Old Buran quartz watch back to life

In 1988, the Soviets built their own version of the space shuttle called “Buran”. Launched in 1988, it was its first and last flight. To commemorate the event, a cheap quartz watch was made with the figure and name of the spacecraft on the dial complete with the colour of the Soviet Union – red.

Using a generic Japanese quartz movement, this watch lay dormant for more than a decade.

However, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, a simple change of the battery breath back life into the watch. In all honesty, I didn’t expect it to move. This goes to show the quality of Japanese quartz movements.

The case looks rough but considering it’s 25 years old and no TLC given since it was manufactured, it looks good for its age. The strap looks frayed and I need to replace that. Otherwise, a functioning watch.


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