Sekonda is a British distributor of watches that these days are imported from Asia, but up until 1993 it sourced it’s watches from Russian manufacturers, the majority being rebranded Raketa or Poljots. Unusually the subject of this article is a Sekonda branded Slava. Slava watches were produced in Russia at the Second Moscow Watch Factory for USSRs civilian population and the word Slava when translated into English means ‘Glory’. The 2427 movement is an interesting one due to its twin winding barrels. This example came in for a service as it was running poorly.
The caseback is a two piece affair with a pressed steel back secured by a locking ring.
The calibre 2427 is relatively low beat, a 26 jewel, 18,000bph, automatic, day date affair.
With the rotor removed there’s evidence of one of this calibres weak points, namely rotor post and rotor bearing wear. The rotor had a load of lateral movement and wouldn’t turn freely as it caught on the movement which was covered in tiny particles of rotor post and bearing!
The handset and dial bearing the legend ‘Made in USSR’.
The day and date rings are found beneath.
A peek at the calendar mechanism.
Another interesting point is the quickset mechanism for this calibre is added onto an extra ring that the mainplate secures to.
The movement sans quickset mechanism/ring. Five of the movements 26 jewels are ring bearings located on five pillars around the circumference, these support the date ring.
With the movement turned over I can start stripping the motion work side. Here you can see the twin barrels with a five wheel ratchet train to allow manual winding!
With the autowind mechanism removed you can see there are three separate bridges for the motion work.
The two barrels are ready for removal here.
The movement was now fully stripped and ready for cleaning and inspection.
After inspection, during which a new rotor post and rotor was found to be needed, the rebuild could start.
Second, third and fourth wheels back in position here.
I’d refitted the train bridge and barrels in this shot.
The movements calendar side with the keyless work and quickset ring refitted.
The date ring refitted onto its five jewelled bearings.
The dial and handset is back on here.
A good used rotor post and rotor was found, when they are compared you can see the wear on the old one. The replacement parts were advertised as NOS but I’m pretty sure they weren’t!
The autowind mechanism is refitted in this shot.
A new crystal was fitted as the old one was too deeply marked for polishing.
The movement is now refitted and the case is ready for closing.
And there she is, ready for a few more years of use! Not a bad looking watch (1980’s I guess) and it has survived remarkably well – especially the plating on the case.
By pressing the button in the slot (above the crown) with your fingernail you can quickset the date. In the words of Boney M – ‘Oh those Russians’ (apologies to anyone under the age of 40)!