1/2 the information wrong, or missing altogether. :-(
What sort of information is incorrect? Surely lots of people have read the articles and ask the same question .....:-S.The second one is better.
Pavel Buhre was a swiss watchmaker indeed. While he established his shop and workshop in Peterburg in 1815 he also startet his watch factory in LeLocle, Switzerland. The firm of Buhre lastet until 1979 when it was taken over by Dixi-Mechanique. Buhre, like all the other foreign watchmakers in Russia, had to leave Russia in 1917. Their workshops were eventually integrated into what was to become the MEMZ, later Gostrest and the Second Moscow Watch Factory.No problem, all in all, the knowledge of the Russian watches is still low (and i know less than other persons on this forum for sure), anyway here are some mistakes from the first article:
-As far as i know, "Paul Buhrè" was not a Swiss watchmaker. He was a Czech immigrant (Pavel Buhre) who started a pre-revolution watchmaking in Russia.
-The 3133 was not the first Swiss-originated chronograph. The article even does not mention the 3017. O|
The second article is much better, and also with very nice pics. Indipendently from the correctness, it is much more detailed and interesting. Perhaps i will post it in the Articles section. B-)
Hi vev1138, thanks for these intresting articles, the second is more complete, i would like to know why in these two articles Strela hasn't been mentioned, i think it has been an historical watch, the first to go out in the space (i mean to do an Eva).
I like Strela very much .
Hello... thanks for your comments!
The Srela is actually mentioned in the second article. The second paragraph on Page 192. It is admittedly brief, but it is there. In future articles we may be able to explore the Strela even further. However, the difficultly is what is happening with it now in terms of what buyers can find today.
The history is very important, but watch media are more interested in what their readers can get their hands on today. (Unless it is editorial truly about vintage watches).
The only Strela's on the market now (new ones) are from Levenburg. There has been much discussion about them on this forum. As a result, and a matter of personal interest, I asked our contacts at the manufacturers what is really happening with that name right now.
Turns out, even Poljot does not own it any more and can't use it. Another clock and watch company in Russia (I do not know the name) registered the Strela mark and now owns it. The weird thing is, they are not using it on any watches and have no plans to! (So, why register it?)
The manufacturer's said it is just another of the odd turn of events in Russian watches. However, as I understand it, this is only the name and not the case style. So, Volmax and other companies may keep coming out with their own brands with that case, like they have with Buran.
In a similar vein, Denissov seems to have registered Okean (at least in Russia) and it looks like they will own that brand as well.
As to the other, shorter article, the headline is even "A Brief Introduction to Russian Watches". We are hopeful for more coverage in WWA next year. I'm working on that even now...