Raketa – Classic Big Zero Malevich 0273


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Most will hate it. Few will love it. Exactly how we want it. This watch is a collaboration between the Raketa Watch Factory and the State Tretyakov Gallery (Russia’s main museum of national art). Raketa didn’t try to do a beautiful watch. Raketa did a radically abstract watch that doesn’t follow the conventional rules of classic aesthetics. Exactly like the Russian Avant-Garde artist Kazimir Malevich did in 1915 when he painted the most abstract painting in the world: the Black Square. When asked what was the meaning of his absurd Black Square, Malevich explained that it symbolises a “Big Zero”: the end of the previous period of artistic evolution and the beginning of a radically new artistic reality. With time, this painting had a tremendous influence on modern art and became one of the most iconic paintings in the world. Most people will not like this watch. But those who are ready to break-up from traditional classic and step into a new aesthetic reality created from Zero will love it. Exactly like the Black Square of Malevich. The handcrafted dial is made in a mosaic of 3 different stones: black jade, white jade and violan. The natural “pattern” of each stone reminds the craquelures that appeared over the years on Malevich’s painting. This makes every watch absolutely unique. The automatic movement is made at the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint-Petersburg. Part of the proceeds will go to the State Tretyakov Gallery.

Movement: Russian Made In-House Automatic Avtomat movement
Case: 316L Stainless Steel, Ø 38,80 mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM / 100 meters
Strap: Genuine leather

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Raketa Russian Watch manufacture banner

The Raketa Watch Factory, Russia’s oldest factory, was founded by Peter the Great in 1721. The factory is producing watches under the brand “Pobeda” since the end of World War II. In 1961, the brand “Raketa” was launched in honor of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

The Raketa watch factory

Raketa watches watchmaking
Following a difficult period after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Factory launched a modernization program in 2011. It is now one of the very few watch factories in the world to produce every part of its own mechanical movement, including the most complex items such as the hairspring and the escapement.


103 specialists

Raketa watches watchmakers at work
This is the exact number of specialists that are needed to produce and assemble every single “Raketa” watch. This skilled team is like a well-oiled mechanism. It includes watchmakers who inherited their skills from their father and new recruits who selected this career by themselves.

The watchmaking school

Raketa watches watchmaking school meeting
The Factory opened its own in-house watchmaking school to instruct the science of watchmaking to all the new generations: whatever his specialty within the Factory, it is indeed crucial that every specialist understands how the quality of his work directly impacts on the precision of the watch once it is assembled.

Reliable machinery

Raketa watches watchmaker at work
Reliable and well-maintained machines ensure a high level of quality of the manufacturing process. The Raketa watch factory continues to use traditional production machines operated by men and women (as opposed to computer software) who therefore transmit a little of their passion into each part they produce.

The heart of the watch

Raketa watches hairspringThe heart of a watch is its little spring manufactured in a special Russian alloy to a precision of 0.5 microns (0.0005 mm). The transparent case back of “Raketa” watches allows you to observe its oscillation, i.e. the “heart beating” of the watch! Only a very few other factories in the world know how to produce this critical part.

8201 operations

Raketa watches movement assembling
This is the exact number of operations required to manufacture and assemble all the parts of a Raketa watch “Classic Avtomat”. Using traditional production and assembly methods, each of these operations is done by hand by men and women who therefore transmit a little of their soul into each part.

242 parts

Raketa watches movement detail
This is the exact number of parts that you wear on your wrist when you own a Raketa watch “Classic Avtomat”. Once assembled by hand by the watchmakers, all these parts – some scarcely visible to the naked eye – come to life and start moving.

A unique mechanism

Raketa watches movement
“Raketa” is one of the very few watch brands in the world to have its own movement. The Factory’s designers and engineers have combined the tried methods of the Soviet era with more modern technology to produce a movement that is not simply robust and reliable, but also with Russian style decorations.

Additional information

Additional information

Watch Brand


Watch Case Color


Watch Band Color


Watch Dial Color


Watch Case Material

Stainless Steel

Watch Case Width

38,80 mm

Watch Date


Watch Designed In


Watch Gender


Watch Glass


Watch Hands


Watch Movement

Inhouse Automatic Movement Avtomat

Watch Movement Type


Watch Packaging

Box & Papers

Watch Style

Field, Vintage

Watch Warranty

2 Years

Watch Water Resistancy

10 ATM, 100 m

Watch Band Lug Width

20 mm

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