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Date/Report Number …..072811.LC-472 1969 USSR RAKETA BRAILLE WRIST WATCH WITH PUSH BUTTON CROWN RELEASE BEZEL COVER. 
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VINTAGE 1969 USSR RAKETA BRAILLE WRIST WATCH WITH PUSH BUTTON CROWN RELEASE BEZEL COVER.  SIZE IS 33.7X42 MM 38.5X42MM W/CROWN WITH DOUBLE STITCHED AND
PADDED FIRST CLASS BLACK LEATHER STRAP. DIAL HAS RAISED SOLID DOTS RISE EVERY HOUR WITH DOUBLE DOTS AT 12 3 6 & 9 NUMERAL. HANDS ARE THICK STURDY BLACK STEEL CENTER STEM/PIVOT IS THICKER THAN NORMAL SO THAT CHECKING TIME WITH FINGERS WILL NOT BEND OR DAMAGE HANDS OR PIVOT. A PUSH BUTTON EXTENDS FROM
CENTER OF CROWN AND WHEN PUSHED IN, THE BEZEL WITH CRYSTAL SPRINGS OPEN. CASE IS CHROME PLATED CASE BACK IS STAINLESS. CASE IS IN OVERALL GOOD
TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. THE STRAP IS A TOP OF THE LINE DOUBLE STITCHED AND
PADDED AND LINED BLACK LEATHER.  THE 1969 RAKETA 19 JEWEL 2601-H MOVEMENT Features manual wind Data 11.5''', Dm= 26mm H= 3.9mm 19 jewels f = 18000 A/h power reserve 41h.   CONDITION IS EXCELLENT.

Estimated Retail Replacement Value $375.00 WITH STRAP


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Raketa brand watches have been manufactured since 1962, first in the Soviet Union and now in Russia, by the Petrodvorets Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg, the oldest factory in Russia. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1721 as the Peterhof Lapidary Works to make hardstone carvings. Raketa watches were produced for the Red Army, the Soviet Navy, for North Pole expeditions, as well as for civilians.

April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin made the first flight in the history of mankind in outer space on the rocket Vostok 1. In honor of Yuri Gagarin the Petrodvorets Watch Factory named its watches "Raketa," or "rocket" in Russian. At the height of the Cold War, however, the name "Raketa" was perceived negatively in the West, as the word was associated with the latest generation of Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles, the R-16.

Before the Petrodvorets Watch Factory began to produce watches, it produced objects made of precious and semi-precious stones for the Tsar and his family. Later, it began to produce goods for military manufacturers as well as jewels" for the watch industry. In 1949 the factory released the first watches under the names Zvezda and Pobeda. The factory's own watches, sold under the brand name Raketa, first appeared in 1961 and the factory also began to manufacture its own movements, like the Raketa  2601H & 2609N

Over the years, the Petrodvorets Watch Factory produced more than two dozen versions Raketa movements. Some were equipped with features such as automatic winding, calendars, 24-hour models for polar explorers, anti-magnetic watches (for use in case of a nuclear attack), as well as watches for the military. Mechanical Raketa watches produced in Petrodvorets were exported to many Eastern Bloc and communist countries and are considered one of the most durable and reliable movements in the world and by the 1980s Raketa was producing 4.5 million watches a year.


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