“There are pockets of almost pure scholarship here and there, where collectors are motivated not by brand image or the hope of making a solid investment, but by pure enthusiasm.”

Take time to read this article.  The interview with Oatman-Stanford touches on the origins of the Soviet watch industry and how it developed despite the embargo between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Below is a quote from the interview as well as a link to the full story.

“At their heart, Soviet watches are functional and utilitarian, but dig further and you uncover a world of mystery and intrigue, color and pizazz. I am not collector of watches as much as I am a collector of history and culture – fragments of a life that once was.”

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/how-a-bankrupt-rust-belt-watch-company-kick-started-the-soviet-watch-industry-and-the-obsessive-collector-who-chronicles-their-history

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