Raketa “Classic” Automatic Watch

This watch was originally designed in the 1970s – an elegant mechanical watch that has become a Raketa icon. During an official visit to Italy, journalists asked Mikhaïl Gorbachev what Perestroïka meant for the URSS. Gorbachev replied that Russia has embarked on an entirely new start, and using his hands to emphasise his point, he showed the figure “0” marked in place of “12” on his Raketa watch. From that date, the hour figures on Raketa watches start with 0 – one of Raketa’s trademarks.

Raketa “Classic” Automatic Watch

Now revived, the Raketa “Classic” attracts particular attention by its refined elegance: the figures and hands on the dial are gold plated; the case has a transparent back which enables one to admire its automatic movement – entirely made and decorated by the watchmakers of the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg.

Raketa “Classic” Automatic Watch caseback view

The Raketa Watch Factory is one of the rare factories in the world to produce all the components of its mechanical movement in-house, including the most complicated parts such as the hairspring and the balance wheel.

Raketa “Classic” Automatic Watch decorated movement

Technical details

Calibre 2615 automatic
Number of jewels: 24
Testing positions: 4
Average rate (s/d): -10+20
Average running time (h): 40
Frequency/hour: 18000 vph / 2.5Hz
Bi-directional automatic winding
Stopper of self-winding unit activated during manual winding
Decoration: Gold-plated Onega waves – Hand-made

Material: Stainless steel
Size: 38.8 mm
Front glass: Sapphire
Back glass: Mineral
Rotating bezel: No
Screwed-in crown
Water resistance: 10 АТМ

Guilloche dial with Superluminova
Hands: Gold-plated hands with Superluminova

Genuine leather
Width: 20 mm