Especially reliable watch with function of a stop of a second-hand. Were issued only for pilots and navigators of military-air forces of the USSR. The watch did not go on free sale. Just in such watch on the sleeve overalls the Soviet cosmonaut Jury Gagarin has made the first piloted flight in space on April, 12th, 1961. April 12, 1961, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard the spacecraft Vostok One blasted through the Earth's atmosphere to became the first man in space.
The watch he wore and relied upon during that historic flight was a Sturmanskie (sometimes written "Shturmanskie"). Like the spacecraft, it too was made in Russia. At the time, this watch represented the best of Russian timepieces and watch-making technology. The Russian Times, a collector's site with a focus on vintage Soviet watches, describes the watch as a logical choice, due to the high quality of the movement and inherent accuracy.
The STURMANSKIE, (Navigator's) which had been issued to new graduates of the prestigious Orenberg Flight School along with their diplomas since the late 1940's, was a logical choice, due to the high quality of the movement and inherent accuracy of the watch. The SU had updated the design by adding a central seconds complication and a hacking feature that allowed the watch to be precisely stopped and synchronized with a given time signal. A critical detail on any military watch, but especially so on a Navigator's watch, where often location would be ascertained by correctly estimating where the aircraft was by accurately measuring time to distance. ON the MECHANISM there is a DATE OF ISSUE 3-57.
IT MEANS: the 3 QUARTER 1957. Diameter of the case: 41/33 mm MOVEMENT mechanical Diameter of the dial: 31 mm Thickness: 12 mm Band size: 18 mm Stainless steel back. FUNCTION - Hours, Minutes, Central Second. PLUS the NEW LEATHER THONG by THESE O'CLOCK.Sight in the very good cosmetic and hard-working condition (it was verified by the watchmaker, cleaned and lubricated), keeps the good time. BUT the PRICE in the ANTIQUARIANS MUCH HIGHER. DO NOT LOSE the POSSIBILITY.
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