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Post 22 Nov 2011, 18:21
I just scored a Molinya pocket watch off E-Bay for $19...

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Post 22 Nov 2011, 18:29
I think a have the same or a similar one...it's definitely Molnija.
Never really used it though,who the hell carries pocket watches in the 21st century?
Post 22 Nov 2011, 18:35
I do!


If I wear a wrist watch, I always scratch the glass somehow. I have a cell phone, I could use that for telling time I guess, but I just enjoy having a pocket watch. The ticking sound is kind of soothing too... I guess I live in the past.
Post 22 Nov 2011, 18:41
I think pocket watches are quite badass. They have a certain style and flair to them.
Post 22 Nov 2011, 21:23
What do you think of Soyuz watches, comrades? They're not pocketwatches, though.
http://bit.ly/rJtPaA
Post 22 Nov 2011, 23:04
Pfff. I have a Russian watch, but it's much cooler on account of it having a 24hr analogue face, i.e. the hour hand is half as fast:

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I thought about getting a Soviet era pocketwatch, but the allure of this strange little thing really grabbed me. And yes, I actually just snapped this pic at 2 minutes past 11.
Post 23 Nov 2011, 02:03
Ya_Amerikanyets wrote:
The ticking sound is kind of soothing too... I guess I live in the past.

I think you might be puppy dog actually.


Pocket watches are kind of stylish. The problem is having enough pocket space for the crap that's around these days. A wristwatch-telephone might actually free up a little space.
Post 23 Nov 2011, 04:51
EdvardK wrote:
What do you think of Soyuz watches, comrades? They're not pocketwatches, though.
http://bit.ly/rJtPaA


Awesome, Komrade!


Erichs_Pastry_Chef wrote:
Pfff. I have a Russian watch, but it's much cooler on account of it having a 24hr analogue face, i.e. the hour hand is half as fast.


Very nice!

Shigalyov wrote:
I think you might be puppy dog actually.


Pocket watches are kind of stylish. The problem is having enough pocket space for the crap that's around these days. A wristwatch-telephone might actually free up a little space.


I hear ya on all that. I also like the older mechanical ones because you don't have to replace (or buy) batteries.

Puppy dog? Maybe...
Post 23 Nov 2011, 05:48
Mostly I like the mechanical ones because they seem to continue working. Most electronic gadgets are made to fall apart within a year or two it seems.
Post 23 Nov 2011, 14:16
Quartz watches are pretty cool though. Who knew that quartz, when adequately pressurised, oscillates?

It seems a truism that mechanical watches are extremely durable, as many stopwatches from two centuries ago still work perfectly. I am interested to know if there are any examples of artisan/craftsman watch-making from the USSR - of course this excludes Molnija, Vostok, Raketa and the rest of the commonly known brands. Of course, there always will be people dedicated enough to spend an hour or two a night making watches in their home/shed.
Post 09 Dec 2011, 22:41
My watch arrived today. I must say I am very satisfied with it.

Even better is what happened when it arrived! I had it shipped to my work, and it came when I was absent. My supervisor had to sign for it. The package was from Bulgaria and had foreign writing all over it. He said he had to give a finger print too. (?) He really made a big deal out of it. To quote him, "The gestapo came out and everything!"


Good, that place needs some excitement every once in a while.
Post 10 Dec 2011, 00:05
Ya_Amerikanyets wrote:
My watch arrived today. I must say I am very satisfied with it.

Even better is what happened when it arrived! I had it shipped to my work, and it came when I was absent. My supervisor had to sign for it. The package was from Bulgaria and had foreign writing all over it. He said he had to give a finger print too. (?) He really made a big deal out of it. To quote him, "The gestapo came out and everything!"


Good, that place needs some excitement every once in a while.

Where do you work?
Post 10 Dec 2011, 00:59
It's a B2B shipping company that deals in getting construction materials from point of origin to job sites. Imagine UPS, but for heavy industry instead of the public and you won't be too far off.
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