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Rare military example of a men’s MILITARY WATCH ca 1959 timepiece. It is a unique and rare AVIATOR'S example of RUSSIAN AIR FORCE - wristwatch. Special edition for USSR MILITARY.
USSR hight quality mechanical wrist watch brand MOLNIJA, type Military. The movement analogous 1940's ROLEX caliber 5513. The watch is produced at the Molnija Military watch factory, where instrument panel clocks for MiG aircraft and submarines are also made. The factory "MOLNIJA" is located in Chelyabinsk in the southern Ural mountains.
"Molnija" CHELYABINSK Watch and Clock Factory
Clock & Watch Factory "Molnija" is one of the biggest and eldest factories in Russia. It is situated in the center of the South Urals in the city of Chelyabinsk. Chelyabinsk is surrounded by numerous lakes and wild forests. For its beautiful nature people call this region "Russian Switzerland". Watch production is another feature that South Urals and Switzerland have in common. Chelyabinsk region is one of the largest regions in the middle of Russia known for its talented masters. If you return back to the history of Russia you'll see that Russian Tzars always invited masters from Urals when they wanted to get unique and beautiful things for their palaces or presents to other countries. This region is also called "Gate between Europe and Asia".
The factory was established on November 17, 1947. At first main products were wristwatches, pocket watches, mechanical table clocks and unique technical clocks for tanks (Panzer), fighter aircraft and submarines ordered and paid by Soviet Union Department of Defense. From the end of 50-s and up to the present time the main product of the factory is mechanical 15 and 18 jewels watches "Molnija". The factory produces mechanical pocket watches "Molnija" and movements caliber 3602/3603. The cases for watches are made of "German silver", polished, plated with chrome, etc., decorated with enamels or hand-made enamel paintings. "Molnija" movement has 18 jewels, steel lever pallet escapement, off-centre small second, free-screw balance, shock resistant balance staff. Eighty percent of work is done by hand. All parts for watches, except jewels and accessories (chains and packaging) are produced by the factory itself. “Molnija” watches are more than watches: they do not just show Time, they tell you exciting stories about people, events, feelings.
This gorgeous, men’s watch is a very handsome specimen and features ORIGINAL METAL DIAL With arabic numbers and hands with fluorescent paint (luminous in dark). With original mineral glass and steel hands.
The creation of this outstanding mechanism was clearly inspired by the legendary ROLEX caliber 5513 in 1940's and is highly valued nowadays by the watch collectors and watch enthusiasts. If you are familiar with ROLEX caliber 5513 you will notice some striking similarities, such as: very large screw balance wheel, fine timing regulation mechanism, plates layout, large and powerful mainspring, oversize jeweled stones, etc.
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With a new leather braclet 22mm.
MOVEMENT ANALOGOUS ROLEX
MOVEMENT ANALOGOUS ROLEX