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Watches From the Motherland


There are plenty of wildly expensive, achingly beautiful watches in the world (in fact, a decent percentage of them are submariners), but sometimes we feel like something a little more offbeat. Something from Russia, for example…

Rizzoli’s Made In Russia turned us on Raketa, the official watch of the Soviet Union, and we’ve been trawling the vintage markets ever since.

The biggest curveball is that a good chunk of them use 24-hour faces, instead of the standard 12. (Count the hours on this one to see what we mean.) There are also a few astronomically inspired watch hands unlike anything the west ever tried.

And since none of them clock in over $100, it makes for a pretty safe indulgence.