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Poljot Strela Column Wheel Chronograph Cal. 3017 Russian Speedmaster Space Watch

£725.00Price

100% Made in USSR Space Watch. Serviced near MINT

 

Poljot "Strela"

RARE Early Cal. 3017 Column Wheel Chronograph 

The FIRST Watch Worn in Space

Black Dial 

 

 

  • Description

    AT A GLANCE 

     

    SERIAL DATED

    Circa 1965

    DIMENSIONS

    Ø36 mm (excluding crown)

    CASE

    Stainless steel Oyster Type Classic

    CASE BACK TYPE

    Snap Down Case Back 

    DIAL

    Black Dial with Silver hour markers and Silver "stick" hands

    CRYSTAL

    Acrylic

    BRACELET:

    Steel President type 

    MOVEMENT

    CALIBER NUMBER  3017

    Poljot  Strela 1959-1979, ca. 100000

    Design based on Venus 150

     

    The first watch worn in space

     

    When, on June 12, 1965, Cosmonaut Aleksej Leonov left the safety of his spacecraft to become the first astronaut ever to make a space walk, he was wearing the same watch that many cosmonauts would use on missions.

     

    The watch was the Strela. It would be the first watch worn in open space, outside a spaceship. This was a mechanical two register chronograph with a 45 minute totaliser and a continuously running second hand.

     

    Issued in the 1960's to Russian pilots, this became the watch issued to cosmonauts for 20 years, until it was retired in 1979. It is the Russian speedmaster!

        

    The "Strela" or Russian "Arrow" Constructed for the CCCP military and specifically aviation. These were made to military specifications. They were ONLY to senior military government and party officials and were not on sale to the general public. 

     

    In the 1960s these were used by russian cosmonauts in the very first days of russian space explorations. 

     

    Most famously Aleksej Leonov who was wearing a 3017 at the time he became the first person to ever perform a space walk on march the 18th 1965 (oh yes well before omega!) 

     

    Two Calibers?

    Almost in a parody to the Speedmaster (calibers 321 and 861) the Strela was also produced with two calibers there is the Poljot. 3133 (mimicking the Swiss Valjoux 7733) 

     

    Then there is THIS ONE! the one we are selling the "Early One" Retired in 1979 before the watches became widely available. The 3017 Column Wheel was made in a total number of only 100,000 movements and is a higher precision better quality and more desirable and Considerably Rarer column wheel chronograph based on the Venus cal. 150.

     

     

     

    This Sekonda was worn by Aleksey Aleksandrovich Gubarev on the Sojus 28 mission in march 1978.

    Picture from the Book "time capsule" Copyright OMEGA SA 

     

    THE CASE 

    Iconic Classic Almost "Oyster" style case. this one is 36mm in diameter (excluding crown & pushers) 38mm (inclusive) 

    45.5mm Lug tip to lug tip with 18mm lug spacing 

    Snap down case back and fixed bezel

     

    THE DIAL 

    In superb condition all original Black dial super crisp white detail tachymeter scale outer and telemetre scale inner chapters.

    High polish steel indexes those very funky (very Russian very CCCP Chic) Colored "Stick" hands and "mini lollipop" red tipped seconds 

    A rarity on any dial this well executed is the signature at 6 "MADE IN USSR"

    This is NOT a "re-dial" as if we needed to say it! 

     

    THE STRAP

    A very nicely matched classic "president" strap in stainless steel suits the watch well. 

     

    THE MOVEMENT

    No dodgy repairs or frankens here! 

     

    EXCELLENT condition ultra clean movement no mashed up screws and over serviced movements no "Franken" parts 

     

    Movement is in excellent condition 

     

    Poljot 3017 Strela

     

    Remarks

    1959-1979, ca. 100000

    Design based on Venus 150

     

    Features

    manual-wind chronograph, 60s, 45 min, pillar wheel

    sub second

    19 jewels

    f = 18000 A/h