Raketa Russian Watches – Raketa 24 hour watches
Raketa (Russian: PAKETA, “Rocket”) watches have been manufactured since 1961 by the Petrodvorets Watch Factory in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg). The Petrodvorets Watch Factory is Russia’s oldest factory and was founded by Peter the Great in 1721.
On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin made the first manned flight in outer space on the rocket Vostok 1. In honor of this, the Petrodvorets Watch Factory named its watches “Rocket”, or Raketa in Russian.
Raketa watches were produced for the Red Army, the Soviet Navy, for North Pole expeditions, as well as for civilians.
During Soviet times it became one of the most produced watch brand in the world. In the 1970s the factory produced about 5 million mechanical watches per year.
Raketa watches with 24-hour dial have an hour hand that makes one complete revolution, 360°, in a day (24 hours per revolution). Russian 24-hour watches are used by pilots, astronauts, scientists, and the military.