Like a bright thread, the dream of flying into space has been intertwined with Russia’s history from the distant past.
One of the greatest founders of cosmonautics was Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who laid the theoretical foundations of modern cosmonautics and rocket technology in the first half of the 20th century, and later actually designed a spacecraft.That time marked the start of the half-century era of Soviet and Russian cosmonautics, and from that moment, our country became the universally recognised global leader in rocket science, and later, in cosmonautics. Also at that time, before and after the war, the First Moscow Watch Factory made watches for pilots, and marine and aviation chronometers.
During the Great Patriotic War, the plant also made some parts for the first Katyusha rocket launchers, and in 1949, it launched the production of the Sturmanskie watch series. Those watches, made under a special state order, were only available to the Air Force, but not to regular customers. Numerous tests of Sturmanskie showed high quality of the products: exceptional accuracy, reliability and durability. The Sturmanskie also passed special military standard acceptance with brilliance.
The most significant event in the history of the Sturmanskie brand was undoubtedly 12 April 1961, the historic day when the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made his first ever space flight wearing the Sturmanskie watch made for him under a special order. His watch continued to function flawlessly even in conditions of weightlessness and overload.
Sturmanskie watch will forever go down in history as the first watch brand that has been in outer space!
For over half a century, these watches have repeatedly surfaced in the thick of events that made the headlines. Sturmanskie entered world history as part of the most successful stress test for technology and man. The main confirmation of that was the first manned space flight in April 1961.
Initially, Sturmanskie was designed for army and navy officers, and was not available to the public until 1983. Astronauts from France, Germany, Japan, India, Poland and other countries who participated in joint flights under the International Space Programme took their Sturmanskie watches with them on space missions. Ever since the brand was launched in 1949, Sturmanskie have shown only the best qualities, being accurate, reliable, and durable.
Ever since the brand was launched in 1949, Sturmanskie have shown only the best qualities, being accurate, reliable, and durable.
The most important moment in the brand’s history, without a doubt, was Yuri Gagarin going on his first ever space mission wearing a Sturmanskie watch.
12 April 1961 marked the most significant event in the history of mankind: the launch of the first manned spacecraft, Vostok, from the Baikonur space centre. The world's first cosmonaut, Soviet pilot Yuri Gagarin spent 108 minutes in orbit, making a full circle around the Earth. That science and technology breakthrough of the Soviet school of rocketry and cosmonautics became a new milestone in world history, and Sturmanskie watch became the first watch in the world to have been in outer space..
From April 1961 and to this day, Sturmanskie watches have been used in manned space missions by Soviet, Russian, and foreign astronauts.
The brand creators and designers constantly consult with specialists from the mission control centre and Roscosmos when developing new models, and also receive interesting suggestions and comments from cosmonauts on ways to improve Sturmanskie watches.
It is a major challenge to bring together faultless reliability, time-tested durability, functionality and maintainability in a single product. Nevertheless, we bring all these principles to life by studying space technology and building on the experience of Soviet watchmakers.
Another unique quality of the Sturmanskie watches is their affordability for buyers who share the brand values and prefer high quality and durability in watches.
The mission of the Sturmanskie brand is to accompany and reliably serve people who conquer outer space, the aerial dimension or any other elements, on Earth or in space.
Since the release of first Sturmanskie prototypes in 1949 and to the present, these watches have been designed and manufactured in a production facility located in the very heart of Russia – in Moscow, 10 minutes away from the Kremlin. The company's team includes the best watchmakers in Russia – engineers, technologists and designers, all from the best dynasties of watchmakers.
Throughout its half-century history, the Sturmanskie brand has confidently held a leading position among wristwatch manufacturers.
The Sputnik collection honours the era of space exploration, the first space launches and the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite.
The Gagarin collection once again reminds customers of the world's first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, who performed the first manned space flight wearing a Sturmanskie watch, which withstood severe tests in zero gravity, strong overloads, vibrations and temperatures.
The Arktika collection tells the story of the bleak northern expanses and their conquest.
The Open Space collection is dedicated to the first spacewalk made by Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, also wearing a Sturmanskie watch and making it the first watch in the history of mankind that has been in outer space and showed an impeccable operation of all parts in the new extreme conditions.
Luna 25 is a modern sports style chronograph dedicated to the newest Russian lunar programme. This model’s concept reflects a vision of the future.
The Oceancollection of watches dates back to 1972, when the Soviet Ministry of Defence issued a special order to develop a watch that can function under water and withstand high water pressure to a depth of at least 250 metres. This is how divers and submariners got their own watch collection, which is still popular among marine professionals and sea lovers alike.
The Mars collection. Nowadays, space flights have become a more common everyday thing, while reliability requirements for technical devices have increased many times over. Looking to the future, we have created our Mars collection, which incorporates our most advanced innovations. Due to their unique properties, they will be irreplaceable in space, on Earth or on Mars.
Each collection of Sturmanskie watches reflects an era in the development of Soviet and Russian cosmonautics.