Russian watches- be careful out there.

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Russian watches are cheap  plentiful and fun to collect but there are a couple of things to watch out for. One is the 1950s Sekonda.It is often difficult to date a watch but there is no Sekonda made before 1966. Sekonda was a British company that acted as an umbrella company, selling all brands of Russian watches Although they are still in existence, they no longer sell Russian or CIS watches. The cut off date is around 1992. The real item is signed USSR on the face. Most "1960s" Sekondas are about 20 years younger than their sellers assert. Then there is the '50s Poljot watch. Poljot was a brand invented after the first space flight of Jurui Gagarin so there is no Poljot you can buy that predates 1962. Gagarin wore a Rodina watch on this flight. It sold in New York for $25,000 some 15 years ago so anybody who asserts otherwise should be treated with suspicion. Many watches originating in the Ukraine are not original, being "Frankenwatches" or "marriages" (collections of bits) and although most are posted as "Rare",  not many are. Finally, if the case is rough and the dial pristine, or vice versa, be on your guard.For all their many virtues, Russian dials do not age particularly well, for example, watches signed CCCP seem to be more valuable to some collectors than those not so signed. If one of these is described as new old stock, it might well be rather newer than it ought to be!

 

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