1-MChZ wrist watch designated for Soviet Air Force Pilots in the 1960s. Poljot caliber 3017 with big column-wheel movement and 45-minute counter. Diameter: 36 mm without crown and 45 mm across.The watch is running well and keeps correct time. The watch in a good general condition with some minor pitting to the chrome and light deterioration to the case but nothing major. Some light scratches are present to the crystal but again no drama. Very nice original black dial! The Early Poljot / Strela models were some of the first watches that incorporated this new 3017 Russian movement.
The watches had two registers, 45 minute elapsed time and constant seconds hand and a central chronograph hand for measuring the elapsed seconds. The watches had a chrome plated case and a stainless steel snap case back. The first model was introduced around 1959 and at first it was only available to the Soviet Air Forces (BBC) and a few higher ranking officials.
The childhood of Poljot / Strela was within the Soviet military and was based on the growing need for more precision in measuring time in the sky and on the field. These watches were official flight gear and objects of preference given to pilots and cosmonauts over a long period of time. March 18, 1965 the space exploration milestone. Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov became the first human to walk in space (EVA). He was outside the space craft for 12 minutes and 9 seconds, connected to the craft only by a 5.35 meter tether.
He achieved something no human ever achieved before. A milestone in space exploration never forgotten. Leonov was wearing a Poljots / Strelas during mission preparation, flight training and missions. The dial and hand design changed over time and came in quite a few versions and models, with tachymetric chapter rings, telemeter ring, with non-luminous and luminous dials.These various models were also issued under a few different names over time but today are all commonly called STRELAs by the informed Russian watch collectors. At first there were cyrillic models in the late sixties, then in the early seventies it was mainly the latin labeled POLJOT models, and after that in the later seventies the latin labeled SEKONDA appeared. Throughout this transformation the STRELA became more and more available to a wider circle of people like scientists and members of the Russian Railway and so on. The item "Poljot Strela Sekonda CHRONOGRAPH cal. 3017 USSR Vintage Soviet Russian Watch" is in sale since Sunday, November 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches". The seller is "hotrodpropaganda" and is located in Budapest,Pest.
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