Prelude to a Space Race
Watchmakers in Europe and the United States were off to a 19th century head start, but Russian engineering soon caught up thanks to a 20th century industrial boom. In the 1930s, Slava, which is Russian for ‘Glory,’ specialized in all sorts of practical timepieces, ranging from classic wristwatches to alarm clocks, pocket watches, and more. With Slava leading the way, Russian watches became more and more a part of everyday Soviet life. But everything changed in 1961 when the reputation of Russian-made movements took off to new heights. Literally.
There was no specific watch assigned or produced for Gagarin’s space flight, so he did what any of us would do: wear one from his own collection. For this momentous occasion, he wore his Sturmanskie, forever cementing its association with space travel.
A Brave New World of WatchesSoon after the historic space flight, interest in Russian watch movements spread across the world with exports reaching over 70 countries. The fact that geopolitical adversaries like the U.S. and the U.K were included is a testament to their desirability and performance.
Thanks to the presence of finely engineered Slava mechanical automatic 3 hand date movement, CCCP’s Kamchatka collection is a prime example of truly great watches found outside of the typical dichotomy of Swiss/Japanese movements.A Blog to Watch put together this great video diving a bit more into the nuances of Russian watch movements:
Vintage Inspiration for TodayWith CCCP’s Kamchatka dive watches powered by Slava, select Watch Gang members are getting an exclusive taste of a limited edition, high quality movement that’s as reliable in performance as it is rich in history.The Kamchatka includes a standard rotating bezel with distinct indices, water resistance up to 10 ATM, and a screw down crown. The individual models vary by dial color (black, blue, red, or green) and feature a stainless steel bracelet. As described in the movement, 3 luminous hands legibly navigate the date-windowed dials, giving the Kamchatka functions that are both practical and stylish.
- Case: 43mm, Stainless Steel, Water Resistant up to 100m
- Movement: Slava Mechanical Automatic 3 Hand Date Movement
- Power Reserve : 42 Hours
- Dial: Black, Blue, or Green, Thick & Thin Hour & Minute Indices, Date Window at 3 O'Clock
- Functions: Minutes, Seconds, Date, Rotating Bezel, Screw Down Crown
- Strap: 22mm Stainless Steel Bracelet