Leningrad PChZ Raketa USSR 1950s

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Soviet watch Leningrad PChZ Raketa USSR 1950s

Caliber: Petrodvorets Watch Factory (PChZ, PAKETA) 2608 with 16 ruby jewels. Manual wind. Central second hand.

Diameter 33 mm. Gold plated case and hands. Stainless steel caseback. Organic glass.

Made in USSR (1950s).

Perfect condition!

In 1954, by decree of the government, the First State Precision Jewel Factory (ТТК-1) was formally renamed Petrodvorets Watch Factory with the intention of producing high-quality pocket and wristwatches for men. This lead to a proliferation of discrete brands in the second half of the 1950s, all powered by Petrodvorets movements. These brands included Baltika, Leningrad, Mayak, Neva, Russia, Start, and Svet.

The Leningrad brand (Ленинград) was manufactured only for a few years in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The line of watches were named after town in which the Petrodvorets Watch Factory was born. The Leningrad brand was quite prolific, with numerous dial designs, including some rare Sputnik commemoratives. These watches utilized the Petrodvorets caliber 2608 movement with central second hand, a complication which was quite advanced at the time.

The Leningrad brand was retired around 1962, when the vast majority of Petrodvorets Watch Factory brands were consolidated under a single trademark: Raketa. Similar watches continued to be produced thereafter, but only under the Raketa name.