From the ”Russian Empire” to the ”Soviet Union”


I always knew.. from the moment when me and my brother developed the annoying habit of saying “For mother Russia” with a Bolshevik accent..so to say

My grandfather was for a couple of years an elected member of the ”Great National Assembly”, a.k.a the legislature  of the Romanian People’s Republic and the Socialist Republic Romania( in fact it had almost nothing to do with the definition, cause a dictator can make sure of that). As he passed away a few years ago me and my brother took the memorabilia from those days, including a pocket watch i knew nothing about.

Back to present times – today i was browsing on eBay, looking at some old Russian watches when i remembered about the pocket watch!. After retrieving the watch, saw it had only one name written on it and of course it was in Cyrillic alphabet…after the internet proofed useless, my mom remembered she is somewhat  ”familiar” with the former language of the  CCCP.

Iskra Pocket Watch

ISKRA 17J SLIM Soviet Pocket Watch 1957

Caliber: 2MChZ (2nd Moscow Watch Factory) YK-30 (similar ROLEX),17          jewels, hand-wound, little seconds subdial

Movement: Mechanical

CASE SIZE: 50 mm / 2″

What you see is almost all i could find at first, but i began searching for the name Iskra-  ”(Russian: Искра, IPA: [ˈiskrə], Spark) was a political newspaper of Russian socialist emigrants established as the official organ of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party.” The newspaper staff at that time was later involved in the Bolshevik revolution of October 1917. Here are the names of some of them : Vladimir Lenin , Dmitri Ilyich Ulyanov , Pavel Axelrod , Julius Martov ,later on Leon Trotsky

The watch is a commemorative edition, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the October revolution in 1917.

The only question that remains is…. how did my grandfather end up with one?

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3 responses

  1. Pingback: Russian emmigrants | TraysCustomCatering

  2. hmm. what an interesting story! do you have any other relatives who might know the answer? Thanks for checking out my blog by the way!

    April 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    • you read my mind 😐 – unfortunately not, only my grandma who doesn’t seem to know much on the subject, but I’m not giving up I’ll keep posting about my discoveries.

      April 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

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