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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Many thanks for your quick reply. I thought that was the case. I just wanted to check before ordering from Meranom. I have an idea for that case and dial with a Boris bezel and Planet Ocean insert. Either on a hexad or Super Oyster bracelet.
    Do you know where one can buy a 420 SE sandwich dial? (The one with the chrome rim around the triangles). I see Meranom only sells the black with plain white ones.

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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Is a cheap ceramic insert on a Boris bezel really going to fit over my amphibian plexi?
    Looks like the inner diameter on the ceramic is 30.5mm instead of the required 31.5mm, yet people seem to do this mod.
    Am I missing something?
    Thanks for any clues

    EDIT: The ever reliable Possum King says it will fit. Good enough for me.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    To fit a solid Meranom crown on a 119 case with 24xx movement, use the short one that's made for 710/420/96 case
    I had thought it would be the same as one for the 090, but that sucker was too long
    Hope this is useful
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    I can't remember where I originally found this photo, but I've found it quite useful to determine which of the new crown/stems go with which case.

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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Quote Originally Posted by mariomart View Post
    I can't remember where I originally found this photo, but I've found it quite useful to determine which of the new crown/stems go with which case.
    The long one "F " is suitable for the 150 case as well. Even on Meranom site this is not visible
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    AM Bezel removal hack -
    Finally got my AM bezel off with this tool made from a plastic orange juice lid. Thing was stuck good, had been for a couple of years. Gatorade lid would probably work too. It wants to be the thicker, stiffer kind of plastic lid. I cut the part middle out with nail clippers. Grip and twist!

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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    I use one of these. PIXNOR Watch Opener Tool Case Opener Pry Type Repair Tools. This is especially useful on the smooth bezels which fit very flush against the case. Of course, it opens snap on casebacks better as well & is far less likely to gouge the movement. I've not used it on an AM Bezel.

    If yours works half as well it may be preferable, however, as it will not mar the case in any way.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Those case back openers look a nice bit of kit, must admit I haven't tried one like that. You're right saturnine, the chance to mar the case is very small with the plastic lid, although the AM bezel did leave a small mark on the acrylic on its way off. I suspect this might have happened with any removal method, and it was easily polished out. There is the chance of some minor wear to the lug holes as you have to grip the watch somehow. I was really happy to finally get that bezel off as I had already scratched the case while trying to do it with a case knife. I was determined not to take metal to it again. That plastic lid now sits proudly with my proper tools.

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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Quote Originally Posted by Spench View Post
    Those case back openers look a nice bit of kit, must admit I haven't tried one like that. You're right saturnine, the chance to mar the case is very small with the plastic lid, although the AM bezel did leave a small mark on the acrylic on its way off. I suspect this might have happened with any removal method, and it was easily polished out. There is the chance of some minor wear to the lug holes as you have to grip the watch somehow. I was really happy to finally get that bezel off as I had already scratched the case while trying to do it with a case knife. I was determined not to take metal to it again. That plastic lid now sits proudly with my proper tools.
    I've always thought case knives were terrible. The above tool makes them feel like using a rusty nail in comparison.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    For anyone who plans on modding a 119 case I can confirm that the Boris bezel "bos" allows just enough relief to clear the crown.

    My Murphy bezel designed for small cases such as 420, while beautifully machined, just lacked in relief by a mm.


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