About factory

History
History

At the end of 19th and at the beginning of 20th century, many Russian watch enthusiasts thought of creating a national watch industry. Vladimir Pruss, a watchmaker and revolutionist, made the greatest contribution to its establishment and development. In 1905, he immigrated to Switzerland, where many years he was studying foundation of watchmaking at Swiss factories of the precision mechanics and became a highly qualified specialist. Pruss developed a detailed project of the development of watchmaking in Russia, which was approved by the government.

Due to this efforts on December 20, 1927, was adopted a resolution "About the organization of watch production in the USSR", which marked the beginning of the Soviet watch industry.

The pioneer of the watch industry was the "First State Watch Factory im.Kirov", which began its work in 1930, and produced high-precision wristwatches.

After the beginning of The Great Patriotic War, the company was evacuated to the Ural city of Zlatoust and renamed in "Zlatoust watch factory". The government understood the importance of producing devices with precision mechanics for the army and tried to save both equipment and specialists.

The most important and famous stage of manufacturing of Zlatoust Watch Factory starts from this new place in the 25th of December, 1941

Throughout the war, the factory worked for the needs of the front, producing marine and aviation chronometers, watches for the command staff of the Red Army. Almost all military equipment, including planes, tanks, ships and submarines, was equipped with the Zlatoust watches.

Until now, Zlatoust watch factory keeps all the traditions of unique manual, high-precision manufacturing, carrying them through time. It is one of full-cycle watch factories in Russia.

Today Zlatoust Watch Factory resumes production of the famous watches of the war and post-war years, retro-style watches, brutal watches.  All of them are highly appreciated by experts, look great on the man’s wrist as a symbol of masculinity, and can take their rightful place in any collection.

Victory Watch
Victory Watch

During the Second world war, officers of the Red Army got personal award watches produced by the Zlatoust Watch Factory for special merits. Initially, this watch was produced in a pocket version. But the officers upgraded them, they fix strap for wear it on the wrist, because it was more convenient in the field.

In honor of the next anniversary of The Great Victory, Zlatoust Watch Factory launched special production of collection wristwatches. They are identical to those that flaunted on the hands of Soviet soldiers-liberators of the 40s. Every detail of their watches is made in Russia – from chrome brass case to smallest screw. They have proud name "Watch of the Victory" and become decoration of your collection.

Diving Watch
Diving Watch

From the end of the 17th century the most inquisitive minds are trying to make watches waterproof. And the masters of the 20th century finally succeeded – they developed and mass-produced a variety of watches for divers and for ships.

But diving watches, which were produced by the Zlatoust watch factory for the Soviet Navy are exclusive. In the 1950s-60s, these legendary watches were the constant companions of almost every diver of the Soviet Navy. These watches are unique! They remain one of the largest wristwatches in the world, their diameter is 60 mm and the weight is about 250 g.

They are waterproof and shockproof. The watchcase from stainless steel overcomes the most difficult conditions and diving on 100 meters. In the manufacturing of the famous luminous clock face in those years was used radioactive material.

In the early 1970s, the manufacturing of diving watches was stopped, but the legends about them are alive.

In addition, this popularity through the years gave the Zlatoust legend a second chance – the production of diving watches was restored. Even the luminous clock face was reproduced! But in the modern version of the watch, radioactive elements are excluded and replaced with materials that are safe for the owner's health.