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Moljina Pocket Watches - From Russia With Love

Jun 2, 2008
Switzerland may be the country most famous for its timepieces, but Russia is not a far second. Moljina, a watch making company based in the country (specifically in Chelyabinsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast), is famous for producing rugged yet intricate timepieces. Moljina is actually a word in the Russian language, and it means 'lightning.' The name is very fitting for the kind of watches the company produces. Many designs are very eye-catching. A lot of Moljina pocket watches are considered pieces of art by fans because of their highly detailed designs.

Moljina's factory for watches and clocks first opened on the 17th of November, 1947. It was just a couple of years after World War II, and as a result, Russia aimed to strengthen their defense industry. Precision time has always been important, and the government recognized that need even then. Thus, Moljina's primary customer around this period was none other than the Soviet Union Department of Defense. Moljina manufactured pocket watches, clocks, wristwatches, and other timepieces for the Department of Defense for many years. The company was even tapped to manufacture special clocks for fighter aircraft, submarines, tanks, and even spacecraft when Russia first decided to send astronauts to space.

Because of Moljina's close involvement with the Department of Defense, many of the company's designs are influenced by military motifs and themes. Many of Moljina's timepieces are utilitarian-looking without sacrificing beauty. Thus, the company's watches appeal mostly to the older male market. This is why many of the parts produced by Moljina are used in men's wristwatches, especially the oversized variety. But even though many of Moljina's watches are military-inspired, the company also produces timepieces with religious and historical motifs to reach a wider market. Watch collectors often find in the Moljina line of products wonderfully-crafted pieces that are worthy of a place in even the most exclusive of collections

Of course, there are a lot of beautiful watches in the world, but what makes Moljina's timepieces stand out is the fact that 80% of them are painstakingly made by hand, not by machine. A lot of hard work is poured into these watches which is why many of them are often tagged with relatively high prices. If you find a good bargain, then go for it. You'll be getting value for money.

Because of the expert handiwork used on Moljina timepieces, student watchmakers are known to take apart old Moljina pocket watches so they can study the high-quality materials and the craftsmanship. This just goes to show how respected Moljina is as a watch manufacturer within the industry.

If you want to have the accuracy and beauty of authentic Swiss watches but you don't have the big budget for that, Moljina pocket watches are a good second choice for you. They may not be as prestigious as Swiss watches, but Moljina timepieces are definitely still within the elite circle. In fact, some people even prefer the Russian timepieces over the Swiss ones--it all's a matter of choice really. But whatever you go for between the two, you'll be making the right decision
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