:-X Yes, i have read the price on the Slovakian Soyuz website - 96.000 SKK, approximately 3000 Euro... :-(Che cosa?? 3000 euros? Only in their dreams!! :-| I'll better go for Ω planet ocean instead! :-D
As far as I know they used Russian automatic 2616 and 2627 but in the only model line "Rekord Standard". These watches can be found mostly on internal Russian market. Within two or three weeks I`m about to post presales watch group photos from some local watch sellers in my city and I had intention to enlist one of these automatic Rekord Standard if there are any left.Hey Ernie,
These are the guys from the Rekord watch company. Here are a few things I know... not really opinions, just some facts.
Hope this helps... They will sell watches around the world, for sure. But the Chinese movement may be a handicap for buyers who want watches with true Russian movements in the...
- They use Chinese movements. They don't hide this in any way. They say they considered Russian movements, but went with Chinese for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the greater number of automatics available from China.
- They presented at the Moscow Watch Salon and in Basel (among other places). I have no opinion on this matter, but they used Russian Playboy models and actors dressed up as Stalin along with sounds of the old Soviet national anthem to draw attention. This did not go over too well in some circles. (I can't say much about the latter, with all the Soviet overtones of my site, but I think the models may have been considered a little risqué for the usually conservative watch world).
- They have some interesting, if not striking designs, particularly the "flying eagle" tourbillion.
- They seem to be pricier than most Russian brands.
Hi Andrew,I understand that this is an old thread, but there are some corrections that should be addressed.
The movements are actually a combination of Chinese, Japanese, and Swiss parts, assembled in Russia. These watches are marketed as at least Russian inspired watches, as they represent Russia, but as mentioned do not hide the origin of movements.
The brand Soyuz was purchased from the government of Russia in 1999, and although the history is hazy, there is a lot of credit to the story.
If anyone has any specific questions about these watches I will gladly answer any of them; including technical aspects.
I am interested to hear any other doubts/concerns from those who have experienced these watches.
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