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

    Quote Originally Posted by FungusAmongUs View Post
    Is it absolutely necessary to have a watch press to replace a crystal? I scratched the hell out of my Komandirskie but I have another on the way for spare parts. I tried taking it apart just for practice and was able to snap it out and in just fine with my thumb


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    I've found that Komandirskie crystals can generally be easily removed and replaced by hand. I think its down to the lower water resistance rating hence the fit is not as tight as an Amphibia. The Amphibia crystal is thicker and is a much harder to instal without a watch press, but not impossible.
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    Recently I faced some problems while fitting the hands of my amfibias..probably my chinese hand fitting press tips are damaged. so i d like to ask you which tools are you using for fitting the hands ? fitting press or single press ? and the diameter of the tips ? plastic tips or steel ones ? thanks in advance


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    Quote Originally Posted by kakefe View Post
    Recently I faced some problems while fitting the hands of my amfibias..probably my chinese hand fitting press tips are damaged. so i d like to ask you which tools are you using for fitting the hands ? fitting press or single press ? and the diameter of the tips ? plastic tips or steel ones ? thanks in advance


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

    By the way, is an accuracy of +10 seconds/day reasonable for an Amphibia with a 2409 movement? That is what mine seems to be doing...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by RKnack View Post
    By the way, is an accuracy of +10 seconds/day reasonable for an Amphibia with a 2409 movement? That is what mine seems to be doing...
    I'm not an expert but I hear that anywhere between -10/+30 seconds is within specs for a Vostok watch out of the box


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

    Officially it's -20 +60 sec/day.


    Quote Originally Posted by FungusAmongUs View Post
    I'm not an expert but I hear that anywhere between -10/+30 seconds is within specs for a Vostok watch out of the box


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

    Thank you for your time to compile all of this information!!

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

    Once in a while, you get to feel a little proud of yourself. It happened to me tonight when I reassembled my first barrel arbor (Vostok calibre 2409). It wasn’t fiddly, at least not for me, it was outright difficult, but, in the end, I prevailed! It took me over an hour and a half…

    The only guidance I had was this section of a video on the Watch Repair Channel. It’s not a bad instruction but no matter how I pried and twisted that arbor I couldn’t get it back. At one point I also shoot the arbor across the room. As usual, my wife was instrumental in finding it for me (bless her!). Finally, I sharpened a bit of peg wood and by prying the main spring right next to the arbor hook I was finally able to get in back in place. It took a lot of patience (and thinking).

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

    Hi

    Has anyone had experiance of this ebay seller - here's an example. He/they seem to have a non-eBay site as well. Lots of good feedback, but I can't send direct question. One thing that stuck out to me, was on the advert for the custom Amphibia it states the glass as "Mineral Glass" Which if so, would make it very attractive. Yet on the non-eBay site this claim isn't made.

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

    I've dealt with Boris before. He is a good and reliable seller. There are many good mentions him here on forum as well. I do not believe there is a mineral crystal being made for Amphibia. Given the design and the extreme curvature I do not think it possible. Not quite sure about the attractiveness of a mineral crystal over acrylic in this case, to be honest. It would be the worst of both worlds. Mineral is far from scratch-proof so could be scratched quite easily (given the shape VERY easily) but are hard enough to resist easy fix with Polywatch and 10 minutes of your time. So even if there was this option, I'd say count me out. Not to mention it simply does not fit Amphibias. They are meant to be worn and beaten up and used and abused... and loved in all that. ;)
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