Ever since the moon traded places with the sun to stand guard over the Earth and stars shot across the sky, man has been intrigued by the infinite vastness of the galaxy. It’s this curiosity that has sparked theories and compelled man to go up in space and explore it.
Pioneer and a founding father of rocketry, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky invented the astronautic theory that helped to pave the way to space exploration. Then in the 1950s, rocket designers Valentin Glushko and Sergey Korolyov turned Tsiolkovsky’s theories into reality. Together, they contributed to the success of the Soviet Space Program and made Russia a world leader in the space exploration.
The Russians were the first to explore space on April 12, 1961 when the cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin in his Vostok-1 orbited the earth 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 Sturmanskie watch had seen the stratosphere with WWII pilots, gone down many meters below sea level with the Navy, and now secured its place as the first in space.
The Sturmanskie brand has explored both the frontier above the clouds and the unchartered frontiers below sea level. When it was first launched in 1949, Sturmanskie was designed exclusively for the Armed Forces and Navy fleets of the U.S.S.R.
Known for its precision and durability, it was instrumental in navigating pilots and nautical fleets. Later on, following Gagarin’s first manned space flight, Sturmanskie became the first watch in space. Russian cosmonauts and astronauts from France, Germany, Japan, India and Poland in the International Space Program wore Sturmanskie wristwatch for its reliability in extreme conditions.
With a heritage that combines the top watchmakers, designers and engineers, their legacy brings nearly a century of experience to the Sturmanskie design. Together, with their passion for exploring aeronautics and a skilled precision in watchmaking, each Sturmanskie is made with reliability, durability and precision.
For many of its models, Sturmanskie draws inspiration and pay tribute to new frontiers, adventure and exploration. Its Collections pay homage to key moments in history, from the successful launch of the Sputnik 1 satellite, to the Gagarin’s orbit around the earth and the first Soviet expedition to the North Pole. Although it wasn’t until 1983 that Sturmanskie was available to the general public, to this day, the brand remains an icon for exploring new territories and going beyond the limits to achieve extraordinary feats.
The mission of the Sturmanskie brand is to reliably serve the people conquering the turbulent sea, the many elements on Earth and in outer space. To do so, we must work together with key people to ensure our brand mission is a successful one.
Our watchmakers, engineers and designers often consult with specialists of the Mission Control Center at the Russian Federal Space Agency in the development of new models of watches. We also receive pertinent information and helpful suggestions on improving the watch Sturmanskie from astronauts themselves. After all, Sturmanskie has been the official watch of Soviet and Russian cosmonauts since 1961 and has stood alongside countless astronauts in difficult situations. During its many missions and flights to space, this watch was instrumental in fulfilling important tasks when measuring time was critical. It has also withstood severe tests under unpredictable conditions such as zero gravity, strong magnetic fields, varying vibrations, and extreme temperatures.
The same collaboration holds true for our Heritage Arctic Collection. To this day, we consult members of the Russian Geological Society for research and development. It is this kind of collaboration that made Sturmanskie renown for its undeniable reliability decades ago and for many more years to come.
In the West, it took 200 years to develop a successful watchmaking industry. Driven by a passion for innovation and craftsmanship, Russia’s love for accuracy within the world of exploration was key to building an entire industry from the ground up at the lightening-fast speeds. In merely forty years, Russia successfully built an entire watchmaking industry.
Since the very first Sturmanskie watch was introduced to this day, each model has been designed and manufactured in Moscow, only minutes away from the Kremlin. Our team is comprised of the top watchmakers, designers, technologists and engineers with the vast experience in watchmaking. Each model is careful designed, thought out and hand made. It is through this handcrafting that we can assemble the highest quality of watches that showcase exceptional durability and an exclusivity valued by professionals.