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Raketa – “SPUTNIK-1” – 0291

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The dream of space conquest on your wrist!

65 years ago the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite into space. This small metal sphere was given a friendly codename “Sputnik”, which means “fellow traveller” in Russian. The launch of Sputnik-1 was the beginning of the space conquest, and its loud and repeated “Beep! Beep!” signals announced it to the whole world!

4 years later, in 1961, this led to sending the first man into space (the Russian cosmonaut Gagarin) which in turn led to the creation of the watch brand “Raketa” in honour of Gagarin’s space flight (“Raketa” means “space-rocket” in Russian). Raketa therefore felt compelled to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Sputnik-1 by manufacturing a watch in testimony of this incredible human achievement.

The Raketa “Sputnik-1” dial is made of exactly the same special alloy as the metal heat shield that covered the sphere of Sputnik-1: AMg6, an aluminium–magnesium alloy.

The design of this 24-hour dial is directly inspired by the Soviet watch design “Sputnik” created by the Raketa Watch Factory in 1974. This Soviet-era watch design was shown and approved by the construction bureau that had developed the real Sputnik-1.

The back of the watch reveals the beautifully decorated 24-hour automatic movement which is entirely produced by the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint-Petersburg.

Movement: Russian Made In-House 24h Automatic Avtomat movement
Case: 316L Stainless Steel, Ø 40,5 mm,
Water resistance: 5 ATM / 50 meters
Strap: Canvas/leather strap 22mm

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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

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

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

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

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

The 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

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

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” 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

Blue, Grey

Watch Dial Color


Watch Case Material

​​​316L stainless steel

Watch Case Width

40,50 mm

Watch Date


Watch Designed In


Watch Gender


Watch Glass


Watch Hands


Watch Movement

Inhouse Automatic Movement Avtomat 24 hours

Watch Movement Type


Watch Packaging

Box & Papers

Watch Style

Explorer, Modern, Urban

Watch Warranty

2 Years

Watch Water Resistancy


Watch Band Lug Width

22 mm

Watch Case Thickness

16,55 mm

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