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Summer 2020 Giveaway

1980s Raketa Big Zero Mechanical Watch,

w/Three StrapsCo Straps/Bracelet

For our Summer 2020 giveaway, DCVW is teaming up with StrapsCo to bring you a Raketa Big Zero and three straps!  This giveaway will include:

1) 1980s Raketa Big Zero mechanical watch;

2) a gray leather strap with stainless-steel hardware;

3) premium "seatbelt" gray nylon NATO;

4) stainless-steel mesh bracelet

The Watch: Raketa's stylish 1980s “Big Zero” mechanical watch has an intriguing past, and was known to have been worn by Mikhail Gorbachev during the 1980’s. 


The iconic 80's chic hasn't escaped notice, as noted by Worn&Wound in “Affordable Vintage: Raketa Big Zero” - “Dating likely from the early to mid-1980’s, the Raketa Big Zero is a bold watch that does a lot with very little…Clearly what sets this watch apart is the dramatic index design. Massive numerals for 3, 6, 9, and 0 dominate the dial. Between each numeral are two long narrow triangles, giving the watch a toothed appearance. The strange thing about it is that it works. The huge numbers, though clearly oversized, are in harmony with the dial and the case. The end result is bold, almost brutal, but fun.”

Raketa, also known as Paketa, started making watches in its St. Petersburg, Russia, Petrodvorets Watch Factory in1961. Petrodvorets is Russia’s oldest factory, and was founded by Peter the Great in 1721, and its watches were produced for the Red Army, the Soviet Navy, as well as for civilians.


Raketa acquired its namesake from Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin inaugural flight into outer space, the first for mankind. In honor of the flight, Petrodvorets named its watches “rocket,” or Raketa in Russian. Mechanical Raketa watches produced in Petrodvorets were exported to many Eastern Bloc and communist countries and were considered one of the most durable and reliable movements there – the Ak-47 of watches at the time, if you will.

DIAL: Aftermarket Raketa-signed white dial, with “Made in the USSR” in Cyrillic-script on dial.


CASE: 39mm (41mm with crown) x 40.5mm barrel-shaped stainless-steel case.


CRYSTAL: Plexiglas crystal, in good condition with no scratches or cracks.

MOVEMENT: Manual mechanical movement.

The Straps & Bracelet: StrapsCo has contributed two straps and a bracelet to July's giveaway - a gray leather strap, premium nylon "seatbelt" NATO strap, and stainless-steel mesh bracelet

More on StrapsCo: StrapsCo can be found @ and at @strapsco on Instagram


1) Like our post on this contest on Instagram, Tumblr, or Twitter;

2) Follow @DCVintageWatches and @StrapsCo on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter;

3) Re-post this contest onto one of your social media accounts, preferably Instagram;

4) Tag two people.

That's it!

Giveaway ends July 26th, 2020

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