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Modding a Vostok Amphibia - resources, tips and tricks


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23 minutes ago, Krispy said:

No issues with the crown / bezel getting in each other's way on the 710 and does the crystal still sit proud of the bezel?

I have one of your brushed 710 cases - it's a real improvement on the original.  Did you ever post how you did it? (sorry for being lazy and not searching :blush:)

Plenty of clearance between crown and bezel :thumbsup:  but the crystal doesn't sit proud. 

Brushing is a careful application of Scotchbrite green scourer in a uniform direction, achieved by cutting a disc of it and attaching to a Dremel-type tool, then a gentle polish afterwards to even it out slightly. Photo shows the Scotchbrite in the 'after' condition (it was a neat disc 'before')!

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Oh, and apologies to Wotsch - I posted this on the wrong thread really. It was meant to be on the general Mods thread, not your Resources thread. Sorry.

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I've had much pleasure modding my Vostok Amphibias and may have contributed to the spread of the Vostok modding virus around these parts. I've had quite a few questions via PM on this and other f

Yes, I have, too. I'm really pleased with mine - quality seems great - and as @wotsch says, it came beautifully packaged. I went for the one that's frankly a bit of a beast  and added one of the

I used him for my coin bezel and gun metal grey insert . He is a friendly chap to talk to via email and has some amazing stuff on his  facebook page   

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Got a set of these stick on bezels for the Vostok from a well-known auction site what do you think  The lume is not as bright as in the picture must be my photographic skills.They just stick over the bezel.1st pic before.

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Everything is very outdated here. Only about 2 links worked to produce any results.

For bezels Murphy's still works, but I've found One Second Closer to be the best. They also offer an array of inserts and hands options.

https://one-second-closer.com/shop/

Also Meranom offers a few options for case backs, which is a nice touch for modding. Adds subtlety and depth, as the two options available are exhibition backs which provide a thicker base, which I think these watches are sorely missing!

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I'm going to get a Vostok Amphibia soon, is it worth paying the extra for a UK based one or shall I get one from Russia and face the customs and import taxes that they incur? 

How much am I likely to pay in extra charges on a £50-60 watch?

There are a few options on eBay or from Meranom.

Thanks in advance.

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On 07/05/2019 at 07:42, KO_81 said:

I'm going to get a Vostok Amphibia soon, is it worth paying the extra for a UK based one or shall I get one from Russia and face the customs and import taxes that they incur? 

How much am I likely to pay in extra charges on a £50-60 watch?

There are a few options on eBay or from Meranom.

Thanks in advance.

I've bought a lot of watches from Russia in my time, especially Meranom, and never been stung by customs - unlike everything I've ever bought from North America which has always been caught!

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22 hours ago, Lampoc said:

I've bought a lot of watches from Russia in my time, especially Meranom, and never been stung by customs - unlike everything I've ever bought from North America which has always been caught!

Thank you sir, I will buy one from Meranom then and hope I get the same lack of customs charges. 

Going for one of these two, or maybe both...............

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6 hours ago, KO_81 said:

Thank you sir, I will buy one from Meranom then and hope I get the same lack of customs charges. 

Going for one of these two, or maybe both...............

Good pick. Don't forget to throw the bracelets away when they arrive :laugh:

Quick tip for anyone ordering from Meranom: buy lots of Vostok springbars at the same time - possibly the best spring bars in the world. I have the majority of my Swiss watches on Vostok springbars :yes:

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4 hours ago, WRENCH said:

This pic came in my usual Pinterest e-mail.

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love the knarled crown but for me reduce the bezel by half and make case and bezel brush effect and I would buy one 

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I need a bit of advice.

I have been looking the GMT in the link below for sometime and over the weekend decided to go for it.

https://meranom.com/en/amphibian-classic/vostok-watch-amphibian-classic-960761.html 

It's not been ordered from Meranom, as they are out of stock.

This will be my sixth Vostok but the first to arrive with "the bracelet", the others have been on rubber, leather or have been easily swapped out to a Nato. 

Not a problem I thought as I will just switch it out to a nice brown leather strap, but apparently the 960 range have a slightly different fixing and to add a normal strap I need to get some strap links.

I think i've located them on Meranom, link below, it states for the 960 but also states 18mm, the strap size on the watch is 22mm :sign_question:. The alternative straps for the watch at Meranom are all out of stock.

https://meranom.com/en/amphibian-classic/spare-parts/bracelets/vostok-watch-first-strap-links-on-96-case-18mm-neptune.html 

The strap links alone aren't up to a value for Meranom to ship, I would "have" to add a cheap Kommandirskie to get them delivered. A bit of a pain but hey it's another watch! :rolleyes:

Are they the correct links ? Are there any alternatives available from elsewhere ? Where I have ordered the watch from don't do spare parts.

Any help would be appreciated.

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