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Vostok Manual Wind


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Not sure what to say about this one - I bought it off Ebay last week purely because I fancied trying out a smaller watch & this one was reasonably priced with unusual styling, the fact that I didn't have a Vostok in my collection helped as well. It arrived today without a strap so I've fitted the only 18mm strap I could find at work - I'm intending to change it for a brown one as I don't think the black strap goes particularly well with the green/brown/brass coloured dial.

It's comfortably the smallest watch in my collection being a paltry 34mm in diameter without the crown, , lug to lug is 40mm & it's 10mm thick, as I've already mentioned the lug width is 18mm. Measured across the diagonal the watch is 38mm including the crown, the dial/crystal is only 24mm across.

The case is chrome plated (I think) & the condition is good. The bezel is ok apart from some plating wear between 30 & 40, it was too easy to turn (positively loose in fact) so I've tightened it up by tweaking the friction wire that sits underneath it. Build quality is typical Vostok - if you line the bezel up with 12 then the 30 on the bezel doesn't line up with the 6 on the dial; the chunky crown is famously wobbly once unscrewed but it works, & screws down again, absolutely fine; the sunrise/sunset caseback is the usual 2 piece design with the seperate locking ring. I was expecting all this & I'm not complaining considering the price I paid. The 17 jewel manual wind movement has a nice even tick & seems to be working well, & is keeping good time, so far. I've no idea how old the watch is - 1970/80's at a guess (it has CCCP on the dial at 6 if that helps?) but hopefuly someone will be along who can tell me about it in more detail.

As previously mentioned the dial is a strange brass/brown/green colour & is in good condition, the domed acrylic crystal could do with a polish but other than that it's in good condition as well. Hands are excellent but the lume has aged to a sort of beige colour - which looks pretty good against the dial actually - & I'm not expecting it to glow much (if at all).

I'm wondering if it's a boys/youths watch as I've seen them called the Cadet before & can see it being worn by 10 - 15 year olds in some sort of Russian military academy - as you can probably tell I've no clue!

That's about it really - I like it but it's virtually non-existant after all the large 42mm+ watches I usually wear :thumbup:

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Here it is next to the Bagelsport I strapped on this morning which is 38mm across (& much longer lug to lug) so pretty big compared to the Vostok - the bezel on the Vostok is 32mm which is only slightly larger than the 30mm dial on the Bagelsport. :)

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Not sure what to say about this one - I bought it off Ebay last week purely because I fancied trying out a smaller watch & this one was reasonably priced with unusual styling, the fact that I didn't have a Vostok in my collection helped as well. It arrived today without a strap so I've fitted the only 18mm strap I could find at work - I'm intending to change it for a brown one as I don't think the black strap goes particularly well with the green/brown/brass coloured dial.

 

It's comfortably the smallest watch in my collection being a paltry 34mm in diameter without the crown, , lug to lug is 40mm & it's 10mm thick, as I've already mentioned the lug width is 18mm. Measured across the diagonal the watch is 38mm including the crown, the dial/crystal is only 24mm across.

 

The case is chrome plated (I think) & the condition is good. The bezel is ok apart from some plating wear between 30 & 40, it was too easy to turn (positively loose in fact) so I've tightened it up by tweaking the friction wire that sits underneath it. Build quality is typical Vostok - if you line the bezel up with 12 then the 30 on the bezel doesn't line up with the 6 on the dial; the chunky crown is famously wobbly once unscrewed but it works, & screws down again, absolutely fine; the sunrise/sunset caseback is the usual 2 piece design with the seperate locking ring. I was expecting all this & I'm not complaining considering the price I paid. The 17 jewel manual wind movement has a nice even tick & seems to be working well, & is keeping good time, so far. I've no idea how old the watch is - 1970/80's at a guess (it has CCCP on the dial at 6 if that helps?) but hopefuly someone will be along who can tell me about it in more detail.

 

As previously mentioned the dial is a strange brass/brown/green colour & is in good condition, the domed acrylic crystal could do with a polish but other than that it's in good condition as well. Hands are excellent but the lume has aged to a sort of beige colour - which looks pretty good against the dial actually - & I'm not expecting it to glow much (if at all).

 

I'm wondering if it's a boys/youths watch as I've seen them called the Cadet before & can see it being worn by 10 - 15 year olds in some sort of Russian military academy - as you can probably tell I've no clue!

 

That's about it really - I like it but it's virtually non-existant after all the large 42mm+ watches I usually wear :thumbup:

 

IMG_2987_zpsyhfb434o.jpg

 

IMG_2988_zpspdt8nkiu.jpg

 

Here it is next to the Bagelsport I strapped on this morning which is 38mm across (& much longer lug to lug) so pretty big compared to the Vostok - the bezel on the Vostok is 32mm which is only slightly larger than the 30mm dial on the Bagelsport. :)

 

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Cadet watch, enjoy this link................:thumbsup:

http://forums.watchuseek.com/f10/show-me-your-vostok-cadets-juniors-mini-dirskies-1405810.html?highlight=cadet

 

 

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