The Vladimir Komarov Strela

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Vladimir Komarov

Vladimir Mikhaylovic Komarov

(Born March 16, 1927, Moscow – April 24, 1967, Orenburg Oblast) was a Soviet cosmonaut. He was the first Soviet cosmonaut to travel into space more than once, and the first human to die during a space mission, on Soyuz 1. (Wikipedia)

1967 April 23 | 00:35 GMT | Soyuz 1 launch
Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511. LV Configuration: Soyuz 11A511 U15000-04. Crew: Komarov. Backup Crew: Gagarin. Payload: Soyuz 7K-OK s/n 4. Mass: 6,450 kg (14,210 lb). Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Komarov; Gagarin. Agency: MOM. Program: Soyuz. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz 1; Soyuz 2A. Spacecraft: Soyuz 7K-OK. Duration: 1.12 days. Decay Date: 1967-04-24. USAF Sat Cat: 2759 . COSPAR: 1967-037A. Apogee: 223 km (138 mi). Perigee: 197 km (122 mi). Inclination: 50.8000 deg. Period: 88.70 min.

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Speedmaster vs. Strela: The Battle Of The Moon Watches

Vintage Sekonda and Vintage Omega Speedmaster

STRELA, a moon watch?

Well, not that we know, but we think this article posted on wristwatchreview.com is an interesting read.

Most “watch nerds” are familiar with the story of the Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moon watch” and the ensuing cult of flight certified and flown wristwatches. However like many things in the cold war, including the Space ShuttleConcord, and the Harrier behind the iron curtain a shadowy mirror image could be found competing with the western version. In the Soviet Union in the 1960’s and 70’s there was another column wheel chronograph strapped to the wrist of a man hanging in raw vacuum and remorselessly ticking away.
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STRELA Watch presents: Baikonur – The Movie

STRELA-Watch - Baikonur Edition

For one of the first feature film ever shot at Baikonur cosmodrome. STRELA Watch realized a highly limited Baikonur series (44 watches), released for the feature film “Baikonur”. The german X-Verleih asked us a while ago to help promoting their new movie by director Veit Helmer. A feature film containing some stunning pictures shot at the Baikonur launchpad. We designed and supplied X-Verleih AG with a special edition STRELA  to utilize them for propaganda purposes and handed them over to high ranking officials at the night of the movie premiere. For us it was no question to support a movie like that. On the one hand it was a movie with some pictures from the Baikonur launchsite, and on the other hand it was a smaller art house film in need for some help, and we were glad to offer some. Thanks to Leila Hamid and director Veit Helmer for this opportunity. Read more