widely used STRELA chronographs in orbit. It became an early Russian space watch. By that time it was the perfect watch for their needs. To the public it was not widely known or promoted as other western manufacturers did with their Space-Watches. It simply was a useful timepiece and the best watch made by the Russian watchmaking factories during that time. Another secret of the success was that it was a real precise chronograph, and besides that, a gorgeous looking one. Another key to it’s growing popularity was the aura of privilege to wear one. At the beginning STRELAs were only issued to pilots, military personnel, cosmonauts, high ranking officials, scientists and other awarded persons.
The limited supply made it quite special back in the day. STRELA became synonym for the best Russian chronograph and a great success with around 100.000 units build. After the introduction of the Poljot 3133 in the late 1970s this aura slowly faded away and finally vanished. However STRELA was the most popular Russian space watch during the early days of space exploration. She was a gem that was buried under thousands of other Russian watches prior and following. Finally it was our mission to bring her back to life and on the wrists of watch fanatics all over the planet.