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I recently happened to buy a very small lot of old NOS dials for the paddle hands 3017, and giving them a close look noticed that some of them differed from each other, not only for the already known "High Brand / Low Brand" positioning, but also for 2 other minor features:



1) the width of the "Made in USSR" writing at 6 o'clock. I called them

- - - "Wide", when it exceeds the space above the 34th and the 26th second marks;

- - - "Narrow", when it is comprised -more or less- in the space between the 33 1/2 and the 26 1/2 second marks (hard to explain in words, it's better understood when looking at the pictures);

- - - "Ultra Narrow", when the word "USSR" is written with no spacing between letters;





2) the font used for the "9" digit on the telemeter scale:

- - - "Rounded 9";

- - - "Straight 9";

so defined by simply looking at the shape of the digit's leg.



Please see picture below for clarification:

SEKONDA sample.jpg







I then dug into my PC (am saving eBay's closed auctions pages since a while now, and currently have some 200+ pictures on file) and have been able to put together a notable number of dial variations, which seem to follow a repeated scheme.

I therefore presume the variations currently missing had very likely been actually produced, and it's only a matter of time until pictures of them will be found (as always, it's easier to notice a detail once one knows what to look for).



So here's the updated chart for the Poljot / Sekonda 3017 chrono dials, paddle hand version, under this new classification (apologies in advance to those who'll have a big headache because of this :-d ) :




POLJOT BLACK - HIGH BRAND - NARROW - ROUNDED 9
POLJOT BLACK - high - narrow - round 9.jpg



POLJOT BLACK - HIGH BRAND - NARROW - STRAIGHT 9
POLJOT BLACK - high - narrow - straight 9.jpg




POLJOT BLACK - LOW BRAND - WIDE - ROUNDED 9
POLJOT BLACK - low - wide - round 9.jpg




POLJOT BLACK - LOW BRAND - WIDE - STRAIGHT 9
POLJOT BLACK - low - wide - straight 9.jpg




POLJOT WHITE - HIGH BRAND - NARROW - STRAIGHT 9
POLJOT WHITE - high - narrow - straight 9.jpg




POLJOT WHITE - LOW BRAND - WIDE - STRAIGHT 9
POLJOT WHITE - low - wide - straight 9.jpg








SEKONDA BLACK - HIGH BRAND - WIDE - ROUNDED 9
SEKONDA BLACK - high - wide - round 9.jpg




SEKONDA BLACK - HIGH BRAND - NARROW - ROUNDED 9
SEKONDA BLACK - high - narrow - round 9.jpg




SEKONDA BLACK - HIGH BRAND - NARROW - STRAIGHT 9
SEKONDA BLACK - high - narrow - straight 9.jpg




SEKONDA BLACK - LOW BRAND - WIDE - ROUNDED 9
SEKONDA BLACK - low - wide - round 9.jpg




SEKONDA BLACK - LOW BRAND - WIDE - STRAIGHT 9
SEKONDA BLACK - low - wide - straight 9.jpg




SEKONDA BLACK - LOW BRAND - NARROW - ROUNDED 9
SEKONDA BLACK - low - narrow - round 9.jpg




SEKONDA BLACK - LOW BRAND - ULTRA NARROW - ROUNDED 9
SEKONDA BLACK - low - ultra narrow - round 9.jpg




SEKONDA WHITE - HIGH BRAND - NARROW - ROUNDED 9
SEKONDA WHITE - high - narrow - round 9.jpg



SEKONDA WHITE - HIGH BRAND - NARROW - STRAIGHT 9
SEKONDA WHITE - high - narrow - straight 9.jpg



SEKONDA WHITE - LOW BRAND - WIDE - ROUNDED 9
SEKONDA WHITE - low - wide - round 9.jpg





SEKONDA WHITE - LOW BRAND - WIDE - STRAIGHT 9
SEKONDA WHITE - low - wide - straight 9.jpg




SEKONDA WHITE - LOW BRAND - NARROW - ROUNDED 9
SEKONDA WHITE - low - narrow - round 9.jpg











On a personal note, finding all these variations made me lose most of my interest for them as collector's items... at the moment there is no evidence that any of these changes occurred for a particular reason (e.g. identifying a certain year's model), so as far as I'm concerned I think I now see them more as curiosities, always interesting to discover for historical/archival reasons -and for sure I'll keep on searching for them- but likely not worth the efforts (also economical) of trying to put together a collection of complete watches. :think:


Of course, I'll be more than happy to reconsider my judgement, if new evidences should show that a meaning actually exists and, of course too, what I said above doesn't apply to -let's say- baton hands Sekondas with plain white dials/no telemeter scale or cyrillic paddle hands Poljots, which definitely are a totally different matter. ;-)
 

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AaaAAaaaaarrRrrghhhHh.

A fiendish commie plot to drive a very small population of decadent westerners ever so slighty more mad.
 

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Whew. A grand categorization.

I got my black Sekonda a while back and now I don't have to worry about this anymore. :)
 

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AaaAAaaaaarrRrrghhhHh.

A fiendish commie plot to drive a very small population of decadent westerners ever so slighty more mad.

Must admit that as far as I am concerned they perfectly accomplished their mission. :roll: o|



Here's a couple more....




POLJOT WHITE - LOW BRAND - WIDE - ROUNDED 9
POLJOT WHITE - low - wide - round 9.JPG





SEKONDA WHITE - LOW BRAND - ULTRA NARROW - ROUNDED 9
SEKONDA WHITE - low - ultra narrow - round 9.jpg
 
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