The watches "Raketa" (which means in Russian "space rocket") are produced by the Raketa Watch Factory since 1961, date of Yuri Gagarin’s flight into space. Since then, the Factory makes “Raketa” watches for Russian astronauts, pilots, polar explorers and submariners, as well as watches dedicated to the Russian ballet and the Russian Avant-garde artistic movement.
“Raketa” is one of the rare watch factories in the world that fully manufactures its own mechanical movements from "A" to "Z", including the hairspring (the most complicated component).
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This automatic watch for divers is inspired by a Raketa diver watch design from the 1970s.
Located beside the naval bases of Saint Petersburg, the Raketa Watch Factory has been making watches for the Russian navy and Russian divers for a long time. The Raketa “Amphibia” watch was conceived on the basis of mythical soviet Raketa diver model from the 1970s. The watchmakers of the Raketa Watch Factory have now perfected this diver’s watch. The case is in stainless steel; the hands and the figures on the dial have luminous paint, and are protected by a sapphire glass. The maximum permissible depth is 400 metres (40 ATM). A scale on the rotating ceramic bezel marked in 15 minutes intervals enables the diver to control the level of oxygen in his bottle. The special screw-in crown prevents the diver from accidentally opening it underwater.
The engine of the Raketa “Amphibia” watch is a Russian automatic movement made in-house by the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg.
This watch was created for pilots of the Russian supersonic Tu-160 aircraft, known as the White Swan. It is the fruit a collaboration between the Russian aviation giant Tupolev and the Raketa Watch Factory.
Like the supersonic Tu-160 aircraft, the TU-160 Pilot watch is distinguished by its sober design and by its reliability. This watch can support the most violent buffeting. Its case is in stainless steel and the anti-shock system of the mechanical movement protects the mechanism from shocks and vibrations. The dial is protected by a sapphire glass – the second hardest mineral on the planet after diamond. This model has luminous hands and figures, which are perfectly readable during long night flights.
The “Raketa - Avtomat” automatic movement is one of the most reliable in the world and is entirely produced by the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg.
Created by Emir Kusturica, this automatic watch celebrates Russia’s avant-garde artistic movement.
Celebrated around the world, the Russian avant-garde artistic movement has influenced all of European’s culture. The famous film producer Emir Kusturica is a great lover of Russian art and culture, and in the design of this stylish watch he has perfectly captured the spirit of the Russian avant-garde. This watch attracts attention by its minimalism and its expressive lines, like the pictures of Malevitch, Kandinsky and other talented Russian avant-garde artists.
The round and triangular hands of this watch are typical images of avant-garde art. Their progress round the dial is assured by the automatic movement which is entirely made in the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg.
“Ballerina” is one of a few lady watches made by the Petrodvorets watch factory. Raketa brand is linked to such brilliant names as the Empress Catherine the Great , the Russian top model Natalia Vodianova and the first soloist dancer of Bolshoi theatre Anna Tihomorova.
Ballerina watch is an epitome of the reliability of Russian watches, the beauty of Russian women and the glory of Russian ballet.
This is a watch for astronauts designed in collaboration with the astronaut Sergueï Krikalev.
Sergueï Krikalev holds one of the records for the number of stays in the international space station (6 stays) and for the total length of time spent in orbit (803 days). He has received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and Hero of the Russian Federation. He thus knows more than anyone else about the ideal watch for a astronaut.
When this watch is used in the space station, the automatic winding will not work in the absence of gravity, and the astronaut will therefore need to wind it up by hand using the manual winding function. This function includes a very special system that disengages the wheels of the automatic winding mechanism to avoid their premature use while the watch is in space.
The 24 hour dial enables the wearer to tell night from day in the space station and can also serve as a solar compass by pointing the hour hand towards the sun. This is useful if the “Soyuz” space-craft should fail to land at the right spot in the taiga and its electronic compass ceases to function (as has actually already happened).
A very reliable Russian automatic mechanism entirely produced at the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg, is fitted into the steel case with a titanium bezel.
Raketa «Chkalov» is a temporary collection, launched before the take-off of our new project: the production of Raketa watches «Pilot—Avtomat» based on the automatic movement «Raketa—Avtomat». Engineers from Russian aerospace company «Tupolev» will help to elaborate the design of these new watches for Russian pilots.
