POLJOT · STRELA | Cal. 3017 | Vintage Chronograph | Wrong hands





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Published on Jul 13, 2010

Original vintage russian pilot-cosmonaut's two-register chronograph POLJOT in it's classic version with a white dial and gold hour markings, equipped with a 3017 caliber movement manufactured on the First Moscow Watch Factory in 1964-65.

First released in 1959 with a name "Strela" (a transliteration of russian word which actually means "Arrow") it was the first watch to be really worn in space by the russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during the very first spacewalk in 1965. The "Strela" was intended for the high-ranking officers of Soviet Air Forces solely and was released with military acceptance. There are some reissues and imitations of this chronograph exist on the market. However it can not be exactly reproduced, mostly because the complicated column-wheel 19 jewels movement 3017 caliber of the First Moscow Watch Factory, that is being out of production after 1970's. The dials are also very unique on this watches.

For those who is interested in serial numbers history of the 3017 chronographs, that were issued under different names during 1950-70 years, I'm gladly sharing a hard to find information about it:
1959 -- 1963 Strela up to 19000
1964 -- 1965 Strela, Poljot 19000 to 31000
1966 -- 1967 Sekonda, Poljot 31000 to 42000
1968 -- 1969 Sekonda, Poljot 42000 to 53000
1969 - 1970 Sekonda, Poljot 53000 to 64000


36 mm width (not counting a winding crown); 45 mm length; 11.5 mm thick; three-piece; antimagnetic, made of chromium-plated brass; stainless steel snap back; lengthened lugs; flat pushers: top for starting, bottom for stoppping and resetting to zero; total weight with band and buckle 41.5 g.


original silver-color dial, looks magnificent; yellow-gold applied hour indices and Arabic numerals; blue telemeter, red tachymeter scales; two subdials: constantly running seconds and 45-minute chronograph register; signed "Poljot. 19 Jewels. Made in USSR."

All wrong, hour and minute seem to be from a later black Sekonda model. Look here for original hands: http://www.netgrafik.ch/chrono10.htm I will upload video with all original version too. I have a lot of these Poljot, Strela and Sekonda models.


genuine 19 jewels caliber 3017 of the First Moscow Watch Factory (USSR); signed; column-wheel; BPH 18,000; clean bright condition; working and keeping time; all chronograph functions, reset to zero are working as designed; has not been recently serviced...

My Blog: http://www.molnija.eu


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