Just in case you have been hiding away in the caves of Bora Bora lately, British cosmonaut Major Tim Peake was one of three to blast off into space from Kazakhstan yesterday to conduct a series of experiments aboard the International Space Station. He will be involved in experiments that could shape future missions to Mars and further into the universe, during his time as the first publicly funded Briton in space.

The scientific purpose of Major Peake’s time in space will be to conduct experiments and to test out the technology that could eventually be used for more manned missions to elsewhere in our solar system.

Major Tim Peake

In all, Major Peake will take part in 265 experiments. In fact, just being on the space station is also an experiment, since it will allow scientists to look at the effects of microgravity on his body – a process that will continue long after he’s back on the Earth in six months.

It’s all very well and good, but the question has to be asked, what was in it for Watchuseek readers? And the answer is, not a lot. Just as the papers wanted to know what shirts Major Tom wore, we would have liked to have known what watch Major Tim was wearing. But there was no mention of it. Nor any sight of it. So all we can do is offer some timely advice.

Alexei Leonev

Although operated out of Munich these days, the STRELA watch company was involved with the earliest Russian space flights, including the first space-walk conducted by Alexey Leonov on March 18, 1965, where he wore a STRELA on a 12 minutes and 9 seconds walk connected to the craft only by a 5.35 meter tether. It was a feat that stunned the world and initiated the space race. Within three short months Ed White  became the first U.S. astronaut to exit a spacecraft while in orbit. White spent more than 20 minutes floating in the vacuum of space, protected only by a spacesuit. He moved about using a “zip gun,” a hand-held maneuvering unit, while still attached to Gemini 4 by a tether and umbilical.


The STRELA CO38CYW24h belongs to the “COSMOS” line – it has a brushed stainless steel case with a polished bezel, polished band connections and pushers/crown. The detailed and perfectly finished watchcase has a diameter of 38mm (with crown 42mm, lug-to-lug width is 47mm), a height of 15mm, a weight of 75g incl. leather strap and a bandwidth of 19mm.

The baguette-shaped pushers are framed in little collars. A slightly curved, mineral glass provides a clear view on the white Strela dial. The dial of the CO38CYW24h is labeled in cyrillic and shows a tachymeter scale, a telemeter scale and very authentic luminous Strela-hands and luminous indices. The date is positioned between “4” and “5” o’clock and the 24-hours-display sits at “6” o’clock.

This watch is just one of a wide range in the COSMOS collection, and with 6 months aboard the space station and with no chance to nip out to the pub, Major Tim should find the time to study the STRELA website and order one. No doubt they will deliver.

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