Strela Cosmos 40mm
Thanks. It was and is a long way to there, and we don't even think it is over now at all. We think the older 38 Strelas will age with dignity and the newer watches are still fresh and are something totally else.Wow, that is a beautiful recreation of the originals, and they really got the bits of color to pop, my favorite part. If I had one of the prior 3133 models I'd be sore seeing these.
One factor is price. Strelas were very affordable a few years back. MakTime was a good, reliable and affordable source for movements, the same for us as manufacturer. These times are long over since 2012. The last projects we can make with NOS Russian movements are really limited. They all have to be on the spot, and combine the best bang for the buck. The ST19 will hopefully release some pressure on our stock so we find more time for new designs and watches that are really something you expect from a watch, even when it costs a lil more then a few years ago, or even now. Depending on the movement type of course. Now people can get a decent chronograph from us again, and are not having an empty fridge the following month. Because they like to wear a mechanical Strela, like the look and are not totally focused on the Russian heart. If you are after that, we still offer what we have, but can also release some Russian driven gems with more ease from time to time.The page mentions other projects using Russian movements, which makes me wonder why this doesn't have one too?
The textured dial came out too much. The black is pretty ok, almost like the vintage, my wish was just slightly less texture so the logotype will not crumple. White is like the 42mm white dial. The silver dial is something else. The plan was no texture for white, and white as soft matt silver, but it came out like this anyway, small eyes are shiny silver now. That looks cool though. We think the vintage white cosmos was some matt silver white mix, hard to tell. We have a lot of them in bad, or good, but not in perfect mint condition.Not sure how I feel about the textured dial models, the cream models looking too much like those well known fake dials, and the case height possibility being a bit much.
These dials all have sample status. These are not the final dials. But some are pretty close.Hello
What is the face/dial materia made of ? ...and is it shiny or mat finish ?
Thank you for the very thorough response. I much look forward to the Russian "gems" you may release in the future, and also support this inevitable endeavor into the Chinese reality of modern watch movements.Thanks. It was and is a long way to there, and we don't even think it is over now at all. We think the older 38 Strelas will age with dignity and the newer watches are still fresh and are something totally else.
Quite interesting but what is the thickness of the watch? It looks very tall...Hi all,
here is something we were working on. A long awaited addition to our collection, not a replacement.
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STRELA 40 MM · 3017 > 1901 Mechanical Chronograph - STRELA Watch
It's thick. Yes. The current fitted double domed 2,5mm watch crystal makes it even thicker... Nice magnifying glass. We look into the alternatives at the moment. 10 ATM is one reason for the thickness, the possibility to use the automatic ST1940 too adds a few mm on top (0,3mm? Need to check). I think when we find a matching crystal it will be a few mm's thinner. Maybe the case back has minimal potential as well, but that will be it. I need the drawings and a caliper to check measurements. I can tell some dimensions later.Quite interesting but what is the thickness of the watch? It looks very tall...
Thank youThese dials all have sample status. These are not the final dials. But some are pretty close.
Tribute and Civil have a matt look, but still a little bit matt reflection. More white than pearl atm.
One of the black Cosmos CYB/LAB can has a very slight texture with a bit of shine. We always see it as a mix between oily and asphalt concrete, very subtle though. That is how most of the black vintage 3017 look like. At least from our perspective. The second black Cosmos sample is very similar matt to our 42mm Cosmos Strela.
The white Cosmos was planned as matt white with silver reflex. What we have now, is a white dial like our 42mm white Cosmos and a very textured silver one like the new textured black sample, but with silver. That is way too much. The interesting part is the semi shiny small eyes what I think. That looks cool. The small red hands look pretty flash on that. So maybe it is a good idea to try to get a matt white silver slight reflex dial with the semi shiny small eyes for the new white Cosmos CYW/LAW.
I understand it might be comfortable for you if you have a large wrist and a lot of people like thick watches to increase the "wrist presence" so to say, but please take into account some customers would prefer a slimmer profile more in line with the vintage ones that are very thin and comfortable to wear.I wear it on a leather nato at the moment that adds even more. However, I feel more and more comfortable, the longer I wear it, even with the double domed crystal.