About Raketa Watches
Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human to travel to outer space and his adventure inspired Russia's oldest watch factory to change its name to Raketa, or "rocket." The Petrodvorets Watch Factory, founded by Peter the Great in 1721, is one of the few manufacturers in the world that produces complete mechanical movements, including balance wheels and hair springs. There are vintage timepieces available, including hand-wound 24-hour watches from the Soviet era with chrome-plated, dust-proof cases. If you prefer a simple style, choose the Raketa Copernic watch from the late 1980s with the hour and minute hands represented by the sun and moon. Some Copernics feature small gold circles marking each hour, while others utilize graceful digits. There are authentic Raketa watches from the past featuring the words "Made in USSR" in Russian on a silver dial. Despite its historic origin, the brand also makes modern-looking watches with bold faces and vibrant colored wristbands. For a timepiece with a long history, a Raketa watch is the perfect choice, and it is available from the large inventory on eBay.