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Default Watch Review: CCCP HERITAGE CP-7020-03





About CCCP (from web site):

CCCP watch collection draws its design inspiration from the life and times of a significant part of the modern political era of the Soviet Union. It was Yuri Gagarin, the cosmonaut who took with him the hopes and dreams of mankind as he become the first human being into space breaking free from the Earth below. CCCP timepiece celebrate this and also the order of timekeeping and watchmaking from the storied houses of Soviet watchmakers.

Web site: http://www.cccptime.com/collection/HERITAGE/CP702003
Contact info: INFO@CCCPTIME.COM

Model being reviewed: HERITAGE CP-7020-03
This watch was donated for review.
Retail Price: $540
Amazon Price: $145 (http://www.amazon.com/CCCP-CP-7020-0...AGE+CP-7020-03)

About CCCP Heritage Collection:

THIS COLLECTION PRESENTS TIMEPIECES THAT ARE A PERFECT BLEND OF QUALITY WORKMANSHIP AND AESTHETIC SENSE OF DESIGN.

With technological advancements such as the Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin, the Soviets have left with the world with a legacy of innovation and technological advancements. The Heritage Collection is a truly honest attempt at recreating the brilliance that the Soviets achieved.

From the design mind of Alexander Shorokhoff - beautifully elegant yet bold and clean, the heritage collection is a great timepiece to match with a suite and tie, or to throw on for a relaxing evening out


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Specifications:



First Impression:

I opened the box and my first impression was, "Say hello to a dress watch from CCCP". I expected more of a military style watch from this manufacturer. You might be able to describe this as an "officers style" dress watch.

Packaging:
I have another watch from CCCP and the packaging is identical to that used with the Kashalot model I currently have in my collection. Nice outer box and an even nicer inner box. The inner box contains the watch on a pillow, the warranty card and an owners manual. More on the owners manual later in the review.

Outer Box:



Inner Box:





Dial and Hands:
I think this is a very nice execution for this style. This watch is offered with a mineral crystal. There is a longer minute hand and a shorter hour hand. Both are lumed. It is the only lume on the watch face. There is a nice red accent second hand that stands out. The date window is locate at the 3 O'Clock position and is easy to read with the black numbers on the white background. The dial is not overcrowded, but does have the CCCP markings and a logo. Overall the dial is tastefully done.

The case is 14mm thick. It measures 48.5mm lug-to-lug.



Case Back:
The red window on the exhibition case back is another trademark of CCCP watches. I think it looks nice, even if I am the only one that ever sees it. It does make it harder to actually see the movement. That is not a bad thing as these Slava 2427 movements are not very elaborately decorated, so there is not much to view.





Strap:
The quality of the strap is average. It is genuine leather calfskin in a mock crocodile pattern. This is an extremely stiff strap out of the box. It will take some time breaking it in. The strap measures 20mm at the lug and tapers to 18mm at the buckle. (Listed at 22mm to 18mm on the CCCP website. I measure it at 20 to 18mm)

There is plenty of length in the strap. It is plenty long enough for my 8.25 inch wrist. I still have two holes left before the end of the strap. I measure the strap at 120mm x 85mm.

Notice the stamp of the CCCP coming through from the backside of the strap. Interesting touch.



Buckle:
A standard tang buckle in gold matches the case. Nothing special here and the buckle actually looks a little on the cheap side.



Owners Manual: The link below links to the same owners manual as the one in the package I received. This movement is not covered by this manual. I think this is an oversight by the company that needs to get corrected. It is not OK to put a manual in the box or link to an on-line manual that does not have the instructions required to properly operate the timepiece you purchased.

http://www.cccptime.com/file/instruc...nstruction.pdf

Movement:

Slava 2427: A very precise movement, which contains two mainsprings. The plastic disc is part of the movement - it carries the date quickset mechanism.

Note the button that controls the date quickset mechanism. It is NOT controlled by the stem. There is only one stem pull and that is for setting the time. This information is not included in the owners manual as the instructions for this specific movement are not included in the manual provided.





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Wrist Shot:
I think the watch looks good on the wrist. If you are a person that likes a dressy look with a goldtone watch this would be right up your alley.



Luminosity:
The lume on this watch is adequate for a dress piece. Not spectacular and certainly not one for the crazy lume fans. The hands and the chapter markers are lumed. No lume on the second hand or the hour markers.



