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.”