Venture 90 degree North to the middle of the Arctic Ocean where constantly shifting sea ice blanket the surface, and you’ll find yourself in the North Pole. The extreme conditions here require equipment that can keep up with the demands of a shifting environment. Sturmanskie watches were instrumental in Russian history and exploration.
In 1957, the Russian government ordered a series of “Arctic” watches to be developed for the first Soviet expedition to the North Pole. These legendary timepieces have been reproduced and handcrafted in the same manner they once were nearly sixty years ago. Today “Arctic” watches are worn by polar explorers and members of the Russian Geographical Society.
The Russians were the first to explore space on 12 April 1961 when cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, orbited the Earth in his Vostok-1 for one hour and forty-eight minutes. On his wrist, he wore a Sturmanskie watch, the first special timepiece in the world designed and manufactured to go in to space.
Withstanding the severe conditions of zero gravity, strong accelerations, unpredictable vibrations, and varying temperatures, Sturmanskie was the first brand to make astronomical feats in the watch world.
Its innovation was owed to the nautical and aviation chronometers originally developed for the Military Air Forces and Navy by the First Moscow Watch Factory.
The brand Sturmanskie was first launched in 1949. Back then, it was exclusively available for the Armed Forces and Navy of the USSR. It was only in 1983 that Sturmanskie watches were made available to the general public.
Sturmanskie designs continue to be inspired by and pay homage to new frontiers, adventure and exploration.
- Size: 40mm
- Case: Stainless steel
- Glass: Mineral crystal
- Dial: Black with white numerals and white chapter ring
- Movement: 2409 Manual winding Vostok
- Strap: Strap: Brown, leather with buckle in stainless steel
- Water resistant: 10ATM
- Warranty: 1 year
Note: Brown strap on watch. Please inquire for more photos.