Sergei Krikalev is certainly one of the cosmonauts who contributed the most to the space conquest. He holds one of the records for the number of stays in space (6 stays) and for the total aggregate time spent in space (803 days - nearly 2,5 years). Sergei Krikalev actually broke so many records in space that he is nicknamed in Russia the “Record Man”! He thus knows better than anyone else what kind of watch is needed by cosmonauts.
Cosmonauts essentially need a watch:
- that is simple & robust, on which they can rely to survive in the extreme conditions of space,
- with one simple complication - a 24 hour mouvement to allow them to distinguish night from day in the International Space Station (ISS) where they have 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours (because the ISS circles the Earth every 90 minutes).
Raketa delivered by producing the Raketa “Baikonur” watch: a sturdy 24 hour automatic watch!
The Raketa automatic movement, entirely produced at the Raketa Watch Factory (in Saint-Petersburg), has a beautifully printed decoration that you can see through the open caseback: a cosmonaut flies around celestial constellations and the famous words pronounced by Gagirin (when he flew to space) is printed in Russian on the oscillating weight - meaning en English “Let's go!”.
Automatic with 24 hours
18.000 / 2.5Hz
Number of Jewels
Length (lug to lug) - 47 mm
Bi-directional automatic winding
Stopper of self-winding unit activated during manual winding
Decoration - Print
Size and Fit
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