Fidel Castro smoking a cigar and wearing two Rolex watches during a meeting with Khrushchev, 1963

Here Fidel Castro is seen smoking a Cuban cigar and wearing two Rolex watches while talking to Khrushchev in front of a portrait of Karl Marx in the Kremlin. The nonverbal body language in this photo is absolutely fascinating.

Notice that everyone in the room is staring at Castro's cigar, and the seated people are all smiling with their hands folded in front of them, and the three people standing below Marx's portrait have their arms behind their backs.

These types of photographs were censored at the time, but after the fall of the Soviet Union, many photographs and other archived documents were released, including this one.

On April 27, 1963, the leader of the Cuban Revolution made his first visit to the USSR, a visit that lasted forty days. He managed to see a lot of cities and visit several factories, secret military bases, a nuclear submarine, walk around Moscow without security guards, talk to officials and ordinary people.

Even before the departure, Fidel Castro was full of emotions and was very satisfied with what he managed to achieve in the economic and military fields, he addressed N. with words of praise and gratitude for the excellent trip. Sent a farewell letter to Khrushchev.

Fidel Castro was often seen wearing two Rolexes at the same time – one of them a GMT, the other a Submariner. Overall, the watches gave Castro an overview of three-time zones at a glance at his wrist. The clocks are set to Havana, Washington and Moscow time.

Today Washington D.C. and Havana are in the same time zone (UTC -5), but between the years 1960 and 1964, Havana used the time zone UTC -4. Rolex watches were not a status symbol when this photo was taken. They were considered some of the most functionally accurate watches of their time (before the quartz era began).

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