5 Cool (and Inexpensive!) Russian Wristwatches
Intro to Russian Watches
I own a lot of watches. I guess you would call me a watch enthusiast. Unfortunately my budget doesn't permit me to buy dozens and dozens of Omegas, Panerais, Piguets and Movados so I focus my attention on cool and unique watches in the under $500 category.
Not too long ago a fellow watch collector turned me on to Russian-made watches. In the past six months, seven of the last eight watches I purchased have been Russian.
In this hub I'd like to introduce you to five cool and inexpensive Russian wristwatches. None of these watches costs more than $500 and some cost as little as $35.
Also, please note that these are not vintage watches -- they are new and current models sold by Russian watch retailers.
Raketa 24 Hour Watch
The Raketa 24 hour watch is one cool timepiece. Just check out the 24 hour dial. Of course, this unique watch takes a little getting used to. The face is quite busy and not too easy to read. The hour hand makes one full sweep once every 24 hours instead of every 12 hours like your typical watch.
Another element that adds to the "cool" factor is the Cyrillic script. There's no English anywhere.
Like many Russian watches, Raketa watches use mechanical movements. You have to wind this watch up every day.
Raketa watches are cheap and you can usually buy one for under $40. They can be a little hard to find however. Here's a blogspot article on where to buy a Raketa watch.
Vodolaz Diver Watch
Obviously the most striking feature of the Vodolaz Diver Watch is the protective grid. It gives the watch a rugged, functional look. But more important than the style of this watch is its size. It's absolutely enormous and weighs a ton (well, actually, about half a pound).
This watch is so big that it really doesn't lend itself to daily wear, unless you're Shaquille O'Neal.
The Vodolaz Diver watch costs about $280, which is not that inexpensive -- unless you compare it to other watches on a price per ounce basis!
Vostok Komandirskie, Retro Style
Now here's a classic Russian watch with retro CCCP-style. The design is clearly military-inspired.
It's a practical, day-to-day watch that keeps good time and is strong and reliable.
Again, this is a mechanical watch that needs to be wound by hand.
Vostok watches like this cost less than a hundred dollars. The company has been around for a long time and make a lot of different styles. Here's a consumer site with more detailed information about Vostok watches.
Orion Skeleton Watch
I like mechanical watches that show off their internal workings, as is the case of this Orion skeleton watch. Orion watches are cheap and perhaps not the finest quality. Nonetheless, I find them visually appealing.
I'm not 100% sure that Orion watches are manufactured in Russia. The company is Russian but I read somewhere that the movements are made in China. I'm really not sure.
This watch is a little more expensive than the other watches I previously described, but it's also much better quality. Vostok-Europe is known for making very good watches. The Vostok-Europe Energia that you see here costs about $450.
This watch is what is known as a "mechanical automatic". That means that it winds itself up automatically when you wear it, just by the movement of your wrist.