The design of the «Chkalov» imitates the instrumental panel of a plane. On the dial you will find images of magnetic compass and an altimeter. The design of the case comes from the 70s and has diameter 38 mm and quartz movement inside.
This classic automatic watch is inspired by an iconic model of the 1970s.
This watch was originally designed in the 1970s. Now revived, the Raketa “Classic” attracts particular attention by its refined elegance: the figures and hands on the dial are gold plated; the case has a transparent back which enables one to admire its automatic movement – entirely made and decorated by the watchmakers of the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg.
The Raketa Watch Factory is one of the rare factories in the world to produce all the components of its mechanical movement in-house, including the most complicated parts such as the hairspring and the balance wheel.
This classic watch with manual winding is inspired by an iconic model of the 1970s.
This elegant mechanical watch was initially designed in the 1970s and has become Raketa’s iconic model. During an official visit to Italy, journalists asked Mikhaïl Gorbachev what Perestroïka meant for the URSS. Gorbachev replied that Russia had made an entirely new start, and using his hands to emphasise his point, he showed the figure “0” marked in place of “12” on his Raketa watch. From that date, the hour figures on Raketa watches always start with 0 (instead of “12”) – one of Raketa’s trademarks.
The Raketa Watch Factory is one of the few factories in the world to produce everyone of the components of its mechanical movement in-house, including the most complicated parts such as the hairspring and the balance wheel.
Inspired by the iconic soviet watch Copernic, this watch pays homage to the science of astronomy.
The first Raketa “Copernic” watch was launched in the early 1980s, and it is no coincidence that it bears the name of the famous astronomer. Its design is entirely inspired by Copernic’s theory of the universe, which led to a fundamental revolution in the science of the 16th century: the sun lies at the centre of the system, and the earth and the moon revolve around it (and not the other way round as had been thought up to then). This iconic watch has been revived today under a new form. The designers of the Raketa Watch Factory turned to the famous Russian cosmonaut Alexandre Ivantchenkov who shared his experience of open space travel with them, and helped them perfect its design.
The Russian engineers of the Raketa Watch Factory have fitted this watch with an automatic movement entirely designed and manufactured in Saint Petersburg.
The Petrodvorets watch factory «Raketa» that has been producing watches for sailors, pilots, extreme explorers, divers and cosmonauts, pays tribute to the great woman that opened a new era in space exploration — Valentina Tereshkova. Because cosmic exploration is not confined to men, the limited edition of Raketa watches “Cosmos” for women is launched in honor of the first woman in space.
With rich design and vivid colours, the new Raketa “Cosmos” brings women in outer space!
It is not necessary any more to fly in outer space to feel like a cosmonaut!
Raketa has created new model of the watch «NEFT» (OIL in Russian). Russia is famous for its rich natural resources, but also for unique production achievements. The oldest Russian factory has stressed that unity by launching a new model «NEFT».
“Raketa” makes the history! A well-known model “Petrodvorets Classic” appears with a new design!
Mikhail Gorbachev was the first celebrity who started wearing this watch model early in 80s. When visiting Italy he was asked by a journalist what Perestroika meant for him. Gorbachev immediately replied that Russians had decided to start living from Zero and to illustrate this he showed them his Raketa watch with “0” instead of “12”.
“Raketa” still continues producing this model but with a fresh look.
Thanks to its impressive design, “Petrodvorets Classic” has become a Raketa bestseller.
A historical design with a Russian-made automatic movement: one of Radeta’s icons.
This watch was originally designed in the 1970s – an elegant mechanical watch that has become a Raketa icon. During an official visit to Italy, journalists asked Mikhaïl Gorbachev what Perestroïka meant for the URSS. Gorbachev replied that Russia has embarked on an entirely new start, and using his hands to emphasise his point, he showed the figure “0” marked in place of “12” on his Raketa watch. From that date, the hour figures on Raketa watches always start with 0 – one of Raketa’s trademarks
The “Raketa - Avtomat” automatic movement is produced entirely in the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg.
This 24-hour watch is inspired by a soviet model designed for use by Russian submarine crews.
Located near the Saint Petersburg naval bases, the Raketa Watch Factory has often produced watches for submarine crews, and continues to do so to this day. Its 24-hour dial, protected by a sapphire glass, enables submariners to distinguish between night and day deep under the sea The luminous paint on the hands and figures enables the wearer to read the time in the darkness of a submarine, and the watch is water-resistant to a level of 20 ATM (equivalent to the pressure under 200 metres of water).
