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  1. The birth of 3602 - 'the Russian Rolex'

    Nicknamed by some, the 3602 was in fact Russian Cortebert, and I'd rather use this nickname instead, but Rolex surely is more catchy...

    [the Rolex nickname is due to the fact Rolex would use Cortebert's calibers as well back then]



    photo - ranfft.de (not THE one, but close, just for demonstration)

    Right after World War 2, along with Pobeda K26 movement, another caliber's production ...

    Updated 02-05-2017 at 10:41 AM by pmwas

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  2. 'I'm Death incarnate...'

    Today I wondered... how many of you guys out there remember the good old Wolfenstein 3D?
    Yes, this was the first person perspective shooter, where you had just one objecive on every single level - get to the elevator killing all the Nazis in your way and not getting killed by them. You could also collect some treasure on your way.
    Why do I bring out the old, very simple, yet extremely playable game? Well.. there were four difficulty levels in it and the las one was called 'I'm Death ...

    Updated 02-04-2017 at 08:00 AM by pmwas

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  3. Soviet flatties - Penza - part 2

    Today the most interesting Zaria flattie - the 2015 automatic.
    The movement is nowadays pretty much known, and some pieces are seen in various colections,but when I was getting started many years ago, the only known 2015 (and incomplete) could be found on one Russian website.



    That's the watch. It's a ladies' watch AFAIK, but with it's 16mm strap and size almost as big as the Vesna I've just ...

    Updated 01-26-2017 at 04:30 AM by pmwas

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  4. Soviet flatties - Penza - part 1

    This blog post is an introduction to a 'bigger' one comming up next week.

    As most of you here is probably not very much familiar with Russian watchmaking history, just a brief note about USSR's 3rd maker - the State Watch Factory in Penza.



    The factory was set up in cooperation with French Lip in 1930s and at ...
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  5. Samuel Curtis Roxbury No 549

    Today I have an enormous privilige to show one of these to you...

    I aquired one of the world's first movements made with interchangable parts, in a mass production fashion.

    I've got to admit I've not done extensive research, so please excuse any inaccuracies - comments appreciated...

    Perhaps the expression 'mass production' is not exactly the best here, as only 1000 were made before the factory went out of business, but it's about the technology, not quantaties ...

    Updated 01-17-2017 at 11:33 AM by pmwas

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