Raketa Big Zero, USSR 1986 NOS
Russian mechanical wrist watch – Raketa Big Zero. Movement Raketa 2609 HA. 16 ruby jewels. Manual wind. Shock-proof balance. Central second hand. Power reserve 36 hours. Chromed case. Diameter 39 mm, thickness 9 mm. White dial with Red Star and Hammer & Sickle. Serial number #144. Made in USSR (1986) by Raketa. New old stock. Very rare gift for collectors!
Big Zero watch worn by Mikhail Gorbachev in the 80s. While in an official visit to Italy, he was asked by local journalists what perestroika meant for Russia. Gorbachev replied that Russians decided to start their lives from zero and showed them his own Raketa wristwatch which read 0 in lieu of the 12 mark.