Hi. Although normally I've always liked the Soviets watches with Cyrillic characters, some time ago I wanted to buy a Sekonda watch from the Soviet era.
I personally associate the word Sekonda to an elegant and classic watch. A simple to wear a watch that could design your grandfather, your father, then you.
I have understood that after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Sekonda mechanical watches, as it were known, also ceased to exist. And the brand was sold to China, as has been happening then with many other brands of western products. On my recent trip to Russia, I saw many of the current Sekonda watches in a watch shop in St. Petersburg, placed near the Russian watches, as if they were still being Russians, and although they were nice, as I said before I have understood that today are Chinese watches, whose quality I do not know, and besides, my impression is that it was quartz watches, not mechanical watches.
I knew that I did not want a 2209 23 jewels Sekonda. I already had some 2209 Luch watches. Although I do not doubt the beauty of the 23 jewels soviet watches, its quality, etc, I do not like the feeling of winding these watches. Even I would say that my favorites are the most simple, common and known Soviet watches, such as the 2609 Raketa, the 2209 or 2409 vostok, or 2609 Poljot, precisely because of the pleasant sensation I feel when I wind it.
Anyway, in the end I decided on a 2409 date watch, ie a 2414, which in principle is traveling right now to home. These are the few photos that now I have of this watch.
The glass will have to be polished, but in general the watch seems to be well preserved. As you can see in the movement, it has a triple shockproof. I did not know this feature in a Soviet watch. I conclude that this design makes a better quality movement. It seems that the intention of the Soviet factory was to create a unique or special quality watch to be sold in the Wests countries, well, in Britain. I've never seen a move of this nature destined to be sold in the Soviet Union.
if possible, I wanted to ask the following questions:
1.- What rating in terms of quality compared to other Soviet models you would give to the Sekonda watches? What experience have you had with them?
2º.- I would say the movement (and watch) was produced in the first Moscow Watch Factory, and therefore would not be a watch made in Minsk or Petrodorevts, like other Sekonda watches. You can confirm it to me?
3º.-. I would say this tripleshockproof 2414 movement or equivalent triple shockproof 2409 is the final evolution of the 1MWF movement from the Kirovskie 2408, the Stolichnie 2409 with 16 and then 17 jewels, the Poljot 2409 and 2414, and finally this 2414 triple shockproof Poljot/Sekonda. It would be correct?
4.- What are your impressions of this particular watch 2414? Do you think is legit?
Thank you in advance.