Poljot Strela 3017, cosmonaut watch, USSR 1970s

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Poljot Strela 3017, cosmonaut watch, USSR 1970s

Vintage Russian military chronograph watch – Poljot Strela 3017. Hand wind. Poljot 3017 movement with 19 ruby jewels. Serial number: 18816.

Made in USSR (1970s) by First Moscow Watch Factory (Poljot). Excelent condition! Carefully cleaned, oiled and regulated.

Strela watch: Known as the Strela (Arrow in Russian) these military watches were originally developed for Russian Air Force Officers and were constructed to strict military specifications. They were only available to Senior Military, Government and Party officials, and were not for sale to the general public.

Before the Speedmaster was adopted as standard issue, most Russian cosmonauts wore a Sekonda Strela 3017 or Poljot Strela 3017 (Gubarev on the Soyuz 28 mission in March 1978).

Soyuz 28 was a 1978 Soviet manned mission to the orbiting Salyut 6 space station. It was the fourth mission to the station, the third successful docking, and the second visit to the resident crew launched in Soyuz 26.

Cosmonaut Vladimir Remek from Czechoslovakia became the first person launched into space who was not a citizen of the United States or the Soviet Union. The other crew member was Aleksei Gubarev. The flight was the first mission in the Intercosmos program that gave Eastern Bloc and other communist states access to space through manned and unmanned launches.