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The first models of  the watches "Sturmanskie" were released in 1949. The devices for the time calculation were intended for the Air Force of the Soviet Union  and they were not available for the mass sale. The precise and reliable chronographs were issued to the crews of the flying units, the graduates of the military flight and navigational schools. The professional tools allowed the crew  to synchronize  the readout of the chronographs, and during the flight to perform a concerted joint action. Watch "Sturmanskie" overcame gravity and demonstrated the excellent work in the conditions of the weightlessness.
These are the first measures of the time, stood in the space test, because Yuri Gagarin took this watch with him to the orbit in 1961. The important part of the  astronauts equipment is the wrist  watches, because of their accuracy  and the undisturbed operation depends the result of many research projects. The choice of the watches “Sturmanskie” was due to the quality of the movement, which was created during several decades. The caliber was complicated  with the functions which were needed for the aviation  watches. The models “Sturmanskie” were equipped with the second hand, the chronograph function, which allowed to synchronize the time. The great invention of the Soviet watchmakers gave impetus to the aerospace branch of the watch industry.
In 2000 the company “Volmax” resumed  the production of the legendary watches under the brand name “Sturmanskie”. In the same year the brand was officially registered in Russia and in Europe. The watches “Sturmanskie” are launched as parts of limited editions and are set aside for the collectors. They are assembled by hand. After the assembling all time measures pass the strict quality control and are tested.
Nowadays, the watches “Sturmanskie” are available in five theme series.  “Strela” and “Ocean” are devoted to the historical models of the watches, “Gagarin”, “Sputnik” and “SS-20” to the history of the space exploration.
To create  the watches “Strela” the watchmakers were inspired  by the watches with the same name, which were created in  1959. In the manufacture of the new models have been used the latest technological advances in the watch industry.
 The watch “Ocean”  is the improved version of the similar historical timepiece, created back in 1972. The design of the watches was changed because of the  modern fashion trends.
 The anniversary watches “Gagarin” were created in 2001.  The launch of the model was timed to the 40th anniversary of the space exploration. In 2004, a space explorer, a lieutenant colonel in the Russian Space forces, Yuri Shargin with this watch made a space flight as a flight engineer of “Soyuz TMA-4”.
 To create the watches “Sputnik” the watchmakers were inspired by the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite. The company's designers were able to find the original  solution for the design of the watch dial: on the dial there is the Earth with the special rotating  disk, which symbolizes the satellite and replaces the  hand of  seconds.
 The creation of the watches “Sturmanskie SS-20” is dedicated to another memorable event - the change of old medium-range missiles. March 11, 1976 at the Strategic Missile Forces was adopted the RSD-10 Pioneer Medium-Range Missile “Pioneer”  SS-20, which caused quite a stir in the NATO countries. The new Soviet missile became known as SS-20 - “The Storm of Europe”. The complex was operated until 1991 and was liquidated in accordance with the terms of the SALT. The last RSD-10 missile was destroyed on May 12, 1991.

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