Is it just me, it's because of light reflections, or is it a rounded lugs case?
If so, then this would most likely be a late redial of a much earlier example (a Cyrillic Strela model perhaps?) -in other words, a franken.
EDIT: Maybe not a fully beveled edge -- on further review, it struck me just how rare those truly are. https://forums.watchuseek.com/f10/ea...a-2619354.html
Only Comrade Ham2's extremely low serial number 1959 Strela has the fully beveled lugs in this thread. Additionally, my 1959 Strela (sn 00930) has the narrow, but not beveled, lugs. I'm thinking that the likelihood of someone stumbling across a fully beveled case, and using it as a replacement, are quite low.
Between the "slightly rounded" and fully square lugs, it is almost impossible to discern by photograph, I think.
Last edited by bpmurray; January 4th, 2019 at 20:42.
I might be mistaken, but the beveled edge style (as named above) isn't the rarest of the three; just saying, in my humble collection alone I have 4 examples with it and, altough for sure I wouldn't describe it as "common", I wouldn't call it a grail either. While, for instance, despite a few years spent paying deep attention and studying (big word!...) every Strela I could find on the net, I think I've never encountered a slightly-curved edge style (or maybe I too am unable to identify one in a photo ).
This is to say that -assuming that the one we are seeing is actually a beveled edge case, which is far from having been proven- my theory is that it wouldn't be a Sekonda 3017 frankenized using a rare-but-not-so-rare-after-all older case, but rather the other way 'round: an earlier model brought to new life with a '70s dial and paddle hands. Alas, I can't find the website mentioned by comrade 24h, I would really like to give a look at the other pictures...
Anyway, this discussion is just an exercise of style: 1300+ bucks IMHO would still be excessive for a NOS example with papers, for this price I bet this piece will stay there forever.
Just a shrewd antiquary, asking but the price his kind of patrons are willing to pay. I’ve seen the type... These do not lurk here, being too busy making dough. They may be in a sort of peeing contest with equally wealthy friends. The high price tag, probably stapled on a beautifully decorated “certificate of authenticity”, the “exclusive” show-room are part of their game. Bring the price down, and some clients just won’t buy: suspicious, or not exclusive enough... Note some of these will be purchased as gifts to influential contacts, so the prestigious certificate becomes a must.
I’d bet on a good proportion of “New-Russians” among these patrons, but probably not exclusively. Haven’t we heard recently of some mister M., who paid five zeros to some NYC “designer” for a horribly tacky ostrich jacket he could have had for a couple grands in Vietnam (where it well may be actually made)? A New-Yorker alright, but it seems dear Paul caught some bad habits with Eastern friends known for their gold johns...
Anyway, I won’t blame such a seller, and won’t label all his clients as suckers only.
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