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  • Writer's picturePhilip Dashiell

Watch of the day (WOTD)

What's my wrist-wear choice for today?

My Flavor Of The Day

Circa 1980's, Molnija, Chemical Warrior, paired with a beaded bracelet, crafted by Dorsal Bracelet Co., in color SoHo.
Circa 1980's, Molnija, Chemical Warrior

Thursday finds the Molnija Watch, Chemical Warrior back on my wrist. The dial on this Russian Military piece is nothing short of stunning, and immediately grabbed my attention from the very start. The use of the radioactive symbol as the sub-second dial is not only unique, but is a smart way to identify the special edition of this timepiece. The Chemical Warrior watches were special-issue to soldiers of the Russian Army, specifically trained in biological and chemical warfare.

With the litany of colors present within this dial, the Chemical Warrior definitely qualifies as a strap monster. And while the piece initially shipped on a very nice leather strap, I felt this watch was just screaming for a Bund strap, to enhance the Military theme; mission accomplished! In my opinion, what makes this strap work, is the Yellow contrast stitching, offering a perfect complement to the Yellow dial accents. A vintage-style strap and a vintage timepiece equals a perfect marriage!

The quirky look of the dial definitely won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm a lover of dial color, and this dial presentation speaks to me in every possible way. The build, as resto-mod designed by the watchmaking artisans at Vostok Exchange, is very well done, and most certainly will not be my last.

Pairing this manual-wind beauty today, with a beaded bracelet, designed by Dorsal Bracelet Company. The accessory, perfectly capturing the Yellow and Brown tones present, within the dial and strap.


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