Why Russian watches? Because we live in Russia, and we want it to be good here, and not in Switzerland, Japan and China. Or Germany. It's good there already! There is no shortage of watch collectors of Swiss, Japanese and Chinese (or German) timepieces, to put it mildly.
Also in such timepieces themselves (who will be surprised by the next, 100500th watch with the ETA, Miyota or Seagull movement?). Another thing is Russian watches and Russian movements. It's a challenge! It is no secret that in the 90s the Russian watch industry (and not just it...) was practically destroyed.
There is no longer that legendary Soviet Chasprom (=watch industry), factories, equipment, personnel, schools, technologies... Those who are restoring all this now deserve all praise and support! And who, if not we — the Russians — will support them? It is unlikely that it will be Swiss, Chinese and Japanese watch fans.
We are ready and want to create demand for modern high-quality Russian watches — and this is what will create modern high-quality Russian watches! But the lack of demand will definitely not create them.
This is the fourth way (after watches with Swiss, Japanese and Chinese movements). Well, or the fifth, if you count the few German movements. Yes, in Russia now there are not so many domestic manufacturers of mechanical wristwatch movements. Actually, there are exactly four — Vostok, Raketa, Molnija and Konstantin Chaykin.
But... you now what? This is exactly four (or infinite times) more than in the USA, France, Great Britain, Italy and India combined! (And also, in the rest of the world, excluding the four countries mentioned above — Switzerland, China, Japan and Germany). So, we have nothing to be ashamed of! And there is something to be proud of. We have saved what we could and are creating the future in the ruins.
But what about the Belarusian watches?
They exist! And the Belarusians nailed it! Minsk "Luch"... They still produce watch movements themselves, completely, including the balance spiral (do many Swiss manufacturers make it themselves? NO!
) And in the context of this project (see "Alternative Watch History"
), we count Minsk watches as "Russian", although, of course, Belarus is a separate independent country.
Вut! common Soviet watchmaking past, movements, technologies, training school... as well as Russian as the official language and one of the two most widespread in the republic, plus the "Union State of Russia and Belarus"! So, for our purpose — they are also "Russian" watches. And this project can be called "Russian/Belarusian watches".