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WRENCH

RATNIK 6Э4-1

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WRENCH    10,042

I posted a picture of this watch a while back.

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and decided to do a bit of research.

Reading around various English speaking forums, there appears to be quite a bit of contradictory information regarding difference's between civilian and military versions, so here's what I've found out spending a bit of time using Google translate, and some Russian forums.

"The Ministry of Defense has concluded a two-year contract for the supply of wristwatches 6E4 for combat equipment "Ratnik", Eduard Kogtenkov, General Director of the Factory of Special Designs, Eduard Kogtenkov, told Interfax. "We are fulfilling the task of putting 40,000 hours in the near future, Further expansion of production to 115 thousand per year. An important feature of our watches is the resistance to electromagnetic radiation, which is especially important now, in the conditions of mass application of electronic warfare means. This attracted the attention of the Defense Ministry, "Kogtenkov said. Mechanical watches with automatic winding for Russian soldiers are mass-produced since January 2015. The resource of the mechanism is 61 thousand hours, including 43,000 hours before the overhaul. Model 6Э4-1 is designed for land forces, 6Э4-2 - for marines. It can withstand immersion to a depth of 100 meters. The development of the watch for "Ratnik", including tests, lasted seven years. According to Kogtenkov, the enterprise has already supplied to the troops 15,700 "land" hours and 3,000 for marines.Russian military equipment "Ratnik" is designed to increase the effectiveness of soldiers on the battlefield. It consists of 10 subsystems that ensure the protection of the serviceman, orientation in the terrain and in a tactical situation, the exchange of data with the commander, comrades and combat vehicles, effective shooting and survival in difficult conditions. For "Ratnik" a communication complex has been created that allows obtaining intelligence information from drones and transmitting the coordinates of targets on the means of destruction. The weight of the equipment is 25 kilograms, serial deliveries to the troops will begin in 2015."

Further info includes;

The 6Э4-1 can withstand temperature differences from -100 to + 100 degree's C, and can apparently withstand a hit from a 9mm round from 15 meters. Although its depth rating is only 30 meters. The case is a Vostok 060634 turned through 180 degrees, and the movement is a Vostok 2616, which is apparently a modified 2416. There seems to be some "discrepancies" regarding the casing, some are quoted as being brass with a titanium coating, where others are stainless with PVD.

There are "civilian" models for sale, but there are also some issued examples appearing on eBay.

If the issued versions on eBay are the genuine article, taking into account the specs, for less than £100, it looks like a pretty good deal.

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deano1956    2,892

wrench, is this watch for a righty handed wearer, or is I worn on the right for military use / reason. or just the crown is on the other side a Russian thing?

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WRENCH    10,042
3 minutes ago, deano1956 said:

wrench, is this watch for a righty handed wearer, or is I worn on the right for military use / reason. or just the crown is on the other side a Russian thing?

deano

Worn on the left so as the crown doesn't get caught in other equipment, or cause discomfort. It also comes with a " anti allergenic " cover.

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and "butterfly" clasp.

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