Monday, June 05, 2017

Molnija Golden Duke edition

I've lately gotten interested in pocket watches again and a nice Molnija is an inexpensive way to scratch that itch.  The model being discussed here was made in 1994 for the Golden Duke Awards, which is sort of the Oscars of the Ukraine.  The watch is in most respects an ordinary Molnija pocket watch.  It has the nickel plated 3602 movement that is derived from an old Swiss Cortebert movement and a German silver hunter style case.  (Molnija watches were either made of German silver, which is an alloy of nickel, copper and zinc that looks like silver or chrome plated brass).

What makes this one interesting is that it was apparently made especially for the attendees of that award show.  The watch, in addition to the Golden Duke decoration, also honors the 200th anniversary of the founding of the city of Odessa in 1994.

This particular Molnija has one detail that I've never seen on the other models that I have encountered or read about.  This one has an engraved message under the case-back.  In other words, if you never opened up the watch, you would never see it.  I believe that it says something to the effect of "Spectator's Gallery-Golden Duke Awards".   The case-back is interesting too.  It's inscribed with the phrase Aspetto La Hora-I await the hour.  That has to be the most appropriate phrase I can think of for a watch.










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