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Good morning all from a mild, sunny North Wales. Day off today and after walking the dogs, am about to watch Chernobyl.

However I’ve been thinking about the Vostok watches that I’ve seen posted on here recently (you know who you are Graham60!!)

 I know very little of these. So what are people’s favourite models? And their opinions re quality etc.

Please feel free to post photos with model names/references etc. And as always many thanks in advance 

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Only got five now,

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Although I've got two of these.

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I've had loads of them, and the only issue I've experienced is the date stopped working on a couple. Quality can be more function than fashion. Also, and I'll stand corrected, some of @Graham60's watches are Vostok Europe.

https://www.vostok-europe.com/

So it's worth noting the difference between the two.

https://meranom.com/en/

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1 hour ago, WRENCH said:

Only got five now,

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Although I've got two of these.

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I've had loads of them, and the only issue I've experienced is the date stopped working on a couple. Quality can be more function than fashion. Also, and I'll stand corrected, some of @Graham60's watches are Vostok Europe.

https://www.vostok-europe.com/

So it's worth noting the difference between the two.

https://meranom.com/en/

Thanks for the information. Didn’t realise there were two different identities. 

What’s the first model you posted please? Like it. Presumably it’s out of production now?

36 minutes ago, ziggy1024 said:

My faves are the 'Precision' with the 2809 movement and of course the classic Amphibia - everyone should have one of those.

https://forums.watchuseek.com/f54/vostok-amphibia-analysis-design-methodology-491757.html

 

Cheers. The Amphibian is definitely one I’m interested in. 

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There's two Vostok brands, Vostok which is Russian, which is the Amphinians, Komanderskies etc, they've been on the go for a long time, originally in Moscow but during WW2 they moved to Chistopol.

The ones I've had on the last week are from Vostok Europe from Lithuania,  they're a newer brand, started up after the Soviet Union split up. They used to, under different name, supply Vostok with instrumentation equipment, but when Soviet Union collapsed, Vostok didn't have cash to pay bills, so they paid in watches, which were sold and VE was born.

Anyway VE watches are well made, they design and make the watches but buy in the movements, mainly Vostok, Citizen and Seiko. The straps and bracelets are very good quality. The really are for folks with big wrists, most of their range is really a bit big for my wrist but I dolike them. The RRP can be a bit high, but hunt around eBay or Amazon and you can find better prices.

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Amphibian is always going to be a winner. Built like a tank and a no nonsense movement. 

Don't overlook the spelling when you are trawling ebay. Wostock and Boctoc will find you things. Maybe don't overlook Raketa/Pakema (same thing, different spelling) as nice Russian watches too

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2 hours ago, Yanto said:

Good morning all from a mild, sunny North Wales. Day off today and after walking the dogs, am about to watch Chernobyl.

However I’ve been thinking about the Vostok watches that I’ve seen posted on here recently (you know who you are Graham60!!)

 I know very little of these. So what are people’s favourite models? And their opinions re quality etc.

Please feel free to post photos with model names/references etc. And as always many thanks in advance 

Check out Meranom for the current models it will give you a good idea of the brand.

There are lots of pre-owned and "vintage" models on EBay but be careful they are not always what they seem!

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3 minutes ago, JoT said:

Check out Meranom for the current models it will give you a good idea of the brand.

There are lots of pre-owned and "vintage" models on EBay but be careful they are not always what they seem!

I think that while I do like some of the new models, I’m more interested in the vintage stuff. An Amphibia or Komanddirskie. 

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2 minutes ago, Yanto said:

I think that while I do like some of the new models, I’m more interested in the vintage stuff. An Amphibia or Komanddirskie. 

While Vostok have introduced new designs many are still the same such as this pair I have which are about 30 years apart

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14 minutes ago, bridgeman said:

Had a Vostok Europe Arktika, built like an ice breaker! Was advised the heavy duty original metal band was worth about £75 ,and company was losing money because of it...hence newer ones are sold on leather.

The watch I have on today, originally had a bracelet but it was just so heavy, the watch case itself was heavy enough but with the bracelet just too much,  changed to the leather strap.

One thing you can say about them is there are no half measures when comes to the straps and bracelets.

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4 minutes ago, ziggy1024 said:

My Amphibias - both new, but not really modern!

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I like those, especially the second one. 

15 minutes ago, JoT said:

Check out Meranom for the current models it will give you a good idea of the brand.

There are lots of pre-owned and "vintage" models on EBay but be careful they are not always what they seem!

Can I ask what some of the telltale signs are of these unoriginal ones please?

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43 minutes ago, Yanto said:

I like those, especially the second one. 

Can I ask what some of the telltale signs are of these unoriginal ones please?

Watch out for non-original or repainted dials, movements and inconsistencies in design, there are quite a few out there which have been put together from various parts. Research is the key and you can always ask on here. The book "Russian Wristwatches" by Juri Levenberg is also a good resource for old model vostoks

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11 minutes ago, it'salivejim said:

710 with a Murphy bezel

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710 with Meranom bezel and Vostok bracelet

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710SE

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Komandirskie 1965

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And a Poljot Okean, just because :)

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Many others have come and gone but I do love the 710 Ministry case :thumbsup:

Oh my that okean :inlove:

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