Comparison: I have used another CCCP watch as the comparison.

I have reviewed the CCCP Kashalot and the review can be found as this thread: Watch Review: KASHALOT CP-7004-11 Diver Watch

Not hard to see the difference here. The Kashalot (47mm case and 17mm thick) is jumbo in comparison to the Heritage (43mm case and 14mm thick). The thickness difference is striking even though the diameter of the watch is not all that different.





Summary:

This is a nice looking watch that wears handsomely on the wrist. It is a simple automatic three hand with a date window. It has just enough interesting and unique touches, like the red rear exhibition case back, the stamped strap, and the genuine Russian Slava 2427 movement, to separate it from the crowd. I'm not a fan of the strap taper to 18mm. That is a little too thin for my taste, but others may like it. I can easily solve this with a strap change. I would keep it on brown leather.

I normally don't wear brown leather straps or yellow gold watches, however, I can see this hanging around in my collection and getting some wrist time at a business meeting or on a night out that calls for a dress watch.

Pros:
1) Automatic movement, meaning no batter changes
2) Amply strap length for most wearers
3) Nice size, styling, and curb appeal to met the needs of anyone in the market for a dress watch with a military flair.

Cons:
1) Poor water resistance at 50 meters
2) The buckle could use a serious upgrade
3) The owners manual should be corrected to cover the movement that is in this watch.
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Very nice. Not my style, but I like the size they went with. Normally a watch this style would be in a 40mm or less category. Nice to see a larger dress watch offering.

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I've found myself falling more and more in love with Russian/Eastern European watches ... and this review just made that fall even worse! :-) Thanks for posting! Congrats on a really cool watch!
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Excellent Review!!
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Love that red caseback window.
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That's really rather neat and, excellent value for money at retail price.
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I love the comparison shot showing the difference in case thickness, Marc. It reminds me a little of my wife standing next to me.
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Nice, but not for me! Great review and pictures! Thanks!
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I love the comparison shot showing the difference in case thickness, Marc. It reminds me a little of my wife standing next to me.
I can relate to that image....LOL I'm a big guy also and when standing next to my wife I look even larger.
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It's good to see a Russian style watch with a quick set date. Setting the date on Russian watches is usually a PIA. I'd have to change that band as well. The watch looks good, the band looks cheap.
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Thanks for the review! A bit crude looking IMO... But then that's the way things are over there... Putin included! Lol
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interesting RUSSKY DRESS OFFICER ...put it in the cage against the ORIENT BAMBINO


not my cup of tea...not looking to go BACK TO THE USSR

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Really nice review, pictures and info. Thanks Marc!
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Great review, and great pictures. This may change my thinking about Russian watches. Thanks for sharing.
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Nice write-up, Marc.
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Very well done thorough review for a very spartan watch. Too bad that there is English writing on the watch face "Special Edition Automatic" as I would have much preferred it to be in Russian.

But even if that were in Russian, I would not even consider this watch as it is just too plain.

BTW, in the side by side you write that the Kashalot is 17mm thick while the Heritage is 14mm thick. Unless it is an optical illusion, it sure looks like the Kashalot is at least double the thickness.
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Boy oh boy, they did a beautiful job with these Marc ! The watch captures that old time Russian watch vibe with the design, as well as the gold tone. A lot of times when you see older Russian watches they have a lot of these themes. So it's neat seeing how they brought a lot of those ideas back within a modern watch. I mean you could place this in a watch box, and many would think it was a vintage watch. They probably wouldn't realize it was new until they flipped it over, and saw that cool red exhibition case-back. Love that ! From here it really seems like a nice option for someone looking for a nice classy Russian style watch. It's got the right amount of old, and new charm. Thanks so much for the look, as well as phenomenal review sir !!!
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BTW, in the side by side you write that the Kashalot is 17mm thick while the Heritage is 14mm thick. Unless it is an optical illusion, it sure looks like the Kashalot is at least double the thickness.
It is an optical illusion. Even with the bracelet in the open position the Kashalot still sits on the lugs and not the case back as does the Heritage. With my calipers measuring the back to front of both watch I measured exactly 17mm for the Kashalot and 14mm for the Heritage. I did find some measurement errors with these Russian watches. However, this was not one of them.
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