My third pocket watch Russian Molnija

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  1. steeevo

    steeevo Registered User

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    Got my third pocket watch from bulgaria a russian molnija, don't know about the quality compared to my other elgins. looks quite nice not sure of the case material.
    any information would be helpful
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  2. Tony1951

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    It looks interesting. I've seen a few of these up for online auction. I wonder how they perform. I'd be interested in how well it keeps time.
     
  3. RON in PA

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    These were made on machinery obtained.from Cortebert in Switzerland. Crudely finished, but good time keepers in my experience.
     
  4. Tony1951

    Tony1951 Registered User

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    Thanks. They don't seem to cost a lot on the auction site. I don't like the engraved backs on them though - some have crude railway engines pressed into the backs.
     
  5. PJQL

    PJQL Registered User

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    I had a couple of these too in my earlier pocket watch life. I'd agree that they're a pretty basic finish, and don't cost a great deal
    .......but both of mine kept excellent time and were pretty hardy to boot.

    Piers
     
  6. Roland Ranfft

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    Hi Ron,

    Really?

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    But yes, the last samples from 2008 are actually no beauties. I've recorded the downgrade over the decades here:
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&&2uswk&Molnia_3602

    However, which watch under 10k$ was still equipped with screw balance and Breguet hairspring in 2008?

    Regards, Roland Ranfft
     
  7. Les harland

    Les harland Registered User

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    If my memory is correct Molnija watches were hand made
     
  8. DJH584

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    [quote="PJQL] .......but both of mine kept excellent time and were pretty hardy to boot. [/quote]

    Agree with Piers on this. I have a few Russian pocket watches in my collection that are fitted with the SU 3602 and they are a good solid workhorse of a movement.
    I was surprised at how accurate they are.

    Regards

    David
     
  9. topspin

    topspin Registered User

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    I agree with the previous posters. In my experience Molnijas are cheap, plentiful, good timekeepers (typically within a few seconds a day even for a really old one), and reliable (it is very rare to see a broken one.)
    Somehow half the entire production seems to have finished up in the hands of ebay sellers in Bulgaria or Ukraine ; most of whom claim to have recently serviced the watch.
    Add to that the endless variety of interesting dials & cases and I don't understand why more people don't collect them.
    My one grumble with Molnijas would be that they are boringly quiet.
     
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