The first watches, marketed under the name of Stratoliner, were launched on the market as early as 1962, due to the fact that they were being used for these reconnaissance flights. In northern Sweden on Esrange near Kiruna, the rockets MAXUS and TEXUS launched and offered reasearch conditions like in space.
All the components of the timepiece have been modernized. The 42 mm case is framed either by a steel or ceramic bezel (version am and pm), which shows the tachymetry. The case consists of partly brushed, partly polished stainless steel and a glass base, which gives view onto the beating heart. The crown is a classic pusher crown while the pushers of the chronograph are securely screwed. The sapphire glass has been treated with an antireflective coating on both sides, which in the sunlight takes on this distinctive violet-blu tint.
|Stratoliner Steel pm|
|Stratoliner Ceramic pm|
|Stratoliner All Black|
The Stratoliner appears in two steel and two ceramic versions. One in matt, white – the other in matte black. Both have square indices at 3.6.9 and 12 o’clock, whilest the remaining hours do have rectangular indices.
Hours and minute makers as well as the hour and minute hands are colored in beige while the second hand was designed red as a highlight.
The counter of the chronograph are flat and fit seamlessly into the dial. In addition to the four models, there are 2 limited special editions of 200 pieces each. The Stratoliner “Parabola” stands for the courageous scientists who always face extraordinary challenges in their work doing parabolic flights and thus make an immense contribution to society.
The secondo limited edition, also with 200 pieces, is the Stratoliner “All Black”, which symbolizes the outlook into the exosphere and open space, and herewith the gitantic achievements of mankind, which, on April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, has been proven with a 108 minute around the world trip.