Re: Sekonda brand used by two companies . . .
Thanks for that excellent coverage of the Sekonda story. I will simply add the following couple of points:
- My understanding is that the 'Sekonda' brand was originally created by ChasProm (the Soviet timepiece industry agency) in partnership with a British company. (If I'm wrong about this I am happy to be corrected)
- Sekonda 'paddle-hand Strela' chronographs were given as official gifts several months before the 1966 launch of the brand in Britain. (reported on this forum several years ago)
- It was within 18 months of the end of the USSR that Sekonda UK stopped sourcing any watches from Russia or Belarus.
- 'Sekonda'-branded Russian watches have continued to be available in Russia, from Poljot and Slava, right up until recently. Many of these may simply be unsold stock, but clearly that is not the case with Solod's stock of modern designs with Japanese movements.
Based on all of that, I would guess (and this is just a guess) that the manufacturers formerly under ChasProm direction retained rights to the Sekonda brand for the Russian market even after the British company cut all ties with Russia.
This one is surely the prize of the lot:
An undeniably post-Soviet Sekonda 3133 chronograph.
Last edited by Chascomm; February 17th, 2012 at 05:53.
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