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Discussion in 'European & Other Pocket Watches' started by Dano4734, Jul 4, 2019.
Wondering how it came about
Disclaimer: I do not know as I was not there so this is surmise offered because this inquiry deserves and answer and I often find that when no one will offer fresh information others will happily tell me when I am wrong.
The watch is made by the Russian watch factory shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union Then even more than now the Soviet stuff was way undervalued and former Soviet factories were sellin stuff to the West and US very cheap. The people running this regional convention likely were able to order this very respectable watch at a price enabling them to include them in convention packets.
BTW this factory was initially built in the US and was the Hampton Deuber and sold to the Stalin regime . There is a book describing the experiences of the factory workers who went to teh SOviet Union to help them set up the factory.
Is it a Molnya?
Sorry about this post
I looked at the movement and did not notice the name on the face
Here is a 1975 westclox that was also used as a gift by the NAWCC
The 1993 National Convention was held in Dallas. From what I've heard, it was an amazing event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization. The December 1993 Bulletin has a write-up about the Convention. Although some gift items were outlined in the article, I didn't see mention of this watch. Perhaps someone who was involved in the event could provide more insight.
Thanks for sharing!
A number of years back I was in Odessa, USSR. It was before the collapse of the USSR. At the time the country was desperate for foreign
currency since the ruble was nearly worthless, and had set up "dollar" stores. I bought an 18 jewel Molnija model 3602 for eleven dollars.
I still have it and it still runs and keeps very good time.
I suspect an enterprising member had some of these watches made and sold them at the Annual meeting. I have a Molinya celebrating the 500 year anniversary of Columbus' discoveries. I recalling buying a Poljot chronograph from a member who had bought several on a trip to Russia. This was during the early 1990's and it was inexpensive for such a watch. There was a young man who was importing wrist and pocket watches during the time and sold them by mail, he might had have a web page online also; I kept one of his price lists with photos for a long time, but can't remember where it might be. Most of the watches were around $25 or less.
I bought it just thought it was a decent watch for 25 bucks.
It certainly is
I believe the movement is a copy of a Cortebert movement which was also used by Rolex in the 1940s
I think the case-back is the coolest.
This watch is unadjusted but keeps spot on time amazing
A watch that is adjusted to position is better tested in someone's pocket
where it can be in multiple positions throughout the day(over a period of time).
But I'm not surprised that the watch keeps good time. I did think about bidding on it myself
when I saw it in the last few minutes of the auction(but got destracted and didn't bid).
Rob pm me your address and I will give it to you for all the knowledge you have given me..dan
So Dan did send me the watch. I had told him(in a PM) to give it to
one of his kids or a friend but he still decided to send it to me.
That was a very generous gesture and I wanted to thank
him here on the open forum.
You are welcome rob my pleasure