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History
History

In the late 19th and early 20th century, many Russian watch enthusiasts dreamed of creating a domestic watch industry. The greatest contribution to its formation and development was made by Vladimir Osipovich Pruss, a watchmaker and revolutionary. In 1905, he emigrated to Switzerland, where for many years he studied the principles of watchmaking at Swiss precision mechanics enterprises and became a highly qualified specialist. Pruss developed a detailed project on the development of watchmaking in Rossi, which was approved at the highest level.

It was thanks to his efforts and the efforts of the same enthusiasts that on December 20, 1927, the decree "on the organization of watch production in the USSR" was adopted, which marked the beginning of the Soviet watch industry.

The flagship of the watch industry was the "first state watch factory named after Kirov", which began its work in 1930, and produced high-precision wristwatches.

Almost immediately after the beginning of the great Patriotic war, the company was evacuated to the deep rear, to the Ural city of Zlatoust and renamed the "Zlatoust watch factory" – the country's leadership understood the importance of producing precision mechanics devices for the front and tried to save both equipment and specialists.

From December 25, 1941 - the date of release of the first batch of products in a new place begins a new, most famous, stage in the history of the development of the legendary "ZCHZ".

Throughout the war, the plant worked for the needs of the front, producing marine, 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 clock.

And to this day, Zlatoust watch factory keeps all the traditions of unique manual, high-precision production, having managed to carry them through time and being one of the two remaining full-cycle watch factories in Russia.

Today Zlatoust Watch Factory resumed production of the most famous watches of the war and post-war years, retro-style watches, collectible, brutal watches, which are still certainly highly appreciated by experts, look great on the wrist of a real man, being a bright symbol of masculinity, and deserve to become the highlight of any collection.

Victory Watch
Victory Watch

During the Second world war, commanders of the red Army were awarded 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: special shackles for the strap were welded to the dial so that the watch could be worn on the wrist, in the field this option was much more convenient.

In honor of the next anniversary of the great Victory, ZCHZ launched the production of collectible wristwatches in the style and design of the war years. They are completely identical to those that flaunted on the hands of Soviet soldiers-liberators of the 40s. In a brass chrome case, assembled by hand, every detail, down to the smallest screw, is made in Russia. They rightfully bear the proud name "Victory Clock" and will become a worthy decoration of your collection.

Diving Watch
Diving Watch

Since the end of the 17th century, the most inquisitive minds have been trying to figure out how to make watch mechanisms impervious to water and moisture. And the masters of the 20th century finally succeeded – a variety of chronometers for divers, for equipping sea and river vessels, were developed and mass-produced.

But of all this mass, one always stood out especially – diving watches, which were produced by order of the Soviet Navy at the Zlatoust watch factory. In the 1950s and 60s, these legendary watches were the constant companions of almost every diver Of the Soviet Navy. This watch is unique! They still remain one of the largest wristwatches in the world, their diameter is 60 mm., not counting the crown and ears, and the weight is about 250 g.

Waterproof, shockproof-the stainless steel watch case easily withstood the most difficult conditions and a depth of more than 100 meters. And in the production of the famous luminous dial in those years, radioactive material was used.

In the early 1970s, the production of diving watches was discontinued, but the legends about them continued to live.

And the popularity that has not subsided over the years gave the Zlatoust legend a second chance –the production of diving watches was restored. Even the glow-in-the-dark dial 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.