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Raketa Revives A Classic Piece Of Antarctic Exploration History With The New Limited-Edition Polar Watch

Raketa Revives A Classic Piece Of Antarctic Exploration History With The New Limited-Edition Polar Watch Watch Releases

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Ever since the discovery of Antarctica by a team of Russian explorers in 1820, Russia has been a proud leader in the exploration of this remote and inhospitable environment. One of the most excursions to Antarctica was the 16th Soviet expedition in 1970, where explorers were subjected to temperatures as low as -89° C along with up to six months of continuous daylight or darkness in the changing Antarctic seasons. These conditions provided a unique challenge to the scientists timing the expedition, who turned to Raketa to create a timepiece that could handle these hostile conditions, while also allowing explorers to tell day from night at a glance in a land of perpetual sunlight or darkness. The result was the 24-hour Raketa Polar, one of the rarest and most unique timepieces ever produced during the Soviet era. Now, 50 years after this historic expedition, Raketa has revived the legendary Polar with a commemorative limited edition that captures the spirit of exploration.

Raketa Revives A Classic Piece Of Antarctic Exploration History With The New Limited-Edition Polar Watch Watch Releases

The 35mm gold tone stainless steel case of the Raketa Polar is both faithful to the historic original and deceptively simple at first glance. With a dressy, slim profile and distinctive triangular lugs, the elegance of the Polar’s case belies its incredible capability. Like the original, the new Polar features a complex four-piece case construction system with a unique retention system for its organic crystal, creating a package that is both durable and incredibly resistant to the brutal Antarctic cold.

Raketa Revives A Classic Piece Of Antarctic Exploration History With The New Limited-Edition Polar Watch Watch Releases

Like the case, the dial is a faithful recreation of the original, but updated with modern production quality. The applied indices and bold hands are generously filled with Super-LumiNova for easy reading in any light conditions, while the brilliant silver sunburst of the dial surface is playfully paired with a clean, period correct graphic treatment symbolizing Raketa’s conquest of the poles. Every detail is faithfully reproduced, down to the sweeping Cyrillic script of Raketa’s classic logo at 9 o’clock. The 24-hour scale around the dial is boldly legible as well, highlighting the unique once a day circuit of the Polar’s hour hand.

Raketa Revives A Classic Piece Of Antarctic Exploration History With The New Limited-Edition Polar Watch Watch Releases

The in-house  Caliber 2623 movement inside the Raketa Polar is a mechanical marvel in its own right. Specially revived for this limited edition model, the Caliber 2623 is the same movement specification as the original Raketa Polar from 1970. This is the first time Raketa has produced a hand-wound mechanical movement since 2014, and every component down to the escapement and hairspring is produced and assembled in Raketa’s own factory in St. Petersburg. Although the movement design is 50-years-old, performance is thoroughly modern with a 42-hour power reserve and an accuracy of within 10 seconds per day.

Raketa Revives A Classic Piece Of Antarctic Exploration History With The New Limited-Edition Polar Watch Watch Releases

The Raketa Polar is delivered with a pair of straps. The first, a black genuine leather piece with a striking red lining, emphasizes the dressier aspects of the Polar’s design while remaining durable and comfortable. In addition, the Polar also comes with a khaki NATO-style nylon strap for a more rugged utilitarian look.

Raketa Revives A Classic Piece Of Antarctic Exploration History With The New Limited-Edition Polar Watch Watch Releases

Russia’s history in Antarctica is a long and proud one, as is the history of Russian watchmaking. This faithful reissue of the iconic Raketa Polar captures an iconic moment in time for both, preserving this proud history for a new generation of collectors. The Raketa Polar is limited to only 200 examples and is currently available for preorder on Raketa’s website for a discounted preorder price of $1,210. Once pre-orders end and the watch begins to ship in March, this price will go up to $1,510, so act fast!

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  • Max

    If the shown price is in rubles (and why wouldn’t it be), then $19 US seems a little over-priced for this design. Things that were really “rare” in Soviet Russia; Food, freedom of speech, decent cars, fashion sense, freedom of press, basic human rights aaaaand this watch. Though the irony of a Soviet remake with a NATO strap is quite amusing…

    • Kickinghighfy

      nato – vata!

  • James Honour

    Nice, but a little too small. I am waiting for a watch commemorating Russian interference in US elections.

  • Joe

    I don’t know that it would be one for daily wear but I like this watch, although it’s on the small side.

    One thing (in general) that I don’t get with these sponsored posts – why are they written in the third person?
    I get Sponsored Post written for aBlogtoWatch by advertiser but if they could be written by someone who works for the company, I feel we would hear their passion come through a bit more.

    Instead these posts come across as standoff-ish…”We’re trying our best to advertise this watch but appreciate there might be better ways to spend your money. We’re only doing what we’ve been paid for, so don’t blame us.

    • Max

      Some of these are written by the companies, though most are professionally written — which is usually smart. Third person is generally used for a company — it makes them sound bigger than they are, but you’re right, it’s way less personal. I’d have rather had “My Uncle, Comrade Ivan and his best buddy Comrade Vladimir used to work in a tractor factory in Soviet Belarus. They were recruited into Spetnaz forces to fight American imperialism across all 7 continents, including Antartica. If was there that they learned their appreciation for penguins, love of the Motherland, each other, and this watch. It was left to me after Uncle Comrade Ivan was, er, fired from his job in Chernobyl. I now bring you a faithful re-issue of this fine Soviet piece of watchmaking history”

      • Joe

        With those pointy lugs, I hope Comrade Ivan didn’t hide that up his a$$ for any length of time!

  • Independent_George

    I like this and I’d wear this because it has an interesting story. 35mm is small, but because the bezel is almost non-existent, perhaps it wears larger? A wrist shot on a 7-inch/175mm wrist would help, because a watch under 38 millimeters is going to make some men skittish, specifically because it is not a dressy design, and also because buyers are being asked to pony up $1,500 USD.

  • SuperStrapper

    You have got to be one heck of a Raketa nerd…

  • NaJo

    Keeping politics aside and strictly being a country / history specific watch collector, Raketa offers some great in-house manufactured timepiece. Am interested in space related piece and awaiting for a trip to Russia and buy one in person. This one is not a usual daily wear but A great quality timepiece related to polar exploration at a great price, that’s for sure.

  • Carmen Brisante

    I appreciate the retro look and the one day hour hand. But the quality doesn’t seem to fit the price, so it’s a no from me.

  • SMB

    The 24 hour hand is an interesting idea I would like to see in other watches. I’m not sure whether I like the look, though the size is not a problem for me. However, I’m not confident about the quality since one of the photos looks like the edge of the dial next to the crystal is dented (at 12 hours / 30 min).

  • Kickinghighfy

    Hello Nomos.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I don’t follow.

      • Berndt Norten

        We know, Raymond.

        You lead. ?

  • egznyc

    I enjoyed the little history lesson but the design just doesn’t do it for me.

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