The engine of this watch, the “Raketa - Avtomat” automatic movement, is entirely produced at the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg
This 24-hour automatic watch is inspired by a soviet model specially designed for polar explorers.
The Raketa Polar watch is inspired by the mythical Raketa model of 1969 worn by Soviet explorers in the extreme conditions of the Arctic. The dial was specially divided into 24 hours so that the wearer could always tell the exact time even beyond the Arctic Circle, where there is no distinction between day and night. It was also specially designed to function in freezing temperatures.
This new model is even better: the dial is protected by an ultra-resistant sapphire glass; the luminous paint on the hands and figures enables the wearer to tell the time in the total darkness of the polar winter; and the case can resist a pressure of 20 ATM (equal to the pressure under 200 metres of water).
The Russian engineers of the Raketa Watch Factory have fitted this model with an automatic movement that they have entirely designed and produced in Saint Petersburg.
Designed by the star dancer of the Bolshoi, this watch celebrates the glory of Russian ballet.
In Russian, the word “Premier” denotes the star dancer of a ballet, so with this “Premier” watch, the Raketa Watch Factory is paying homage to one of the world’s great ballets – the Russian ballet. For the conception of this watch, the “premier” dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre, Artem Ovtcharenko, was inspired by the elegant design of a Raketa model of the 1960’s. The mother-of-pearl dial symbolises the splendour of the Russian ballet, the pride of Russian culture. With its refinement and distinction, this is a watch to be worn with pride!
The “heart” of the Premier watch stands out particularly: its automatic movement is entirely made in the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg.
A pilot’s watch with a date function, developed in collaboration with the Soukhoi design bureau.
The leading Russian aircraft company “Sukhoi” turned to the Raketa Watch Factory watchmakers to design a watch for the pilots of the Russian Su-25 jet fighter. The result of this collaboration was the Raketa “Sukhoï” watch which can resist the extreme forces experienced in flight aboard the legendary Su-25. The watchmakers positioned the date on the dial in a very ingenious manner: the window indicating the date is located inside the famous 0 – the distinctive mark of Raketa watches. The stainless steel case of the watch has a rotating bezel, and a scratch-resistant sapphire glass.
The “Raketa - Avtomat” automatic movement, one of the most reliable in the world, is produced entirely in the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg.
Automatic watch inspired by a famous design from the 1960s which pays homage to the post-1945 world order.
Raketa’s “Yalta” model has remained in production for more than 50 years. Its dial is divided into three equal parts (unlike normal classic watch dials that are usually divided into “even” parts). This symbolises the 1945 “Yalta” conference where the three allied powers met in Yalta (Crimea) to lay down the basis of the new world order. More widely, this design harks back to the well known troïka (the figure “3”), the symbol of the Russian character and heart.
The Russian “Raketa - Avtomat” automatic movement is entirely made at the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg and holds a prominent place in the watchmaking industry.
Model “Zvezda” is designed in cooperation with Natalia Vodianova. The design is based on the retro model called “Cities” of 70s. The model reflects the spirit of a modern woman. The unique combination of a large mother of pearl dial with Swarovski crystals and a tiny leather strap is really a unique masterpiece. Two models of “Zvezda” are available - with quartz or “Raketa-Avtomat” movement.
A limited series of Russian automatic watches dedicated to all the people that love the sea.
Located beside the naval bases of Saint Petersburg, the Raketa Watch Factory has been making watches for the Russian navy for a long time. The dial of the case indicates the maritime cardinal marks that serve to flag up danger zones, along with the names of the “naval watches” during which Russian sailors are on duty on board the ship. The word “Raketa” and the figures “0” to “9” are drawn with the flags of the “naval alphabet” used for transmitting messages between ships. The 24 hour dial enables the wearer to use the watch as a solar compass (by pointing the hour hand towards the sun), which is useful if the ship’s electronic compass ceases to work. The watch’s case can resist pressure up to 20 ATM (equivalent to 200 metres below the surface), which makes it completely waterproof.
The ultra-reliable “Raketa - Avtomat” automatic movement is entirely produced by the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg and is painted with a drawing taken from the soviet archives.