History of the Raketa Watch Factory - Russian watches from Saint-Petersburg - Raketa shop

Russian Factory with 300 years' history

1721
Peter the Great establishes the “Imperial Peterhof Factory”


1762
Factory cuts the diamonds of the Great Imperial Crown


1830
Factory establishes itself as one of the leading creators of luxury goods in Europe


1871
Factory produces marble works for St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Peterhof’s fountains


1895
Factory specialists work with the watchmaker Talberg


1934
Factory takes part in the production of Kremlin stars


1938
Factory starts producing precision ruby stones for watch mechanisms


1941-1945
Factory participates in the war effort by producing precision components for the military


1945
The watch brand “Pobeda” is created by order of the Kremlin in April 1945


1961
“Pobeda” watch — first watch ever to go to space!


1961
Factory produces watches under the new brand “Raketa” in honor of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight


1967
Grand Prix World Exhibition “Expo-67” in Montreal


1969
Soviet polar explorers wear “Raketa” watches


1971
Factory is awarded the order of the “Red Banner of Labour”


1980
Factory produces the official watches of the Soviet Olympic Games


2011
Beginning of the Factory’s modern reorganization


2013
Natalia Vodianova designs a “Raketa” watch model for women


2014
“Raketa-Avtomat” is Russia’s first new automatic movement produced in the past 30 years


2015
Raketa Watch Factory produces the biggest watch mechanical movement in the world


2017
Watch model for space exploration developed with the Russian astronaut Sergei Krikalev


2018
”Imperial Peterhof Factory” watches combining the Factory’s lapidary and watchmaking history