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For sale we have a Sekonda Strela chronograph with the Poljot calibre 3017 column-wheel chronograph movement which was introduced in 1970 and manufactured up until 1979. This particular model dates from the later end of this period, bearing the Sekonda name. Established in 1966, Sekonda were the British arm of the Russian watch making industry, offering mechanical watches manufactured by Poljot and Raketa.


The first model was introduced around 1959 and was only available to Soviet Air Forces and a few higher-ranking officials. As time went on and new models were introduced, the availability of the watches increased, they were subsequently worn by scientists and members of the Russian railway. At the end of 1979 the total sum of produced Strela’s reached 100,000.


This model was worn by Alexey Alexandrovich Gubarev, who was on board Soyuz-28 mission together with Vladimir Remek. Gubarev and Remek, the first non-soviet, non-american to travel to space, were launched aboard Soyuz-28 on March 2nd 1978. The crew docked with the orbiting Salyut-6 space station.


The Strela calibre 3017 was based on the Venus 150 movement. In the 1950s the Venus 150 movement made its way from Switzerland to Russia. The Russian watchmaking factories studied the movement and used it to create their own column wheel chronograph.


This example:

The watch has a 36mm chrome plated case, which is in good overall condition. It has a round case with long tapered lugs, which give it an impressive 45.75mm lug-to-lug measurement. The snap on bezel is polished and surrounds the dial, with the polished finish to the top of the lugs. The sides of the case have a brushed finish, with brushed finishing to the pushers. The pushers are rectangular and are well fitted to the case. In-between is the original crown with coin edge. To the rear is the snap on back which has circular grained brushing.


The dial is a black gloss tone, with white signing. It has applied baton hour markers with white painted centre and green lume plots to the base. The sub dials are inset with nicely designed outer rings. The dial has both a Tachymetre scale to the exterior, with an inner Telemeter scale. The left sub-dial has the constant seconds, with the 45-minute counter to the right. The hand are good and original with red painted tip to the hours and minutes, with rectangular lume filled indicators. The chronograph hand has a lollipop tip, with red painted in-fill.


Inside is a Strela calibre 3017 column wheel chronograph movement. has a jewel count of 19 and a frequency of 18,000 BPH. It has a constant sub second, a 60 second hand and a 45 minute counter. The movement service history is unknown, but it is in good condition. It’s keeping time to within -5 seconds deviation a day. The chronograph functions as it should and resets to zero.


Overall, this model represents an intriguing and affordable piece of space race history. It is also a very attractive design which makes it a joy of a tool watch on the wrist.


Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.



The dial is original and is in good condition. It has a black gloss dial which is in good condition, with minimal signs of ageing. The signing is good and clear. The lume to the dial is original.   



The hands are original, with original lume in-fill. The hour and minute hand are in good condition with surface corrosion. The central second hand is original, as is the 30 second counter and sub-second hand. The hour and minute hand have red painted tip which is original, with the sub-second hand having red lollipop to the end.



The acrylic crystal is a replacement which is in good condition.



The pushers are original with chrome plated finish. It is in good condition, without obvious wear.



The crown is original and has some slight wear to the chrome plating.



The case is chrome plated and is in good condition for the age. It has a chrome bezel with a polished finish. It has some scratches to the chrome on the top of the lugs. The sides have a brushed finish which is in good condition with light marking.   



The case back is stainless steel and is in good condition with polished exterior and a circular brushing to the face. It has light surface scratching associated with age.



The watch comes on a genuine leather racing style strap.



The movement is a Strela 3017 column wheel chronograph movement. It has a jewel count of 19 and a frequency of 18,000 BPH. It has a constant sub second, a 60 second hand and a 45 minute counter.


The movement service history is unknown, but it is in good condition. It’s keeping time to within -5 seconds deviation a day, with an amplitude of 315 degrees and a beat error of 0.5m/s.


Case dimensions:

Case width: 36mm

Case width with crown: 38mm

Case length: 36.5mm

Case length lug to lug: 45.75mm

Case Depth: 12.5mm

Lug width: 18mm

1970s Sekonda Poljot Strela 3017 chronograph Cosmonaut watch, black dial

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