Lyra / Лира

In April, 1935, the Third State Watch Factory was formed in Penza, a city 625 kilometres southeast of Moscow. This factory was reconstructed from the remnants of the Frunze Bicycle Plant using newly-acquired tooling from LIP. LIP engineers and technicians were also responsible for supervising the installation of all equipment and for training Russian engineers. (See also: ZIF)

 

The factory was renamed Penza Watch Factory in the year 1940. This factory focused primarily on small-sized ladies movements, and throughout the 1950s a number of different brands were produced, including Aurora, Junost, Kometa, Lux, Lyra, Mechta, Sura, Vesna, and Zvezda

The Lyra brand (Лира, named after the stringed instrument) was produced for a short time around 1960. These watches relied on the caliber 1801 movement with 16 jewels. This movement was produced for only a short time at Penza Watch Factory before being transferred to Minsk Watch Factory.

 

The Lyra brand was retired just a few years after its inception, when all watches produced at Penza Watch Factory were consolidated under a single trademark: Zaria

Lyra / Лира
Lyra / Лира

Caliber: 1801 (16 jewels) Year: 1950s Notes: Aluminum case, ladies watch, Penza Watch Factory

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Lyra / Лира
Lyra / Лира

Caliber: 1801 (16 jewels) Year: 1950s Notes: Ladies watch, Penza Watch Factory

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Lyra / Лира
Lyra / Лира

Caliber: 1801 (16 jewels) Year: 1950s Notes: Ladies watch, Penza Watch Factory

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Lyra / Лира
Lyra / Лира

Caliber: 1801 (16 jewels) Year: 1950s Notes: Ladies watch, Penza Watch Factory

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Lyra / Лира
Lyra / Лира

Caliber: 1801 (16 jewels) Year: 1950s Notes: Aluminum case, ladies watch, Penza Watch Factory

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Lyra / Лира
Lyra / Лира

Caliber: 1801 (16 jewels) Year: 1950s Notes: Aluminum case, ladies watch, Penza Watch Factory

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Lyra / Лира
Lyra / Лира

Caliber: 1801 (16 jewels) Model: 411193 Year: 1950s Notes: Ladies watch, Penza Watch Factory

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Lyra / Лира
Lyra / Лира

Caliber: 1801 (16 jewels) Model: 411193 Year: 1950s Notes: Ladies watch, Penza Watch Factory

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Lyra / Лира
Lyra / Лира

Caliber: 1801 (16 jewels) Model: 411123 Year: 1950s Notes: Ladies watch, Penza Watch Factory

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Lyra / Лира
Lyra / Лира

Caliber: 1801 (16 jewels) Year: 1950s Notes: Aluminum case, ladies watch, Penza Watch Factory

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