In the annals of space history, certain missions stand out as milestones that pushed the boundaries of human exploration. One such mission is the rendezvous of Soyuz 4 and 5 on January 16, 1969. This historic event marked the first time two crewed spacecraft docked in space, a remarkable achievement that foreshadowed future space endeavors, […]

Alexei Archipowitsch Leonow was a Soviet cosmonaut who is best known for being the first human to conduct a spacewalk. Born in 1934 in Siberia, Leonow graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute and joined the Soviet Air Force, where he quickly distinguished himself as a skilled pilot. In 1960, Leonow was selected to join the […]

STRELA, a moon watch?

Well, not that we know, but we think this article posted on is an interesting read.

Most “watch nerds” are familiar with the story of the Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moon watch” and the ensuing cult of flight certified and flown wristwatches. However like many things in the cold war, including the Space ShuttleConcord, and the Harrier behind the iron curtain a shadowy mirror image could be found competing with the western version. In the Soviet Union in the 1960’s and 70’s there was another column wheel chronograph strapped to the wrist of a man hanging in raw vacuum and remorselessly ticking away.
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We are thrilled to announce the latest addition to the STRELA watch family—the stunning STRELA COSMOS 40 mm Series. This collection boasts the exceptional and precise mechanical Seagull ST19 column wheel chronograph caliber, a movement deeply rooted in horological history.

At STRELA, we believe in offering exceptional value to our customers, and with the COSMOS 40 mm Series, we are returning to our roots. Two decades ago, we introduced competitive Russian precision mechanical chronographs to the Western market, making waves with our quality and affordability. Today, we continue this legacy with the ST19 SeaGull® movement lineup.

Rediscover a Classic: Just like the legendary Poljot 3017 Strela chronographs from the 1950s, our COSMOS collection features a column wheel chronograph caliber. This time, it’s the high-quality and accurate Caliber ST1901 by SeaGull. This manual-winding masterpiece offers approximately 50 hours of power reserve, operates at 21,600 beats per hour, features shock protection, and boasts 21 jewels.

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Space Watch battle

Space Watch Service in the US

We just came upon a fine Blog entry about the space watch battle from Times Ticking, a watch repair specialist based in the US, Layton, Utah. These guys seem to collect brilliant reviews in the hundreds for their work on your precious timepieces. We have no current affiliation but it seems they even like to service your Strela Watch.

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Vladimir Komarov

Vladimir Mikhaylovic Komarov

(Born March 16, 1927, Moscow – April 24, 1967, Orenburg Oblast) was a Soviet cosmonaut. He was the first Soviet cosmonaut to travel into space more than once, and the first human to die during a space mission, on Soyuz 1. (Wikipedia)

1967 April 23 | 00:35 GMT | Soyuz 1 launch
Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511. LV Configuration: Soyuz 11A511 U15000-04. Crew: Komarov. Backup Crew: Gagarin. Payload: Soyuz 7K-OK s/n 4. Mass: 6,450 kg (14,210 lb). Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Komarov; Gagarin. Agency: MOM. Program: Soyuz. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz 1; Soyuz 2A. Spacecraft: Soyuz 7K-OK. Duration: 1.12 days. Decay Date: 1967-04-24. USAF Sat Cat: 2759 . COSPAR: 1967-037A. Apogee: 223 km (138 mi). Perigee: 197 km (122 mi). Inclination: 50.8000 deg. Period: 88.70 min.

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Some of the first new 42mm STRELAs are prepared in our Munich workshop for shipping. The STRELA 42mm chronograph was a long awaited project and is finally launched.

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poljot 3017 parts list technical drawing

We managed to get our hands on the complete Mashpriborintorg – Catalogue of spare parts for watches, including the POLJOT 3017 sheets of spare parts. We think this is a nice resource for anybody interested.