Although early sundial prototypes were used back in Ancient Rome, first mechanical pocket watches appeared around 1503 when Peter Henlein replaced weights and pendulum with a spring. The change was duly appreciated by aristocracy and gentry. Pocket watches defined a wearer's social status, taste, and fortune. Soon after, jewelers took the opportunity to create a new type of luxury items with use of precious metals and original shapes. In Russia, first watch factories appeared in 1769, but it would be a long wait for those who did not have access to Imperial Court. Only with the Molnija factory launch in 1931 could regular people afford to own a pocket watch. Since most were commissioned by the Soviet military, Molnijas were very durable and reliable. Today, any such piece is considered vintage as the factory ceased operations in 2007. Luckily, traditions live on thanks to Poljot - another legendary Russian brand - that produces beautiful pocket watches with classic and skeleton dials.
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Cruiser Aurora Pocket Watch

Limited edition authentic Molnija pocket watch. Cruiser Aurora and "Great October Socialist Revolution" are featured on the cover, whereas the…

Gold Moscow Russian Pocket Watch

Russian pocket watch featuring Saint Basil's Cathedral and Kremlin towers with "Gold Domed Moscow" in Cyrillic. Back cover: double headed…

Gold Skeleton Poljot Pocket Watch

Authentic gold plated collectible pocket watch produced by Poljot as part of their Russian Time watch line. Elaborate transparent design…

Harley Davidson Molnija Pocket Watch

Authentic Molnija pocket watch made in Russia. Front features a motorcycle, while the "Live To Ride" Harley Davidson motto and…

Imperial Eagle Molnija Pocket Watch

Authentic Molnija pocket watch made in Russia. Genuine movement with 15 ruby jewels. The Russian Empire's lesser coat of arms…

Imperial Style Molnija Pocket Watch

Authentic Molnija pocket watch made in Russia. Genuine movement with 15 ruby jewels. Features design by Pavel Bure, a watchmaker…

KGB USSR Molnija Pocket Watch

Limited edition Molnija pocket watch with authentic movement that includes 15 ruby jewels. Coat of arms with "KGB" and "USSR"…

MiG-31 Interceptor Molnija Pocket Watch

Molnija pocket watch with authentic movement that includes 18 ruby jewels. MiG-31, Russia's best interceptor aircraft, is on the front…

Moscow Crest Molnija Pocket Watch

Authentic Molnija pocket watch made in Russia. Genuine movement with 15 ruby jewels. Russia's coat of arms is featured on…

Orthodox Russian Pocket Watch

Russian pocket watch with Orthodox cross on the front cover and the Trinity Lavra of Saint Sergius on the back…

Patriotic War Molnija Pocket Watch

Authentic Molnija pocket watch made in Russia. Copy of the Patriotic War Order is on the front cover, while the…

Russian Eagle Pocket Watch

Russian Time (Poljot brand) pocket watch with Japanese quartz movement and compass. Double-headed eagle is featured on the front cover.…

Russian Empire Molnija Pocket Watch

Authentic Molnija pocket watch made in Russia. Genuine movement with 15 ruby jewels. Features the Russian Empire's coat of arms.…

Russian FSB Molnija Pocket Watch

Authentic Molnija pocket watch made in Russia. Genuine movement with 15 ruby jewels. Federal Security Service's coat of arms is…

Silver Skeleton Poljot Pocket Watch

Authentic chrome plated collectible pocket watch produced by Poljot as part of their Russian Time watch line. Elaborate transparent design…

Soviet Gvardiya Molnija Pocket Watch

Authentic Molnija pocket watch made in Russia. Genuine movement with 15 ruby jewels. Replica of the Soviet "Gvardiya" pin is…

Soviet MVD Molnija Pocket Watch

Authentic Molnija pocket watch made in Russia. Genuine movement with 15 ruby jewels. Soviet Ministry of the Interior's coat of…

Soviet Submarine Molnija Pocket Watch

Authentic Molnija pocket watch made in Russia. Genuine movement with 15 ruby jewels. Submarine and abbreviation of Red Army North…

Star of David Molnija Pocket Watch

Authentic Molnija pocket watch made in Russia. Star of David is featured on the front cover, while the reverse displays…

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