory that used to produced Chaika-branded watches. As of 2011, the original Slava Watch Factory building has been demolished to make space for new real estate projects.
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