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6 Commemorative Watches For The Cold War History Buff

by Dm Ya on

Humans throughout history have always wanted to treasure and remember important events, so we painted on caves, built castles, wrote books and make pieces of art to keep those events close to our hearts. Well, the Soviets are no different, and clearly they have no shortage of big events to commemorate, so we present to you 6 commemorative watches that were made to honor some of the biggest times in soviet history.



The 17 jewel version was produced from 1954 until 1960.
Due to the limited production numbers there are not many left in good condition. The emblem on the the watch with the wings and bomb is a Navigator's sign. It is believed that the watch was not available to the public but only for graduate pilots of the Orenburg Flight School. The most famous graduate of the school was Yuri Gagarin who studied at the school from 1955 to 1957.
Yuri was wearing the 17J version of this watch during his space travel on 12 April 1961 aboard of the Vostok 1. 


This one is pretty easy to guess, this piece was made to commemorate the 1980 Summer Olympics which was held in Moscow. This games were the first ones to be staged in Eastern Europe, and they are the only Summer Olympics held there.


This watch was made in commemoration of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite. The Soviet Union launched it on October 4th 1957, orbiting for 3 weeks until the battery died, then silently for two more months. Sputnik caused a crisis in america, and triggered the Space Race, which had a huge influence in the Cold War.


This Watch was released in the 1970´s to commemorate the Ground attack aircraft Ilyushin Il-2 36,183 units of this aircraft were produced during WWII making it the single most produced military aircraft design in aviation history. Stalin told the factory manager that they were "as essential to the Red Army as air and bread". You can see a reconstructed version at the Monino Air Force Museum, in Russia. 


The watch was purported issued in the early 1980s, in commemoration of the Soviet "Buran" space shuttle, on its maiden flight.
The OKK1 was the first spaceplane to be produced as part of the Soviet/Russian Buran programme and on 15 November 1988 it launched from Baikonur. Buran was lifted into space, on an uncrewed mission, by Energia rocket. 
The automated launch sequence consisted in that The Energia rocket lifted the vehicle into a temporary orbit before the orbiter separated as programmed. After boosting itself to a higher orbit and completing two orbits around the Earth, the ODU engines fired automatically to begin the descent into the atmosphere, return to the launch site, and horizontal landing on a runway.


This model was made to celebra the Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship and Alliance. Mao traveled to the Soviet Union (one of the only two times he traveled outside of China) to sign this. This treaty was arranged between the Soviet Union and the Nationalist Government of China. I was a document that stated the independence of Outer Mongolia, if the Soviet Union stopped aiding the Chinese Communist Party, and agreed on joint control of the Chinese Eastern Railway.
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