Review: Moscow Classic 3603/0066102
Updated 5 Sep 2008 by Editor, RussianWatchGuide.com
This particular model belongs to the "Diving" series of Moscow Classic watches, according to the company website. Personally, I wouldn't consider it a diving watch since it comes with a leather strap unsuitable for wet-wear, but I guess you could say the design is "diving-inspired".
Inside, the heart of the watch is a Molnija manual-wind mechanical movement, typically used in Molnija pocket watches. The movement is visible through a see-through caseback. A second, solid metal caseback was provided too.
I was quite surprised when I received the watch. The presentation box is enormous and impressive and the watch looked great.
The build quality is solid and the finish is good. I have no reason to anticipate any problems.
Typically, this model sells for about $300. However, Russia2all was having a sale (which I learned about via their email newsletter) and I picked it up for about $165. Russia2all is a good place to buy a Russian watch, especially if you are based in the US or Canada.
Moscow Classic watches are assembled in Russia at the Second Moscow Watch Factory. No manual was provided, however winding and setting the watch is simple: Unscrew the crown, turn it clockwise about 30 times to wind the spring, pull out the crown, turn it clockwise to advance/set the time.
I've been wearing this watch a lot simply because I love the look of it. It's also quite comfortable.
• Movement: 3603 Molnija Authentic Russian Pocketwatch
• Manual Wind
• Sub Dial Second Hand
• Leather Band
• Band Width: 24mm
• Clasp Type: Tang Buckle
• Crystal: Mineral Crystal
• Case Diameter: 44mm
• Case Thickness: 13mm
• Caseback: Stainless Steel
• Water Resistant to 10 ATM, 100m
• Made in Russia
• 2 Year Limited Warranty
Here's a video of a similar watch. My watch, however, has an exhibition casebook (which is a nice touch), and the case has a duller, matte finish.
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