1950s Russian Automatic Men's/Unisex Watch | SMUGGLED through Ukraine | Classic Antique Sekonda Watch | MECHANICAL RESTORATION

$399.00

Shipping to United States: Free

This CLASSIC men's/unisex Sekonda "Autodate de luxe" is the absolute PINNACLE of mid-century Russian timekeeping technology. It's handsome, timeless, and elegant. And, I FULLY RESTORED the mechanical movement to work like it did when it was first made.

They were never sold outside the Soviet states. This one was smuggled out through Ukraine to the previous loving owner in Watford, United Kingdom. I've always loved the look, feel, and incredible value of antique Russian watches. They're as good as the very finest Swiss watches, at a fraction of the price. And, they have a subtle, unique Soviet style that you can't get any other way.

Get some old-world USSR class on your wrist! The size is a classic unisex sweet spot of 34mm—about the same as an original 80s Swatch. It dresses up casual outfits, denim, business casual, date night, and formal-wear.

The gold filled stainless steel case features a 29 jewel self-winding mechanical movement. What are these jewels? They're special rubies inside the watch that keep the gears working forever. More rubies = more expensive = more prestigious = more accurate = longer life. Most watches from this era had 17 jewels. Really fancy ones had 21 jewels. This one is a super over-achiever with 29 jewels inside the ultra-cutting-edge, shockproof, self-winding movement. This was the USSR's shot at making the best watch on the market—sturdy, elegant, accurate, slim, classy, and reassuringly expensive. And, it's a definite bullseye!

CHOICE OF LEATHER BANDS: These fit wrists up to a MAX of 7.5". (Measure around your wrist with a measuring tape before ordering.)

1) NEW 18mm shiny black leather by Hadley Roma—the finest watchbands in the world, known for the softest, most supple leather.
2) Lightly used 18mm oxblood leather by Hirsch—smooth grain, classy, and sturdy.

• Sekonda "Autodate de luxe" Men's/Unisex watch—USSR circa late 1950s
• Gold filled round case with champagne dial
• Gold applied hour markers, gold baton hands
• Rolex-style sweeping gold-tone second hand
• Shockproof Sekonda 29-jewel self-winding, automatic mechanical movement
• Case is 34mm (1.3") across X 40mm (1.6") tall lug-to-lug
• Choice of black or oxblood leather strap fit wrists up to 7.5" (19.5cm) circumference
• Six month warranty for the FULLY RESTORED mechanical workings

•• CONDITION ••

It's cosmetically in VERY GOOD condition. There are light signs of wear on the case, caseback, and winding crown commensurate with age. The dial, hands, crystal, and movement are immaculate. Check out the photos!

HOW DOES IT RUN? The 29-jewel mechanical movement runs LIKE NEW. I fully restored it to ensure you're getting a dependable, functional timepiece. Every single tiny piece was disassembled, cleaned, inspected, adjusted, reassembled, and calibrated to keep time as well as the day it was first made. Sounds expensive? It was. A full servicing and mechanical restoration like this generally costs at least $200. (That's over $200 that YOU don't have to pay.)

No battery. It winds itself as you wear it. Put it on and watch it start working!

It has NOT been pressure tested for water resistance. Keep it dry!

Of course, it's not about telling time. It's about how it makes you feel. For creative individualists, a watch is a powerful tool that amplifies the expression of your individuality.

•• SHIPPING ••

To protect your investment, all watches are sent USPS First Class with SIGNATURE REQUIRED. Keep this in mind when entering your address.

COVID means shipping times can be unpredictably long. In a rush? Express/overnight shipping adds about $35/$70 domestic/international. Message me for a quote.

•• WARRANTY ••

I offer you a six month warranty on the internal mechanical movement. Contact me if anything isn't working as expected.

I can repair your vintage watches. I buy vintage watches. Message me for more information.

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Can I upgrade to faster shipping?

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Can I get a different colored watchband?

I have watchbands in many different styles, colors and materials. If you love the watch but want a different color band, send me a message. I'll see if I have the color you want in my inventory. If I don't, you can swap out the band for any strap you'd like by buying one online or taking it to your local jeweler or watch repair store.

Does my watch need a battery?

It depends on the watch.

1) Mechanical (hand-winding): These watches use a spring and gears to run. There is no battery. You must wind the watch once daily for it to keep running. Most of my watches are this kind.

2) Mechanical (automatic/kinetic): These use a spring and gears as well as a swinging pendulum that rotates as you move throughout the day. It winds itself. You don't need a battery and you don't need to wind it.

3) Quartz: These use batteries. Your watch will include a brand new battery. They can last anywhere from six months to a few years, depending on the watch.

I changed my mind! Can I cancel my order and get a full refund?

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