Russian Watchmaker Maxim Sushkov Unveils the Ouroboros

Based in Saint Petersburg, a classical city once the country’s capital during the Russian Empire, Maxim Sushkov is a young watchmaker whose latest project is a limited edition that started out as a commission from a client. The commission evolved into the limited edition Ouroboros, a simple-but-smart take on the 24-hour time display.

Initial thoughts

Unusual and striking, the Ouroboros is imaginative in how it conveys the time, but also surprisingly straightforward mechanically. As a result it is notably affordable, starting at about US$2,700 for the steel version.

The case appears basic in style and finish, but it is sufficient given the cost of the watch. The only possible shortcoming of the watch might be the obvious elements related to Judaism, like the case back motif for instance, which might not be suitable for everyone, but those don’t take away from the intrinsic appeal of the watch.

The snake eating its own tail

The watch gets its name from the ouroboros, an ancient symbol of life and renewal that is represented by a serpent or dragon consuming its own tail, forming a circle or a figure of eight.

The ouroboros forms the minute hand, which is a dragon rendered in considerable detail. Its eye is inlaid with a tiny piece of metal taken from a missile of Iron Dome, the air-defence system employed by Israel to protect against short-range rockets. Mr Sushkov describes the tiny missile fragment as a protective talisman within the watch.

Also specific to Israel is the dial, which is made of Eilat stone, the national stone of Israel that’s named after the city where it was once mined. It has a mottled appearance of green, black, and grey as a result of its composition, which is a mix of malachite, turquoise, and other minerals.

And the case back is embossed with a representation of the Third Temple, an unbuilt place of worship that is important to the Jewish faith.

Made in Russia

According to Mr Sushkov, the entire watch, save for the base movement and sapphire crystal, is made in Russia.

The base movement is an ETA 2892-A2, which is the dual time zone version of the common ETA 2892. Mr Sushkov modifies the movement to use the 24-hour, second time zone display as the hour hand of the watch, while doing away with the unnecessary bits.

The case is steel, with the option of gold plating, and 42 mm in diameter. It’s 11 mm high, with part of the thickness due to the slightly-domed sapphire crystal.


Key specs and price

Maxim Sushkov Ouroboros

Case diameter: 42 mm
Height: 11 mm
Material: Steel or gold-plated steel
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 30 m

Dial: Eilat stone

Movement: ETA 2893-A2
Functions: Hours, and minutes
Frequency
: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Winding: Automatic
Power reserve: 42 hours

Strap: Leather with pin buckle

Limited edition: Eight each in steel and gold-plated steel
Availability:
 Direct from Maxim Sushkov
Price: €2,200 in steel; €2,350 in gold-plated steel

For more information, visit Mr Sushkov’s Instagram profile.


 

Russian Watchmaker Maxim Sushkov Unveils the Ouroboros