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Old 10-20-2009, 04:46 AM
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Стрела: Another Milestone in Russian Horology

Manufacture of the Стрела (Strela/Arrow) began in 1959, and was initially only available for military, space, scientific and official use. The Стрела is equipped with the 3017-caliber, 19-jewel column-wheel chronograph movement based on the Venus 150 Swiss calibre. Comparing the Venus 150 (top) to the Poljot 3017 (bottom) shows the obvious lineage:




The first Стрела were configured with cream dials, gilt hands and batons on the dial.

First year of production, 1959:


Very early 1960's Стрела КЛ1(1st Class), Poljot and sekonda export models:






In the early 1960's, telemeter and tachymeter chapter rings were added:








In the mid 1960's, the luminous "paddle" hands were introduced. The dials were also updated, using silver-white and black:








In 1965, cosmonaut Andrey Leonov took the Стрела on the first space walk in history. The Стрела was issued to cosmonauts for 20 years before being retired in 1979.

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Thanks for another illustrated history lesson, K! I hadn't been aware that the Russians had used a column-wheel chrono before the 3133; Everything I see that new coming out of Russia uses some variant of the 3133; does anyone still use 3017? It's got to be a lot more expensive to produce than the 3133, I would guess. Great pictures, too.
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Thank you [k].
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[k], your knowledge of Russian watches is impressive. I just want to know one thing.... are those 12 or so watches yours? They are absolutely gorgeous timepieces..... What a collection.

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[k], your knowledge of Russian watches is impressive. I just want to know one thing.... are those 12 or so watches yours? They are absolutely gorgeous timepieces..... What a collection.

Yes, they are mine.
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Thanks for another illustrated history lesson, K! I hadn't been aware that the Russians had used a column-wheel chrono before the 3133; Everything I see that new coming out of Russia uses some variant of the 3133; does anyone still use 3017? It's got to be a lot more expensive to produce than the 3133, I would guess. Great pictures, too.
The Soviets had used column-wheel chronograph movements from the time of the Type-1 modified movement ~1937.

They also used the 1MWF/Valjoux caliber 61, Urofa/Type-56, 2MWF ЧК-28, АЧ-xx series (aircraft panel chrono's), etc. Even the 2MWF/Slava stopwatches use column-wheel chrono movements (51СД/5498).

The 3133 was the first simplified/cam chronograph movement used by the Soviets, and was in fact the replacement for the 3017.
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Very early 1960's Стрела КЛ1(1st Class), Poljot and sekonda export models:




Great thread !

But [k], i think sekonda only appeared in 1966...
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Great thread !

But [k], i think sekonda only appeared in 1966...
There is some debate on that.

As an export brand, Sekonda was rolled out in 1966, but there is evidence that some Sekonda watches were given out to VIP's prior to the official roll out of the brand.

The serial number on that watch is 13801, which places it in the early 1960's if going by conventional wisdom (and the various incarnations of serial number charts that exist).

That particular cream dial is also a very early variant, although I believe that dial type was still being offered well past the roll out of the telemeter variants - there is much debate on that too.

Generally (IMHO), if a Sekonda 3017 has a serif font it is very early in the production run, and is perhaps pre-production - that last bit is speculation.
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Thanks [k].

Your opinion is respectable and with good arguments.
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