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Russian Watches 101
Updated 12 Jun 2009 by Editor,

New to Russian watches? This page is designed to get you up to speed fast. Here we've assembled links to a handful of the absolute best articles and discussions about Russian watches.

Spend 15 minutes reading the information below and you'll quickly become informed on the topic of Russian watches. You'll get tips, advice and opinions from some of the most experienced Russian watch experts and collectors online.

Russian Watch Roundtable at Poor Man's Watch Forum, 3 Dec 2007 (PDF file)
This is the text of a "roundtable discussion" among four very knowledgeable Russian watch enthusiasts. The discussion touches on topics such as favorite Russian brands, experiences with online vendors, problems with Russian watches, fakes, and the future of Russian watches. It's fascinating reading and highly informative. Sample quote: "The most serious problem with Russian watches is getting them serviced outside of Russia. There are few, if any, US based service centers for Russian watches."

Tips from a Russian Watch Expert: Interview with Mark Gordon, 10 Jun 2009
Mark Gordon is a leading Russian watch expert with a personal collection of more than 1,200 Russian watches. In this interview he discusses the top Russian brands, the quality of different movements, and offers tips for people considering buying their first Russian watch. Sample quote: "If you are new to Russian watches, my advice is don't buy on eBay unless you know the seller or the seller is recommended by someone who is experienced and knowledgeable."

Soviet meets Swiss: Sturdy utilitarianism "inspired" design, International Herald Tribune, 27 Feb 2006
This beautifully written article walks through Russian watch history and shows us why Russian watches look and function the way they do. Sample quote: "Where the Swiss loved elegance and complexity, the Soviets from the very beginning went for utility and reliability."

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