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Here, for your inspiration, is the comparison of the second 090 with the different bezels, in the original polished case. Before I swapped the case for the matte one, I thought that the Soxa bezel (middle) would be my favourite. Then the dark horse orange one came from behind and trumped it:

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

-wotsch

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...my feeble attempt

Not feeble at all! I like that dial very much. Is that one of meranom's SEs?

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Due to the recent server/backup fail, some of my more recent modding posts went AWOL. So, let's get the thread back up to speed again:

After the orange bezel one above, I turned this:

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

...into this:

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

...and then changed my mind about the bezel and the strap to end up with this:

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

 

The Soxa bezel had previously been on this:

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Vostok Amphibia 100 by wotsch2, on Flickr

...which then became this:

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Vostok Amphibia 100 by wotsch2, on Flickr

 

(continues...)

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(continued...)

The very first mod:

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Vostok Amphibia 100SE by wotsch2, on Flickr

...ended up like this:

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Vostok Amphibia 100SE by wotsch2, on Flickr

 

This one was next (my favourite so far):

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Vostok Amphibia 100SE by wotsch2, on Flickr

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Vostok Amphibia 100SE by wotsch2, on Flickr

 

And most recently, this:

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

...was improved thus:

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

-wotsch

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Most of the bits for my next project have now arrived. Just waiting on the hands...

Excellent... I'm eager to see what hands you've sourced!

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Excellent... I'm eager to see what hands you've sourced!

​Nothing special, just Komandirski hands. I have a particular look in mind that I hope turns out as I imagine it.

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^ Ah. Understood. I'd kind of hoped that you'd sourced some exotic hands with the right diameters...

 

I collected my my mods together in one mosaic... with a rogue Komandirskie for good measure :-)

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Top left is fantastic. The AM bezel goes beautifully with that dial.

Bottom left is also great. That's an unusual edge to the pers184 bezel.

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^ Cheers. (Sorry, can't seem to get quoting to work on the iPad.)

Ys, the Pers bezels have a lovely utilitarian style, and very different in virtually every way to the AM one which is pretty elegant.

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For quite a while now, I've had a particular idea in my head for an Amphibia mod, which was much more ambitious than the bezel swaps and the one case-swap I've done so far. It took quite a while for the various parts to come together, but on Friday the last ones arrived so I was able to spend a happy afternoon tinkering. Before I show you the results, here is what I did.

First of all, the donor watch was a matte-cased 090er from Zenitar on eBay. I've done a few 090 mods, so I wasn't intending on doing another one for a while, but I needed another 090 to get this particular dial:

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

The first step was to get the strap off, followed by the bezel:

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

Then off came the back:

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

...and after removing the rubber gasket and crown stem, out popped the movement, still in the movement ring:

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Vostok Amphibia by wotsch2, on Flickr

...leaving me another spare 090 case for a later project:

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Vostok Amphibia 090 by wotsch2, on Flickr

For the particular look I wanted, I didn't want the arrow hour hand, so the hands had to come off:

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Vostok Amphibia by wotsch2, on Flickr

The replacement hour and minute hands are Komandirski hands, sourced separately, but the Amphibia second hand was mounted back on:

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Vostok Amphibia by wotsch2, on Flickr

For the case, I'd ordered a spare 710 case from Zenitar, which I sent off to be sandblasted to get a smooth matte look (much better than the factory matte finish on the 090 case):

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

The crystal had to be pressed back in:

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

The movement, dial and new hands fit straight in to the new case in the existing movement spacer:

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

The rotor was mounted back on, and the rubber gasket inserted:

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

...followed by the case back and securing ring:

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

...leaving me with the case, dial and hands combination I'd been wanting:

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

I'd waited quite a while for a Murphy VO1050 bezel to be available, as my other bezels all don't fit a 710 case. Just for fun, I tried out a few bezel combinations, although the final watch was always intended to have a particular insert (which you'll see in my next post). I also tried out an SE bezel and an AM-watches bezel:

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Vostok Amphibia 070 by wotsch2, on Flickr

The all of these go well with the matte case and dial, IMO, especially the blue bezel insert, but none were what I had originally had in mind.

In the next post, I'll show you what I had been planning.

-wotsch

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Another great job Wilf , was it a straight swop with the hand or any other work needed to make it fit ?

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So, here it is, the result of this afternoon's work.

I've always like the look of old Doxa 300T divers watches, but they seem to be pretty pricey and difficult to come by. When I saw that there is a "Soxa" inlay for Seiko replacement bezels, I decided to see if I could mod an Amphibia to get a Doxa look.

As there aren't any Amphibia dials with the crass orange of a Doxa, I decided to go for the look of the black-dialled version, like this one:

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The 710 Amphibia case comes closest, as well as the dial in my previous post above. Of course, the Amphibia mod won't be anywhere close to identical, but I think I've got it as close as possible.

So, here we go, I would like to introduce my "Doxtok mod":

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

 

The bloke I sent the case to for sandblasting has done a great job and I think the finish is excellent. He even sandblasted the crown's surface for me:

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

All surfaces of the case are blasted:

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

I'm pretty chuffed with how it's turned out:

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

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Vostok Amphibia 710 by wotsch2, on Flickr

Hope you like it.

-wotsch

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