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Strong running vintage 1970's Vostok Soviet Amphibia 17 jewel diver's wristwatch with Sailing Ship Dial

$135.00

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    Considered one of the most durable watches in the world, we are happy to offer this men's Vostok Amphibia manufactured in the Soviet Union in the 1970's.

    The large, chrome over brass case measures 38.3 mm across, excluding canteen crown and lugs, and surrounds an unusual cream dial with a vintage sailing ship in the center that is complimented by black-outlined luminous red hour and minute hands, red center sweep, black numbers and outer chapter, and raised luminous hour markers.

    The 17 jewel Soviet 2409A, manual-wind movement sets and winds as it should, is running strong and keeping excellent time.

    It has a screw down back, water resistant to 200 meters, and is matched with a new 18 mm ballistic nylon Nato strap with stainless hardware.

    STOCK CODE: V-12

    About the Brand:

    The Vostok Watch Makers company was founded in 1942 when one of the Moscow watch-making plants of the First Moscow Watch Factory was evacuated to Chistopol, a small town located on the Kama River in Tatarstan. Only defense equipment was produced during the war years, but as soon as the war was over the company started making mechanical wrist watches. However, the company did not begin using the "Vostok" brand name until the 1960s. Presumably, the "Vostok" brand was named after the Vostok space programme, as were some other soviet watch brands, namely Poljot and Raketa.

    The Vostok diving watch Amphibia

    The company was appointed an official supplier of watches for the Ministry of Defense of the Soviet Union in 1965. This year also marks the creation of the well-known Komandirskie ("Commander's") watch. The experience gained through development of the army watch led to the Amphibia, a stainless-steel diving watch able to withstand a 200-metre depth (20atm). By 1980, Vostok Watch Makers was producing 4.5 million timepieces per year.

    Watches sold to the military were marked "ЗАКАЗ МО СССР", meaning "Ordered by the Ministry of Defense of the USSR". These models were sold exclusively through Voentorg stores, which catered to military personnel with identification only. Today, these models have become sought-after collectibles.

    At turn of the 21st century, Vostok launched a line of 1940s-style replicas called the Kirovskie K-43 collection. Vostok also began producing a "luxury" line of watches called Kremlevskie. Both lines are made of stainless steel, produced in limited quantities, and aimed toward a more affluent consumer.

    In 2004, Vostok Watch Makers began supplying movements to the Koliz Company of Lithuania, makers of the Vostok Europe brand of timepieces.

    In 2006, Vostok Watch Makers began marketing another line of watches branded "Amphibia". This brand, like most other Vostok products, features the familiar 31-jewel automatic (No. 2416B) movement. These watches feature "diver" styling with polyurethane or stainless steel bands. An updated version of the Komandirskie debuted in summer 2007, and a special anniversary edition of the Amphibia (called the "1967") appeared in early 2008.

    Despite the introduction of the new lines of Komandirskie and Amphibia, the "classic" models (mostly designed in 1960s and 1970s) of these lines were still in production (as of 2014).

    In early 2010, Vostok Watch Factory filed for bankruptcy and their official website was disabled. The factory went through restructure and resumed the production of watches and movements.



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