Saturday, 8 June 2013

Sekonda 17j Boys Faux Military Watch

What a nice surprise.I went to my local town centre,to a local second hand shop,where i had purchased a few bargains before,when,stuck in a corner amongst a load of quartz ladies watches,was this lovely Sekonda `Boys watch`.from the 70`s.
It cost the grand total of £3.90,yes its true a 40 years old Russian watch,for under a fiver.
Its in great condition,it was over wound,when bought,now running sweetly,keeping great time.
It comes with a charming local inscription,on the case back.


  1. This watch is fascinating me, too. There's was no other soviet watch which has been designed so obviously by really american aspects (except the size). The inner circle of numbers (13 to 24) is something that russians never needed - they were familiar with 24h already for decades. Also the triangular index markers are american and never again used in any other military watch.

  2. Hello,
    Yes,i am very pleased with it,and i agree with the valid points you raise.
    I remember these watches being advertised for sale in the seventies,and were targeted as a `first` watch.

  3. Hi.

    I saw that you have so many nice vintage watches.

    I like Russia watch with 2209 mechanism and gold palte or solid gold case.

    Do you have any one? I want to buy some of them as: poljot, raketa, vostok, sekonda...

    Please write an email to me because I can't see your email.

    My email is

    Nice to meet you.

    Best regards!

    1. Hello,
      Thank you very much,for your kind comments,but i do not have any watches for sale at the moment.

  4. Any idea what the lume is made from on these watches? I have one I need to do some work on myself. Needs a new glass etc.

    Any info gratefully received!

  5. Hello,
    Many thanks for your interest.

    Your watch would have been made in the 70`s,so probably has not got Radium lume.
    You will note the "probably",its never easy to be certain with Russian watches.

    In any case,even if it is Radium,there is very little danger,unless you decide to lick the dial!,you have to ingest quite large amounts before it becomes dangerous,just be carefull when working on the watch,try not to disturb the lume to much.

    Just to emphasise though,i am pretty certain it is not Radium.

    Best Regards,
    Russ Cook.