Chelyabinsk strongman presented Arnold Schwarzenegger with a watch and a model tank.
The annual Arnold Strongman Classic, the competition for the strongest people in the world, took place in Columbus, Ohio, for several days. Mikhail Koklyaev came to the tournament as Valeriy Savin’s coach. What is more, the strongman tried to break the world record in the single arm dumbbell power jerk. And, traditionally, the famous Chelyabinsk strongman presented gifts to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the founder of the competition.
Three athletes from Chelyabinsk were planning to take part in the Arnold Strongman Classic, but Alexey Serebryakov was denied the visa. So Chelyabinsk region was represented by Valeriy Savin and his coach Mikhail Koklyaev. This time the popular athlete decided to break the world record in the single arm dumbbell power jerk. He managed to lift 116.5 kg (256.8 lb) with his right hand, but the blister on his hand came off and didn’t let him secure the result.
Mikhail Koklyaev, who was wearing the Uralvagonzavod t-shirt, presented unique gifts to Arnold Schwarzenegger after the competition.
– In the photograph Arnold is holding a model tank T-90s from Uralvagonzavod and a 193 CHS dive watch from the Zlatoust Watch Factory, the first model in a titanium case. It was my pleasure to present them to him, God bless him, – Mikhail Koklyaev posted on his social network VKontakte page.
It is interesting to note that it was not the first gift that the Hollywood actor got from the Chelyabinsk athlete. In 2003 Mikhail Koklyaev presented Arnold Schwarzenegger with a greatcoat of a police academy colonel. The former Governor of California was genuinely glad about his unique souvenir. Last time he wore Russian military uniform while filming Red Heat in 1988. Arnold Schwarzenegger looked great in the Soviet militsioner (police officer) greatcoat as captain Ivan Danko. Mikhail Koklyaev «promoted» the actor to a higher rank and suggested a movie sequel.
Mikhail Koklyaev. The watch for the big man.
There are many famous people who own our watches. Mikhail Koklyaev is one of them. He is a strength sports athlete (weightlifting, powerlifting, power extreme). Octuple (!) Russian champion in weightlifting, weight class over 105 kg (231 lb), International Master of Sports in weightlifting, International Master of Sports in powerlifting according to WPC.
Mikhail is the owner of the 192 CHS watch. His friend gave it to him as a present several years ago. Mikhail says:
– I like this watch because of its reliability: it does not break, it is easy to wind up and it always gives the right time. The watch is really unique! It looks simple and has a dial – nothing unnecessary, only luminous turquoise hands and markers. The person wearing such a «simple» timepiece does not seem simple at all. It is great! What is more, the watch matches my size (smiling). This is a big watch, and I am not small either. And if you are attacked, you can hurt your attacker with them too (laughing)
Mikhail Koklyaev says that military naval history is what is also important for him about the Zlatoust Factory watches.
– I served as a contract soldier in the Northern Fleet, – the strongman says, – that is why I know that divers used to wear Zlatoust watches on their forearms, closer to their elbows in order not to bring their wrists to their faces while working underwater. One look at them was enough to know how long a person had been underwater. That is why I also appreciate this watch as a professional marine accessory. I wear it almost every day, I just changed the straps – now they are of the Georgian ribbon colors. Nowadays the things that project power, masculinity and reliability are rare to see, and Zlatoust watches are just like that. I would like the factory to stay tradition-bound and maintain the reputation of the Soviet military high quality standard.
The most inquisitive minds had been trying to understand how to make watch movements water- and moisture-proof since the end of the 17th century. And the craftsmen of the 20th century managed to do that: various chronometers for divers, sea and river vessels were developed and their mass-production was launched.
But one type of watches particularly stood out from all the rest – dive watches that were produced at the Zlatoust Watch Factory by the order of the Soviet Navy. In the 1950-60s these legendary watches were constant companions of almost every Soviet Navy diver. These watches are unique! They are now still among the biggest watches in the world, having the diameter of 60 mm (not including a crown and lugs) and weighing about 250 grams.
The watches are water- and shock-proof, their stainless steel cases stood the most severe tests and over 100-meter-submersion. Previously, radioactive materials were used in the well-known luminous watch dials.
In the early 1970s, the production of dive watches was discontinued, but the legend lived on.
And their ever-lasting popularity gave the Zlatoust legend the second chance – the dive watch production was resumed. Even the luminous dial was reproduced! However, all the radioactive materials are removed and replaced with safe ones in today’s watches.
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The famous Zlatoust dive watches (it is only Zlatoust craftsmen who created and continue to create the legend, everything else is a poor fake) are the watches for real men!Read more