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Russia / Россия

In 1954, by decree of the government, the First State Precision Jewel Factory (ТТК-1) was formally renamed “Petrodvorets Watch Factory” with the intention of producing high-quality pocket and wristwatches for men. This lead to a proliferation of discrete brands in the second half of the 1950s, all powered by Petrodvorets movements. These brands included Baltika, Leningrad, Mayak, Neva, Russia, Start, and Svet.

The Russia brand (Россия) was a prolific brand produced in the late 1950s and early 1960s with numerous dial designs, including some ornate embossed variants. These watches utilized the Petrodvorets caliber 2609 movement with central second hand, a complication which was quite advanced at the time. 


The Russia brand was retired around 1962, when the vast majority of Petrodvorets Watch Factory brands were consolidated under a single trademark: Raketa. Similar watches continued to be produced thereafter, but only under the Raketa name.

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