Raketa has a wealthy historical past that’s intertwined with area exploration. Ever for the reason that Nineteen Sixties, the Russian watch manufacture has been producing watches to enter area on the wrists of cosmonauts. The corporate is even named “Rocket”, so there’s no getting round it actually. We’ve just lately seen watches devoted, or impressed by area journey, such because the Baikonur or the Copernicus. For the newest particular version watch, Raketa has collaborated with The Restricted Version UK and Scottish Watches to create the Raketa Mars-3.
The Restricted Version UK is a number one UK-based on-line retailer specializing in distinctive, uncommon or restricted watches with a powerful deal with unbiased watchmakers. The corporate is based by a gaggle of collectors and combines a love for all issues finely made and the creativity of high-end restricted manufacturing. Scottish Watches alternatively is a platform that gives watch information, podcasts and extra from quartz watches to high-end tourbillon items.
Becoming a member of forces with Raketa, the Mars-3 relies on the Area Launcher we’ve just lately coated. It’s impressed by the Russian Mars-3 lander, which set foot on the pink planet’s floor on December 2nd 1971. Utilizing the identical 43mm vast and 13.15mm tall metal case because the Area Launcher, the Mars-3 additionally comes with a bidirectional rotating bezel. It’s engraved with an ingenious scale to maintain observe of a Martian day, known as a Sol. Since a Sol measures 24 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds in Earth-time.
The Mars-3 lander despatched just one distorted image again to earth after it touched down on Mars, which is the inspiration behind this watch’s dial. The laser-etched bronze dial is an as shut as attainable copy of that picture, in a color that resembles the pink planet’s floor. Time is indicated in a 24-hour scale (Earth time) and bronze colored hour and minutes hand with a pink seconds hand. All of the markings usually discovered on the dial are etched into the underside of the sapphire crystal.
The Raketa Mars-3 is supplied with the in-house produced Calibre 2624A, which is mechanically wound. And we’re speaking about correct in-house, with even the hairspring made by Raketa themselves. It runs at a frequency of 18,000vph and offers 40 hours of energy reserve. The mineral crystal caseback reveals a customized pink rotor with the date of the Mars Touchdown in 1971. The motion can be adorned with a number of constellations.
Restricted to 50 items solely, the Raketa Mars-3 is obtainable completely by means of The Restricted Version UK for a retail worth of GBP 1,680 or EUR 1,940 (each excluding taxes). It comes on a brown calfskin leather-based strap with a pink lining and a pin buckle, and a secondary black rubber strap.