Since the mid-twentieth-century, the Russian watch company Shturmanskie manufactured watches, which were standard issue to the Soviet Air Force and never sold in stores. Known as the ?Gagarin Watch,? this Shturmanskie timepiece holds the distinction of being the first watch in space in April of 1961. The manufacturer boasts that the watch kept perfect time despite being in zero gravity.
Fifty years later, Shturmanskie?s successor, the Volmax company, strives to restore the Russian watchmaking industry?s former glory with its Aviator line of chronometers, worn, its website says, by the Russian aerobatic military precision flying team, the SWIFTS. Volmax, in addition to models striving for state of the art, issues commemorative watches as its Gagarin line, which replicate down to the finest detail the Shturmanskie watches which were first in space?and first to be worn on a space walk.
Whether you are interested in a genuine Gagarin-era vintage watch in perfect working order, or the brand new collectible precision timepiece, eBay is the place to find a vast array of Gagarin watches in a wide range of prices.